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Heavy Seas - Plank IHeavy Seas - Plank I
BEER INFO

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jsanford on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
91
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
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2
Gots:
6
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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. This olde ale was matured with poplar wood planks. As I am unfamiliar with the benefits of poplar wood aging, I am curious to see how it translates to this brew.

Pours a rich mahogany color, with a one finger tan head that reduces to smoky wisps slowly swirling in the glass. The color really is quite stunning, grabbing and dispersing light beautifully.

Smell is leathery, buttery and peaty, like a smooth port or warmed scotch. Maple syrup, rich malt, boggy peat, oak leaves and mild yeast combine for a heavy smelling brew.

Tastes like a dream, smooth, creamy, rich and buttery. The wood treatment really sands out any rough edges that may have existed in this ale. Vanilla, maple, roasty malt, undertones of coffee beans, and a bit of tangy dark fruit combine for a very tasty brew.

Full bodied, it will take the evening to sip this one down. Though there's really no hop profile to this, I'm getting that tingling feeling that highly hopped brews typically produce.

I've sat on this for a while, and boy, was it worth it! Beautiful to behold, pleasant to smell, and a joy to drink, I definitely recommend grabbing one of these, aging it 6 months or so, then drinking it warm after a 15 minute breathing period. Enjoy!

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Photo of McNealc31
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown with a beige head, just from the smell, expect this to be big and malty. Indeed, it is! Full and round butterscotch flavor coats everything. Decidedly on the sweet side of things, but the hops cut through at just the right time to bring some balance. Hints of cherry and vanilla are there and a certain wood-like quality in the finish. Though I'm wondering if I would notice it if I didn't know to expect it.

Big flavor, creamy mouthfeel, not overly bitter. Complex and tasty flavors. Plank I is a winnerrrr!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber brown with a two finger tan head that fades fast but leaves creamy rings of lace.

The smell is complex and pleasant. Nice woody notes round the edges with earthy essenses enwrapping a sweet rum character. Full of malty aromas like caramel and toffee with some brown sugar notes. Dark fruit. Hints of vanilla, spice and earthy hops hide in the back.

The taste is extraordinary. Rich rum with nutty tones and soft poplar to round things out. Soft notes of vanilla flow with a rich malt profile of brown sugar, toffee and burnt caramel. A few roasty notes in the back with a hint of spice and dark fruit throughout like raisin and plum Complex and delicious.

A nice medium bodied, creamy drink with a pleasant burn. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of obrendano
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was told when I bought this it was something special, so I kind of had high hopes. luckily, this beer delivered, and hard

A - lovely deep ruby color, creamy head comes and goes, but swirls around nicely in the glass when poured

S - very malty, VERY malty actually, with toffee, caramel, pine and and ever so slight scent of clean, solvent alcohol

T - a really deep toasty malt almost overpowers at first, but almost immediately pulls back to showcase some fruity esthers (plum, raisin come to mind), very light citrus from the hops, wine-y must, a dry sawdust taste from the poplar aging and a warm balancing alcohol flavor, all of which come together in the finish spectacularly.

M - slightly flat after the head leaves, but thick and bold

O - this is a nice one. not a complex layer of 25 different notes, but a very careful and precise flavor is achieved and I really like it

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Photo of oline73
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Victoria Gastropub.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown color with a red hue. There is a layer of off white head that leaves no lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of vanilla and a little smoke.

Taste: Again, there is a lot of caramel. The vanilla and smoke notes are there as well. I'm also picking up some dark fruit as well as a bit of alcohol. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mild carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: One of my favorites from this brewery. I really love the flavors added by the wood. Very nice.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle with a finger of offwhite foam, which slowly receded, leaving touches of lacing over a medium brown body.

S- Smells of moderate crystal malts, toffee and raisins, laced with a hint of smoke and wood. The nose was subdued while cold, but really opened-up and seemed much richer as the beer warmed.

T- Less sweet on the palate than anticipated- definitely a rich malt base, which is met with the anticipated raisin and toffee flavors. A tannic bitterness emerges midway to balance the malts, and the beer finishes dry with a very mild hop bitterness and an echo of dry toffee.

