A new beer from Heavy Seas will be sailing onto store shelves in March.
Like the beer it uses as its base, Plank III, the new Phantom Ship is a Belgian-style tripel that comes in at 9.5 percent ABV. It is brewed with 2-row and Munich malts, along with styrian aurora, hallertau and mittlefruh hops before aging it in bourbon barrels with “Jamaican allspice” wood.
“We used the same Trappist yeast as we did for Plank III, so while the spiciness and phenolic ester characteristics of that beer style get all of the hype, I’ve always tried to develop an underlying vanilla flavor via higher (than normal for us) fermentation temps,” said Chris Leonard, brewmaster for Heavy Seas, in a press release.
“In fact, the subtle vanilla component was quite integral to Plank III’s success, helping to balance the hops, spice, and phenolic flavors. It seemed to me that it would be fun to tweak that beer a bit, age it in bourbon barrels, and exploit the vanilla and fruit flavors to develop a more cohesive flavor experience for Phantom Ship.”
Phantom Ship will be one of four new releases in the Baltimore, Md.-based brewery’s Uncharted Water Series for 2015, which also will include Blackbeard’s Breakfast, an imperial coffee porter aged in bourbon barrels (10 percent ABV) that will be available in May-June; Red Sky at Morning, a Belgian-style saison aged in chardonnay barrels (9 percent ABV) that will be available from July-August; Yule Tide, a gin bread rum barrel-aged weizenbock (9 percent ABV) that will be on shelves from November-Decmember.
Phantom Ship will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles, and will be available in all 18 states where Heavy Seas is distributed.