Heavy Seas Below Decks Cabernet Barrel Aged

Heavy Seas Below Decks Cabernet Barrel Aged

Rated 3.643 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Heavy Seas Brewing

Baltimore, MD, United States

Style:  English Barleywine

10% Alcohol by Volume

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This English style Barleywine Ale has been aged in cabernet wine barrels. Enjoy now or cellar it "Below Decks" as it will become more complex as it ages.

ID: 41885 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 12 years ago

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Overall Rank1486
Overall Percentile97.2
Style Rank38 of 444
Style Percentile91.4
Lowest Score3.9
Highest Score4.3
Average Score4.125
Weighted Score3.643
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.3 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Comes out of the tap an opaque chocolate-brown with a fairly thick light tan head. Malty aroma has subtle notes of chocolate and cinnamon. Flavor has a strong, fruity alcohol bite that still lets through malty, chocolate and toffee notes. It is somewhat sweet, but not overly so. Texture is quite thick, almost syrupy, with subtle but persistent fizz. Drink with care, lest you end up "below decks"! ;)

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I really enjoyed the bourbon barrel below decks so naturally a wine barrel treatment of a nice base beer intrigued me. Deep brown pour augmented with a red tinge and minimal head. Aromas of tartness are met with a wallop of plum and raisins. Strong flavors of honey, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruits are balanced nightly with a slight oakiness. This is a nice barrel treatment, as the base beer takes center stage and the barrel lends light notes. Well done.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

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

    Different angle from the regular Below Decks. The cabernet aging added a dry sweet twist, but also seemed to take away from the rich, dark fruit aspect favored in the original. This is nice, but the bourbon barrel aged takes top honors over this.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Chestnut brown pour, with surprisingly big head and some nice lacing. Light boozy nose. The flavor really picked up the cab flavor, like a nice twist of beer and wine. Sweet malty flavor with the bitter tannin twang. Velvety in the mouth. I liked the beer/wine hybrid.

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