Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.09/5 rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Thanks to Jeff for this one; intended to break up the "monotony" of all the IPAs we enjoyed previously. Peg Leg pours a very dark brown, not quite bruising enough to be called pitch black, decent amounts of light shining through the edges. Barely any head forms, even with a mildly aggressive pour; the skin the shows up is an off-khaki color that leaves no lace behind.
To say the least, the nose is fairly unimpressive, especially for the style in question. It's got a quiet stout backing full of some roasted and darker malts, joined by a light cocoa powder essence and a touch of sweetness. And that's really about it. Pretty "unrobust" for a Russian Imperial Stout. Even with time, it never really opens up or gets any more exciting - very lazy and quiet, and that's not what I'm looking for in my imperial stouts. Nothing offensive, just nothing very notable, either.
The flavor has a light roast and toasted malt feeling to it; coffee beans come into play with a deeper allotment of cocoa powder that the nose would have you believe. Some sweetness, almost residual like very, very modest amounts of brown sugar. Halfway through, there's a soft kiss of hops, slightly ashy and leafy, not really adding much save for a mild hint of bitterness. The aftertaste is heaviest with a used coffee-bean flavor, somewhat sweet and almost creamy. Actually, the aftertaste that coats my mouth after the beer is gone is my favorite thing about it so far.
Mouth feel is depressingly thin for the style as well, medium bodied at best, not very creamy feeling; kind of slick and oily, low carbonation. No real alcohol presence, except for a very light warmth. This beer is listed as a Russian Imperial Stout, but it seems like anything but that to me. If anything, it reminds me more of a regular American Stout. It just doesn't have the robust flavors, aromas, or mouth feel you should expect from this style. It falls kind of flat and doesn't really give you anything that would make you come back for more. Thanks again to Jeff for sharing.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2013 21:34:58 | More by tectactoe
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3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a near black color with a slight, slight hue of red. Very little head to speak of; leaves a slight trace of lacing along the glass as you finish. The smell is strongest with hints of chocolate, coffee, raisins; the taste is very sweet, slightly grainy, typical carbonation for a stout with this high a ABV. Very sweet finish. Overall, a good imperial stout for the price.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 16:55:02 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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