Heavy Seas - Plank I | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - Plank IHeavy Seas - Plank I
BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Photo of crusian
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from a bottle shop in Richmond va.
reviewed on my phone so it is shortened and may have odd autocorrect errors.
Pours a deep rich brown with about a finger of head...
Nose is heavy on the caramel and brown sugar with a hint of over ripe dark fruit or raisin.
The raster is very contrary to the nose. It is very dry and woody. I expect a lot of sweetness, based off the nose, but it is nowhere to be found. If you smell poplar, that taste you imagine is strong. Once you taste this you know what a poplar is. It is quite amazing. this is a very very dry beer... can't say I have had one quite so dry, it is as if the poplar sucked all the moisture out. There is a bit of the caramel on the palate, but it is quite overpowering with the dryness. It really reminds me of a really dry merlot, it just sucks the moisture out of your mouth. I want some water after each sip.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Keg @ EBF.

Hazy brown molasses color, light fizzy head.

Nose light barrel, esters, buttered barrel, light diacetyl, brown malts and sugar, toffee, caramel, etc.

Taste sweet, hint of diacetyl, buttery oak, toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and a bit of dark fruits, toasty biscuity malts, and some bitter almost briny earthy hops, and a light booze towards the finish.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of booze.

overall not bad, a nice old ale with decent malts, hint of dark fruits, lots of buttery oak and toffee flavors which also make me feel there is a hint of diacetyl but not completely sure.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"PLANK is a series of beers showcasing unique wood aging treatments to add flavor and nuance. Our first offering- PLANK I- features an English Style Olde Ale matured with specially treated Poplar wood planks. Look for a subtle, "roasty" wood character that perfectly complements this estrAARGHdinary ale!" Brewed in the style of an English Old Ale, part of a release series launched in 2011, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 49ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy, frothy buttery cream head over a deep maple brown body. Sediment is varied in size but clarity is moderate. Retention is average and lacing is light to none. 3.5

(Smell) Bready caramel, mild biscuity grain and light molasses sweetness with hints of raisin, dates and cassis. Any wood treatment is largely imperceivable at this step. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Thin, soft caramel grain malt with a moderate sweetness transitions to a plum, raisin and licorice fruit profile on the finish with a mild emphasis on roasted malt, a character absent in the aroma. The poplar wood generates slightly less flavor than I had expected, influencing mostly texture. giving the beer a soft, dry finish. The impact of the poplar wood isn't quite as sharp or profound as oak or ash but I took into consideration the age of the beer as a factor for it's tameness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, soft, mildly oily. Carbonation generates a soft fuzziness to the aroma without impacting the body. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy-woodsy bitter. Alcohol presence is low. 3.5

(Overall) An enjoyable Old Ale with just enough character to keep things interesting and a very high drinkability. The wood treatment does provide a noticeable impact on the texture and some lesser impact on the flavor, although I find that the old ale recipe by itself carries the brunt of the weight of this beer. I haven't tried poplar wood in a beer before but appreciate using lesser-known wood styles for more creative aging. Heavy Seas should keep this series going with more experiments like this. 3.5

Heavy Seas Beer's
Plank I: English Style Olde Ale
3.61/5.00

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, semi-transparent, warm chocolate brown with a thick, though not persistent, tan head. The sample I got fizzed quite a bit when I opened the bottle, so be careful! Malty aroma has a strong overtone of brown sugar and caramel as well as a hint of apple brandy. Flavor is malty with a definite brown sugar overtone and caramel, apple and nutty hints. It is slightly, but not cloyingly, sugary sweet. Texture is heavy-bodied and smooth, with just a little tingle, leaving a somewhat sweet finish.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice unexpected extra from mdfb79 - Cheers Bro!

Bomber to pint

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with some lighter edges that sort of redden in the light. Thin body in appearance. Tiny little fizzle of a khaki head dissapeared rather quickly and no lace present. 2nd pour yielded a much frothier head.

S: Aroma has a definite woody nose and is full of deep burnt caramel sugars. Nutty breads and a distinct molasses character.

T: Big earthy flavors overall. Subtle woods and nutty crackerness akin to a brown ale with more of a burnt sugars and molasses twist. Possible use of some treacle here but in low amounts I would say. Dried fruits with a nice bitterness. Not too shabby.

M: Really nice light and creamy mouthfeel with a slight bitterness. Not heavy or lingering at all.

D: Decent drinkability at 8% ABV it is well balanced. Light creamy mouthfeel. Nice little bitterness to it. The wood is upfront but it does not overpower the entire brew.
All in all not a bad ale by any means.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Chalice. Thanks to bobpack for this.

A: Very dark amber. One finger light tan head that fades quickly but still leaves a decent lacing.

S: The smell is kind of light but still there. Main aroma is the wood. Some light dark fruits, toasted malts, a touch of leather, and light floral notes.

T: Light butter toffee and caramel upfront. Dark fruits, wood, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium body. Lower carbonation. Good creaminess.

O: A bit boozy for 8%. Good start. Would be nice to try this with some age.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mahagonay color with disappointingly tiny tan tinted head for a hang pumped brew. Scent is of caramel with touches of damp wood, peat, vanilla and concentrated citrus. Taste and body are disappointingly thin... Malt forward with some mutyness from the aging process, lightly smoked peat, decently strong citrusy hop profile and vanilla round out the taste. Medium bodied, thin for style and cask presentation. Some good notes but when combined a very weak beer.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep brown pour with a few fingers of white head. Decent amount of lacing.

S: The aroma is full of oak, molasses, and dark fruits. Seems rich and deep.

T: The taste is pretty basic. Old Ale and oak. Sweet, molasses, dark fruit, and oak. Not really anything special, and nothing particularly impressive.

MF: Heavy body, rests creamy on the palate. Low carbonation. Not very drinkable, the oak is just too much. Booze is definitely noted.

O: Disappointed. Not a big fan of oak aged beers, and this was just too bleh.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish-copper color with a thin off-white head. A bit of spotty lacing and a thin collar. The nose carries some nice oaky notes plus a bit of light caramel and toffee. The flavor is a bit plain, mostly focusing on the planks. Can't remember what type of wood they actually are. Flavor is certainly woody. Some semi-sweet bready malt in the background with a touch of caramel and butterscotch. Medium body with some tannins and a slightly-dry finish. Pretty nice beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Heavy Seas - Plank I from Heavy Seas Beer
3.78 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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