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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
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Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by on 06-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
143
Reviews:
87
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with a big white soapy head. Mild smoke aroma. A bit thin for a beer, for the style, but smoke in the taste, a bit of chocolate malt. Ken's bottle. Pleasant enough drinking.Middle of the road in the smoked style.Sweetish smoke, though not overly sweetish.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iam closer to giving up on the Heavy Series after this offering wich was decent but just not good enough.Poured into a tulip glass a deep dark brown with only a hint of of ruby when held to the light,a fluffy almond colored head atop.Aromas are dominated by smoke,other BA's said not enough smoke....,I say too much,not much else came thru other than some bitter chocolate.Flavors are one dimentional in the smoke category,a hint of unsweetened choclate comes thru, otherwise it has a bit of peppery spice as well.Just not enough going on here,yeah there is a decent amount of smokiness but not much else,Iam losing hope in the Below Decks series.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap 8/14/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoky roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate and a touch of dark fruit. Then there's a harsh bitterness that come in, not from hops but rather from black coffee and smokiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is bitter despite having a very thin hops presence.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and very dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely better dark & smoky beers out there that I would choose before this one.

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Photo of billab914
2.49/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured pretty close to black with a moderate tan head filling the top half inch of the glass. it did have some decent head retention to it and left some moderate lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a moderate creamy malty flavor going on. it has some sweetness and what seems to be some licorice flavors to it as well. Unfortunately no smoke to be found which is disappointing.

The taste has a sweet chocolate, creamy and almost sugary taste to it with some more licorice sweetness coming in towards the finish. It has something like a brown sugar taste to it that I can't say I care for. Towards the finish I get just a hint of smoke and it's more like a mild burnt or roasted malt flavor then a true smoked malt. I'm very disappointed in the taste overall, I love smoked beers and I wouldn't call this one at all.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability isn't good for me. Not only was I disappointed by the lack of smoked malt flavor, I found it to have some pretty below average porter characteristics as well. The sugary sweetness that came through was just not good to me. I believe I had the same negative experience with their Big DIPA too so maybe it's something they add to more than one of their bigger beers. Unfortunately this is another one of their big beers I won't be buying again. Reviewing with style in mind doesn't fare well for this beer, it should have had some smoke to it at least.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Cheerfully served up a dark brown, near black body with faint garnet hues at the edge and topped with a layer of beige foam.

Smell: Darkened malts present a not particularly potent nose, with only lesser notes of roast and chocolate. The addition of the smoked malts yield no more than a modest poof of Pall Mall cigarette smoke.

Taste: Roasted barley with a touch of unsweetened chocolate and minute hint of smores. Small amount of encroaching smokiness. Light dark fruitiness with an even lighter, distant sourness. Slight licorice. Lightly bitter. Finishes dry and chalky with a bit more of the dark malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Personally, I found it to be a flimsy porter imparted with a lackluster smoke character, and therefore an unappealing brew. I tried this a week later out of the bottle at a dear friend's cookout - same results, sadly.

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Photo of russpowell
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think I picked this up in North Carolina, These guys need to impress me, the last few heavy seas have left me wanting...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3+ fingers of brown head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Faint chocolate, not much smoke

T: Chocolate, leafy & woody hops, a touch of pine too, then some oaky smokeyness up front. Dark fruit, some oaky smoke notes, baker's chocolate as well once warm, faint booze warmth as well. Finishes dry, sweet, with oaky smoke & bit of pine

MF: Creamy carbonation, medium body, great balance

A fairly subtle smoked beer that grew on me. Not one I would seek out though...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Barely opaque bittersweet chocolate brown with russet accents and an attractive crown of golden brown sugar colored cream. It's still early, but it appears as if the quality and quantity of lace won't disappoint. This is pretty much what a smoked porter should look like.

Smells like an American porter. Given the name, shouldn't there be more smoke than this? In fact, there's very little. So much for any rauchbier comparisons. Major work to do on the palate.

Smoke On The Water is slightly more capable on the flavor front, but it still isn't blowing the best versions out of the... uh... water. Roasted barley is front-and-center, which makes this brew taste more like a stout than a porter. Dark chocolate, charred coffee beans, a hint of vanilla, and a puff of wood smoke share the spotlight.

Compared to expectations, flavor depth and smoke are less than anticipated, while hop flavor and bitterness are more. Guess that means this is a pretty fresh bomber. Partly due to well-buried alcohol and partly due to a wee lack of heft, this CCB offering drinks more like 6.0% than 8.0%.

Actually, as the beer gains a few degrees, it's filling out and settling down in fine fashion. Might have to give kudos the mouthfeel after all. A lack of sappy stickiness is a boon to drinkability.

