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Heavy Seas - Smoke On The WaterHeavy Seas - Smoke On The Water
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Heavy Seas - Smoke On The WaterHeavy Seas - Smoke On The Water

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

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.

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of smoked aromas. As it warms hints of dark chocolate waft out as well.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Muted roasted malt flavors are quickly joined by smoked malts to kick things off. Midway through the sip mild amounts of unsweetened chocolate flavors make an appearance, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a smooth-drinking smoked porter and another solid beer from the Mutiny Fleet - well worth a shot.

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

a: snifter pour, medium mocha-colored head steadily becomes a thin layer and ring on the surface, the beer is deep, opaque brown in color

s: pulling some decent aromas from this one but it's all pretty mild, smoke only slightly perceptible, dark roasted malt approaching char but not quite, bitter chocolate, licorice, a touch of root beer, light toffee backing but far from sweet, benign, earthy hops

m: carbonation light-medium, smooth for the most part, with a light-medium body

t: seriously weak smoke character, essentially hidden beneath the roasted barley flavors - I love smoked beers and picked this one up for that reason, so it's a bit of a disappointment, underlying toffee, a curious creamy milkiness, dark chocolate, some licorice in the finish with a mild bitterness, a decent porter

d: agreed that this is an okay porter that should certainly not be categorized here as a smoked beer, this is a mild-average porter that doesn't belie its abv in terms of booze presence, but unfortunately it doesn't carry the flavor expected of a high abv bier either

bomber from OUaV South, Richmond, VA

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Photo of Bung
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Solid dark brown pour, quite nice frothy light tan head.

Aroma, pretty mild. First sign this belongs in the porter category, like the label says, not the smoked category. Roast malt, peat, chocolate, really no smoke.

Taste follows suit, but there is a bit of acrid harshness. Burnt malt, dark chocolates and earthy peat and charcoal. Finishes a little warm with the burntness. As this warmed there is some faint smoke present.

Lighter mid body, possibly too much carbonation. The carb and abv add to the bit of harshness. Mellows a bit though as it warms, nearly creamy, much better. Still pretty drinkable, just probably not something I will reach for again. Especially since rescently having Surly Smoke.

I will choose to review this on the merits as a porter, this really isn't a smoked or even much of a smoked porter. A descent baltic like porter.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle of this at Kappys in Medford tonight. Smoke on the Water pours out a nice black color, with a finger of tan heading. Nose is of moderately dark chocolate, and some brown bread. Very little smoke can be detected in the nose here. Surprisingly the taste has hardly any smoke either, perhaps a hint at best. More dark chocolate, and fruit come through, making this more similar to a straight up American Porter than a smoked one. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and drinks well. While this isn't a bad brew, it is simply not what the label claims is. I am sure they did smoke this beer, but there is little evidence to support that theory from the smell or taste. If you are looking for a simple, decent Porter, this one should work. Those seeking the smoke should look elsewhere.

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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 argock
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Very dark brown with ruby edges and 1-2 finger beige big-bubbled head with decent retention and a few scattered crusts of lace.

S: Dark chocolate and espresso bean aromas are most prominent with roasted and toasted malts also coming through. I don't really catch any smoke component at all. Hops are there though and hit the earthy, cigar tobacco qualities.

T: The flavor follows from the aroma very closely with dense bitter dark chocolate, black coffee, and toasted malts combining well with tobacco, earthy hoppiness. Again, smoke is not in attendance. Overall this is a pretty muscular porter that hides the 8% ABV well but doesn't really push the smoke at all.

M: Slightly astringent but not unpleasantly so. The body is medium-full with low-medium carbonation and a nice licorice and super-strong mocha afteraste.

D: A very drinkable porter, especially for the ABV, although I keep stopping myself from typing stout as this is a robust brew, but not as advertised, at least in the batch this bottle came from as the smoke component is nonexistent. I still liked the beer quite well though as it brings a nice flavor punch of chocolate, coffee, and tobacco hops notes.

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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 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 Daktyls
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, opaque, but see-through when a small amount of the brew is held up to the light. Head is a nice smooth two finger head which dissipates to a fine lacing.

