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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial StoutHeavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout

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1,067 Ratings
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Ratings: 1067
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%


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Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Deep mahogany in color with aromas of roasted coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Subtly hopped, making it astonishingly smooth and easy drinking for such a big beer.

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Photo of jdense
jdense

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits, Wash., DC, poured into Piraat tulip 3.20.12.

One finger slow rising tan head, quick dissipation resulted in ring around edge of glass, dark brown opaque body no visible carbonation. Chocolate and vanilla dominate the nose, no roast, floral hops. Chocolate dominates the taste, some roast balancing the vanilla, hops subsumed. Mouthfeel medium, decent effervescence, a bit boozy for the ABV. Nothing to write home about, but glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:23:06 | More by jdense
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cdrogers

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to Sam Adams pint glass.

Was a nice dark coffee color with a brownish-white head. The head was minimal and had no noticeable lacing while drinking. Has a nice roasted malt and chocolate smell, which also comes through in the tasting. Mild bitterness that lingers somewhat toward the end. It had minimal carbonation. The alcohol content also stands out toward the end with the roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:40:43 | More by cdrogers
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paulginva

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced a medium-tan creamy 1/2" head that dissipated quickly leaving thin head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a murky dark brown body.

AROMA: Some moderate dark chocolate and light roasted coffee aroma along with a whiff of alcohol. Nothing really stands out.

TASTE: Dark chocolate and light toasted coffee, together with moderate alcohol. Pretty pedestrian taste -- nothing complex or particularly interesting.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a medium to full body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and thin body lacing that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was moderately sweet with a lightly sweet and very lightly bitter finish that lasted for a medium length of time.

DRINKABILITY: Easy to drink but definitely a sipping beer. I'd only have a couple unless I had a designated driver close at hand. Decent value for the price but nothing outstanding. And that last phrase -- nothing outstanding -- pretty well captures this beer. It's an ordinary, standard imperial stout. Since there are so many others out there that are more memorable, I probably won't have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 00:33:32 | More by paulginva
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tubeboy

Maryland

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours pitch black with less than 1/2" of head that drops quickly. I smell burnt coffee and dried prunes with a hint of alcohol too. This beer is sweet for a stout and has an acidic aftertaste that may be due to it's high gravity. I'd prefer this guy kept it's head longer to smooth out the feel. It seems a little thin to me. Imperial stouts are tough to brew and I think these guys can take this to a higher level if they want to. Locally at least, Heavy Seas is a nice go to brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 22:30:33 | More by tubeboy
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a local restaurant. Poured in a fluted Palm glass.

Pours a dark bloack with touches of foam. Some stickiness. Smells rich roasted, coffee notes. Taste is a full hearty dark chocolate malt with an undercurrent of dark fruits - plums and such. Constrained bitterness throughout, with moderate carbonation. Very good stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 12:27:36 | More by KTCamm
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review adapted from notes taken 8/27/11

Appearance: Black, with a little beige head that fades quick, average lacing - seems a bit thin

Smell: Somewhat mild but interesting - burnt, chocolate malts, some coffee, cooked malts, caramel - not a ton going on

Taste: Burnt, a little earthy, roasty coffee - burnt malts, cooked and caramelized malts, some char - not a bad stout, but it really doesn't taste "imperial"

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but could be smoother - very light

Overall: Not bad, just average

I realize that I have been spoiled by some of the more ridiculous takes on the RIS style, but I am pretty certain this is the thinnest imperial stout I've ever had. It's not bad, I just think that it needs more of everything.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:31:23 | More by angrybabboon
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CrystalShipMS3

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer.

Here's why:

Looks dark. Motor oil. Dark tan head leaves foam on the sides of the glass. Looks like a stout.

Smells like coffee and chocolate liquor. Anis is very present in the background.

Sweet yet dark at first leading to cocoa and a bitter coffee taste. I smell the licorice more than I taste it. Leaves a very nice roasty coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. I'd prefer a bit more creaminess but it's still nice. Somewhat crisp. I like it.

