Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by neobassman:
4.22/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
As part of my survey of domestic imperial stouts, I am pleased to find that this one is not only good, but produced in my own state (MD). I like this Baltimore offering, even though it does not replace my current, personal favorite, Old Heathen. This brew is characteristically dark in color, though not the midnight black of some brews - under strong light it admits a ruby red color through the dark brown body. The dark, mottled, tan head is not very persistent and exhibits less lace than some other stouts. The smell is equal parts malt, hops, and fruit (plum?). For me the taste is very pleasing - the bitterness is present but not overpowering, a full middle to the taste, and enough of the dark, roasted bottom to leave no doubt that it is a stout. The flavor continues to evolve through and after the swallow, with a bit of English fruitiness. Carbonation is mid-pack for a stout. The mouthfeel is moderately creamy but not as substantial as an oatmeal stout.
I tend to use Guinness as my benchmark since it is so ubiquitous; I would take this over Guinness any day. It has a fuller, more balanced, a slightly more mellow flavor and is mostly free of the Irish champ's burnt coffee experience. While not my favorite domestic imperial, Peg Leg makes my recommended list.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2007 00:30:16 | More by neobassman
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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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