Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout

Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial StoutDo you know what today is? I’ll give you a hint – it’s my birthday! 31 years young. I’ve got a bunch of friends coming over later this afternoon. BBQ, poker game, and Rock Band on the PS3. OH…and a beer swap! It’s gonna rock. I got my new Canon EOS XS camera in the mail yesterday and I’m hoping to break it in. Maybe tomorrow there will be a post with great pictures. Getting back to today, Silvio has another review lined up for us. Today he tries out a beer that I haven’t even seen locally! I give you…Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout.

Let me first start off by wishing Josh a happy 31st birthday! Welcome to the club, old man.
I turned 31 in November, and apparently it’s all downhill from here. I broke my ankle last Sunday in a softball league, and have been on crutches and in a cast all week. Quite the bummer when it’s just starting to get nice outside (fortunately I went for a follow-up visit yesterday and found out it was just a severe sprain – score!). Since I’ve been hobbling around, my wife suggested I review Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout, a great idea if I say so myself.

The pour was very dark, almost syrupy. To be honest, the color and consistency somewhat reminded me of used motor oil. There was only a tiny frosting of cream-colored foam, and it evaporated pretty quickly. Looked nice while it lasted, though. The beer has noticeable carbonation, which comes with an interesting story – the Heavy Seas Website attributes it to a small amount of live yeast left in the bottle to naturally carbonate the beer.

The aroma smells like a fresh-brewed pot of coffee, with a sweet undertone. I was pretty psyched to dive into this brew. The first taste hit me with a really rich coffee flavor – it definitely matches the aroma. However, there are serious hints of dark chocolate lurking behind the coffee. It leaves a slightly bittersweet aftertaste, but nothing too overbearing. The labels touts molasses in addition to the coffee and chocolate, but I didn’t taste that at all. On subsequent sips, a strong alcohol flavor peeks through, which isn’t too surprising considering this beer weighs in at an impressive 8% ABV.

This is a good beer, provided you like coffee. It’s probably the strongest coffee-flavored beer I’ve reviewed for LIBA, edging out Wolaver’s Alta Gracia Coffee Porter by a decent margin. I don’t think I could see myself drinking too many Peg Legs at one sitting because it’s a bit too strong for me, but if you’re putting together a mixed six, it’s definitely worth trying one (or two).

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