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

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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
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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