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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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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 PorterLambic
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with minimal light penetration. Big, fluffy, tan head over 2" high develops in the initial, reasonably gentle pour. Retention is phenomenal. Some good but scattered lace.
Smell is hops, roasted malt, molasses and rye. Hops hits first and hardest.
Taste is toasted malt, rye, hops and faint molasses. Well balanced.
Smooth, slightly drying. Warming from the first sip. Medium plus bodied, effervescence on the lighter side of medium. A delicious, well executed, brew.

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Photo of beergod1
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a huge frothy beige head that lasted through out, and a sticky thick lace that will be there in the morning, lol. Nose is surprisingly hoppy and spicy... only slightly roasty. Smells a bit more like a "black IPA" and tastes like one. Hops come through more than anything else, but the rye adds some spice, Full body and Some toasty malt. I was hoping for more "Porter" flavor, but this is still a fine beer. Rye was a nice touch.

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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 wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep, deep copper-black color, great creamy tan head
S: chewy, grainy, nice hops but more malt
T: nice beer, chocolate, roasted grain up front, with nice traditional bitter finish but not over the top, well-balanced, rye adds some very nice spiciness to the overall taste, well-done
M: velvety mouthfeel from good carbonation that isn't gassy and also rye
D: nice drinkability, I would possibly cut the IBUs just a little bit to bring more of the malt forward but all-in-all, very drinkable

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

A- A dark, transparent brown liquid with some ruby highlights when held to a light. The thin, light brown head is extraordinarily creamy and leaves some nice lacing as it works its way down the glass. The liquid is a bit translucent for my tastes, but the head saves it.

S- Roastiness including a bit of coffee, some rye, and a definitie hop presence. Unique for a porter.

T- Rye, dark chocolate, light smokiness, and a definite hop edge. Very unique, tasty, and intriguing- although unlike any porter I have had before.

M- Surprisingly smooth and creamy body with a nice carbonation bite. Very enjoyable.

D- A very unique porter that grew on me the more I got into it. Recommended.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 12/15/10.

From a bomber into a pint glass, this brew appears dark brown in color with some lighter brown around the edges and reddish clarity through the body. Two fingers of fluffy head appear and hold strong. As it recedes, it leaves spotty lacing about the glass.

The aroma includes a bold hop character smelling of herbal hops with some fruity citrus notes, pine and slightly mineral-like. There is a fresh grain quality, slightly sweet with a touch of chocolate. Alcohol fills the back of the nose bringing it all together.

The taste upfront includes fruity alcohol and a display of hops including citrus, herbs and pine. A light dark grainy chocolate taste fills out the mid palate. A lingering spiciness and bitter hops coupled with the bitterness of burnt grain resides inside the mouth along with an indication of warming alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel and moderate amount of carbonation. Well rounded overall. It has a lingering flavor of coffee that comes out as it warms that is enjoyable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For $5, I couldn't pass up on this. Thanks, Jamie.

A dark, reddish brown with a dense, creamy, light brown head with good retention and lacing, this is a good looking porter. Maybe a shade lighter than I expected, but it's still fine.

The beer's been around for almost 8 months and it's still hoppy as hell. Plenty of pine is present, moderately resiny with some spruce and fir. A little chocolate and cocoa are also present. Roast character is moderate, and there isn't much bitter/burnt malt character. For the most part, the rye's overshadowed here, though there is a touch of it present on the nose, along with some spicy alcohol. As it warms up, the chocolate really grows, improving quite dramatically.

The malt character that I found lacking on the nose is present on the palate. A nice level of roasted malt, a little bit of burnt malt bitterness and some caramel sweetness are all present. While I typically don't care for hopped-up porters, this is actually quite nice. The pine/fir/spruce in combination with the light chocolate is quite fitting for the season. Rye is moderate, lending a light spice character. This works especially well with the pine hops, and the juicy, hoppy finish is pretty enjoyable. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels pretty good on the palate. The finish has a nice blend of hops, chocolate, a little caramel and a spicy, rye character. Very, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark red with an average off-white head, solid retention.

S: Bitter melon, but fairly limited.

T: Definite rye type spice notes, some dark malt, tastes a lot like a hypothetical Dark RyePA more than a porter.

M: Medium-bodied, well structured, smooth and creamy.

D: A solid effort, just not complex at all. Pretty much a standard release.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written."

--Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Coca-Cola brown with generous burnt orange borders and a lack of opacity when backlit with overcast morning sunlight. A thick and chunky slice of sandstone colored cream was produced on the pour and seems to have no interest in shrinking. Finely dotted... then tattered... sheets of lace help the cause.

The aroma is an aromatic mixture of roasted malt, earthy rye and spicy hops. A Spring release means that abundant hops would be a wonderful surprise at this stage of the game. Looking good and smelling good. Now let's see about tasting good.

Letter Of Marque 2010 checks that box with ease. Kudos to the two homebrewers (see above) who designed this tasty brew. And kudos to Clipper City for acknowledging their efforts and for allowing the rest of us to taste the result... even if it's only a one-off. Might want to reconsider that, guys.

