Schnee Boot
Heavy Seas Beer

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Style:
Bock - Eisbock
Ranked #5
ABV:
13%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,298
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 7.21%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
45
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Heavy Seas Beer
 
Maryland, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
Schnee BootSchnee Boot
Notes: The strongest beer that we've ever created, Schnee Boot is dark, malty, and roasty with hints of cocoa, vanilla, and dark fruits. This beast of a lager gets additional complexity from bourbon barrel aging. Inspired by Antarctic exploration, Schnee Boot (Snow Boat) is the vessel to transport you to a far away tundra.
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark auburn with ruby hues; small light khaki head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas have lots of dark fruits. Lots of caramel and toffee. Hints of coconut and vanilla. Mild hints of cocoa in the mix. The bourbon is balanced. Lots of malts. The flavors follow the nose. More caramel leading the way along with some toffee. Some raisins and plums coming through. More vanilla and coconut in the mix. The bourbon comes through and accentuates everything that's going on. Strong malt backbone. It's not too sweet. Alcohol is well hidden, especially considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy and smooth. This one is definitely dangerously drinkable.

This is a really nice barrel-aged beer. It's bold, but balanced. Nice aromas and flavors. The craftsmanship is on point. It's really enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done. I believe this bottle is from mid-2018, so it has aged pretty well.

Jan 21, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was quite impressed with this one good carbonation and color. Smells quite sweet bourbon wood caramel and some dark fruit. Taste is a bit lacking just a touch of sweetness balances the bourbon and wood not too much fruit or vanilla. Body is excellent for 13% I got little or no burn goes down smooth!

Overall quite a good beer I could see enjoying a couple a sitting. If its still around I will probably grab a four pack!

Jan 20, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a late start on this past Sunday's NBS (Week 774) & I did not finish up my DelMarVa (+ DC) adventure as planned. 8=( Further, I have promised that next week's NBS (Week 775) will be dedicated to the wonderful beers sent to me by @jkblr who seems to have a real handle on my drinking habits. CANsparency is key in these things! As a result, I am going to CANcentrate over the next few days on eradicating everything that would have CANbined to form the finale of the DelMarVa (+ DC) adventure. Sit down, strap in & hang on. It's gonna be a wild ride!

Speaking of wild, I am now shifting over to a couple of bottles!

From the Bottle: "Uncharted Waters"; "Dark, malty, roasty with hints of cocoa, vanilla, and dark fruits, this beast of a lager gets additional complexity from bourbon barrel aging."; "Barrel-aged Eisbock"; "Uncharted Waters explores the unique changes that happen to beer when exposed to wood. Each Beer showcases a robust style, carefully matched with a wood treatment to produce a range of complex flavors. Vintage dating encourages further exploration of the aging process. As much about the voyage as the destination, we hope you enjoy these beers in the spirit in which they were brewed."; "Fearless. Bold. Independent."

I had my Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) snifter at the ready & as soon as I Pop!ped the cap, I was ready to go. I went with a slow, steady C-Line pour that created a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, deep-tan/light-brown head that could not wait to return to wisps, becoming a mere skim on the surface. It was at this point that I realized that I had not reviewed many beers in this style so I refreshed myself using the site's updated Style Guide. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and mahogany highlights. 8=O Nose had a definite fusel alcohol presence & the bourbon barrel aging was quite evident as the fumes wafted into my sinuses. 8=O Once more, the smell of coconut was what really stood out. Mouthfeel was medium, but I was hoping for a bit more of an assertive presence, frankly. The taste was mosdef coconut, toasty, tasty coconut!

I have liked coconut since I was a kid & I realized early on that I was a bit of an anomaly. I would seek out the coconut-filled treats in a sampler box of chocolates, I wanted a coconut birthday cake, I would have shredded coconut on my breakfast cereal. We even used coconut water as part of our distillation in Puerto Rico in 1993!

The best (?) thing about this beer was its smoothness. There was NO alcohol bite despite its boozy nose. It was slick & far too easy-drinking for my own good. I stood up, took a little break, checked on my (crock) Pot Roast & returned to my seat for more sips.

The relative sweetness was my next takeaway. I found myself licking my lips after each sip so as to capture a stickiness that seemed to coat my lips each time. I was also experiencing the emergence of toffee & molasses flavors beyond what the Bourbon barrel aging had wrought. At this point, I felt as though I were tasting the base beer, well into the contents of the now-decanted bottle.

Dec 25, 2019
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adamette from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Live review. Poured from the 32 oz. Crowler (yup, that is Crowler, not Growler) that I bought for $15.00 from World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio on 7 15 19. Just cracking it open now but since it is canned (yes, it is canned) the shelf life should be quite lengthy.

Appearance. Ruby or dark caramel body, dark but translucent under a quickly disappearing light brown head. Really, within 60 seconds the head was gone. Only body.