Overall? I could drink Peg Leg all night. It's not too heavy to the point where it's syrupy sweet, it's crisp and just highly drinkable. Plus local beer gets priority in my book.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 19:24:18 | More by CrystalShipMS3
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c1377

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

EYE
Inky black
NOSE
Bready chocolate coffee malt
BUBBLE
Light brown froth
MOUTH
Smooth and warming
TONGUE
Dark mocha flavour with burnt toast aftertaste;
faint dryness; warming spirits
MOOD
Cold and windy day near a smoking grill or camp fire
PAIRING
Chicken breast smoked over bleu cheese;
grilled fish with lime/balsamic vinegar/roasted ginger;
pepperoni pizza

This is a dark and smooth English Style "Imperial Stout" with pronounced spirits. Slightly dry and very minimal (if any) hop. Strong burnt mocha overtones. It is not deep, heavy, or even full which is what I expect from a stout...

Brews this dark and this strong (ABV) could have a much richer flavour profile. It is almost like they started with a light lager and than added chocolate and coffee specialty grains untill it turned black.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:43:09 | More by c1377
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TechTriumph

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Jan. 2013; Poured in a snifter.

A - 1/2" of light tan, frothy head that thins out very fast; Pitch black appearance; Tiny bits of carbonation bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass; Pretty good streaks of lacing

S - Not a very strong aroma; Roasty, chocolatey, and a little bit of sugary characteristics

T - The taste is a bit different from the nose; Smooth, mellow chocolate with a bit of vanilla beans and sweet milky flavors; Faint citrus hops come through in the beginning of the taste, but are pushed aside quickly; The taste reminded me of cola-like flavors for a second or two; Roasty qualities are very subdued here; Touch of alcohol towards the end of the taste

M - Pretty good amount of very fine and zesty carbonation; Velvety smooth mouthfeel after the carbonation subsides; A bit above medium bodied

O - This is a very delicious beer that fits into the lower end of the RIS spectrum. It was a bit sweeter and lighter than I was expecting, but had a nice taste with a good dose of chocolate. As smooth and easy drinking as this beer was, it's one that I'd certainly like to try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:42:49 | More by TechTriumph
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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint. Purchase-by date on bottle 12/12.

Look- Pitch black with here-and-then-not reddish highlights around the edges. Two solid fingers of chocolate milk colored head that settle fairly quickly and leave a moderate amount of shotgun-scatter lacing.

Smell- Dark roast coffee is dominant, with hints of chocolate, grains, and booze. Also a light fruity ripe banana that is enhanced by swirling. It reminds me a bit of what cut bananas in multigrain cheerios smell like. Interesting take, I'm intrigued.

Taste- Now that it's on my mind, I can't shake the banana feeling, and it's present throughout the sip in one form or another. Espresso, chocolate, dark caramel malt, and the faintest touch of pine round out the flavors. The caramel malt is strong- I can almost feel the sweet crunch. Maybe that's just the cheerio feeling coming out again, however. No matter what analogies you use though, it's damn tasty, and has a lighter fruity character that I haven’t seen done well in the style. At the same time, it's a bit too sweet for the somewhat muted flavors.

As it warms, I get some raisin and a stronger cocoa/chocolate milk, but otherwise it doesn't develop much.

Mouthfeel- A little watery for an imperial stout, with smooth carbonation. Mild crispness that comes out in the middle. Moderate to heavy warming afterwards. Not as hearty as I'd like an Imperial to be. Alcohol well hidden, but also on the low end for the style to begin with. Quite drinkable, though.

Overall- Exceptional value for what you get. A hearty London-style stout, to be sure, but the Imperial moniker is a bit of a catch-all in this case- it's just not quite that bold to me. I picked this up in a very reasonably priced assorted 12 pack, however, and I definitely got as least as much as I paid for. It's also exceptionally drinkable for such a dark beer, and I could easily put away a couple of these.

If this were marketed as a Baltic porter or London, milk, or sweet stout, I'd raise my marks for sure. As it is, though, it doesn't quite stack up to the bigger hitters in the league.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 07:19:50 | More by Lawl3ss
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illidurit

California

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at the December iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Looks the part, with a dark brown/black here and a team head, but the aroma and taste do not deliver. I’m having trouble detecting anything on the nose, toasty and chocolate-sweet I suppose. Same with the flavor. Goes down easy with a light moussey body but it isn’t satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 08:26:56 | More by illidurit
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a 1 finger tan head. Lots of prunes and raisins on the nose. Just let the beer warm for a bit revealing some notes of charcoal and bitter black chocolate on the nose as well.

