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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial StoutHeavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout

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1,266 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,266
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 23
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2004

Deep mahogany in color with aromas of roasted coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Subtly hopped, making it astonishingly smooth and easy drinking for such a big beer.
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Ratings: 1,266 | Reviews: 672
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Photo of RickS95
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour is a bit misleading, but still nice. It's extremely dark and produces a really nice, if minor, cascading brown head. Not a terribly thick beer, but the head is, at least for a brief time, gorgeous. However, it's short-lived because the retention isn't much. Spotty lace.

Coming up from the snifter, the smells are all subtle. Obviously, the malt bill shines. The smell is almost sweet, with caramel and toffee. Some chocolate in there as well, in addition to a splash of smoke. Something in there gives off a bubble gum scent. Can't put my finger on it.

The taste is kind of strange. Sweet chocolate starts off before giving way to an English stout-like earthy, roasted grain taste, almost like coffee. From mid sip on, a boozy taste is present.

This has layers. To begin, a milk stout feel presents. The sweet doesn't last long before the dry, bitterness overwhelms it. With the bitterness, the strongish alcohol feel is prominent. However, after the beer warms a bit, all the tastes and the feel meshes fairly well.

Overall, it's a good beer and I'm glad I've got several more. Had I let the beer warm a bit, it may have scored higher because it was much better to finish with that it was at the start. It's easy to drink and while the alcohol tapers off with the warming of the beer, it makes for a nice warmer .

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured into a small goblet a near pitch black with just a hint of ruby shown thru a tight well formed 1/2 finger mocha colore head atop.Dark fruit alcohol notes and and a dryer rooty elemant shows thru as well,flavors of dark fruit,licorice and rum shine out most that earthy rawness shows up a bit late but is subdued but nicely noticed.Not big and chewey like many impy stouts but it is rather quaffable,a bit beter than expected it has character.

Photo of tectactoe
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeff for this one; intended to break up the "monotony" of all the IPAs we enjoyed previously. Peg Leg pours a very dark brown, not quite bruising enough to be called pitch black, decent amounts of light shining through the edges. Barely any head forms, even with a mildly aggressive pour; the skin the shows up is an off-khaki color that leaves no lace behind.

To say the least, the nose is fairly unimpressive, especially for the style in question. It's got a quiet stout backing full of some roasted and darker malts, joined by a light cocoa powder essence and a touch of sweetness. And that's really about it. Pretty "unrobust" for a Russian Imperial Stout. Even with time, it never really opens up or gets any more exciting - very lazy and quiet, and that's not what I'm looking for in my imperial stouts. Nothing offensive, just nothing very notable, either.

The flavor has a light roast and toasted malt feeling to it; coffee beans come into play with a deeper allotment of cocoa powder that the nose would have you believe. Some sweetness, almost residual like very, very modest amounts of brown sugar. Halfway through, there's a soft kiss of hops, slightly ashy and leafy, not really adding much save for a mild hint of bitterness. The aftertaste is heaviest with a used coffee-bean flavor, somewhat sweet and almost creamy. Actually, the aftertaste that coats my mouth after the beer is gone is my favorite thing about it so far.

Mouth feel is depressingly thin for the style as well, medium bodied at best, not very creamy feeling; kind of slick and oily, low carbonation. No real alcohol presence, except for a very light warmth. This beer is listed as a Russian Imperial Stout, but it seems like anything but that to me. If anything, it reminds me more of a regular American Stout. It just doesn't have the robust flavors, aromas, or mouth feel you should expect from this style. It falls kind of flat and doesn't really give you anything that would make you come back for more. Thanks again to Jeff for sharing.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving was from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour produced a light head that was not overly persistent. There is a nice malt aroma along with some light roastiness and hop characteristics. The aroma doesn't fully indicate the flavors present.

The taste is decent with malt and roast presence along with a sort of baked raisin (think like a dessert type thing) flavor. There is also a lightly hopped finish which is unexpected but not unpleasant. The finish also includes some lingering malt character.

The feel is fairly smooth with an okay finish overall. However, it is VERY thin for an Imperial.

This is still a drinkable beer, although not very style consistent. It would be more appropriate to be called a regular or American Stout, rather than Imperial. It's alcohol content isn't overly obvious, either - which is a surprise given the overall thinness of the beer otherwise. Further, it really doesn't have the strong flavors one expects in an Imperial. I would certainly drink this one again, but won't go out of my way to find it.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown to black with a creamy light brown head that went to a ring of bubbles rather quickly. No lacing.

S: Coffee and rubbing alcohol.

T: Relatively complex mix of malts, primarily focusing on dark roasts that yield that espresso coffee flavor. There is a bit of bitter chocolate in there too, with a clear alcohol flavor at the finish to accompany a relatively warm linger.

M&D: Very creamy and smooth making it rather palatable in spite of the the varnish remover notes. The carbonation is light but tenacious and adds to the texture. Honestly, if the alcohol wasn't quite so noticeable in this it would really kick ass. Unfortunately, it just has a finish like acetone - not my taste.

Photo of tuckevalastin
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a short lasting tan head

S: Toasted malts with a chocolate/fruit sweetness. Mild for the style.

