Heavy Seas - Below Decks (Barley Wine Style Ale) | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - Below Decks (Barley Wine Style Ale)Heavy Seas - Below Decks (Barley Wine Style Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Higravity on 09-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
517
Reviews:
346
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
46
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 517 |  Reviews: 346
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 edition, big beer, and probably not the best choice on the first real hot morning of summer, but whatever, it was next in line. this beer is dark amber in color like good maple syrup, and happens to both look and taste a lot like molasses. some yeast particles, and still showing a nice rich cream head. aromas of burnt sugar and slightly stale caramel malt. plenty of sugar, and plenty of booze. almost has an oak aged mellowness to it, and the alcohol never really shows up, which is possibly a product of its age. its a little too sweet for me in taste, lost in the zone between english and american styles with a strange and out of place hop profile too, which was likely more intense when this was fresh. baking spices in the finish, very autumnal, we probably should have saved this one until fall. big body that just gets impassable as it warms up. cloying sweetness and an interesting high gravity ale yeast. it didn't really hold up super well though, as the grains are a bit skunked out. not a bad brew, but not the crown jewel of the cellar by any measure either.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from the Clipper City Heavy Seas Mixed pack ($17.99/12)

What this beer lacks in appearance and aroma, it makes up for in great taste and drinkability. Smells of just alcohol and isn't a very appealing pour, but it has a nice hoppy taste with an slight alcohol warming kick. It finishes clean and smooth as well. One of the better barley wines I've had.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is deep brown in color and poured with a very thin off white head.
S: There are light aromas of dark fruits and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is well balanced and sweet with flavors of caramel and toffee along with hints of dark fruit.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: Considering the strength of this beer, it goes down very easily.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release '06:

Terrific beer. Full of malts, hops, alcohol, and flavor. Starts off with a burgundy hue and terrific off-white head retention. Flavors of strong fruits, sweet malts, and rum. Strong fruit flavors of figs, cherries dates, raisons and prunes. All fruits seem fresh and strong, like fruitcake. Malts, though strong, don't seem too syrupy or cloying. Hopping knoks the brew out of the English Barleywine range, but makes for a good American Barleywine. Citursy and piney deep into the finsih. Alcohols are a bit too hot and harsh, but is a quick reminder of the 'kick' that the brew has. Finishes sweet and strong, with a lingering alcohol and hop character.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Version

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a modest head that quickly fades to a lunar landcape but leaves quite a few craters of lace on the sides of the chalice

Smell: Raisin bread, caramel and a faint hint of citrus

Taste: Opens with a sweet raisin bread flavor, with some herbal bitterness and alcohol kicking in by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is an earthy character that dries out the sweetness and opens the way for other fruit flavors such as figs and plums to shine through

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy with gentle carbonation

Drinkability: Time has treated this well; an easy drinker in the English style

Thanks, vwcraig, for the chance to try the 2008 version, which tastes pretty similar although the hops are more prominent as it has not aged as long as my previous tasting

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(2005 vintage) Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a light amber color ale with small foamy head with minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of dry malt is quiet weak compared to what I was expecting. Taste is strong on cardboard which is probably due to oxidation (makes me wonder about that label mentioning that this will aged with the best of them). I couldn’t notice any hops and malt was slightly watery with no sweetness at all. Definitely not something I would go back for in the future.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a small, off-white head that left small trails of lace.

S - It smelled very sweet. A good malt presence and hints of floral aromas.

T - It tasted of smooth roasted malt. Also, quite sweet with a nice dose of hoppiness. Some spices were noticeable, too.

M - It was soft yet somewhat crisp with a subtle warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied beer despite the high ABV.

D - This is a pretty good barleywine. Very well balanced and not overpowering.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, Fall 2011 bottling. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, light roast, brown bread, floral, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisin, brown bread, light toffee, floral, light pine, light roast, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, light roast, light toffee, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; though it is not as robust as I would expect for the style; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a very nice barelywine. Good balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clipper City's Heavy Seas line delivers an enjoyable and drinkable, if not somewhat basic, barleywine in their Below Decks.

It pours a for-the-most-part clear, deep-copper body that borders on chestnut but reveals some glowing amber highlights at the base of the pint. The head is a short cap of thinnish but still creamy, yellowish tan. The retention could be better, but it's limited life can easily be attributed to its 11% abv, and it does leave some splashes and spots of lace about the glass.

Maltiness with a thin but deeply-caramelized edge to it, and some grassy and citrusy hops (dull pineapple, mango?, papaya) greet you in the nose. Very clean.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.

The flavor delivers a dry, and even kind of woody (oak-like), somewhat caramelish maltiness accented by flickers of grassy/citrusy hops and alcohol spice. It's not flabbly, nor thin, but it's overall kind of dull. It's well-balanced by bitterness, and it finishes dry with a spritz of drying alcohol.

Overall.... not bad, but far from great.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is moderate copper with a thin white head that remains for a bit. Nose brings a good dose of sweet malt along with some light fruits and caramel. The taste is a bit too sweet without enough accompanying fruit presence. Feel is a bit cloying. Drinks well enough overall, but is just too sweet.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear but dulled copper with a white one finger head after a hard pour,aromas are really bland for lack of another word some sweet alcohol with drier malt just nothing going on but not bad like I said bland.As with the aromas somewhat bland but a little more character sweet alcohol is prevalent along with some caramel malt finishing with just a tinge of pine but not enough to get excited about.This beer could be alot better it has some good points but not enough to search out.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/27/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, some fruit and a bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. Then a mild but complementary hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it may not be the absolute best EBW that I’ve had but it’s still a solid beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours a dark copper color with a small head that all but disappeared. Not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with caramel and some other sweetness with some fruit like flavors such as cherry. Taste is malty and sweet with caramel and dark fruit. Taste is very similar to the nose. Not much bitterness with a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent for 10% but still not something I can drink that much of. This was ok to drink one of but nothing fantastic I would seek out again.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is a 2006 bottle from JasonA, cheers jason!!

Pours an effervescent brown, copper when held to the light with a finger of tan head, nice viscosity. Super head retention & above average lacing

S: Oaky & fruitcakey, loads of dark fruit; fades a bit as this warms

T: Leafy hops on the back of the throat, dates, plums, raisins & a touch of vanilla extract up front. Some booze warmth & dryness as this warms, plus loads of jammy notes. Finishes fruitty with leafy hops; almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Slick with medium carbonation & some wetness, that becomes thicker as this warms. Balances well

Great drinkability for the ABV & style. Damn good English BW

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