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Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) by Heavy Seas Beer - Clipper City
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
7.50 % ABV

Review by Oxymoron on 10/29/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
60 2 6 12 4 6 2009
Summer time winter storm? Pours a darker copper color with some minor haze but still clear. A good pour leaves ample head but does quickly dissipate over time. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is has more of a winter warmer aroma than an ESB. Some sweeter malty aromas up front with noticeable bready and caramel notes. There are some very noticeable spice notes as well, with a touch a cinnamon, pepper and figs. Some honey/molasses. Noticeable yeasty notes and some solvent character. Some herbal hop aroma with some minor oxidation.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out sweet with more caramel and spice notes. The some minor bready with a hint of metallic that is a bit off. Emphasis a more peppery taste. The hops are one dimensional with a strong bitterness with some bite. Leaves the beer too sweet. The alcohol is more noticeable as is the oxidation/card board notes. There is a light woody, vanilla in the end but hard to pick out from the sweetness.

The body is moderate full but hard to pick out from the sweet finish. Overall this is too much for an ESB and with the spice characteristics I can't see how this is an ESB.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
Review from 12/08/06

This is going to be my first "Imperial ESB". In fact, I don't know that I have heard of any other Imperial ESBs. Best before April 2007.

A - Clean amber body witha good amount of action in the glass. Fluffy tan one finger head made of varying sized bubbles doesn't look to be going anywhere.

S - Caramel notes with a surprisingly vivid grassy hop nose. Not a lot of stuff going on, but what is there isn't hiding.

T - Biscuity malts with a light green hop flavor. Finishes with caramel notes and an aftertaste of bittering hops. Ever so slight taste of alcohol.

M - Smooth and creamy. Very nice.

D - This is a very nice beer that I suggest people give to people that say they don't like ESBs. Yes I am talking about you Skylord.

Served In: Pint Glass

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