Smell. Bourbon Goodness over a strong malt sweetness, molasses like. I am an easy mark for Barrel Aged beers so that probably affects my scoring. Still, I think that it is a good smelling beer. Very intriguing.

Taste. Well, this is one huuuge beer. All of the malt sweetness that the smell suggested as well as the bourbon notes that are expected. I feel like I am a pirate on a ship somewhere, toasting another successful conquest. Really good!

Mouthfeel. Suitably thick and syrupy, taste lingers on my lips for at least 10 minutes after my last sip. Despite that it is not a "thick" beer, meaning that it is somewhat thin in the middle. Lingers a LOT longer than I would maybe have guessed. I like that.

Drinkabilty/Overall. A winner of a beer. I added this beer to BA so apparently no one else has reviewed it but I would recommend it if you can find it. The 32 oz. will be enough for me tonight but I could see getting this again if I see it for sale.

Sep 11, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 13.00 (Including tax)/4-pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.271/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 6/14/19.
Possibly dated – “18149” stamped in box on back label. On shelf at point of sale. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Amber, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, slight effervescence. When held to the light, a definite garnet cast is noted.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tannish, initially medium density but fizzy and only lasts a few seconds, diminishing to a less than one mm crown fed by effervescence and no cap.
Lacing – None – not unexpected for a 13% ABV beer.
Aroma – 3 – VERY weak malt.
Flavor – 4.25 - Begins very sweet and malty with a slight fruitiness. No alcohol taste or aroma (13% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. The alcohol does produce a slight gastric warming.
Palate – 3.75 – Full, approaching syrupy, somewhat lively carbonation. It leaves my lips sticky.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – While the flavor is quite good and matches the palate well, the virtually non-existent aroma is detrimental to the overall enjoyment.

Jun 14, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a flat cola brown. Aroma has tons of sweet malt, mild wet wood & bourbon caramel. Palate lacks a distinct barrel characteristic - maybe some boozy heat & cheap well whisky floating around - but the base beer is fundamentally sound if unspectacular. A heaping amount of sweet malt, undernotes of rum raisin, dark fruit phenol / esters and cinnamon bread. Good, lacks depth.

May 13, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beast pours a muddeled
dark ruby tinged brown color with a decent head of off white foam
that settles fast to a thin ring. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit,
and oak. Flavors follow the nose nicely with a more pronounced
bourbon note over a light layer of vanilla bean and mild cocoa
with breaded malts showing on the back with dark cherries and
a nice oaken flavor. Very nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth,
very warming, rich, low carbonation, and a medium dry finish.

Almost a barley wine and reminiscent of EKU 28 with some
bourbon barrel notes, this one is most excellent.

Cheers

Mar 26, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby-tinted brown with minimal head and little lace ring. Aroma is slightly boozy and woody but mostly contains dark fruits like figs. Medium to heavy body, slightly sticky sweet from a hint of vanilla but mostly a figs and dates sweetness, touches of dark fruit, spice and at least boozy heat (really the abv is subdued), and a semblance of woody smoothness. Really good and heavy sweet beer worth sipping on.

Mar 12, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There is a code printed on the back label: "18148"

Appearance: The body is dark brown and light is barely visible through the edges. It has a very short off-white head that quickly dissipates. No head retention or lacing.

Aroma: It has a pleasant vanilla and wet oak scent.

Taste: It has a very enjoyable mix of flavors; vanilla, caramel, toffee, a touch of coffee, and a woody undertone. The flavors are very consistent throughout the beer. Every sip is full of flavor from the start to the finish of each drink. As the beer warms up there is a touch of anise to the beer which is lovely.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fantastic. It has a smooth texture with a liqueur thickness that coats the palate. It does an amazing job of keeping the flavor glued to the tongue at all times. The finish of the beer lingers nicely. It's exactly what you would want from a beer like this. The beer does an outstanding job of hiding the "13% ALC/VOL" (as indicated by the label).

Overall: It's a fantastic beer and it is very enjoyable. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy Eisbocks, higher alcohol Doppelbocks, wood aged beers, Barleywines, or Winter Warmers. I really wish this would have been available to me earlier in the season. I would drink it again.

Mar 11, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-Barrel aged Eisbock @13%.

A: A late forming dark bronze-tan head provides a loud fizzy calling as it quickly dissipates. The deep garnet red pour appears more of a dark sherry in the vessel.

S: Boozy bourbon caramel and raisins on the nose. Spicy and very smooth. Vanilla, rich chocolate, but is the barrel aging and spicy rum/bourbon like scent that really comes through. Some sugary cereal grains.

T: The flavor as with the nose, provides a hearty dose of the bourbon barrel aging. Spicy sugary raisins and figs, with sweet specialty grains. Lots of sweet dark fruit, plums most notably, the boozy bourbon again is prominent. Coffee and chocolate, sweet caramel and a spicy alcohol bite, an almost festive like flavor along with some cinnamon and Belgian candy syrup.

