Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Peg Leg begins with a good Imperial Stout aroma, heavy with malts and smelling of coffee, toffee, peat, dark chocolate, and caramelized brown sugar. The coffee aroma is lighter than on many Imperial Stouts, and the beer lacks the thick ash scent that is typical of the style.
On the tongue, the initial flavors are coffee, ash (which is present in the taste, strangely), caramelized sugars, and darker fruit esters, such as fig and black cherry. Chocolate malts come through strongly in the second half of the mouthful, and last well into the aftertaste. The beer has a strong alcohol buzz (8% ABV) which does tickle the soft palate. Mouthfeel is medium (which I found thin for an Imperial Stout), and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is a decent stout, but the flavors are lighter that would be expected for an Imperial. Still, the flavors are present in good quantities, and are finely nuanced; they simply lack the extra punch of a good Imperial. But because of this, the beer is a little more drinkable to newcomers, and so makes good introductory fare.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2011 02:50:38 | More by jondeelee
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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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