GMCC2181 (1615) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle picked up at StateLine... Poured into a snifter, decent head. Light black in color that lets some light through. Leaves a good lacing on the glass. Nose of some rye, roasted malts and some light chocolate. Taste is close to the nose... Lots of roasted malts, light chocolate, and rye. Kind of simple but nice. Cream and oily... Nice and smooth. Overall a tasty and enjoyable brew kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
22oz bottle, courtesy of beachbum25. Thanks, Jim! Pours a dark, cola-brown color with decent clarity; modest head formation (light-tan, fine-bubbled) with solid lacing; pretty nice-looking pour aside from the head bulk. Some nice spiciness along with some dark chocolate and caramel notes in the aroma; overall, pleasantly dry and seamless, with a focus on rye and cola; no overt alcohol. Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Following the aroma, there’s a very seamless presentation of spicy rye, cola, and caramel, along with some bitter chocolate-like notes that never reach the point of added bitterness or much roast; very smooth overall, a vibrant presentation, flawless brewing, and a potent show of rye and malt without the accompanying alcohol showing; a very well-handled beer. Lasting finish of light cocoa, modest caramel notes, and even a touch of a lingering mineral bitterness at the far end. ben4321 (6773) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Location: Bottle at jcos’s place pre-Homecoming 2010, 10/29/10 esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Aroma: The nose has some bread and rye notes, pine hops, caramel, and some spice
Appearance: It pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a lighter brown head
Flavor: The flavor is rye/bread malts, with caramel malts, and some pine hop bitterness
Palate: This beer is medium bodied leaning a touch toward full, and is actually quite drinkable
This was a pretty cool beer. I would say that a Black RyePA would be a better way to describe this one then a Porter. Regardless of how you classify it, this was some good stuff, and I’m glad I was able to get the opportunity to sample it.
Mahognany woth a large 2.8 finger tan slowly dissipating head, leaving a bunch of lace. Aroma of rye, grains, molasses, chocolate, caramel and some mild hops. Taste of heavy rye, dark malts, caramel, chocolate, grains and mild alcohol. Fairly sweet with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Guzzled this one down wile Bret Bielema blew the Rose Bowl for the Badgers with his poor gameplan. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2011
I enjoyed this one very much, tasted like a blend of rye pale ale and a porter to me. Thick hops up front, malty backbone. I guess it’s all gone now, but this was a strong entry from heavy seas.
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Deep brown appearance with an average size tan head and very good lacing. Aroma seems a bit muted for such a strong porter, but you can still pull out roasted malts, caramel and some resinous hops. Modestly sweet flavor is more complex, with the rye and other malts balanced by a liberal dose of spicy, piney hops. Even more in the long lasting aftertaste, with hints of dark chocolate, smoke and coffee. Just a bit more hops in the finish and you could mistake it for a Cascadian dark ale. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Snifter at chappys near Dayton Ohio. Pours deep brown with a small creamy tan head. Aroma is strong roasty chocolate malts and a surprising amount of hoppiness. Some earthy woody notes and licorice. Flavor starts very strong burnt toast and roasty malts. Picks up a strong piney hop note with a sharp black malt crispness and a slightly milky creamy finish. Medium to medium full body and a softer carbonation. pretty good, though the pine and hop bitterness was a bit too much TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Tap at Blue Dog. Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of rye, tart cherries, nuts and light chocolate. Flavor was a nice mix of the same. One of the better Heavy Seas beers I have had. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bruin body with a tan head and light retention. Malty spicy body, rye, rye seeds, light spiced notes. Malty with a coco and mineral base, light chocolate malt tones. Earth y hop tones and a mild warming and light pine y notes. Hints of bitter coffee tones. A mixed up and good porter. alobar (3946) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Pours an opaque black color with a thin tan head. Aroma of hops, rye, and roasted malt. Lots of citrus hops flavor with some rye and roasted malts. Very nice beer!