Sunday, September 8, 2013

Heavy Seas Peg Leg

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (964) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2013
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 stand-alone nightcap. 
Grade: 7/10

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