malrubius (2899) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 3, 2007
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Reddish amber color with lasting light brown head and lace. Hoppy yeasty winey aroma. Mild malty caramel flavor with well-balanced hop finish, both bitter and flavorful. Lingering hop flavor. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty darn excellent. Too bad its not available year round. Could be a regular. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale is a crystal clear and very sparkling copper ale with a huge, foamy, off white head that has outstanding retention. A sweet grainy bready raisin aroma is kind if muffled by the head. The soft, smooth, full body has a bone dry finish. It’s creamy. A spicy bitterness is at the front, first like juniper and then like wood resin. There’s a slight baklava sweetness lingering, but the bitterness keeps it opressed. This is a big burly beer. Good stuff. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Pours a dark brown with amber highlight. The head is about a 1/4 inch in height, an fades quickly to a thin cap and ring, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.
Smell; very nice spicy and citric hops are very dominant, but this also has a nice biscuity malt aroma in the background.
Taste; citric and floral hops are upfront, but do not come off as overpowering. The toasted/biscuity malts do a very good job of balancing out the hop bitterness. Very nice, this is a beer that is good to savor, but would also be good to have a few of in a night.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation, and a great drinkability. If this were available near me, I would make it a regular in the beer fridge for the winter months. Cybercat (5836) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Comes out of the tap a warm translucent coppery amber with a fine, coppery-tan head Aroma is strong, spicy, malty and slightly hoppy. Flavor is rich, malty and spicy with an undertone of hops that is only slightly bitter. Texture is sharp, lively, sassy and tingly and leaves a hoppy-bitter and spicy finish. jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2010
First thing I noticed was the extremely full body. This is one heavily creamy brew...so smooth and so substantial. The taste is almost as great, with just a little bit of dirt in the aftertaste that lingers. Otherwise, it has a great transition from sweet and mellow at first to bitter and a little sour on the back of your tongue. You can’t really notice the alcohol too much with all else going on. Appearance is okay...could use more head, but who couldn’t? Aroma is...a little weird, very biscuity with some figs maybe? i can’t put my finger on the aroma, but it’s sweet, complex and not too strong. Overall, I think I may have found my "go to" ESB. Awesome.
BREWMUSKCLES (2686) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
got to be as good as it gets for an esb. woody malt and bark with some hop for balance, perfume and a busy springy mouthfeel. full carbonation and foamy yet substantive mouthfeel with an amped up flavor and deceptively plain full aroma of beer. it is one hot esb. RyanK (275) - Rhode Island, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Poors a dirty brownish gold with a large foam head that is a off white color. Appears to be unfiltered. Smells of sweets hops, like it’s loaded with them. There is also some citrus in the smells as well. Taste is a well balanced mix of malt and hop. These are the commanding elements but other aspects such as toffee and caramel kind of add to the malt. Mostly this just taste like a bitter ale. It’s good a good winter warmer type of beer I feel the 7.5%abv in my chest and not in my mouth. Dry malty finish, malt is quiet dark with notes of toffee. leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bright, fresh aroma. Deep mahogany color. Hoppier than anticipated. Evergreen notes. Well rounded, medium bodied. Ubermunch (32) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Love this and look forward to it every season. Complex and different it pours nicely and has a full taste that doesn’t disappoint. Not a powerful aroma... but not absent either. Great with smoky cheeses or Italian food. It’s not a crippling ice storm until you drink this by the soothing sounds of your generator. At 7.3abv this can also be used to take the edge off holiday relative visits. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Pours an orangey (black and orangey?) copper with a thin but persistent ivory head. Some light lacing.
Lots of big citrusy hops in the nose buoyed by bready malt aromas.
The first sips reveal big hops but this beer is not just a hops delivery vehicle. Although it does that quite well. It’s strangely balanced with the sweet and considerable bready malt profile. Bitter herbal and citrusy hops dominate the finish and aftertaste. Their website says they use American and English hops and I believe it. Not sure I’ve ever tasted this combination of hops working in such balance before.