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Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet Letter of Marque 2010: Rye Porter

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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2010 Rye Porter

Winners from our 2009 Letter of Marque Homebrew Competition will work along side our brewers to create this one time special release. Letter of Marque will feature a different beer every year selected from our national homebrew competition. Historically, a Letter of Marque was a document that made a Pyrate a legitimate professional. Hence, our Letter of Marque makes a home brewer a legitimate professional as well!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a dark red color with a slightly off-white, thick head. Aroma is rye, malts. Flavor is touches of rye, nuts, other various flavors. Pretty dry, malty, good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
A rare live rate from the Earl of Ale. Here we go. Pours burnt sienna with some ruby notes through direct light, and a huge, 3-finger off-tan head. Nose is very resiny hoppy, dark malty, with notes of cacao and spruce. Tastes very earthy and peaty, with dark ryeish malt, heavy hops, some dryness as it wamrs, and a rich, complex palate that ends bone dry. You canít go wrong with any Heavy Seas beer, and beer from these guys with a pirate emblem on it, and pretty much anything Clipper City makes is a must buy for me. Cheers to the chao that made this, and if you donít like this one, then AAAAAAARRRRRGH, Iíll keelhaul your limey ass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5211) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2010
22oz bottle pours a lightly viscous, opaque black with a creamy, slightly beige head. Aromas of candy, hops, pumpernickel bread, spices. Flavor is lemons, grapefruit, a little milk chocolate, sweet caramel. Finish is sweet and bitter. Not what I expected but I thought it was really good none the less. Drink this fresh, the hops give it the unique character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2010
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Dry and roasted aroma with nice chocolate and coffee hints. Flavor starts off with a heavy roasted and rather hoppy taste. The rye comes in near the middle and really dries out the flavor and helps the coffee and chocolate notes to really stand out. Smooth finish and drinks easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2010
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop clear dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, rye, some bittersweet chocolate, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, some bittersweet chocolate, rye. Smooth medium body, some acidity, fairly drinkable. Put it among some black IPAs and itíd fit right in. But whatever style it is, itís pretty tasty -- hats off to the homebrewer who developed the recipe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2010
22oz Ė The Wine Source. Dark brown, creamy light tan head. Soft toasty chocolate and citric-pine aromas ride an undercurrent of spicy rye throughout. Well balanced as notes of toasted chocolate grains and caramel mingle with a sturdy backbone of bready earthed-rye and a bitter fruity-pine finish. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Very nice as itís one of the better Clipper City (Heavy Seas) brews they have done...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Bottle: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with small froth of light tan head. Has a sweet dark caramel and chocolate malty nose with some notes of spicy rye and fresh piny hops. Starts with good sweetness and toasty dark caramel malty flavor well-balanced with an assertive hoppiness before a smooth chocolatey bittersweet finish. An enjoyable and well-made imperial porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8682) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2010
This brew pours dark brown with some amber highlights around the edges. Medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is piney hops with notes of rye. Medium body with flavors of hops, pine, bittersweet chocolate and rye. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness underscored by toasted rye bread. Overall this is a solid Porter that actually reminded me of a lot of Black IPAs I have tried recently.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HOPSHARK (2) - USA - MAY 10, 2010 does not count
I really really like this beer.... lets hope its brought on for a more regular production!!! Its not a Porter, and tastes more like a IPA- but who cares! Its hop-heavy, you cant taste the 7.8% alcohol, and for being about as dark as a cola its very drinkable! Aroma out of the bottle is very nice and pours leaving a quickly receding, lacy foam around the cup wall and a thin head over the beer. The grand finale is finishing with a strong, deep, rye flavor. So far Iíve enjoyed this beer from a couple Frikinís (THE BEST!), freshly on tap (very good), and from the bottle (a more common variety). All and all I have to say the extra hops in the firkin gave it a hop-nose that was out of this world, and the bitter complexity made it spot on. I would never pass up the opportunity to try on firkin... Clipper City has a great formula! And I would continue to recommend a try in bottle or on tap as well... The Hop Rye Porter is one of Clipper City/Heavy Seas most unique and best to date in my boozed up opinion. Share & Enjoy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Pours mahogany tinged black into an English pint. Off-white head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Sweet rye aromas. Smoked nuts and pumpernickel toast from front to back. Lasting bitter resin finish.

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