Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by tonytuffnuts:
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Acquired in their mixed 12-pack, which is kinda cool, cuz they take a random selection out of (I think) their 8 offerings--so it's almost like breaking a bunch of 6-packs to your liking.
Looks like a RIS should. Dark and mysterious, no light shines through. Wonderful 2 finger head with hurried retention that leaves a thick, bubbly lace. Smells like low-quality chocolate (the generic stuff from the movie-theaters) laced with grass... all which I enjoy.
Taste is where they lose me. RIS--to me--means hops, burnt malt/chocolate/coffee, alcohol all raised to an exponential power. If anything, the dark malt is conventionally the trump. Yes, it's somewhat chocolately and all that, but I get more of a cola taste out of this offering, and the hop character intrudes a bit at the back end. Pleasant, needle-y carbonation.
I love the brewery, what a pleasant find in my local liquor store, the best 12 pack most anywhere you'll go. Is it a RIS? I dunno. It's a great beer, don't get me wrong, just not worthy of a pedastal.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2008 01:56:25 | More by tonytuffnuts
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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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