M- A medium body coupled with a soft carbonation. Surprisingly no heat from the EtOH, and low astringency.

Overall- While I shared this bottle with a few friends, I could have definitely consumed the whole thing myself. A very drinkable, smooth beer overall. Not a classic Old Ale by textbook definition, but certainly something I would buy again.

NOTE: I have since had a bottle with 10 months age on it, and it has improved dramatically!

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Photo of Fish113d
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper brown color with very little head.

The nose is of vanilla, some wood barrel, and some cherries. Very nice and subtle.

Sipping reveals a nice brown malt with a sweet vanilla bean flavor and and a very smooth rum finish....very nice!

Great balance...not overly carbonated and smooth for a brew with exceptional ABV. Very impressive.

Overall, I loved this bottle for the Super Bowl....cheers!

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Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown, almost black, with a three finger white head.

S- Oak, caremal, toffee, aclohol, molasses, very sweet.

T- Roasted malts, toffee, molasses, nice oak finish. Good balance, roasted and oak flavors really work well with the sweetness.

M- Smooth, body is too light for the taste.

O- Solid beer and very enjoyable. Definitely will be picking more up to see how it changes.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium-to-dark, rich brown color. Some thought it looked like a stout, but I thought it was an appropriate old ale color - in the range of chestnut to mahogany - not black. Much more foamy head than I had anticipated, though. No sediment or haze.

S: Oak, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Very nice array of scents for an old ale, but with the distinctly woody character that had been advertised.

T: The malts match up very nicely with the malty scents - caramel, toffee, brown sugar, etc. However, I didn't get nearly as much oak flavor or woodiness as I had expected. The flavors did pair perfectly with the "Smokey Blue" pizza from Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg, as I had hoped.

M: Not as dense as an old ale typically is. I think the abundant carbonation and the hot outdoor temperatures both contributed to the perception that it was more medium-bodied.

O: Very easy to drink with very little alcohol burn. When coupled with intensely flavored, smoky foods, it definitely took a back seat and seemed more like a brown ale than an old ale. However, the good initial flavors and lack of any negative characteristics made this an enjoyable beer for sure.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, I don't think I've ever had a beer matured with Poplar wood before so this should be interesting. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with some ruby red tints, along with an inch tan head. The head went away quickly, and there isn't much head retention. Aroma is malty and sweet, the brew smells like caramel and roasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and some wood and smoke. Wood is definitely noticable in the taste of this beer. Along with the wood, there's also roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit and a bit of smoke. There's also a nice bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick and has moderate carbonation. It's pretty easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, I hope it won't be too long of a wait until the next Plank offering comes out.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep mahogany with a thin beige head that was gone in a flash,alot of of chunkies and floaties.Aromas were straight caramel butter with some dark fruit dipped alcohol underneath,ringwood maybe?
A whole lot of malt complexity on the palate,buttery caramel,brown sugar,dark fruit,and nuttiness all rolled into it,its somewhat cakey.Okay this is a good beer in my mind,it started out slow but was spot on when I actually started drinking it,the poplar aging realy does not show thru but the malt complxity is great.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a goblet glass. Big thanks to Finewinemike for this one.

A- Pours a dark amber with 1 finger of off white head that dissipates quickly. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass and splotchy lacing but some really nice alcohol feet on the sides.

S- First thing that comes through is definitely the wood notes that gives the beer and almost off sweetness but very inviting. Slight roasted notes as well, lots of malts, grain, dark fruit esters, and a touch of alcohol.

T- Creamy malts with lots of flavors and roastiness that is quickly followed by a nice wood presence and some alcohol. Lots of dark fruits and molasses as well, really nicely balanced.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice wet clean finish.

SkÅL!

