Ahoy, Matey! Because Peg Leg Imperial Stout by Heavy Seas is a pirate-themed beer from a pirate-themed brewery, it was very tempting for me to write this entire post in pirate lingo. But, because I actually want you to continue reading, and because I’d hate to be sent to Davey Jones’ locker, I will spare you and share this beer with you in plain English (or as plain as I can manage). Savvy? Batten down the hatches, we’re settin’ sail.
Right away Peg Leg screams imperial stout; it is very, very dark. Its nearly perfect blackness is only interrupted by the tiniest hint of copper around the edges of the glass. It pours with three to four fingers of creamy, tan head. Retention is good and there is a fair amount of lacing left behind on the glass.
The aroma is overwhelming dominated by chocolate malts. It smells a bit like roasted coffee and there may also be a hint of caramel present as well. The dark chocolate malts, though, are the stars of the show here. Absent is any real indication of hops at all. Despite the lack of hops aroma, it smells amazing!
The first thing I taste as I sip though the thick creamy head is chocolate. A lot of chocolate. The I’m greeted with the roasted coffee that I detected in the aroma. It is very malty and also quite sweet in middle. The carbonation is a bit high, and it doesn’t feel as full-bodied as I would have expected. It finishes dry with some bitterness that’s reminiscent of eating dark chocolate. Finally, at 8% ABV, the alcohol is masked very well.
Heavy Seas Peg Leg is a very solid stout and a beer I’d gladly drink again. It’s very drinkable and, although the chocolate dominates the flavor profile, there is actually a pretty complex pallet beneath the chocolate layer. There are definitely some better stouts out there, but I wouldn’t make this one walk the plank.