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Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet Below Decks Cabernet Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2013
2010 22 oz. bottle via trade with DrSilverworm - Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a 1/2 finger thick light tan head. Very light lacing. Light carbonation. Aroma and flavor is toasted malt, esters, and light wood. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the finish, yet itís somewhat smooth. Medium to full body. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 2012 vintage. A: Pours a very dark brown color with a bit of murkiness. The head isnít very impressive - not even a finger high (off-white shade), and retention is horrible. No lacing, either. S: This one smells rich. Aside from the massive caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and dark fruit the base beer provides, I get not only subtle additions of buttery oak and vanilla, but also a touch of red wine. Thereís a faint touch of alcohol, too. The barrels have done a good job of taking the edge off the sweetness of the regular offering. T: It opens up like I expect it to: huge brown sugar and huge dark fruit. Afterwards, the barrel comes out strongly. The oak flavor in the middle is buttery and ever-so-slightly toasted, while the finish has a vague kiss of red wine grapes. While the flavor profile is very enjoyable, I feel like itís missing something extra to make it truly spectacular. I donít know, maybe the sweetness could be a little more defined or it could have a deeper profile. As it stands right now, I think this is a rock-solid BA barleywine. M: Rather slender in feel, this eschews some of its bulk and sweetness for a cleaner, more tannic, boozier feel. Despite what the pour suggested, itís shockingly carbonated - once that goes, this becomes superbly creamy. Make no mistake, itís still overwhelmingly sweet and hard to drink. Hey, itís an English-style barleywine, this shouldnít be chugged. O: Being put into (cabernet) barrels was the best damn thing to happen to this beer. It still hasnít quite propped it up into elite territory, but itís a good deal more enjoyable than the base. And itís cheap for a BA barleywine to boot. Hopefully this will be made again, ícuz Iíd pick it up for the purpose of aging it a couple of years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2014
Bomber from Capones, think 2012 or 2013. Dark mahogany with a tan head that fades. Amazing aroma of vanilla, oak, butter, tannins, roasted malt, chocolate, grape, semi-sweet, moderate carbonation, full body, not overwhelmingly sweet with a well balanced and tasty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Rich deep brown and ruby coloured body with a thin, fast-dying large bubbled tan head, about 80% opaque. Aroma of super pungent and strong alcohol, wine and oak notes - nice and deep. Further smells of chocolate, honey, raisins, figs, earth, sour cherries and a lot more alcohol - this one smells great! Full-bodied; Deep rich chocolate and malty flavours dominate then come the pit fruits with the caramel and raisin tastes coming strong. Aftertaste shows a dry oaky note, some light alcohol and a big dose of vinous notes along with cognac and whiskey. Overall, a very complex and well-rounded barrel aged barley wine with the oak and dry notes showing up, the ridiculous pit fruit sweetness and the earthy malt and toffee still vibrant. This one is definitely not one to miss and while I aged mine for a while, and the aging seemed about right for me, it perhaps could use another year or so. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Logan Circle, P Street), DC on 15-February-2013 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on what will most likely be the last day of snowfall here in the 2014 season on 25-March-2014. 2012 Vintage Bottle // Purchased February 2013 // Sampled March 2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vlan1 (204) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2012 Vintage bomber into snifter. No head, smells of sweet malts and faint fruit. Taste is malt predominant with some slight tannic wine notes and mild fruity funk. After having the Regular base beer a few days ago I must say I like that version much more than this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1641) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bomber->snifter. Deep amber with offwhite head. Earth and wood, with dark cherries, caramel, toffee. Tastes nearly exactly as expected, which is a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2010 Having just had the regular and BBA versions, it is time to hit this one up. Iím anxious. Murky, dirty brown with a nougat sheet of foam. There is the slightest, bloody red ruddy tone. The base beer smells profoundly of cocoa, this one has a hint, but mostly I get oak, red wine (cheap red wine), some hints of a tannic, metallic tone. Honestly reminds me of the nose on many Oud Bruins Iíve had. Flavor does not follow the nose. Sweet, malty; infused with toffe and caramel tones this is accented with some fruity character, but nothing tannic. Some hints of raisin and if I reach, a little bit of juicy berry, but thatís a stretch. Medium on full bodied with low carb. Somewhat of a velvety feel. Iím unimpressed on how the barrel impacted this brew. Itís nice, but I would take the regular, unaged version over either variants. Serving type: bottle 01-01-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Thanks for the share, OmegaX. The aroma on this was was earthy, woody and full of cherries and toffee. This was a smooth, fruity barleywine with a soft tannin in the finish. Plenty of berries in the finish with a bit of heat as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2823) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Red berries and dark fermented fruits with a decent dose of oaky goodness. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1561) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Shared a 2011 vintage brown bomber, aged in Cabernet bottles at Thanksgiving dinner 2012, thanks John! It poured a hazy deep amber colour with moderate beige head and some lace. Aromas of malt, caramel, toffee, dried fruit, earthy and citrusy hops, bread, strong barrel aspects: toasted hardwood, vanilla, tart grapeskin tannins, pleasant booze, perfumey and sherry-like. Intense flavours too: rich malty sweetness, balanced hoppy bitterness, complex graininess, wood aged aspects again. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel, average carbonation, long-lasting alcoholic kick. Another excellent beer from Heavy Seas. A brave idea well executed. Unique. Memorable. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
From the bottle, pours very dark red with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and heavy, a bit of dark cherry. Taste is fantastic. Thick, sweet, cherries, molasses, a hint of alcohol even though you know itís there. Very smooth, a hint of hops in the aftertaste but balanced by a malty sweetness. There is almost a wine quality given to the flavor and feel, though that could be influenced by the named Cabernet aging. This is a really good beer. Probably my favorite of the mutiny fleet so far.

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