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The body appeared a brown-copper color with a bubbly, off white head...the head showed some retention and there was nice lacing

S - Woody aromas are apparent but this has some nice sweet and roasted malt aromas...caramel and chocolate

T - The flavors are pretty well in line with what was detected in the nose...more of the roasted flavors stood out...chocolate was a big part of the beer towards the finish...the flavors started off sweet with caramel...the poplar wood came out in the middle of the beer...it was mixed with some sweet, dark fruits...the finish had chocolate and some more wood

M - Medium bodied...nice cask feel...creamy...nice roasted finish

O - I was able to try this new offering from Heavy Seas the other weekend at the brewery...they tried something different with the wood and I don't know if it was their technique or the wood they used, but I found this a bit better than some wood-aged beers I've tried before...the wood flavor was present but there was a lot of other things going on...I wouldn't mind obtaining a bottle once it's released

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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: A half-finger of denseish, creamy, off-white head with mediocre retention. The beer is a dark-dark nut brown that, surprisingly, is nearly transparent in direct light (also a crimson-orange hue). Faint lacing.

S: Sweet and lightly funky. Molasses and a heftier alcoholic whiff than I'd expect from an 8% brew. Bourbon? A bit of a red wine?

T/M: Lighter than expected, but chock full of flavour. Light-bright fruit -- tangerine, white grape, green apple -- is rather unexpected. Otherwise, few surprises...caramelised sugars with a punchy finish. Carbonated and drying, a very pleasant complement to the beer. The aftertaste is the most reminiscent of the odd old ale flavours.

O: An interesting beer, one I'm glad I held on to for a few months. I would recommend it, as I would every bottle of the Mutiny Fleet I've sampled.

Notes: Apparently this beer was "matured with specially treated Poplar wood planks."

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Max's in Baltimore.

A: dark copper brown, inert; thin head dissipates quickly; no lacing; looks dead
S: caramel aroma, light but persistently nice
T: complex, bitter, heavy ale; saison and wood says it all: oaken flavors, roasted grains; the wood component is very strong
M: silky, smooth

Presentation aside, this is overall an amazing, stellar beer; I hope it gets wider circulation.

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Photo of billab914
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a dark bronze color with a thin white head spread out across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of dark fruit flavors to it with plum and fig being the most prominent. A sweet, caramel flavor really comes out in it as well. A little alcohol mixes in with the sweetness. I don't really get any noticeable wood aging presence to it though, but the malty, old ale flavors are excellent.

The taste shows a little more of a woody presence to it throughout the beer. It's not a strong like say a barrel aged character, but instead more of a dry, smoother, very slight wood character. The dark fruits, caramel and toffee really came out in it and add some big and bold flavors. Some brown sugar and molasses sweetness mix in throughout the flavors. The wood character might be light, but the old ale flavors are very nice overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very nice old Ale, but the wood aged character was barely noticeable. It was a very nice beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-cask at the Avery. Served in a tulip. Pours ta deep mahogany with a creamy, one inch, tan-colored head. Some spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses a suggestion of bourbon and caramel all on a malty backbone - solid, yet somewhat subdued. Taste follows nose with the addition of some wood aging, not at all over the top, but there's definitely a suggestion of the barrel outside of the bourbon. There's also a little bit of oxidation happening here. Mouthfeel is light-medium, a bit thin for the style, with a carbonation that is just about still. All and all, this is an extremely drinkable beer. It is not a huge malt-bomb of an Old Ale by many means, but it is oh so drinkable. That said, it's not something I would cellar for an extended period of time. Drink it sooner than later in my opinion.

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

Notes are recent.

A finger tall tan head tops a medium brown-colored brew with red hues, leaning toward the darker end of the spectrum as old ales go, and shows pretty good retention. Lacing is left in uneven spotting and light patching.
I like the balance on the nose of sweet and dry (woody). There's some dark fruit and some brown sugar as the sweetness goes. Some toast comes out of the malts with a touch of caramel adding to the sweetness.
I'm not sure the wood tones down the sweetness to a perfect balance in the flavor, though it is tasty. The dark fruits notes form the bulk of it. Alcohol sits underneath the entire way. I like how the wood dries it out, though, and adds its own dimension of flavor and balance. It's difficult to describe how it's dry without drying, but that's more in the feel anyway.
Speaking of, this beer has a medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Crispness stays even and there's a smoothness that the alcohol doesn't take too much of. With the wood, this beer ends up semi-dry, which is good for a sweet beer like this one.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear black brown into a Brewers Art goblet with almost no head.

