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

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517 Ratings
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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 517 |  Reviews: 346
Photo of jaasen64
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2009 vintage, cellar aged and purchased off the shelf at a local store for $5.

A- Pours a murky brownish with a golden hue, slight translucency, decent amount of floaties, almost completely flat with just faint carbonation here and there.

S- Light toffee and caramel muted by cardboard oxidation, not bad but not overly flavorful or aromatic, definitely showing it's age.

T- Light muted toffee, caramel, and butterscotch, just a very faint hint of tartness attributed by the age, finishes with light cardboard oxidation and very faint smooth caramel. Overall the age has smoothed this out nicely but the flavors are very muted with some definite oxidation poking through.

M- Very flat with some light carbonation here and there (doesn't completely ruin the beer though), booze is definitely present but fairly smooth for the age.

O- I've had my fair share of aged beers. While this wasn't terrible, for the style it could be doing a lot better. I've had beers aged 5x longer that have held up much better. While it was definitely worth the $5 to try, it's not something I'll be going back to try anytime soon.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of justme
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of confer
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009 from the Miller Bier Keller
Pours a coppery brown with just a trace of head and lots of sediment.
The smell when it is first poured is a caramel and port wine smell.
Taste, again when first poured and probably colder than it should be, very interesting.
Deep flavors great sipper. It is surprisingly sweet. The taste will most likely change as it warms.
Low carbonation but not overly thick.
I am a fan, I need to get some more and start the aging process.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It must be noted that this is a 4 year-old bottle (dated 2010).

Pours a dark ruby tone, with some sediment. Head is minimal, and lace is just a thin thread.

Nose is fruity, with dried figs, prunes, raisins, and fruitcake being the most prominent aromas I caught. Not bad, and pretty typical of aged barleywines, from my experience.

Taste is similar, with more dried dark fruit and sweet malty notes, and the hops have been muted, relaxed, and tempered with age. Even the alcohol content is slightly subdued. Enjoyable.

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3.62 out of 5 based on 517 ratings.
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