Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet Below Decks

Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Our English style barleywine - rich, malty, and opulent. Great at time of release but will benefit from bottle aging for many years to come. VINTAGE DATED.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
22 oz bomber (2012 vintage) into a tulip. From notes. A: Pours a clear dark burgundy color. The head is a one finger light mocha shade. Nothing too noteworthy here, aside from the clarity. S: Sweet. It’s about as sweet as I expected, with many of the expected notes - caramel, raisins, figs, currants, and even a touch of bourbon. Aromatically, it should seem generic, but I find its sugary nature to be very enjoyable here. T: There is a ton of dark fruit sweetness to start, later supplanted by a chocolaty, caramelly sweet finish. It’s fairly uneventful with no real complexity - and no real flaws either. Just an average barleywine designed for dessert purposes. M: The palate doesn’t carry the sweetness that well; it only has decent viscosity and lacks the soft creaminess that would have given it a decadent feel otherwise. The gentle carbonation actually gives it reasonable drinkability. O: Aside from the aroma, this one is average. I can’t complain about it being overly sweet, as it’s a pure dessert beer...I can complain about its lack of depth and middling feel, though. In addendum, the one I drank this with REALLY enjoyed it - then again, he isn’t a fan of barleywines. Take that however you like.

PhillyCraft (8195) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2016
backlog, Bottle, pours an amber tinted brown color with an average head and lace. Smell and taste are dark fruit, candy sugar, spice, and booze. Lots of warming alcohol effects on a medium to fuller bodied beer.

solidfunk (9729) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Some oaky astringency and lots of booze and boiled down caramel. Brown pour with ok head. Doesn’t come together super well. Tap at Rosslyn brewpub.

Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Limited release, sampled in 2011, aged since 2008. Pours a deep copper with a white fizzy head that dissipates instantly. Sweet malty aromas with fruit and caramel, but fades quickly. Tastes dry and fruity and overwhelmingly champagne-like in taste and mouthfeel. No hop character present. It has a one-dimensional sour tang and the malty sweetness I would have expected is not present. Maybe this one should have been opened a bit earlier as it did not age well.

AirForceHops (8032) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2014
22 oz. bottle, 2012 vintage purchased at Georgios in Billerica, MA. Aroma is spot on for the style, prunes, raisin and sweet caramel, toffee.

Flavor is nice. Sweet without any booze, raisins, caramel dipped dates, sweet English malts, tones of yeast. The alcohol is not found at this point, the mouthfeel is lightly oily with a super sweet dried fruit finish. ABV is super smooth at this point, no oxidation found. Love how barely wines tastes at this point in the evolution. Solid sipper.

warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2014
2012 bomber. Pour is a deep crimson slightly hazy, with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet with plum and fig, cherries, caramel, toffee, a hint of chocolate. Taste is big caramel and toffee with plum, brown sugar and faint hops. Boozy in the finish with some sweet malt lingering between sips. Decent barleywine, although perhaps a bit too sweet.

Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2014
22oz bottle ’11Vintage (Crown Liquors #15-Fishers)-40° in Snifter-Pours a dark brown with a small tan covering for a head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, toffee, and roasted malts. Taste of the same with more sweetness and toffee. This full bodied brew is well done and is well balanced.

Ajcanon711 (63) - - JAN 19, 2014
Aroma. Beer words. Heart burn. Big ole Barley Wine and it knows how to flaunt it. ---AJ's Approval

vlan1 (220) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2012 Vintage bomber. Pours a dark toffee brown with about 2 fingers worth of head. Tastes of sweet malt a hint of coffee and mild hops. Smooth not sticky moutfeel. A very solid barley wine.

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Vintage 2010 Dark, english appearing brown ale with a finger of light caramel foam that falls to a mirrored surface with a rim. Nice cherry hues where light glows. Smells of cocoa, lots of cocoa; kinda weirds me out, but I dig it. Nice caramel, toffee and tea flavors in the beer. I haven’t had it fresh, but I like it now as it is. Medium bodied with a semi slick finish. I would drink this again and again if in my area. Looking forward to the BBA and Cab versions. Serving type: bottle 01-01-2012

Itzjerm (3175) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2013
No head. Carmel malt very hot on alcohol. For abv somewhat thin on tongue. Very average barley wine. 2012 vintage.

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