Surprisingly crisp at first but unlike the other two heavy seas beers I had tonight the body is a little less stable (but still more stable then plenty of other beers i've had before). Mocha coffee flavors as well as some rich chocolate. Hop presence is kind of undetectable to me but it has to be there as the balance is quite supreme.

Body starts big and bubbly but thins out a little (tiny bit, not much) on the swallow. The sweetness of the beer is very nice and is worth lip licking. For a Russian imperial though I wish there were more hops.

Also for a russian imperial it's not as in your face as others I've had which can be a nice thing as you could probably have a few of these.

Overall the night of 3 heavy seas beers were nice, I knew they wouldn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 04:27:28 | More by jtierney89
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black, no transparency, light tan head that lingers.

S- Heavy roasted malts with notes of chocolate.

T- Very similar to the smell with a little more chocolate
coming through towards the end. Some hop presence comes through as well.

M- Relatively thick mouthfeel, but smooth and creamy at the same time.

O- Good take on an imperial stout. Cannot beat the price and nice in a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:38:59 | More by stephenjmoore
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-27-2011
Freshness: Best by 12-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

A: Black and opaque, with a tan head of 2 fingers. Fair retention and a good amount of lacing.

S: Big chocolate aromas, along with coffee, over-ripe fruits and vanilla.

T: Rich flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. The flavors are not overly burnt or bitter from the roasted notes as in some stouts.

M: Smooth, with a full body. Carbonation is medium to high. Finish is balanced, neither sweet or bitter, with a dark chocolate aftertaste.

O: I really enjoyed this stout, my first beer from Heavy Seas. This RIS would make a great nightcap!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:48:13 | More by sommersb
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque dark brown, almost black with one finger of tan head that had practically no retention. The nose is slightly roasty - very different than the on-tap version. The taste is more roast than sweet, but both are there. The malt flavor is toasty and hearty. As the beer warned, the alcohol in the finish became more apparent and not completely pleasant.

Like the on-tap version, this is not what I would call an imperial - too mild. However, it is still a tasty and interesting offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 07:27:12 | More by 57md
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, with two fingers of large-bubbled head than lingered nicely, with very thin lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet-smelling malt, some vanilla. Also toasty acrylamide. But all rather faint.

T: As the smell suggested, a lot of sweetness in this one, although burnt malts are also strong. There seemed to be light citrus notes (surprising for an imperial stout) before the faint hops bitterness.

M: Noticeable but not unpleasant alcohol. Not much carbonation -- I think it all ended up in the head.

O: Not bad, but not very smooth. I'd have another, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 03:12:16 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick beige head and a good amount of lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, dark fruit and some chocolate. Medium, creamy body. Toasted, nutty malt, prunes, brown sugar and some chocolate fill the mouth. The finish is bitter-sweet, medium lasting. I find this brew too thing for IS.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 14:42:14 | More by mikeg67
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WifeEraser78

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a beer that I was hesitant of buying when I talked to an employee at the beer distribution center. But I looked up the rating on Beer Advocate and saw that it was a good rating. (Not that I really focus on ratings for things. Hell, Strange Brew did not get god reviews and that movie is fantastic)
Anyway...

Smell did not have an overpowering feature. I kind of like a distinct feature when I inhale a freshly poured beer.

The pour has the great feature that I love in any beer, which is little head. I can almost pour this beer upside down and get very little head.

The pour sequences into the mouthfeel because any low carbonated beer goes down way too smooth. That means I can pound these down quickly.

In the overall rating, I think that this beer is pretty easy to drink. It comes with a good price tag and it can be a good introduction to a Russian Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:07:57 | More by WifeEraser78
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whiterabbit

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 120z. bottle Black and "thick" in appearance, not a lot going on as far as smell goes, light nothing really standing out.
First sip as smooth as they come. Lighter than most stout, smooth as silk. I am liking this brew.
Chocolate. Not bitter, but you do taste the alcohol. Again, smoother and lighter than most. Really goes down easy.
This is good./ If you like the heavier, almost able to slice with a knife stout, this is not for you. If you like a very smooth, easy drinking, yet still very satisfying brew, your gonna like this one.

