Saturday, January 06, 2007

Ahoy, matey!!


Clipper City Brewery's Heavy Seas
Below Wine Style Ale
11%

Presentation: 12oz bottle

This brew was originally given to me as a gift from John. I didn't review it then, just enjoyed it. So the 06's just came out so I thought I'd give it another try and a review.

Appearance: 4 (out of 5) Pours a dark copper. Thin off white head dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring and slight lacing in the brandy snifter.

Smell: 4 (out of 5) Fruit notes...Cherries mostly, plums. Nice caramel malt and slight hay-like hop aroma.

Flavor:4 (out of 5) A mildly complex flavor. Malty sweetness, the cherry flavor comes forward on the middle and sides of the tongue and gives way to a nice hop bitterness. There's definite alcohol warming after the swallow which is nice on these cold winter nights.

Mouthfeel: 3.5 (out of 5) The mouthfeel is light given the style and high abv but isn't disappointing. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: 4 (out of 5) Actually pretty high given the abv and the style but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

I think I'll hang on to one of the bottles for a few months and see if the bitterness mellows out or how the taste changes.

Thanks, Schiranimo!

-C

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