kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Name: Heavy Seas Letter of Marque
Date: June 25, 2011
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Appearance: clear dark red, fine beige head
Aroma: fruity aroma, earthyness dries out some of the sweetness, fruity esters brings it back
Flavor: rich malty flavor, sweet fruity esters, lots of earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Bottle. Pours deep ruby red with very little head. Aroma is malty with a hint of fruitiness. Flavor is nice and complex with a tasty hint of raisins. Quite good overall. Would pair well with chocolate or dark fruit. Hangover (1145) - oxford, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Nice garnet pour with a big offwhite head. Aroma has some nice Belgian yeast notes up front with caramel, candi, spice and raisin as well. Nice body, definitely more of the belgian flavors with a bit more dried dark fruit. Slightly boozy aftertaste but there is a lasting, candi sweet finish. Pretty tasty twist on one of my favorite styles. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2011
THOUGHTS: Hid alcohol well. Flavor was nice, but somehow artificial and a little watered down. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2011
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark, brownish amber with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was a little weak. It had moderate caramel; light to moderate herbal hops; moderate dusty and spicy yeast; apple; pear; brown sugar; light alcohol; and lots of fruit. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and slightly sour; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and lightly sour with an average duration. There was caramel, apple, raisin, brown sugar, tea, fruity yeast, some other dark fruits, dusty yeast, burnt caramel, molasses, maple syrup, spicy yeast a little pear; and a little herbal hops when warmer. The medium body was slightly syrupy, but mostly dry with fizzy carbonation at first that goes a little softer after a short period of time and dry and slightly alcoholic finish.
22oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, slight spice, banana, slight nutmeg, and a hint of fark fruit. Poured deep amber/orange/copper in color with a a tiny, off-white head around the edges only. Very hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly spiced. Tastes of malt, Belgian yeast, light banana, light spices, light bubblegum, light candi sugar, slight hops, and a hint of menthol. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, Belgian yeast, light banana, slight spice finish. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
22 oz bomber served in a tulip. Pour is brilliant amber with two fingers of fluffy off-white head. Nose is bananas, thick decadent caramel, cellar, and raspberry syrup. Taste is on par with the nose, but the Belgian yeast also makes itself known. As it warms, the fruit syrup really becomes dominant and the beer takes on a character that is known to people who have had a cold: Robitussin. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2011
22oz bomber. Pours orange-red-brown, slightly hazy, with a very thin off-white head. Soft fruit aroma Hints of dark fruit syrup, hints of pepper spice, and dark toasty sweet malts. Flavor is malty and crusty with hints of caramel toffee and phenol spice. Lots of fruitiness emerges towards midpalate along with touches of sweetness. Despite the sweetness, it finishes dry with low bitterness and hints of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is a lighter in body than expected - strangely thin with moderate level of bubbles. After swishing around and releasing carbonation, texture feels richer and thicker in body. Overall, a very decent dubbel - tasty. Panzuriel (2389) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Pours a rich red brown with a nice lace of beige small bubbles. Nose is sweet malt and just a hint of alcohol. First sip is a tangy sweet bite of malt with some faint toffee flavor. Body is full and nice. Finishes with just a hint of nice bitters. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Goodgrief (2062) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle picked up at Rick’s in Alexandria a few months back. Served in a Mikasa goblet.
Pours a reddish-brown with a thin off-white head and just a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries through a bit of dark fruits and light sweetness. Faint toffee presence as well. The flavor is semi-sweet with nice fruit notes. A bit of cherry there as well. Medium body with low-medium carbonation and a bit of a chewy nature. Pretty good overall. Another fairly-solid beer in the Letter of the Marque lineup.
Amber brown pour, not much head or lacing. Not much aroma. Bready and malty, dark fruit and some brown sugar. Not artificial or overly sweet. A pretty good example of the style. Yeast and clove is there is good proportion, as well. I liked it.