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Heavy Seas - Letter Of Marque 2010 (Rye Porter)Heavy Seas - Letter Of Marque 2010 (Rye Porter)

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Winners from our 2009 Letter of Marque Homebrew Competition will work along side our brewers to create this one time special release. Letter of Marque will feature a different beer every year selected from our national homebrew competition. Historically, a Letter of Marque was a document that made a Pyrate a legitimate professional. Hence, our Letter of Marque makes a home brewer a legitimate professional as well!"

This year's recipe is from Frank Butt and Neil Heinlein. ABV is 7.8%.

Added by Kegatron on 04-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 76
Reviews by WakeandBake:
Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color pour with a two finger frothy off white head , good retention and lacing , medium carbonation . Aroma of roasty malt , spicy hops, rye , coffee and a faint note of cherry pipe tobacco . Flavor is full of rye , earthy spicy hops , coco, caramel and coffee , nice balance , long dry spicy rye finish , full body , very drinkable and one of the better offerings I have had from this brewer , nice work , great ale .

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear

Smell: coffee, rye, and roasted malt

Taste: roasted malt and chocolate at the start to a bit of citrus hops in the middle, to a big rye and cream finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet start with bitter middle to end, moderate body and carbonation

Drinkability: Love the rye in this beer. Very complex from start to finish--especially for this style. Could be my favorite brew from this brewery. One per sitting but well worth seeking out again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour forms nicely with a big light beige tan head. Lacing is fine and even don't ask don't tell like the military. Aroma has a nice piney chocolate covered minty note that I haven't quite smelled in a beer before. Flavor is more of the same, straight up mint/pine covered in dark roasted malts more than anything else. I give it up to th hops first, Mouthfee is even to medium bodied carbonation flows nicely can't get enough of this brew. Drinkability is more of the same strong herbal piney minty accent wrapped in dark chocolate, god love the American beer scene.

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Photo of degerbah
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that is almost black with about an inch of head. There is a tremendous amount of lacing at the top of the glass as I start to drink it down. The aroma is tremendously hoppy. The hops tend towards a steely sharp flavor that is still very pleasant. The amount of hop flavor makes for a long lasting aftertaste that is a little more pronounced than I'd like. This is one of the best beers I've had from Heavy Seas and the best I've ever had from one of their large format bottles.

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Photo of MeadGuyfromMD
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - DEEP Ruby in the light, dark brown in my hand. Dense tan head with tons of little bubbles and a few big ones. Slight sheen to the foam.

S - Sweet citrusy hops, hint of alcohol, some dark fruits and a touch of the Rye.

T - Piny hops, mild citrus, a bit of caramely sweetness, touch of roastiness. Rye comes across smoothly and reminds you it's there. Bitterness at the back end sneaks up after the sip.

M - Medium body, slight carbonation tingle on the tongue, a bit slick and the beer coats your mouth nicely.

D - Good carbonation, solid hop profile and the Rye was pleasant but not overpower. I had this in a pint glass poured from a 22oz bomber, I had no problem drinking the entire bottle. Solid, drinkable brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stephan for bringing this back from Baltimore and sharing. The porter part was good, but not great, with a simple smoky chocolate malt character. What makes this beer really worth trying is the bitter and spicy mix of rye and hops. The rye doesn't stand out so much as it just nicely blends into the finish of the beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours what looks like a ruddy amber brown at first but holding it up to direct light reveals a deep translucent ruby hue instead. This is topped with about 1 ½ fingers of tight off-white (that's bordering on light tan) head, which retains with a good bit of richness to it, staying very frothy and leaving a pretty heavy amount of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The rye makes itself known in the aroma right off the bat, with a ton of earth, spice, and bread immediately filling the nostrils. Gentle floral hops help accentuate the spicy textures in the nose and some roast and sweetness shows itself a bit underneath but man, the rye is VERY deep here. I could smell it as soon as I popped the cap on the bomber.

The rye in the taste is somehow even stronger; with gritty grains, earth, bitterness, and spice just being off the charts. Aggressive piney hops and roast run through the middle of the profile and some sweeter malty accents of chocolate and toffee hang on the outer edges but the rye just overly dominates here. To be fair this does start to balance out just a bit as the liquid is hitting room temp but the spiciness of that finish is really hard to take at times. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a rather forceful sharpness to the carbonation and then an oily slickness that runs underneath. I think the body is telling in just how hoppy this is; which the strength of the rye kind of covers up some. Not a whole lot of alcohol is present for almost 8% ABV. Just some warmth in the chest after each sip and some added intensity to that already out-of-control spicy finish.

I like the effort here for the most part (and I LOVE the concept of this new Heavy Seas series) but I got a WHOLE lot of rye and hops here but with not nearly enough of that Porter character coming through. This almost came off like a heavy Black Rye IPA at times. Dial things down a couple of notches and this would have been really nice. In this case, all of that spiciness just wasn't my thing.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Heavy Seas imperial pint (proper!). Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, spice, rye, and subtle wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, metallic, spice, earth, and rye. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. The spicy/rye aspect on the flavor of this brew totally dominated it which was unfortunate. You could tell it was a porter underneath, but the spicy aspect wouldn’t allow it to shine through at all. Kind of sad in a way honestly. Worth trying at least once if you can and if you like rye in your beer. But I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Fidlers Hearth in South Bend IN.
Very dark brown pour, one finger of cream foam. Head disappates to a thin layer, but sticks to the glass ok.

