Jul 1, 2015

Heavy Seas 2015 Phantom Ship

Heavy Seas has a knack for brewing some big, bold beers. Their Phantom Ship — a 10% ABV Belgian-style tripel — is right in line with what I’ve come to expect from this Maryland brewery. It’s potent, boozy and has the added benefit of having rested in bourbon barrels for a measure of time before bottling.

I’ve become a big fan of this style beer aged in barrels. From a personal favorite in Lickinghole Creek’s Bourbon Barrel Three Chopt Tripel to the rich, dynamic Phantom Ship, the effect is usually pretty damned impressive. My only regret with this beer is that I didn’t purchase any more for cellaring.


Phantom Ship pours golden amber in color with a dense cap of resilient beige foam.

Heavy Seas 2015 Phantom Ship photo


Peppery yeast, smooth bourbony notes, light wood, touch of vanilla, honey and stone fruits all mingle wonderfully.


The bourbon comes in late here with vanilla, lingering forever in the lasting finish. Honey, fruits, yeast and grain are present throughout before fading to a warming end. The brew is medium bodied with soft carbonation. For the size of this beer, it’s deceptively smooth.


There’s very little to complain about with this beer. Perhaps it’s a bit too hot right now alcohol-wise, but given some time in the cellar, that will subside some. The flavor is outstanding with plenty of bourbon character. I must find more.

Rating: 4/5

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