S: Smells a bit more roasted than smoked, but the aroma is there nonetheless. Coffee notes are present with a somewhat roasted maltiness.

T: Taste is very rich, the smokiness is definitely detectable. Starts somewhat mild with faint vanilla and milky tastes. Finishes very roasty with dark chocolate and coffee flavors.

M: Fairly carbonated which is noticeable immediately. A little more watery than most porters, but it does sit nicely on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable, enjoyable to drink with a quite delicious aftertaste.

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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 cindyjeffsmith
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Qualifier here...this is my first smoked beer so I'm comparing characteristics to the BA profile.
appearance: Deep dark brown with a mocha head. Nice looking brew.
smell: I really like the nose but doesn't match the profile. Reminds me of a sweet stout. Pretty thin and I'm not getting anything like smoke.
According to the profile, "a robust, even an overpowering beer, more so with versions that use peat smoked malt which carries a cloying smoked flavor that can ruin a beer in excess."
taste: Again, a tasty treat but doesn't appear to match the style at all.
mouthfeel: medium with med carbonation.
drinkability: This is smooth and goes down fast.

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

Heavy Seas - Smoke On The Water
22 oz brown bomber
20 oz tulip glass

Pours a dark opaque black. I like the appearance from the start with a nice khaki colored head.

Interesting nose with some dark coffee notes, dairy and a strange powder whiff.

A nice porter that does a good job of having flavors of bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts. Not an overly heavy porter by any stretch. An easy drinking and super smokey porter with a well-hidden 8% ABV.

Thanks to my friend Larry for brining up this 22 oz surprise bomber. He described it well as a "summertime porter" and I fully agree. I like this true style porter with a significant smokey punch.


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

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a deep almost opaque black with a decent frothy khaki head that diminishes to a ring and barely leaves any lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight brown malts and just a trace of smoke. The taste is an unusual blend of espresso and smoked malt with just a trace of hops. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with some sticky lingering alcohol. I'll admit, I did not get my hopes up on this one, especially after the Smoked Porter Highland released last year that was so great, oh well, the Mutiny Fleet seems to be getting back to it's not so great roots.

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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 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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Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a decent tan head that retains OK and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has a litte dark chocolate and coffee upfront, along with some smoked meat, salt, burnt bread, some blackberry and a little alcohol. The flavor starts out with a bacon and smoked meat flavor, along with a little sea salt, some dark chocolate, espresso, black cherry, burnt bread, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate, and drinkability is pretty good. Overall a decent smoked porter, not particularly complex or interesting but tasty nonetheless.

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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 yourefragile
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle with typical crappy looking Heavy Seas "artwork" poured into a nonic. I'm left wondering why they didn't seize the opportunity to name this "Smoke on the Porter" instead of the clunky "Smoke on the Water: A Smoked Porter" as the label reads. I would also classify this as an American Porter, not a Smoked Beer.

Pours a syrupy, opaque dark brown with a foamy light tan head. The head starts off initially large and billowy before quickly fading to a thin film with one or two large clumps of lacing and a lot of random small spots of lace that slide down the inside of the glass. Aroma is disappointing in the amount of smoke, as it smells like a typical, roast-y porter. Mild sweetness, artificial chocolate-like similar to Siren Noire, attempts to balance out the roasty charred aromas, but unfortunately the smell of stale ashtray dominate, not the type of smoke hoped for. Similar to the recent Rye Porter, the mouthfeel is way off for the style, syrupy and watery, with little carbonation and significantly lacking in overall body. Malt body flavor has a slightly more smokey taste than the aroma would have suggested, but milk chocolate sweetness ends up dominating throughout and in the finish. There also seems to be a potent boozy alcohol burn in the finish, which is disappointing for this abv and style. The aftertaste has the strongest "smokey" flavor returning to the unpleasant stale ashtray of the aroma. Not really a great example of a american porter, smoked porter or smoked beer, or whatever you want to call it. Not as bad a beer as my score suggests, but doesn't really compare to beers like Alaskan's smoked porter or even Captain Lawrence's Pleasantville.

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