Friday, December 9, 2011

Heavy Seas Smoke on the Water

Today I'm drinking Heavy Seas Smoke on the Water, a smoked porter brewed by Clipper City Brewing Company in Baltimore, Maryland. This beer is part of their Mutiny Fleet, a series that was apparently developed by moonlighting brewers. You can read the story below, but it ends with "Embrace your innter pyrate and join the Mutiny!" A smoking skull and crossbones adorns the front of the label and some pirate music on the other panel of Big 22.

Sweet cocoa power and caramel aroma, with a light roast. That roast translates right onto the initial flavors of the beer, and some smoke comes with it. Not a bonfire but ashy and enough to be noticeable. Coffee flavors are also a secondary flavor that peeks through toward the beginning.

Rich chocolate and sweet caramel remain leaders and work excellently with the smoky roasted flavors. Smooth with nice carbonation. A light bitter balance comes through at the end. As the beer warms, hints of vanilla make their way to your palate, too. Fairly simple yet flavorful. The 8% alcohol was well incorporated and not really too prominent. If I could have asked for a little more smoke and a little less sweetness, I'd have done that. Check it out!


Chewieez said...

Funny as I very much enjoyed the balance of smoke and sweetness in this brew. I like a little smoke but not too much. I think some brewers are going a little heavy handed with the smoke flavor lately. I really enjoyed this beer over my Thanksgiving break.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Chewieez.

I used to hate smokey beers and still agree that some brewers continue to overdo it. But I've learned to appreciate the technique. I just wanted a little more here or something to take away just a little sweetness.

I do love the Heavy Seas series and think these guys are a fantastic brewery, very underrated.

Thanks for the comment.