Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks | Heavy Seas Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 05-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
181
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.28%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
34
For Trade:
4
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a big ruby-red, leaning brown, dark but with flaming red highlights. The off-white head isn't quite frothy but has a nice structure allowing for good retention and solid lacing overall.
Tannic notes with a red wine juiciness that's also dry in a way very particular to certain bigger red wines, this aroma delivers the expectation. There's toffee and caramel as well, and Heavy Seas always seems to bring out the most from their barrels, with lots of oak in there. A touch of toast speaks to the malts as well, and a little leafiness seems to be the hoppy portion. Alcohol adds lots of warmth without being too heavily fusel.
Tannins come out quite expressly without drying it out too much. There's a lot of toffee and brown sugar with some toast/smoke in its sweetness. It's very interesting, a strong red wine (without knowing, I would say it could be either Cab or Zin) with brown sugar making for a unique blend of flavors. It's mildly vinous, too, with a leafy note that could be the wine, the hops, or both. The wood adds a dryness as well, a good counter to the sweetness. It's earthy all the way, and some dark fruits come out toward the middle and into the finish. Alcohol adds heat the whole way without going overboard, but this is for sure a sipper.
There's a smoothness in this beer's appropriately big body, lightly crisp but with a good balance and proper focus. For all the sweetness, the wood and the wine's tannins work to add a nice dryness that evens it out.

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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a murky crimson brownish color, like a burgundy, with a nice dirty white cap , some moderate head retention and spotty lacing

S: Caramel and toffee with some hints of chocoate, dark fruits, wood and red wine on the nose

T: A candy like base of toffee and caramel; red wine packs a punch. Elements of cocoa, wood and chocolate are mild. The finish is psedu sweet, dry with a lingering light booze and red wine presence

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, red wine provides a nice texture and flavor

O: Not to shabby

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in Maudite snifter

Appearance - Cloudy medium to dark brown, slightly amber. Head disappears quickly and leaves zero lacing

Smell - Boozy mild caramel, processed white sugar, some cabernet and wood notes

Taste - Almost cabernet-forward overall as it warmed, mild malty caramel and booze

Mouthfeel - Slick and slightly under-carbonated, but style appropriate

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, red wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great red wine barrel presence in both the aroma and flavor.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, David.

Pours a murky brown color with a small beige head, no lacing. Aroma has plenty oak notes and a sharp vinous note with mild acidity, some booze, caramel, toasted nuts and brown sugar. Similar toasted wood notes in the taste, caramel, dark fruits, figs, alcohol. Fairly full-bodied and creamy, low carbonation. Drink surprisingly well.

Quite nice. Wine barrel notes and the sweetness from the Barleywine play well off each other.

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Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks from Heavy Seas Beer
3.91 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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