Plank II | Heavy Seas Beer

Plank IIPlank II
BA SCORE
70.4%
Liked This Beer
3.87 w/ 108 ratings
Plank IIPlank II
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is aged on thermally treated planks of poplar and eucalyptus wood.

Added by Jason on 01-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
108
Liked:
76
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
9.82%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(2012 bottling). Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, prune, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, oak, herbal, earth, and light pepper. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, biscuit, nuttiness, prune, oak, herbal, earth, and light clove. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, prune, oak, nuttiness, clove, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent doppelbock! Great flavor complexity and balance and extremely smooth to sip on for such a big beer. Definitely one of the best doppelbocks I have had.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein deep deep brown with a tinge of ruby,a thinner tan colored head atop.Alot of caramel in the nose along with a bit of toast and sweet grain alcohol.A nice feel in the mouth,almost chewey in the back end.Sweet caramel malts and alcohol on the palate,faint but noticable toasty wood lingers.It's a little one sided in the sweetness,for me it just lacks a little breadiness and complexity,it is still a good doppelbock though and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/14/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, dark fruit, some smoke and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark fruit, chocolate and caramel. Then a hearty malt character and lager yeast breadiness follows. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, the oak aging wasn’t as pronounced as it is in most oak-aged beers but this is still a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for a good variation of the style.

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Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a pretty big malty sweetness to it with caramel and dark fruit flavors playing a prominent role. I get some notes of cherry to it, which I really like. I get a little chocolate along with a touch of wood, but the wood is very faint.

The taste follows through with more of the malty, dark fruit flavors. Cherry, caramel, a touch of caramel and a little bit of roasted malts helping to give it a little balance in the finish. Again, the wood aging is very light and I probably wouldn't even notice it had it been a blind tasting.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a pretty solid Doppelbock. I didn't get much of the wood aging to it, but I liked the beer overall.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head, but it settles to a single layer of bubbles that leaves very little lace. The liquid is deep mahogany brown where light does shine through the center of the glass.

Smokey and earthy and attractive. Light semi-sweet chocolate, too.

Relatively thin bodied. but the carbonation is moderated. Full flavored with a good balance of mild sweetness and some darker malt flavors. There is alcohol in the background but it's notable.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Very dark brown body with a smallish, light beige head.

Smell: Malty and sweet-scented with firm notes of roasted malt, hot chocolate mix, and sugary caramel-flavored candy. Some skins-on dark fruitiness. I'm coming up empty on the planks, just a whole lot of maltiness.

Taste: Cocoa, heavy caramel, and Tootsie Rolls glazed with instant coffee. Moderate sweetness. Dark fruits. Subtle wood character, I'd hoped for a better showcasing of the woods. Slight spiciness, a faint flutter of earthines

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/07/12 notes. 22 oz. bottle ordered at RFD before Lupulin, poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark murky brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cedar, a bit musty, bready malts, grains, wood. Smells kind of old and musty, guessing from the wood. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, molasses, wood, oak, bread, grains. Much better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 8.5% ABV.

o - Overall a decent doppelbock; I think I like it a little more than I remember liking Plank I. The nose was a bit woody and musty, but some nice fruit came through in the taste.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown color with a smallish beige head that lacks in size but makes up in retention. Smells of dark caramel and burnt sugar, some vanilla and lots of dark dried fruits and some bready pilsner malt. Clean inviting aroma, but could showcase some dark fruit a little better. The flavor is rich and malty with lots of caramel and brown sugar. Dark dried fruits, melanoidins, and hints of chocolate round out the flavor quite well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet dark fruity syrupy mouthfeel. Nice American dopplebock, but is lacking that certain something that makes German style dopplebocks superior. Decoction mashing perhaps? Still a great dopplebock!
I had to edit this review a bit after I read the label, apparently this one has some oak added which I guess I didn't notice at first since it is quite subtle. I think the tannins from the wood actually detract from the beer rather than enhance. The wood probably provides some balance and drying against the sweetness of this malty beer, but also adds a harshness that I wasn't expecting in a clean lager beer. Still a good beer though.

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of imbibehour
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style tall glass, Vintage 2012.

This is a very dark doppelbock. Black walnut brown just like a good stout, some rising carbonation, and a little bit of light gets through to show some transparency in the bottom of nice chestnut. Head has some retention, off brown sort of muted swadust brown color.

Nose has a nice woody character to it. Splintery and giving to almost tree sap. Small dense malt character with a light little roast. Very nice, like this mellow balsalm like wood bent it seems.

Taste brings a very mellow and rounded malt presence. Feels like a good doppel, but has a real wood bent to it. Faint nut of toasty almond comes out upon further sips. Body seems to have a bit of light character to it, but luckily doesn't distract. Nothing too fizzy either in feel.

Overall really nice job on the wooden angle here, I really like this sucker. Great job.

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Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is on cask today at Max's, so I guess it's time to give it a review.

The beer pours a rootbeer brown color with good head retention and lacing. Really don't get a whole lot on the nose, but what I do pick up is kind of unusual. There's some leather, light tobacco, a hint of dry tea and maybe some light vanilla. Pretty interesting, but... is this what the brewer was going for? Given the aroma profile, I'm almost stunned by how good this tastes. The beer is a bit on the sweet side, but with brown sugar, vanilla, some light caramel, and some light bitterness on the finish. The beer is quite tasty. Mouthfeel is superb, and IMO, this beer lends itself well to cask conditioning. There a nice soft, plush mouthfeel, and the finish is long and spice filled. Also, given the abv., I'm impressed by how well integrated the alcohol is into the flavor profile in this well crafted beer.

Nicely done... very easy to take, especially if you can find it on cask.

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that fades quickly, moderate carbonation, dark reddish brown, clear

Smell: toasted malt, cocoa, and chocolate

Taste: big caramel , light chocolate, and a bark backbone

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone

Overall: This one is kind of middle of the road for the style that I have had. Not a bad beer, but no where near the German classics. I would drink this one again, but there are others I would go for first.

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Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Plank II from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 70.4% out of 100 with 108 ratings
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