When used correctly, rye malt adds an interesting flavor facet to most styles of beer. A generous amount of little green cones doesn't hurt either. The intriguing combination of sweet, bitter, earthy, spicy and citrusy is pleasing my taste buds to no end. Wonderful balance all around.

Even though the mouthfeel could be a mite more fully and creamy, it matches the flavor profile well and allows the beer to be even more easily drinkable than it already is. Sure, an ABV of 7.8% is hardly stratospheric, but the alcohol is buried without a trace.

Clipper City Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2010 Rye Porter is a fine opening salvo in what is scheduled to be a yearly 'homebrew competition winner' release. Here's hoping they're all this good. Or better yet... better. Aargh!

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Photo of cdbooth219
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Sam Adam's Glass

A: Pours a nice black color, with some ruby highlights when held up to light. Forms a nice 2 and a half finger creamy, tan head that slowly dissipated, leaving some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Hoppy, with floral and grassy notes, bready, roasty, with chocolate and coffee notes, and a hint of spicyness as well.

T: Lots of chocolate and dark malts, with chocolate and coffee notes at the beginning. Lots of hoppiness, with floral, earthy and grassy notes prevalent. Near the end, spicy breadiness from the rye. Finishes dry, grassy and spicy.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected for a porter, but almost on par. It is full-bodied and has a slight stickiness to it from all of the hops.

D: Enjoyable to drink, but the high abv means this is a one and done kind of beer. Its a very enjoyable sipper though

Overall, this is one of the best Clipper City beers i've had. I hope they do this one again sometime in the future.

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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 johncampbell
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rocky's SubPub in Jeffersonville, IN, on the Ohio River.

Poured dark brown, almost black, with two inches of creamy, tan head that maintained at about 1 inch for the duration. It left a thick and even lace in the glass. The light revealed a clean amber-brown hue around the edges. Beautiful.

Smelled hoppy, rich and roasty like a good porter should.

This beer was packed with chocolate and dark roasted malt flavors, a hint of coffee and HOPS! The addition of rye is perfect. It was complex and robust with a minimal sweetness and a dry, spicy finish. Fantastic.

It has a rich, full mouthfeel and a medium-full body. Not heavy, but absolutely satisfying and left me wanting more.

The appearance and flavor of this beer was above average. This is one of the best Porters I've ever had.

Another home run for Clipper City.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hearty and hoppy Porter with the unmistakable underlying spicy, earthy, pungent rye rawness.

The Rye Porter pours a creamy, froathy, and malty looking deep brown color with complete darkness and opaqness. A dense tan head forms on the beer and holds very firm while retaining throughout the session and lacing as the beer falls.

Deep bitter chocolate, medium coffee, and deep caramel/toffee aromas abound, but with the spicy and earthy notes of freshly uncovered soil and a pungent/sharp grain (not unlike the carroway seeds of pumpernickle rye breads). Citrusy/piney hops compliment and blend the rye into the beer with ease.

Deeply rich flavors of toffee, chocolate, coffee, and the earthy rye flavors that remind me a bit of peated malt of Scottish Ales. Delicious and characterful in the complex malt make up. Balanced by resiny, piney, and grassy hops, the cones also contribute the citrus mix of grapefruit piths and rinds. Any fruitiness or phenolic character is too light to detect.

Rich and malty body also reminds me of Scottish Ales but with a heavier finish. Full and creamy, the inital sips go from robust to a fleeting malty mouthfeel but never reaches dryness. Alcoholic dryness, hop spiciness, and the acrid rye help to give the impression of drinkability late, but with a long cocoa and coffee linger and aftertaste.

As expected, this Porter is bold and robust but I can see where the rye wouldn't be well recieved although it adds a lot of layers of intrigue and variance. It's just a bit dirty in the end.

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Photo of portia99
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown that nearly approaches black. Mild ruby highlights when held to the light. A thick finger of dense khacki foam forms and lingers for a couple of minutes before falling to the surface. Sparse lacing is left behind...enough to be noticeable, but not enough to be impressive.

S - Alcohol, spicy rye, hints of sweet and bready malt. Some mild dark roasty aromas.

T - There is no mistaking this as a rye beer. Big rye flavor up front - spicy and earthy in nature. Assertive hop bitterness and some citrus and grassy hop flavor. Very mild roasted malt flavors. Tastes more like a rye infused black IPA than a porter.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation level too. Overall impression is a prickly feel with a bit of a burnt around the edges bitterness that lingers along with the rye past the swallow.

D - Seems to me that this would be better along with food than as a straight drinker. Something grilled, perhaps with a bit of char to it should pair nicely with this. There is nothing shy about the flavor level in this beer...very powerful and distinct. Really not getting a porter vibe from this tho.

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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 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 Khazadum
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind bomber poured into a pint glass to start off my night.

The first words that jumped into my head were thick and creamy. This head reminds me of pudding with how it looks on top. It is this off-white, brown tinged amazing head. Its retention is unbelievable. I'm staring at this pint glass for MINUTES without even a deviation of a millimeter from the height it sits upon.

