Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet Letter of Marque 2010: Rye Porter

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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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!

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   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 Ive enjoyed this beer from a couple Frikins (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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
From a twenty four ounce bottle purchased at "Kellers IGA" in the "Gaslight Clifton" neighborhood - This one poured a very dark brown brew with a tan head of foam and grainy aroma. Tastewise, this beer is definitely complex and respectable, with the cocoa-coffee sidebars that usually escape many imperial porters!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6579) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bottle. Poured dark and silent with a big inch-thick top of foam. The aroma is of alcohol and pine. Easy to drink, this delivers mellow notes of vanilla, chocolate malt, and java. Bring on the ice cream sundae. (#3946, 7/16/2010)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (2185) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Outstanding appearance! Clear brown color. Head was world class. Tall brown. Small bubbled. Long lasting. Lots of lacing. Spicy rye taste first. Roasted malt next. Touch of alcohol in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1525) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Aroma is roasted rye malts with a spicy peppery end. Flowery hops float above the spicy peppers. Great. The appearance is smooth, light brown head. Flat, deep chocolate brown with plum/purple at the edges. Head is incredible. The flavor is spicy rye and spicy habanero peppers mesh beautifully. Roasted caramel malts and mocha on the finish. A nice peppery burn at the end. Feels creamy with a good deal of carbonation. Overall, its less a porter than a strong ale infused with spices. Heavy and challenging and delicious. Spicy as hell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1968) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2010
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. From the aroma you can definitely tell this beer has rye in it! The spicy rye aroma is strong, with some earthy hops and caramel and bready malt also noticable. Taste is similar to the aroma, the rye and earthy/pine hop flavors dominate, with some hints of roasted malt and chocolate in there, too. Theres also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit slick and coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, its smooth and very easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this brew is more a Black IPA than it is a Porter, but Im not complaining. Its a good overall beer, too bad its only brewed once. Id like to see this brew become a regular offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Nearly opaque brown beer with a thick dense tan head. Super sweet glass lacing. Aroma is sweet, balance of caramel and chocolate. Maybe a bit of rye, then again it could be my impressionistic brain... Flavor is big and caramely at first, then a kick of roast, followed by a blast of hops. The palate is luxurious but not teeth-coatingly so. A might fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
bottle courtesy of fiver29, thanks for a new importer rate! pours a slightly thinner brown than expected, nice large 2 finger head, consistent spotting. aroma is spicy with lots of rye, and some roasty smokyness of the base importer coming through. the taste is more balanced, nice spicy rye comes through in the finish more, and is not too much. the body is super creamy, smooth, velvety, very nice for a rye beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: Pours a dark brown with a little bit of a garnet tint to it. S: Roasted malt, some spicy rye, and a bit of citrus hops. Very nice combination. T: A good amount of hops with roasted malt and spicy rye coming through. Somewhat dry with a bit of chocolate. M: Medium body with good carbonation and a nice zest to it. D: Very nice all around. The new Heavy Seas lineup continues to impress. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-03-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 20, 2010
Bottle from SL. Pour was deep dark brown-black, off-white tan head, only a cm or so, but man, rings of lacing all the way down. The aroma was chocolate, roast, caramel, fruits, pine. The flavor was roasty, bitter rye, chocolate, piney hops, a touch of licorice. The mouthfeel was full, tangy (rye?), bitter, hoppy, nice.

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