Heavy Seas Below Decks Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Heavy Seas Below Decks Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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Brewed by Heavy Seas Brewing

Baltimore, MD, United States

Style:  English Barleywine

10% Alcohol by Volume

31 International Bittering Units

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Our barley wine is rich, robust, and well-balanced. Heaps of malt give Below Decks its malty flavor. Notes of caramel and toffee come through quite clearly, but a subtle bitterness and aroma from English hops can be detected, too. Chocolate and crystal malts create the sweetness and chestnut brown color of this hazy beer. Below Decks ages particularly well. Months or years of cellaring will allow its flavors to mellow and integrate even more. We release two variations on Below Decks: a bourbon barrel-aged version that has spent three weeks in a barrel from the A. Smith Bowman Distillery, and a cabernet barrel-aged version that spends a year in Napa Valley cabernet barrels. Style: Barley Wine ABV: 10% IBUs: 31 Availability: November Hops: UK Goldings, UK Fuggles Malts: 2-Row, Chocolate, Crystal

ID: 50681 Last updated 11 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank10835
Overall Percentile79.7
Style Rank201 of 448
Style Percentile55.1
Lowest Score3.7
Highest Score3.8
Average Score3.750
Weighted Score3.300
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Sampled along with an aged Cabernet bottle, and this one left me wanting more. Very solid offering, but nothing really stood out and impressed me. Aroma is a bit faint as is the flavor profile. Malty sweetness, toffee, coffee, and a spritz of bourbon. Nice pour and overall a pleasing sipper.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    From KnoxBeerCrew tasting. Dark tea brown pour, little head nor lacing. Rich Bourbon malty sweet aroma, ample earthy hops, caramel, dark ripe fruits. Taste is boozy, Bourbon, tons of malts, ripe fruits, caramel, earthiness, nice hops. Big finish. Needs cellaring but still very good.

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