Heavy Seas Cabernet Barrel Aged Below Decks

22 oz bottle form Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.
I’ve become really wary of this series from Clipper City because frankly, the beers have been pretty poor. I’m a little more optimistic about this one though, since I liked the original Below Decks so there would appear to be some solid ground to build upon.
The pour is NOT attractive. A watery light brown with no head retention, lace or indeed much of a film.
Underneath this beer is a decent ENGLISH styled BW. Obviously if you are looking for a big, brash, bold, American BW with a large hop presence you not going to find it here, because Below Decks is not that beast. The sweetness and malt still make themselves felt and the Cabernet gives a definite vinous quality, but they sit a little awkwardly in conjunction with one another. A bit too much fusel alcohol in the finish which makes the beer harsher than it really should be considering this is an English styled BW.
Thinnish in the mouth, it ultimately fails to please.
Still a VERY disappointing beer for me and another loser in the series.

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06/30/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.0 %
Appearance: 2
Taste: 3
Mouthfeel: 2.5
Smell: 3
Overall: 3
Total: 2.9
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