I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Its best before month was notched at July 2013. It cost $2.90 ($0.24 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black body, no visible carbonation. Forms a small,
light brown, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves trace lacing
on the glass.
Smell: Plenty of dark roasted malt with a general confectionery sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable.
Taste: I’ve often thought of the imperial stout as a pretty foolproof
style of beer. It’s like the old pizza metaphor: even when it’s not that
good, it’s still pretty good. I guess Heavy Seas Peg Leg would be a
good example of this. Essentially a by-the-book, no frills imperial
stout that’s indeed a pretty good beer, but only okay for the style.
The taste is actually quite sweet from start to finish. A mélange of
toffee, molasses and chocolate syrup throughout the first half. Not much
in the way of roasted malt or hop character, though that could be
attributed to my bottle being out of code. Alcohol warmth is present,
and it imparts a slightly sweet rum-like character, but with no overt
vanilla or woody flavors. The aftertaste is remarkably clean, which is
nice and a bit unusual for an imperial stout. Overall, the flavors here
are good and solid, and most drinkers will find it at least satisfying.
Drinkability: I found the drinking experience of Heavy Seas Peg Leg to
be a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand the mouthfeel is quite comfortable
with a soft texture, smooth finish and clean aftertaste. On the other
hand there’s a slightly distracting alcohol warmth. I suppose this is
understandable considering the beer is rather hefty at 8% ABV, but it
feels like a slightly bigger beer than it is. Probably best enjoyed as a