Heavy Seas - Peg Leg W/ Smoked Vanilla, Coffee And Birch - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.7/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served from a cask at Bodega. While drinking a pint, I got to talkin' to Colin, the owner of Bodega. It turns out he got to travel to Clipper City with bar and shop owners from all over. He had a part in picking the ingredients for this cask.
This stuff isn't very thick or heavy. I didn't even realize it was an Imperial Stout until after leaving the bar and looking up reviews of the normal Peg Leg. The stuff has plenty of brown and red. The head was lose and chunky.
The smell is pretty darn good. Vanilla comes out in a big way, but being as how the vanilla is smoked, sweetness is very low. It allows the vanilla to come out as a sweet nutty aroma, rather than a full on sweetener aroma. Coffee is also there. I'm not sure if the birch has done a lot here, but it could be factoring into the woody and nutty aroma of the overall bouquet.
A gritty chocolate and vanilla bean driven flavor is accentuated by coffee and cream. The general earthy, woodiness is here, keeping any sweetness at bay. Some smoke comes around, but is very gentle and integrated.
The body isn't extreme, but its not thin. Carbonation is low and starts fluffy. The feel is pretty gritty and powdery dry.
This little cask worked out well. Colin should be proud of getting a decent little special cask created for his bar.
Serving type: cask
10-12-2011 22:31:45 | More by MbpBugeye
2.73/5 rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
On cask at bodega on 10/7/11.
Sounded like an amazing brew. But turned out to be a beer with much to be desired.
Poured into the typical pint. Black and dense with nice thick lace. The head was a lighter balsa wood color.
Smells a little weak considering all of the typically aroma-heavy adjuncts thrown into this bad boy. With some digging I was able to pull out some mild chocolate and *maybe* vanilla. The malting was sweet and tasted fairly middle of the road - nothing very interesting or deep in complexity.
Tasted more intricate. The vanilla is very light but it is there. It seemed to be adding an oily texture to the beer that paired with the dry woody texture of the cask beer. The "coffee" flavor was very subtle, and seemed closer to that of black patent malt than of real coffe. There is a little bit of sweet maple to be tasted, as well as a dusting of chocolate powder.
Smooth with a creamy but dry finish.
The beer was nice enough, but a big disappointment. I walked away thinking that the "smoked vanilla, coffee, and birch" was meant to be flavor descriptors rather than actual ingrediants. All of these elemtns were way too weak to be appreciated for what other beers can do with them. And as a Double Stout this beer fails as well. Call it a single, nix the mention of the adjuncts, and this beer would be alright. With all of the information at hand however, one cannot help but cry foul.
Serving type: cask
11-11-2011 01:08:23 | More by Spider889
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg W/ Smoked Vanilla, Coffee And Birch from Heavy Seas Beer
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