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Heavy Seas - Plank IHeavy Seas - Plank I

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jsanford on 03-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 49º 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

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. There is a slight amount of sediment seen floating in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a vanilla flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber-influenced tawny color with an inch of tan foam; decent retention presages a few shards of lace

Smell The poplar (a combination of cedar and plywood) aspect is dominant; caramel, stone fruit and tobacco elements complete the aromatics

Taste: Caramel and tobacco flavors, up front, with stone fruit, earthy hops and the wood elements bringing up the middle; after the swallow, the woody flavors are dominant, though the fruit and earthy flavors add complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting concept using the poplar wood, but I am not sure that it makes this an Old Ale nor does it really complement the malts and hops very well

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A small two finger caramel and light tan head is made, settles to a slow small collar. Body gives a nice dark red amber brown, kind of mahogany red. Some slight light penetrates giving some chestnut appearances.

Nose is toffee and sticky malts, smells a little oaky but also an interesting kind of balsam like sense, like sawdust.

Taste is quite tannic. A very woody and thin body mixes with a very light malt. Not very rich tasting, and quite thin in the palate and in feel. A prickly carbonation up front at first. Finish is kind of lacking but an almost varnishy quality perpetuates the mouth. Bitter tannic quality lingers, but not boozy.

Overall, it's not quite awful or particulalry bad, but it's not really that great. I could drink worse. However, the Plank II is CONSIDERABLY better.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/8/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is faint but contains bourbon, roasted malts, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of chocolate, licorice and dark fruits. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to sip on for a long time, but there are better options in the style.

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An entry in the brewery's "Mutiny Fleet," the Plank I, an old ale, begins with an intensive frothing that quickly fills the tulip glass; the body is a dark amber that shuts out light. There is a substantive, yet spongy, head that slinks down into the glassrim to leave slippery splotches of gummy lacing.

Interesting nose evokes whispy notes of toast and charcoal; the palate, the taste is subtle, detects a rushing fade of plum and malt. Chewy mouthfeel provides a hearty bite once there is allowed some breathing time. A unique quaff, to say the least, though it can't really be said to be a representative of the style. Not bad, though.

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