T: Surprisingly sour. Toasted malt flavor comes through but very mildly. Not much of the coffee flavor carries through.

M: Little heat and not much spice. Light for the style. No bitterness.

D: Drinkable

Overall, this is not a great representation of the style. It's an ok beer I guess... emphasis on ok.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peg Leg pours from the bottle a charcoal black with a nice head of tan foam that lingers atop the brew. Aromas of dark roasty malts mesh with black currants, raisins and cocoa. Fairly mellow overall with a touch of smokiness.

First sip brings dark, roasted malts upfront with some caramel and chocolate. Flows into some dark fruits with notes of black currants. A slight hint of hops shows up in the finish. Fairly sweet overall. Roastiness lingers on after each sip.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and full carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth and fills the mouth nicely. Still...this falls more along the lines of a standard stout to me. I could have a few in a sitting, but it's not one I'd really seek out. Thanks to goodbyeohio for the opportunity!

Photo of JasonA
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as night with 2 fingers of quickly disapaiting head. Lacing and settling. Looks delicious.

Smell is not powerfull. Malty, maybe coffee/chocolate. Surprised by the subtleness, I want my RIS to kick my noses ass.

Yummy. Trying to figure out which flavor takes control, my guess would be the coffee. Right into a deep malt and finish with what Ill call a dry hoppyness sans the floral part.

Ill call it full bodied, but not syrupy, not thick. I think I would like it fuller for the style, but not bad at all.

Im going to rank the drinkability biasedly. Im giving this beer a higher rank for drinkability because this is one of the few RIS's I can get locally (also brewed locally). That makes this beer for the style, very drinkable :). When I cant get the powerhouse RIS's, this will be one of my goto's.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a freshness date of Aug 07. Poured into a pint glass, this was a dark brown, almost black beer with a fairly small head. It had a dark chocolate aroma, but was somewhat simple in aroma. The taste was chocolate and coffee, but, again, was rather meek. This was an OK beer, but there are a lot of other RISs that I would drink first.

Photo of warnerry
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by May 2011; consumed 4/27/11

Pours dakr brown/black with one finger of light brown head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma seems very subtle, but consists of some chocolate and some roasted malts. There is also an off aroma that I can't quite pick out.

Chocolate seems to dominate the taste, followed by some coffee and roasted malts. Decent flavor profile, but reminds me more of an inferior version of Hoppin' Frog Silk Porter than an RIS.

Mouthfeel seems thin for the style.

Certainly nothing offensive about this, but it doesn't stand out in any particular way a

Photo of shapudding
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tab dated Feb. '05. Poured out a deep dark bottle brown with a thick khaki head that settled as a light creamy layer with puffy little islands. Scents of chocolate, coffee and warm alcohol. Surprising amount of carbination gets you with the first sip, it foams up in your mouth. But the body is alot less than I was expecting... not think, just mostly carbination on top of a thin to medium body..? Dark tastes of espresso, burnt toast, bit of merlot or house red wine that comes out at the end. The flavors linger on your tongue, mainly at the back sides. Not really what I would have picked out as being an impy if I was blindfolded. This is an easy drinker though, the flavors are not too intense, but still decent.
Thanks to Blitheringidiot for shoving this bottle into my fridge!

Photo of bishopdc0
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my British pint, black with a pretty big head and small bubbles.

The aroma is subtle chocolate and roasted malts dominate. A coffee sweetness comes through.

The taste is less then average for a Imp. Stout. I was surprised at the lack of roast, though it does come at the end. the first flavors are all sweet and chocolate, this taste lingers to slowly reveal a hint of roasted malts overall its not impressive.

There isnt any carbonation on the mouth but a dry roasted feel and alcohol ends

Photo of Guden
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep black with a solid one finger brown head. No lacing but still looks beautiful.

S- Bourbon and coffee with a bit of burnt toast. It's a nice blend with the alcohol showing through in a good way.

T- Similar to the nose, coffee and toast, but the bourbon alcohol character gives way to a licorice component which I really enjoy. A bit of bitterness on the tail end add up to a great beer.

M- A bit thinner than I would like in my stouts and missing the creaminess or carbonation levels I expect but still a bit of chewy character and the flavors do fill the mouth well.

D- Intense flavors and high alcohol (both in terms of the taste and the effects) keep this one from being a super easy drinker but it sure is tasty and will bring me back again. Once again Heavy Seas comes through, not sure why they don't get more credit for their great beers from top to bottom.

