Friday, June 11, 2010

346. Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks

Another beer from Heavy Seas; this is our third beer, following Clipper City IPA/Loose Cannon Cask and Loose Cannon 420 Cask. Sadly, we couldn’t go three for three on the cask beers from Heavy Seas, although this one was at least barrel-aged, so that has to count for something, right? This beer is part of their Mutiny Fleet of beers—all of their big beers above 8.0% ABV. We took this with us to the monthly DRAFT meeting, as having our beer for the day after the meeting would have meant that our palates would have been wrecked. Instead, we decided to just start with the big beer and wreck our palates from the get-go.

CBA Below Decks pours a hazy chocolate with a caramel colored head; the nose was creamy with chocolate, dark fruit, and some of what we’ve officially dubbed Elli’s classic red Twizzler aroma. Flavors open with chocolate, malt sweetness, and more Twizzler before opening up into the rich dark fruit that makes up the middle; the finish is dry with a fair amount of alcohol warmth. CBABD has a heavy body and something of a sticky mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. The creamy, thick, body works well with the flavors, although this does taste a bit young—it needs some more age to marry the flavors, allow the alcohol to smooth out, and to develop the complexity and nuance in the flavor and mouthfeel.

From the Heavy Seas website: “Our award winning barleywine which has been aged two ways - in either wooden bourbon barrels or cabernet barrels. While great at their release, they will evolve with aging. VINTAGE DATED and VERY limited release.”

ABV: 10.0%


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