Aroma was fairly mild, roast malt, peat light chocolate and some spicey pine. Served in a snifter, but I still wasn't getting much out of the aroma.

Taste was surprisingly hoppy. Roat malt, with some chocolate and caramel then rye spice and hops through the finish. Hops mellowed some after warming a bit. More chocolate and earthiness comes through then.

Pretty lively medium bodied brew. The carbonation is not overdone though and keeps it drinkable.

Wouldn't turn it down, but probably wouldn't seek out either.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cola pour yielded a dark merlot red in the glass against lighting, while a khaki colored head spawned upwards 3 fingers with a rigid, foamy structure that decidedly stuck around for awhile. Within lied a strong sense of carbonation while wavy splashes were left for a lacing.

S: A nice show of citrusy hops appear on the nose with light perfumy notes of fresh pine and grapefruit, which reminded me a bit of Chinook. The hops seem to be the showcase here along with some dried cola sweetness while the rye was hard to pick up on as well any chocolate or roastediness usually associated per style.

T: Spicy citrus notes of grapefruit and pine, moderately bitter and dry are quick to be reckoned with on the taste buds. Spicy cola and rye are evident providing some peppery notes and dried bread crust hints along with a gentle alcohol touch. Dry rye and a bitter show of pungent grapefruit hops (which im almost sure is Chinook now) coats the tongue for a finale.

M: A good crisp hold, with a full body that was thick and viscose as well dry and bitter. A warming sensation of alcohol and citrus lines the tongue as well as lingering notes of rye.

D: A big and bitter dry hopped rye which drank similar to an arrogant bastard more so then an american porter in my opinion, not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. From the aroma you can definitely tell this beer has rye in it! The spicy rye aroma is strong, with some earthy hops and caramel and bready malt also noticable. Taste is similar to the aroma, the rye and earthy/pine hop flavors dominate, with some hints of roasted malt and chocolate in there, too. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and very easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this brew is more a Black IPA than it is a Porter, but I'm not complaining. It's a good overall beer, too bad it's only brewed once. I'd like to see this brew become a regular offering.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

really not sure what to make of this one, but i was surprised lets put it that way. served chilled in ,y trusty white birch glass, this one was consumed on 10/08/2010.

with a huge pour that thick black beer pours into the glass and leaves a huge head of tan that totally covers the top of the glass with a thick head of lacing that is simply immaculate. really just a tremendously good looking beer.

but the aroma threw me for a loop, was expecting some sort of barrel aged porter but i get the bright floral hops with a touch of roasted malts, but the profile here screams of ipa, what is this. as i take the sip i do notice it is coming off a touch light for my tastes, but the flavor is there. a black ipa, not a porter this should have been billed as. rich pineapple and orange with hints of grapefruit dominate and only slightly get balanced out by a touch of smokey malts. really an off mix of flavors here as the finish is light, crisp and definitly bitter with a touch of roasted coffee cutting through the hops.

overall not sure at all what to make of this one, not a porter i can tell you that, so not really sure what to make if it, but it was tasty.

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Photo of tmgiddings
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle from Crown Liquors #6 - This is not a porter- not even close. It pours a clear, dark brown with a thin wispy head that fades away quickly. The aroma is big resin and pine with a little caramel. Taste is piny with a thin caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light with minimal hop oil.

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep brown in color, average retention of a light mocha head

s: big aroma - lots of toffee and coffee roasted barley, full spicy rye, pungent hops bring an earthy citrus side

m: carbonation moderate, body medium but tilting towards the full end

t: slightly sweet toffee quickly dries into dark barley roast, big rye hit, dry cocoa, full earthy hop flavors precede a full bitterness with lingering barley char, a big and flavorful version of the sub-style

d: no problems here, my favorite of the line thus far, missed the bottles but glad to find it on tap at the hut

draft at Galaxy Hut, Arlington

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Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A big porter - no question. Black tinged with brown. A touch acidic up front, dark roasted malt flavor with a high, spicy note from the rye. A sharpness prevails throughout the flavor that is at first interesting, but as time goes on becomes a bit opressive and tiresome. By the end of the bomber the note has grown overbearing - an interesting beer, in small quantities.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rye porter you say? Never had one before...thanks to fthomasl for this one. 22 oz bomber pours a dark crimson color with nice clarity. Tall, creamy tan foam with some sticky lacing. Awesome looking brew.

Nose has alot of rye, very bready with some spicy hops. Gets grassy somewhere along the line and the malts are near-burnt toast and roast.

Hoppy rye bread on the flavor, leafy and bitter. Roasted malt comes through aplenty with a smoky, mild unsweetened chocolate aspect. A tad thin on the mouthfeel, malts need to be dialed up some and as a result, the hops are somewhat coarse. Pretty good, definitely worth a try. On a side note, I dont think this would age well.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium tulip.