S: smokey, sweet, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, apples galore, biscuity.

T: sweet candy/sugary notes, some apples and plums, a bit of coffee. Toasty biscuits and definitely woodsy.

MF: the body is on the lighter side and for the lack of head there is a great amount of effervescence.

O: a good beer with some interesting notes I'm glad I got to try this and would buy again but if they only produce it in very limited quantities I would let someone else pick it up before I bit the bullet.

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

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Clipper City's brews can be very hit-or-miss, usually the latter, but I do like the concept for this series. Let's hope it pays in wood-soaked spades!

Appearance: Pours a very dark, mahogany-hued body with a slim, short-lived, off-white head.

Smell: The nose smells like toasted pumpkin seeds with a hint of over-cooked, oven-cooked fruit.

Taste: Sweetish, caramel candy-toned malts with a fair degree of well-toasted bread. Some dried, chewy dark fruits. The recent cedar-aged beers give me a taste of white pepper, and, so far, this sole poplar-aged beer reminds me of toasted pepitas (which, by the way, are wonderful sources of phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and copper). Light leafy, spicy hop character and bitterness. Smidgen of roast preludes a bit of lightly sweetened black tea and a drying (though not quite dry), pepitas-packed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit sticky crossing over the tongue.

Overall: Not particularly sure I'm diggin' this beer, but I'm still fully behind the concept of various woods (at least at this point).

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Photo of patreely12
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a cask at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - murky dark brown. some tan head, but not much. it does leave some nice lacing though.

S - strong roasted malts. hints of caramel, nuts and coffee bean in the nose. really nice underlying sweetness. smells very fresh and appetizing.

T/M - the flavor was mostly made up of the roasted malts. rich combination of the malts and coffee, which give it a bit of bitterness. you can definitely taste some of the flavor enhanced by the wood. the bitterness is balanced by the sweetness of the caramel on the back end. slick, creamy mouthfeel. medium bodied.

Overall this is beer is crafted very well. the flavors are very tasty and it's goes down easy and smooth. I'd like to get my hands on this again when it's more widely released.

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Photo of John_M
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Mahaffey's last night.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with decent head retention and fair lacing. The nose is unusal, showing some apple sauce, light citrus, a hint of vanilla and conisderable sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but with more of a baked apple and graham cracker flavor. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile... this beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, despite its moderate sweetness and low carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish.

Decent beer. Not sure if cask conditioning helps or hurts the flavor of it. A lot of these mutiny fleet beers are hit and miss, but this isn't bad.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Max's this evening at the release event. This version was dry-hopped and on cask. I also had the C02 tap version. There are some slight differences that I will mention. For a more fleshed out review check out my other reivew.

The cask version had a more prominent vanilla presence in the nose and flavor profile.

The hop addition to this cask made this a more well rounded and balanced beer in my opinion, but some of the wood notes are not as present.

The aroma is slightly more hoppy and the finish is much more bitter.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with good amounts of heavy herbal and slightly earthy hops. Also present are hints of oak and lighter hints of indistinct medium fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderatley dry caramel malts with solid amounts of spicy and lightly earthy hops. Midway through hints of green apples and other indistinct fruits come into play before they’re pushed aside by oak that carries through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this was a solid enough beer but it’s not something I’d be excited to have again.

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Photo of mcallister
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany, a quarter inch off white head loose and fine yet showing some density holds a topper for a few minutes then fades.

Brown sugar, mollasses, maple, honey, prune and date off the bat in the nose. Some earthy hop notes, roasted malts, yams, pecans and almonds, light vanilla, and an ever so light hint of malt.

Nice Old Ale. Not overly complex but shows good layers of dried fruits, earth and wood. Date, fig, prune, rum soaked raisins, roasty and bitter, chewy malts, earthy in the middle. Vanilla, rich wood, cherry, orange marmalade, a bit grassy and leathery. Complexity shows more as it warms a little more. Mouth is medium with a nice glycerol in the middle.

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