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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 loupap
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of WMEugene
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours black (one of the blackest beers I've seen) with a real thick khaki head, good lacing.

S - Smell of roasted chocolate, smoked malts, and hints of pepper and other spices.

T - Big chocolate malt flavors with big roast and smoke flavors. A little creamy as well. It's a little sweet as well. For all the things going on - it tastes good, but isn't the most balanced beer out there.

M - Thin on the mouth, ok carbonation. It is smooth and relatively drinkable. It does have sort of a slick, oily finish.

O - Smoke on the Water is an interesting beer, it is quite different from the other smoked porter I've had (Stone's) and is worth a taste for the curious. The smoke is present, but definitely not to the level one would think from the name and packaging. An enjoyable brew nonetheless!

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Photo of jjboesen
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This tasting is based on a snifter enjoyed at RFD in Washington DC - it was a Happy Hour Special - to be honest.

It boasts a body as black as the night. This body is crowned by a flimsy head of translucent foam; there is no lacing on the glassrim. Before you is a snifter of tar (not really, but let's make it visual, shall we?)

The nose emits an intense cocoa powder with subtle specks of pepper. As for the palate: well, first there is the molasses facade mortared with bricks of brown sugar, both of which end in a swift kick of syrupy malt that camoflogues a sharp snap of hoppiness. Despite all of these goings on, there is really nothing that suggests smoke. Not there, where is it?

Still, this is a nice little quaffer from Hugh of Halethorpe. Generally tasty, but lacking any complexity whatsover. And, really?, what's wrong with that. If you see it on the shelf ot the tap, check it ut for thine own self. Smoke onthe Water. The fire in the sky.

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Photo of jmfc8237
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Beer pours a rich cola brown color with minimal fizzy beige head that fades to nothing fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is sweet chocolate and some brown sugar mixing with a littel roasted malt, am I missing the smoke? I just dont find it anywhere :(
First sip slightly thicker than average body with silky texture and very gentle carbonation.
Flavor is sweet choclate and molasses then rolls to roasted malt and finally a little bit of campfire ash. Very little mind you. As a smoked porter this fails, but as a robust porter, I like it. Dont expect smoke but it is a solid malty big porter that isnt boozy but seems big on each sip.

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Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into oversized snifter.

A: pours a opaque black, 1 finger of dark brown head initially, this reduces to a thin film quickly. No lacing.

S: rauch malt shows up in the front, smokey campfire quality this sits atop roasted barley, some sweet molasses in there as well

T: the taste is intensely roasted, the smoked malt gets muddle a bit by chocolate and coffee, some bitterness on the end. Things are a little lacking in the balance department.

MF: medium body, high carbonation

O: this brew is tasty, but kind of uninspired. The smoke doesn't really take center stage, much more of a subtlety than its namesake infers.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Yoshio
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

appearance: deep dark color with tan head retention

smell: chocolate, tad smoke

taste: more of a chocolate flavored beer than smoke. sublte smoke, heavy chocolate

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: good beer, just not a smokey as the title of the beer.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Extraordinarily thick, totally opaque and black as midnight. The Head is small, brown, with a really long retention and a lot of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Pretty disappointing aroma, mostly because there basically isn't one. Some darkly roasted malts, but I have to search to even find that.

T: The taste makes up for the nearly nonexistent smell. Big, sweet chocolate malts up front, which fade into a gentle oaky/smoky flavor. Fairly sweet, but not cloyingly so.

M: Thick, very heavy body and not much carbonation.

O: Pretty good beer. Not incredibly interesting or complex, but fairly solid. A little too sweet for my taste, but still good.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the little Market near the Gaylord National Harbor as well. A great find. I tend to like smokey aromas and tastes. This one is nice and not overwhelming in the smoke area and is aoverall a tasty balanced porter.

Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head that left some nice lacing in my recently rinsed and dried glass. No way to get this glass truly clean as I would have like at the hotel but the fact that some lacing is sticking points to a measure of success.
Smell is slightly smokey, some coffee notes, some sour yeasty porter notes a nice clean balanced smell overall.

Taste is a complex mix of espresso, anise, some and some slight fruity sweetness with a long arid finish. Wow! Dry somehow seems inadequate arid is the only word that comes to mind. Like someone took a towel to mouth and dried it out...

Mouthfeel is substantial. At first oilly with tingly carbonation and a quickly drying finish that leaves a film on the tongue that lingers for quite sometime...

Overall a tasty warming porter. I think the smoke is an asset and not at all overwhelming.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split with a buddy watching some hockey last night. Poured into a Hoppin' Frog pint glass...

A - Pours a pretty pitch black color that has an occasional brown hint when held to the light. A brownish head formas about 1 finger thick and retains nicely.

S - A nice smokey, leathery aroma right out front. Some slight roasted malt and chocolate aroma comes out, but burnt wood chips really take the stage in the aroma.

T - Smoke seems to be the name of the game here. All that really stands out is a rich, grilled BBQ flavor. Some roasted malt comesa through, but is really overshadowed by the smoked flavors.

M - Thinner feel than I was expecting. Light to medium bodied beer (on the border of medium) with a smooth carbonation.

O - Not bad. Not the best smoked porter I've ever had, but certainly not the worst. Delivers what it says it will.

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Photo of engagechad
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Station 2 in Richmond VA - pint

looks amazing, very dark with dark head, very generous foam. Smells nice a smokey like a barbeque. Taste is okay however the booze knocked my socks off in a bad way.. very solventy. Counldn't finish the beer.

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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 JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown/almost black with a thin white head that fades fast and left ok lacing.j

The aroma was of chocolate and smoke with woody elements and earty hops. Nice roasted edges with coffee hints and campfire.

The taste follows the nose. Nice, semi-sweet chocolate with roasted hints are accented with a faint smokey, woody, bitter finish that lingers.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated,

Overall, nice balance. Easy to drink. I enjoyed.

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

Poured at Jack Brown's Harrisonburg, VA probably 48 degrees Fahrenheit into a shaker pint.

Came an opaque black, dark brown reflections with a thin light brown cap. Thick, sticky lacing left on the inside rim of the glass.

Smelled of little more than a light tobacco smoke and some roasted malt. Not well projected.

Taste is a richly bitter, even slightly astringent chocolate drying down into a hint of smoke. Slick, oily mouthfeel dries down inside of a relatively effervescent carbonation that was a little bit more than expected.

Overall, I thought it okay, glad I visited it. Probably not really outstanding enough to have me coming back, but a solid offering nonetheless.


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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a brown bubbly head building about one finger high. It dissipates fast and leaves good lacing.
Smell is not very dominant. Little malt and little smokey flavors.
The taste is that of a typical porter. Chocolate, coffee and malty flavors up front. In the middle a nicely measured smokey flavor gives the character to the beer. The end is a mellow combination of smoke bitter and sweet.
A nice medium bodied porter, very drinkable and definitely a must try for the beer advocate.

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Heavy Seas - Smoke On The Water from Heavy Seas Beer
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