Most Heavy Seas are on the light side, but still retain the flavor. This is no exception. Will back again for more...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 03:34:47 | More by whiterabbit
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stckhndlr

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This looks like motor oil thats about 6 months overdue for a change. Light only gets through around the very very edges. Has a nice one finger tan head that sticks around for a few but not too long.

S- Caramel syrup malty smell. Has hints of coffee and plenty of chocolate.

T- Toasty coffee and chocolate. Love the chocolate malt. Not very bitter. Nice loooong finish.

M- Full body, frothy and a smooth finish going down.

O- I love this one. because the company has focused on the malt rather than the hops it makes this one very drinkable. Have to force yourself to drink it slowly or that 8% can creep up on you. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 13:53:09 | More by stckhndlr
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Meerkey

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Not much beige head, doesn't stick around very long. Very dark brown, black. Barest hint of lightness at edges.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. Smooth and rich. Very nice.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee grounds. A little bitter, but mostly sweetish and caramel malts.

M: Smooth but not too heavy - maybe a little thin, slight hint of carbonation.

O: Pretty good, but not my favorite stout. Not that interesting, but a pretty solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:56:34 | More by Meerkey
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haywire77

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pitch black body with dark brown edges and about 1" of khaki brown head with sporadic large bubbles that faded very quickly to a patchy cap.

Lightly roasted sweet malts dominate the smell if dominate is a word I want to use. Plums and raisins maybe and a little boozy smell. Not a heavy scent and rather lackluster for an imperial stout. Not at all unpleasant, however.

Just like the nose. Dark fruits and sweet malts with quite a bit of alcohol on the back end. Sweet for an imperial. Not what I was expecting. Refreshing, if a stout could actually be.

Mouthfeel is thin and rather dry with a bit too much carbonation. No viscosity to speak of and the only lingering effect I get is the bubbles on the back of my tongue.

Overall this beer is average to me at best. With other decent imperials in this low price range, I will probably not seek out this brew again. This is not to say that it's a bad beer, just not quite what I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 20:40:52 | More by haywire77
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black. Not much light getting through. Slight head. Leaves blotches along my glass. Looks pretty thick when poured.

S-Quite a chocolatey nose. Chocolate syrup. Hints of roasted coffee are detectable too. Booze comes off clearly in the nose. Slightly bitter. Pretty generic in the nose but nothing bad.

T-Chocolate syrup and booze mostly. Roasted coffee sneaks in as well. Alcohol is pretty blatant. Run of the mill Imperial Stout flavor. That is not really a bad thing however.

M-Not very thick in the feel. Medium bodied surprisingly. High carbonation for an Imperial Stout. Bland feel, but surprisingly easy to sip for a big beer.

O/D-Generic, but sometimes generic is not a bad thing. I wanted a few stouts to drink during a Sunday full of football. Far from great, but it will get the job done for today. $10 for a 6-pack is decent especially because six of this would get you going pretty good. Overall, solid. Won't complain.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 18:29:57 | More by VelvetExtract
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Modest cream head atop a rich stout

S - Not much going on. Some earthy smells

T - A dose of caramel and toffee english malts along with some cocoa, hint of roasted flavors and a dull dry finish. Little balance. No hops presence - ok for an english style. While there is pepper spice and evidence of the 8% ABV, this is an imperial by look alone.

M - Creamy smooth, and light carbonation.

O - Easy to drink, but little too appreciate. In a word, mild. Missing more thasn just a leg. Although maybe I'm spoiled by the American versions and the other good brews in this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 03:03:19 | More by KomodoDragon
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown to black pour with only a small light brown head. A ton of bubbles rush from the bottom of the glass.

S: The aroma is roasty, with hints of chocolate, but very subtle. Very average smell, nothing really stands out.

T: Like the smell, the taste is pretty average. This beer is fighting in a tough crowd though. Roasty, perhaps some slight hops, mixed in with chocolate. Pretty good considering it's relatively cheap. But certainly not on the same level as Old Rasputin or other similarly price RIS'.

MF: Medium to heavy body. Carbonated well. Dry finish. Only hints of booze, the alcohol is masked nicely.

O: Tastey and extremely drinkable. I enjoyed it, but this is nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:52:17 | More by russwbeck
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