M: Lots of bubbly texture, especially on a barrel aged beer, yeast strain added for bottling? Full bodied and very thick slurry like consistency.

O: Overall a beautiful flavor and thick and chewy mouthful. Lots of spicy rum/bourbon like accents, dark fruit and sugary raisin and figs give a festive and boozy nature and impression. Lots of carbonation texture, but very sweet, may be best to split this one with a friend.

Feb 20, 2019
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, 2018, poured into a tulip

A- A deep brown with ruby red highlights and a very small off white head

S- Bourbon, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, plums, hints of vanilla.

T- Raisins, bourbon, dark fruits, plums, toffee, some chocolate, touch of earthiness.

M- Smooth, high carbonation, full body.

O- A nicely done and balanced Eisbock. The amount of carbonation is a lot higher than I expected.

Feb 14, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown in color with a tan head.

S: Big malty aroma with dark bread, and raisins. Sweet molasses and caramel with vanilla and oak.

T: Big beautiful malt, sweet and rich. Like a vanilla caramel truffle with a bourbon chaser.

M: Medium in body with medium high carbonation, despite that there is a nice syrupy quality to it.

O: Overall a pretty delicious malt bomb of a bourbon beer.

Feb 08, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours deep cooper with an off white head. Head retention is low.

Smell: Significant sweet malt and alcohol aroma. There is dark caramel in the malt with a low level of chocolate in the background. There are also some dark fruits, plums, in support.

Taste: It has a strong caramel and maillard product flavor with low vanilla and bourbon in the background. There are some dark fruits, mostly plums, that are low in support.

Feel: It has a full body. It is surprising that the alcohol warmth is pleasant with no harsh edges.

Overall, this is a very good beer overall that is dominate by the caramel and maillard products with strong support from bourbon and alcohol.

Feb 03, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a ruby brown color with a one-ginger foamy white head that dissapears completely

S- boozy and malty aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, figs, raisins, leather & tobacco. Undertones of bourbon, wet oak & vanilla

T- sweet, malt and boozy with notes of caramel, dark fruits and brown sugar up front. Mid-palate gives notes of molasses, oaky bourbon, vanilla, chocolate as tobacco. The finish gives more malt sweetness with a linger of booze and caramel

M- medium-heavy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation leads to a viscous chewy body and a warming finish

O- a boozy malt bomb that is complimented nicely with the bourbon barrel, well done

Feb 02, 2019
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Riff from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish, red-brown color with an off-white head that comes down to a ring around the glass. Smell is caramel, hint of bourbon. Roasted malt, caramel, tons of dark fruit flavors, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Finish is mostly a bourbon flavor. Medium body, on the lighter side of that, moderate carbonation. This is nice, hides the ABV well, easy to sip on, sweet but not too sweet. I'd buy this again.

Jan 06, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark brown color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice Bourbon hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a generous Bourbon flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice Bourbon aged Eisbock

Dec 30, 2018
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CaptFrothy from Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful stuff, right up there nearly the equal of Aventinus Eisbock, raisen-y bourbon cake taste, low carbination, little taste of the 13%. One of my dislikes is an alchohol bite, this hides it's strength very well. Prolly the best heavy seas beer I've tasted, and I live 10 minutes from the brewery.

Dec 30, 2018
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, opaque brown beer that produced a modest beige head. Nose is nearly equal parts currant and biting alcohol. Even as it warms up, just not much else. Taste tells a slightly different story as dark cherry, raisin and sweetness offset the massive heat. Despite being really hot, there is a little more body than I expected from as high an ABV. Aftertaste is primarily that alcohol bitterness.

Dec 16, 2018
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NCSapiens from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- dark brown, almost black with light tan head that quickly dissipated with little lacing.
S- not detecting much aroma other than faint barrel smell.
T- taste of a barrel flavored Eisbock is interesting. The main flavor is bourbon with a malt backbone. Very drinkable for such high abv. Not much hops. Very unlike bourbon stouts.
F- a bit watery but quaffable.
O- I’m glad Heavy Seas made this beer. It’s an interesting change of pace. Some of the highest alcohol per dollar I’ve seen in a beer, and fun and drinkable to boot. I wouldn’t seek it out, but it’s worth trying if available.

Dec 11, 2018
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep, opaque brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind minimal lacing
S - roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits - but not a particularly strong smell
T - Follows the nose with roasted malt up front followed by yeast notes and tons of dark fruit flavors along with vanilla and toffee notes. Slight warming alcohol on the back end - but it's very slight for 13%.
F - medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - somewhat syrupy - but I wish it had a bigger body for how big of a beer this is
O - Overall a nice eisbock that follows the style with tons of malt flavor, dark fruits, and big alcohol content.

Dec 08, 2018
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