Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by FirstMan:
2.8/5 rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Well, I was stuck on a fairly boring business trip down to McLean, Virginia, and decided to do what I always try to do when I'm away from home - look for local beer. I picked this one up at a Whole Foods in the area that had a pretty impressive selection. Since Massachusetts doesn't sell beer in grocery stores (stupid, stupid, stupid), I was delighted.
Anyway, I have to say that in appearance, this beer is pretty underwhelming. It's quite a bit lighter than I would hope of an imperial stout. Clear as well. I can't see through it, but when the light hits it, you can see distinct light brown tones that seem more "Brown" than "Stout."
The nose is better. Sweet toasty malt is predominent with almost no hops to speak of. Roasted coffee comes through lightly as well as an underlying hint of smokiness.
Well, the look belies the taste, I'm afraid. This is pretty weak for an imperial stout. Sweet, somewhat smoky on the front, but lacking a real middle to speak of. There's a bit of a gamey taste throughout, possibly the water. I've encountered this before in beer from cities near the coast, but not sure if that's it. It's not all that bad, just not terribly interesting for the style.
Mouthfeel is one of the better qualities. Slick and full, sort of expanding when it gets in your mouth.
A bit of a disappointment overall. Not terrible, but could stand some improvement.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2005 01:21:31 | More by FirstMan
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4.24/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
With all the fixations on alcohol, sweetness and roast to carry the taste of trendy imperial stout, its refreshing to see a beer that's rooted in British rounded complexity even if its taste is savory, sipping and robust.
Clipper City's big boy of a stout starts with dark mahogany brown that's just off of opaque. As it stews in the glass like dark roast coffee, its roasted aromas follow suit with its own dark chocolate, walnut and cold-pressed blends. Its decadent seared sugars underneath take on a toffee and molasses tone but evading the viscous texture of either.
Across the middle, the strong ale really opens up by saturating the palate with equal parts bittersweet chocolate, nutty coffee blends and a toasty-peppery bit. The starchy sweetness that floats beneath carries with it the fruity sweetness of grilled currant, blackberry and a tinge of licorice.
Finishing with an oddly light sense of palatability, the luscious beer isn't exactly built for quick drinking but it's surly not indicative of imperial strength. Its understated simmering warmth cuts through the beer's sweetness and mild viscosity with a finish of smoky chocolate and grilled fruit.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 04:47:51 | More by BEERchitect
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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