In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into a brew on this blog from Heavy Seas. I am a huge fan of this brewery and I cannot wait to get into their beers a little bit more. I could not get them while living the Chicago market but I can here in the Michigan market. Heavy Seas Brewery was founded in 1992 by Hugh Sisson Baltimore, Maryland. Heavy Seas brews several different beer styles. Their beers are sold in eighteen different states and they go as far west to Michigan. Let us get into the brew.
It has a clear copper color with a constant white head on this high-end Fall Seasonal. The smell is like a vanilla bean with hints of oak. It also has smell notes of pumpkin and other species. The taste has bourdon, oak, and pumpkin with slight spices like cinnamon and slight nutmeg. The aftertaste is burn nutmeg bourdon notes. It is sip able to drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Uncharted Waters explores the unique changes that happen to beer when exposed to wood. Each beer showcases a robust style, carefully matched with a wood treatment to produce a range of complex flavors. Vintage dating encourages further exploration of the aging process. As much about the voyage as the destination, we hope you enjoy these beers in the spirit which they were brewed.
The Greater Pumpkin
As fall approaches and thought turn to Halloween, we roll out the Great er Pumpkin. A coppery ale with forward notes of vanilla oak and flavors of autumnal spice, the ale is brewed with actual pumpkin and imported English malts. Pairs well with turkey legs, sweet potatoes, and an evening looking at the stars….
Here is a description from their website (www.hsbeer.com):
In the most worthy of pumpkin patches and during the silence of the midnight hour, the Greater Pumpkin raises up and pours a rich deep and burnished orange color. Heady aromas of bourbon, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove linger seductively over the thick white head of this tremendous brew. Its love at first sip as the full malt body, dominated by British crystal malt, brown sugar and pumpkin, slowly washes over your tongue. Bourbon barrel aging rounds out the flavors with notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Pairs well with crisp autumn weather, crunchy fallen leaves, and the knowledge that your kids will be asleep soon so you can raid their Halloween candy bags.
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Closing out, this pumpkin ale is something else and I mean that in a good way. The bourdon does not take over the beer. There is a nice balance from the beer and barrel. The barrel gives you a vanilla notes that gives a different twist on the beer notes. This is a big beer that gives you everything you expected from a beer like this. You will not be disappointed with this brew. Heavy Seas did a great job and I highly recommend you trying this brew. I thought Uinta Brewing made a great barrel age pumpkin ale. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser