JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2012
On Cask at Barley’s Mini Real Ale Fest on 5/12/12. Clear brown pour with a thin beige head. Malty nose with notes of molasses, dark fruit, caramel and wood. Malty and woody flavor with dark fruit, caramel and chocolate character before a toffee and roast finish. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. I found the poplar to be quite interesting in Plank I. Now, I get poplar AND eucalyptus. What else could I ask for?
2.5 A: Dark brown/black color. One finger of fizzy light brown head that fizzes away quickly and leaves no lacing.
3.0 S: Yep, we have some poplar again. It’s seems to make sense with beer. I wish other breweries would toy around with it. The Eucalyptus is harder to figure out. I’m not sure if I’m mistaking it for a portion of the poplar or a portion of the base beer. Speaking of the base beer, it is unusually tame. Subtle and muted. The strongest aromas include a light roastiness, chocolate, and caramel. Give me more power and this would be a great smelling poplary beer.
3.5 T: I think I might have figured out what the Eucalyptus is doing. While the poplar gives a "juicy" woodiness, the Eucalyptus is giving a "pithy" woodiness. Either that, or I’m just full of shit (which I most likely am). Anyway, the woodinesses are solid. The base beer opens up a lot more in the taste, but it still isn’t overly impressive. Light roastiness, big caramel, chocolate, and moderate neutral malt sweetness with the characteristic lager yeast taste.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess in this. Solid here.
3.5 D: Another tasty poplar beer from Heavy Seas. If they made the base beer a little better, this would be a huge hit. In any case, I look forward to Plank III.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-11-2012 01:07:17 AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Heavy body to this beer. It is a thick and syrupy lager that has flavors of some dark fruit and caramel with an earthy woody base. b3shine (9150) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; brown with some lacing. Smells meh. Tastes better than it smells, but that’s not saying much. Mouthfeel is average (at best). Glad to try it, but wouldn’t seek it out again. jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 21, 2012
22oz bottle in a stem glass. Pours very dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma of lots of caramel malts with some cereal and chocolate, a good amount of bitter hops, and a little woodiness. Flavor about the same. Smooth texture. A pretty interesting beer.
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Name: Heavy Seas Plank II
Date: April 18, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark chocolate, frothy beige head
Aroma: rich sweet caramel malt aroma, candy sweetness, light earthyness leaves it sweet
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of caramel with a bit of vanilla, light woody earthyness cuts the sweetness to keep it under control but leaves the richness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
The aroma is sweet and raisin like with mixed grains and licorice. The appearance is brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a good beer but not great. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2012
The beer has a very toasty flavor with a alot of burnt malt like. not too thick with the palate and gives a nice bitter after though. its a little soft but still highly drinkable. Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Cask version at Barley’s 9th Annual Mini RAF (05/12/12): This beer pours brownish-black with a medium thin light tan head that dissipates quickly. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is mint, malt and fruit. Medium body with a minty character and notes of chocolate malt, vanilla and dark fruit. The finish is fresh mint and malt. Above average overall. Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2012
I poured this beer from a 22oz bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a black color with only the slightest dark brown hue to go with a foamy and creamy, small, off-white head that had short retention, light cling, and decent lacing. The aroma had strong, rich malty notes with scents of chocolate and caramel, and also some earthy hops with a touch of fig and fruit with a slight wooden effect. The beer had a sweet malty flavor with a fruity, raisin tone, along with some candy and caramel sweetness, and a subtle grainy bitterness as well. It was a heavy beer with a slightly syrupy body and lower carbonation with a slight lively touch. The beer was somewhat creamy and wet, with a subtle, but slightly noticeable, presence of alcohol.