Saturday, November 14, 2009
Heavy Seas Peg Leg (Imperial Stout)
Peg Leg (Imperial Stout)
Clipper City Brewery
Russian Imperial Stout
Pours a very dark brown with no light showing through the glass. It poured with an small tan head and the head diminished fairly quickly. I probably could have gotten a larger head with a more aggressive pour.
Rich roasted malts on the nose with some chocolate and coffee notes.
There is a malty sweetness up front then a drying or bittering effect toward the back end and you are left with that classic roasted malts that just coat you mouth, very rich and creamy. The final after taste is rich in coffee and dark chocolate.
All and all I’m pretty surprised how good this beer is. I did have it at a tasting almost 2 years ago and liked it but I didn’t realize till now how good it really is. This beer does also have a very pleasant warming effect from the alcohol. You can’t really taste it but you can feel it in the chest. Well, lets see what happens as it warms a little.
Well, we are at 62 degrees now. It is still a pretty smooth beer but it is picking up some more unpleasantness. There is definitely a harshness that was not there when it was colder. If I let this beer warm up any more I won’t want to finish it. Sad to say but this stout just fell apart as it warmed up.
So, not a bad stout; I was actually impressed at the beginning. But it just didn’t hold up like other well crafted stouts do. I don’t know what to do for a final grade since it was a very good tasting stout until it warmed up. I do know that I can not recommend this stout there are too many more superior Imperial Russian stouts out there to try.