Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by weizenbob:
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle purchased at Jimmie Garant's in Alpena, MI and poured into a nonic pint glass. Full disclosure; this bottle is a year beyond its "purchase before" date. My impression of this beer is appears a bit more positive than the general consensus so I'm reviewing it anyway. Maybe it's just a beer that begs for some aging. An aggressive pour gives me three fingers of foamy mocha-brown head. Retention is good. Small patches of lacing stick around. This beer is very dark. A tiny amount of ruby can be seen near the bottom of the glass, but there is otherwise no translucence.
The aroma gives off rich Hershey Syrup-like chocolate notes. Malts give off a nice roasty fragrance. Alcohol is forward on the nose, even for a beer containing 8% ABV. It smells good, but there is nothing in the nose that helps this to break away from the imperial stout pack.
Boom! This is one of the most chocolaty stouts I've ever tasted. Forget complexity; this is a cocoa bomb. Roasted malts fill the nose after each swallow. Alcohol is manifest on the tongue, adding a little heat. It appears well-hopped with a bitter finish that does little to overcome the sweet, sticky chocolate. Dark chocolate lingers on the tongue.
This is a full bodied stout, with a nice creamy feel. The carbonation level is moderate and works well with the body. It is sweet to the point of being syrupy, but it is also bitter and alcoholic. I can't say that it's the easiest drinking imperial stout, but the intensely sweet chocolate impression makes it seem like it's going down easily. At a year past fresh, this is indeed a sturdy stout.
The Two-Schlitz Scale (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for year-old Peg Leg
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2011 14:50:51 | More by weizenbob
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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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