Heavy Seas - Oak Aged Peg Leg (Imperial Stout) | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cask oak matured in Buffalo Trace for 7 years; only 5 casks ever released.

Added by CrellMoset on 01-31-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 6
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-cask 10/2/11 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with creamy flavors of milk chocolate and a hearty roasted malt character. There is some dark fruit in the background along with a decent hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp, very smooth and viscous, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I wasn’t a big fan of the regular Peg Leg but I liked the oak aged cask version much better. This is a nice stout to sip on for a while.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle into American Pint - Beer Dates Feb 2011

Rich opaque brown. Fast light brown head. Moderate lacing.

Holds an aroma of coffee, fig, chocolate, and brown sugar

Well balanced flavor profile in this one! However, it is more reserved than others of a similar style. Coffee up front and then it molds into a semi-sweet chocolate.

This feels thin for an imperial stout. Pleased with the level of carbonation. Very drinkable.

I am very pleased with this beer. It's hot out and a thin tasty stout hits the spot. Great summer stout!

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Photo of russwbeck
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Buffalo trace barrels for 7 years, then to oak. Only 5 firkins filled! Really was looking forward to this beer.

A: Motor oil black pour with a creamy brownish head. The lacing is phenomenal. 4.5

S: Lots of oak, bourbon, and some chocolate coming thru. It isn't potent. 4

T: Thick heavy chocolate, lots of bourbon, definitely some oak. Some molasses as well. The taste is complex, but very nicely mellowed. You can tell this has been around or a while. 4.5

MF: Quite possibly the thickest beer I've ever had. It almost feels
like drinking melted chocolate. Thick creamy, low carbonation, hardly any booze the only alcohol tast is bourbon 4.5

O: wow this is a great beer. worth the trip out to Churchkey before the big world cup final! 5

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Photo of imbibehour
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cask into a snifter at ChurchKey DC.

Dark walnut brown body giving to black appearance, with a very soapy coffee like bubbles for a head in nature and color. Lacing keeps well along the collar while drinking and the body edges leave some nice chestnut hues.

Bouquet is small, but more so toned down. Milk chocolate, light pralines and caramel, even some light oak notes and wood.

Taste is light bodied with a good milk chocolate. Light texture brings an almost skim milk character and feel to the palate with some roast. Light on everything but it's there, light on tobacco, and even light on anisette.

This is overall pretty impressive it's almost an incredibly diverse bourbon aged stout that has all the hallmarks of an excellent bold stout, just everything toned down considerably. This might be the the perfect "starter bourbon stout" beer for someone who isn't ready to dive into bold aromas or tastes.

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2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This was my first ever cask ale. Had at Mac's - Steele Creek in Charlotte on 9/21/10. Reviewed from notes.

Poured an absolute pitch black. Very viscous and thick looking. No head at all. I guess that's expected as the carbonation is lower with cask ales. No lace. The nose had notes of vanilla, oak, nuts, chocolate. Light bourbon on the finish.

The flavor is pretty tame here. This is extremely watered-down in my opinion. Very light roasted quality. Light vanilla sweetness. Bourbon was absent. No aftertaste. No finish. This was weak. Very disappointing. The mouth was thinner than expected, but that could be the cask. Again, this is my first experience and I'm not sure what to expect. Drinkability was hindered for sure with the flavor. This was really weak and tame. Barely finished the one.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A firkin of oak-aged Peg Leg on at Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a still deep black, complete with an amazing head and lacing for a beer so still, with huge sticky, blochty, pox like legs and thin creamy surface dusting that lasts well beyond when the head fades.

Aroma: Huge oak and spicy "C" hops jump out of this one at you - Chinook, likely - though they're accompanied by cream, sweet cocoa, toast, coffee, dirt, and a lot of earthy green wood notes.

Taste: Chocolate, earth, and coffee present the standard trinity and aren't that impressive on their own, but the barrel aging does really do a lot for this one. Slight spice, light wood, and a few sweet, estery, and slightky fruity notes augment the hop content of this one (earthy pine and spicy grass notes) as well as lending their own thing.

Mouthfeel: Subtle and very still, slightly oily, and a little chewy, but it works very nicely with the flavors presented here.

Drinkability: Wasn't a fan at all of the regular Peg Leg (though I haven't had it in a long while), but this goes to show you what barrel aging can do to a beer when done properly. The cask also does some nice things to this one, smoothing down the rough edges of what was before a spicy, malt-simple, average RIS.

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Heavy Seas - Oak Aged Peg Leg (Imperial Stout) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 20 ratings