The bubbles are crammed tight as they sit upon a seemingly pitch black liquid. As I drink it down, I can't help but think how amazing the lacing is on this glass. Holding it up to the light reveals a deep ruby beer. It barely lets light through and relies upon the outer edges to balance the deep depths that exist.

This has an interesting nose. It has many light flavors and only a few medium ones that come out frequently. I find the more apparent molecules to be bitter pine hops and citrus. Beyond that the fruits come out to play.

Pineapples, mangoes, and what could be grapefruit. I think the nose is a bit underdeveloped, but that might be partially due to the impenetrable barrier of head.

Flavor Profile
Very different than what I was expecting. Is that hops? What is that... Either way, the hops come forward to do a initial surgical strike, but faded into the background as a new contender appeared. This bad boy was the alcohol that bit down like an antiseptic on my tongue. At once metallic and medicinal, but very brief thank goodness.

Nice sweet malt presence perks up momentarily before morphing into the finish that reminds me of an IPA. Nice piney bitterness lying on my palate begging for a new sip.

Oral Sensations
Amazingly creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation to match this brew. Medium bodied. Leaves a nice residue all over the place that I enjoy discovering over and over.

This was incredibly tasty. I want to call it some IPA, but it is insanely dark and odd in other characteristics for it to be that. It is insanely hopped up for whatever other style it is. I would definitely drink it again. It reminds me of a beer milkshake in how it turned out.

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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 bamadog
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review is from notes taken on 9/25/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a very dark brown, like a cross between coffee and cola; starts with a 1/2 finger creamy tan head that fades quickly to nothing other than a thin and cloudy wisp and a thick, uneven ring around the surface; body is mostly opaque, but shows some dark mahogany highlights when held to the light;

Smell: Wow, no joke about that rye, also a very grassy hop presence emanating from the glass

Taste: Very robust flavors, and the bitter rye really takes the lead, but it's also a very hoppy porter as mentioned in the smell -- grassy, but with a bit of a zesty orange citrus aspect to it as well; a burnt roastiness lies behind the big grain and hop flavors; overall, it's not bad, but I kind of wonder what this one would be like with some time on its side to allow those hops to mellow out and see what kind of flavors the malts could bring about; ultimately, reminds me a bit more of a big black IPA than a porter.

Mouthfeel: Body is ultimately pretty light, and thin even for what's supposed to be a porter; carbonation is strong, but not overpowering and actually finishes out fairly soft; a fairly thick and semi-dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Overall, it's an interesting beer, but not something that I really think about when I think "porter," rye, or not. I may pick up another bottle before it disappears though and put it away for 12 - 18 months to see how it may do with some time on it. Nice flavors and scents, and certainly worth trying at least once -- not my favorite Heavy Seas release from Clipper City, but it likely won't be the worst I ever come across.

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Photo of Spider889
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Bodega in Columbus.

It was listed simply as a Porter, so perhaps my impressions were a little skewed. I had this pegged as a super hopped-up Porter, but a Rye Porter makes even more sense.

It was about average in appearance and mouthfeel. Nice and dark but fairly thin. This had a nice spicy kick to it from the rye though.

Smelled very hoppy. The flavor profile was the same, tons of hops and rye and not much of the dark roasty character I like to see in a porter.

It got pretty bitter toward the end, so drinkability isn't that high - I wouldn't want more than one in the row.

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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 biglite351
2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - light through center of glass. Tall creamy near white head that leaves some lacing.

S - much hoppier than I would like. It is in the area of an IPA but with a tiny bit of malt, but not much.

T - hoppy, but not as overpowering as in the scent. Some roasted malts in there, and mathematically some caramel.

M - good coating and a tingle on front of tongue and back of throat that increases over time.

D - not a hop fan, pass.

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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, VA, and I've just gotta say, "Man what a treat!"

A: Almost black, with a tinge of light showing through around the edges, and about an inch worth of head.

S: Hoppy, fruity, BBQ scent. Wow, this is different.

T: Citrusy, yeasty, and VERY yummy! The overall taste profile reminds me very much of FFF "Black Sun Stout." Ahhh...a good descriptor just popped into my head: "Fruity Pebbles" in high grade dark chocolate milk.

M: Fills out the mouth nicely. The carbonation actually adds to the enjoyment of this brew.

D: I totally wasn't expecting this beer to be as good as it was. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is the best Heavy Seas product I've ever tasted.

ON 11/23/11 - I HAD THIS ONE AGAIN ...and it didn't disappoint. The same fruity, molasses-like quality I got back in 2010 is still there, along with the very thick mouthfeel. I totally dug this beer. Too bad this is probably the last time I will ever get to taste it. :(

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - very dark, burgundy beer with a finger of light tan head. A good solid coating or lace all the way around.

Aroma - roasty rye grain dominates. Not much beyond that but it's alright.

Taste - big crisp rye impact right away. Big and robust, fresh rye grain flavor. A nice smack of hops on the swallow, they meet the spicy rye grain and hold through the swallow. Sustained bitteness on the aftertaste, some light alcohol heat in there, too.

Mouthfeel - pretty crisply carbonated, yet maintains a level of decent smoothness.

Drinkability - nice brew from Heavy Seas. An all-seasoner in my book.

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