Pours an extremely deep ruby against a strong light bulb, absolute black otherwise. Atop sits two fingers of tan head that slowly disolves into one. Good mix of large and small bubbles. Eventually goes to a whisp of foam. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of roasted malt and chocolate along with some citrusy hops.

First sip is creamy and roasty, with a burst of citrusy hops. Some dark chocolate at the back of the sip. A little spiciness from the rye. But the most notable flavor is the roasted malt. A little heavy for a porter. Toward the middle of the bottle, as it warms, I notice a little chocolate covered citrus peel (grapefruit?) in the flavors.

Mouthfeel is initially creamy, but a little drying in the aftertaste from the roasted character.

Although this is a little off the mark on most style characteristics, it's a very drinkable beer. Very nice effort.

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Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby amber with a fluffy, red tinted tan head that leaves some blobs of lace on the glass. Spicy hop aromas dominate the nose with a solid rye aroma in the background. I don't know if I would call this beer a porter but it is delicious. The flavors are more in line with a black rye IPA than a porter but who cares? Huge spicy hop flavor with plenty of rye and just enough roasty malt to almost balance. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. I think this has to be the hoppiest beer Clipper City(Heavy Seas now, I guess) has ever made and one of the better deals out there too at $6.50 a bomber.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Letter Of Marque 2010 last week for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for something different to try and when I saw this was marketed as Rye Porter I thought I would give it a chance since I have never seen a Rye Porter before, so lets see how it goes. Vintage 2010. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer is just ok looking, this is my least favorite label from the mutiny fleet. It poured a very deep and dark copper color that is borderline brown with a nice ruby hue when held to the light. It had three and a half fingers worth of fluffy and chunky off white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and it clung to the glass and left some nice lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up is the loads of malts and grains that are in this beer. The aroma is on the sweet side and the malts impart some grainy aromas along with nice roasted malts that have a slight coffee aroma. The rye is evident in the aroma and it adds a nice spicy complexity that mixes nicely with the rather aggressive hop aroma that is earthy, grassy and slightly soapy.

T- The taste starts out with some mildly toasted malts that impart a slight black coffee flavor along with a little bit of bitter chocolate, but those flavors are quickly over taken by the rye which lends its typical spicy flavors and makes for a nice transition from the malts to the hops. The hops are pretty prominent, even with being over a year old I still pick up a nice dose of earthy, grassy, and a little bit of citrus hops which make for a pretty heavy hop profile even after all this time. The finish had medium amount of bitterness to it and the aftertaste was a little chocolaty and roasty. Alcohol was noticeable but not overwhelming, it could have been hidden a little better.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, and for carbonation it was on the high side of medium which worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer, but I don't think it comes close to being what a proper American Porter should be, but here in the states we like to think outside the box and do things a little different and that is the kind of spirit that embodies this beer, so I am not going to hold that against it, it is what is, which to me seems more like a Dark RyePA. I was unsure how this bottle was going to turn out since it is over a year old and Porters aren't the best candidates for aging, and after reading about how hoppy this was when first released I had no clue as to what to expect, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised by how well the lightly roasted malts and the rye went together and the hops seemed to have held up nicely and are still a major player in this beer. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it fit this beer perfectly. What I liked least about this beer was the alcohol presence and I thought it could have used a little more roast. One bottle of this is all I would want so it isn't the most drinkable, but it still goes down nice and smooth. I think there's one more left at the store which I may buy since I doubt I will find this again but I would rather find this years Letter of the Marque, the Dubbel. If you see this sitting around, don't be afraid to give it a try, it's still drinking good, just don't expect a robust porter with some rye in it, this beer is some other type of beast. This turned out to be another good beer from the mutiny fleet, I would like to see what else the fleet has to offer.

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Photo of Burl41
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark for a porter, mostly black with a slight ruby tint, able to peer through if held up to light. Wonderfully thick head with great retention.

Smell- Good level of citrus hops, possibly centennial? Rye, and caramel.

Taste- Hops upfront. Classic American hop character, citrus floral with a earthiness from the Rye, some roasted feel toward the end. I must say very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Decent without being heavy. Some beers with this flavor profile tend to be a meal in themselves however this is quite pleaseant and clear and crispt.

Drinkability- Quite above what I expected from Heavy Seas. At 7.8% I would say it's right at that level of dangerous. Drinkable and strong. I would say this could make year round or seasonal easily.

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Photo of luvND
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, light will penetrate if you hold it up to light, really nice thick head
S: toffee, caramel, vanilla
T: Some nice rye and malt but quickly hammered back by a strong hop presence that lingers
M: Thick but appropriate for style
D: Due to the bitter aftertaste and the heaviness of the brew, a 22 oz bomber is about right
Notes: This is a really good brew from Clipper City. Their Loose Cannon is also an excellent DIPA. This brewery is really coming on lately IMO after an average start.

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Photo of Redglimmer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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