The Mutiny Fleet Series of beers from Clipper City ranges from good (The Great Pumpkin, Hang Ten) to decent (Holy Sheet, Big DIPA, Below Decks) to disappointing (Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout). Smoke On The Water falls squarely into the middle group. Bottom line: worth the first bottle, but probably not worth a second.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/11/10 notes.

a - Pours a black color with 1 finger of off white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes smokey and of roasted and toasted malts, chocolate, and maybe coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonationi.

d - A decent smoked beer I'm glad I tried. Would try again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the trusty Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I can hear those crunching opening chords now... This guy pours a pretty much opaque black-brown topped by a nice finger of light tan foam. The nose has some light smokey notes, but mostly it's roasted malts. Not much else in there, really, though some light chocolate and caramel dart hither and yon like frightened hummingbirds. The taste is similarly dominated by the roasted malts, backed-up by some brown sugar, molasses, cocoa, and caramel. A lovely kiss of peat smoke comes in near the middle, surrounding the other flavors, cradling them all the way home. Lovely. The body is a nice medium, with a relatively light carbonation and a sliky smooth feel. One of the best Heavy Seas brews yet, and a very tasty smoked porter overall. Get some!

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of smakawhat
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap at Alewife in Baltimore into a mug.

A simple dark black/brown body in appearance poured and presented with perhaps a one finger head that is a light cocoa brown in color.

Nose is just a mild smoke, some small roast, but a big strange sweet smell of grape juice. What the heck is this? This is real odd.

Unfortunatly that grape smell was no lie. The palate is just filled and rolling with Welch's style sweet grape juice all over. I can litteraly taste barely anything else on this at all. Texture and feel is perfectly fine and decent, surprisingly not syrupy with all the sweetness present.

Overall this is far too sweet, far too strange tasting (sweet grape juice and smoke just don't mix), and not what I look for in this style at all. It's drinkable but also kind of gross, I won't be having this again.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of aasher
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a watery midnight black with a slight khaki colored head. The smell isn't over powering. I thought it would be smokier. It smells like a rich dark roast coffee. That carries over to the taste. The flavor is rich and coffee like, with little smokiness. It's pretty standard. As for the mouthfeel, it's a little watery compared to other porters. It's appealing but nothing overly special. This one is drinkable but not one of Clipper City's best. The Letter of Marquee is a better option.

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Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: soft roasted malt, a hint a smoke, and a bit of alcohol is picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, a bit of dark chocolate, a mild bitterness, and barely a hint of smokiness comes through. Alcohol is slightly warming here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth to finish.

Drinkability: this beer was really a decent porter, but forget the fact this is smoked as there is barley a hint of smokiness here. Not what I expected as I wanted some more smokiness.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich, chocolate and black malt scent with not much in the way of a smoked malt aroma. It's more sweet with a touch of roasted character. The taste is decent as well. It has a bitter black malt flavor along with a nice chocolate malt presence. The smoked character is tame at best. It's most noticeable in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer, but not much of a smoked ale.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a white head. The aroma is heavy on the smoke, but I also get some roasted malt. Nice aroma, but not real complex. The flavor is better, with a lot of chocolate, roasted malt and smoke. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice smoked porter.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'Smoke on the Water' is written by Deep Purple, and the beer by Heavy Seas Brewing is more like 'deep brown', if not black. The streaks of colour along its top and bottom edges give away that it's not entirely opaque and spoil the perception of this as one of those big, intimidating beers. It also doesn't help that the lacing it leaves is 'pretty'.

The smoke is definitely in there, but it plays nice with the other (even more prominent) note of bittersweet chocolate. What can be accomplished when the two work together - wow, this smells exquisite! And the whole bouquet is complimented by a rather genteel, very coffee-ish roast that is weaved in with swirling (and later more so with warming).

Full disclosure: I didn't expect the beer to have anywhere near this much flavour, so you'll excuse me if I get a little excited in listing everything I'm tasting. It's like a quality cappuccino, sweetened with cane sugar and real vanilla, with dark chocolate shavings on top and, almost as an afterthought, a slightly bacon-y smoke to boot. Molto bene!

I noticed a faint something in the aroma that I couldn't tell was either fruity or spicy. Now, in the mouthfeel, I note it again and I'm ready to accuse the 8% alcohol as the culprit. The taste of bruised dark fruit and the brief, zinging sensation of alcohol are each too delicate and short-lived so as to even be considered moderate, but they can be sensed.

The base porter actually resembles a foreign/export stout: it has a cane sugar-like sweetness and, on some sips, seems to have a distant lactose kind of twang about it. The brewer went light on the heavier malts and extracted all the delicious barley juice he could from a less meaty grist. A definite raw earthiness is gained from ample bittering hops.

Smoke on the Water is a great offering for anyone wanting to have a taste of smoked beer without traveling too far down that rabbit hole. I hesitate to consider it a 'training wheel' smoke beer, however, because the smoke is far from it's main or most marked feature, it's simply one of many (and probably the least appreciable at that). Still, this recipe has really brought out the best in both smoked-things and porters. Recommended.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, though I can't say I get a whole lot of smoke. Otherwise, there's some coffee, light tobacco and light chocolate vanilla. On the palate, the beer is considerably more impressive, showing coffee, chocolate milkshake and vanilla. The beer is moderately sweet, but with enough hoppy bitterness to balance that sweetness. Mouthfeel is great, with the beer showing a long, soft, creamy finish. There's a hint of licorise in the finish as well, which enhances the beer's drinkability. Otherwise, drinkability is pretty good, though you can tell the alcohol is up there a bit.

At least on cask, I don't get more then a hint of smoke, but otherwise this is a pretty solid beer. Releasing an imperial porter in the middle of summer seems a bit odd, but otherwise, I thought this latest offering from Clipper City to be very enjoyable.

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