Photo of merlin48
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours out a mahogany brown, but sits in the glass opaque and ebony. One finger khaki head retains well enough and leaves some minimal sheets of lace. Aroma is subdued, with a small measure of coffee, chocolate, and grassy hops. Mouthfeel begins creamy and full medium bodied, but thins way too much as the glass empties. Carbonation is crisp and moderately high for style. Taste is a bit jumbled. Mild notes of coffee and chocolate, but lacking dark roasty malt character, overall. Mild presence of grassy hops in the finish, but nothing substantial. Alcohol is concealed quite well, but this one just lacks any significant character to earn a decent score for drinkability. The USA produces the best imperial, or double, stouts in the world in my opinion. This one needs some recipe tweaking before it can aspire to any semblance of respectability.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled a 12 ouncer with notched freshness dating on the label. Pours a very dark brown, with some light coming through. Head was darkest of tan, leaves some lacing. Nose of musty malt. This is a dark and muddy brew, some burnt flavors, mocha, coffee, chocolate notes. Does not, as expressed in other reviews, exhibit, the deep, rich, maltyness nor burnt malt flavors nor over abundance of complexity expected and hoped for in an Imperial stout. this is more like a rich porter or decent stout. nevertheless this is a worthy brew, just not to the style advertized.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for this one...
Pours a thin, black color with half a finger of cocoa colored head that disappears quite rapidly and very little lacing forms.
Bread like aroma with some very little coffee and chocolate mixed in...slight alcohol burn in the nose.
Taste is just ok...a bit too sweet with no real backbone. It is not hopped up which I am thankful for, but is also lacking in those dark chocolate or coffee flavors that I crave in a RIS.
Mouthfeel is very thin for the style and finishes again, a bit too sweet. Not disliking it, but it should be something I'd want to finish the night with and this aint it for me.
Oh well, really enjoyed all of their other brews so far...this was was just ok for me.

Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish/brown in color, clear, with no head

Smell: chocolate and cream

Taste: chocolate, cream, and some sugar

Mouthfeel: very light for the style, moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: This drinks more like a milk stout than a RIS. I do not get a big jolt of coffee that I associate with the style. I was surprised by the 8% ABV which is well hidden. That being said, it is tasty and I will pick up more than a single next time.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is a lot of roasted malt as well as some chocolate and dark fruit. The flavor is big on the chocolate and roasted malt, but I also get a little bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, solid imperial stout.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. BBD March 2013.

Poured into a nonic glass, which I happened to have handy. Pours a dark chestnut black, with about a half inch of off-white head that settles into a thin ring. The consistency of the pour makes this brew look more like a porter than a thick imperial.

Nose is sweet and chocolatey, which to me smells heavily of milk - almost as if there was lactose involved at some point. Or it could just smell like milk chocolate. A bit of coffee, roasted malts, cream and sugar here.

A sweet stout, lacking in much depth or robustness, though certainly tasty and easily drinkable. Sweet milk chocolate remains dominant, which transitions to a mild bitter coffee finish. It feels and drinks a great deal like a porter, rather than an imperial stout, which is a bit of a shame. Call this brew a porter and I'm right on board with it, but with an imperial stout I'm expecting a great deal more umph. Still, quite drinkable and the alcohol is well masked.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the firkin at Capital Ale House's "Steal the Glass" night.

Moderate darkness. Not inky blackness. More of a chocolatey-caramel color with tinges of light at the sides. Thin layer of dark tan head. Sparse lacing. Nose is light. Hints of powdered chocolate drink mix and some caramel-vanilla. Flavor is very diluted. Nothing full-bodied at all. There's some dark chocolate mixed with a splash of coffee. Maybe a raisin as well? Very thin on the palate. Nothing here to suggest a hefty stout, let alone a double stout. ABV remains hidden the entire time, but this is still not very drinkable. Still falls far short of the American Double Stout category.

Notes: I sure hope afatty enjoys the glass this came in....that was the highlight of this beer.

Photo of Kraken
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked the top and poured vigorously from 12oz bottle into Harp Pint glass. Nice almost pitch black in color, very thin tan head, with good to moderate lacing. The stout smells fantastic, malts, coca, herbal notes with an undeniable tinge of alcohol. Very solid taste, more of the coca and malt. Herbal undertones, with a somewhat sweet and mildly alcohol finish. Overall this is a very nice imp stout for the price. Too sweet, and heavy for a session beer, nice economical sipper!

Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peg Leg begins with a good Imperial Stout aroma, heavy with malts and smelling of coffee, toffee, peat, dark chocolate, and caramelized brown sugar. The coffee aroma is lighter than on many Imperial Stouts, and the beer lacks the thick ash scent that is typical of the style.

On the tongue, the initial flavors are coffee, ash (which is present in the taste, strangely), caramelized sugars, and darker fruit esters, such as fig and black cherry. Chocolate malts come through strongly in the second half of the mouthful, and last well into the aftertaste. The beer has a strong alcohol buzz (8% ABV) which does tickle the soft palate. Mouthfeel is medium (which I found thin for an Imperial Stout), and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a decent stout, but the flavors are lighter that would be expected for an Imperial. Still, the flavors are present in good quantities, and are finely nuanced; they simply lack the extra punch of a good Imperial. But because of this, the beer is a little more drinkable to newcomers, and so makes good introductory fare.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at cellar temp pored into an oversized wine glass. pours very close to opaque black, slight brownish/reddish hue when held up to the light. about one finger head off of a vigourous pour that faded very quickly to a thin ring around the glass. light tan colored head. minimal lacing, poor head retention.

the aroma is full of burnt roasted malts, roasted coffee, a slight bit of dark chocolate and a touch of alcohol. not much going on other than the burnt roasty toastyness going on.

unfortunately the taste is not much better. you get some roasted burnt malts that almost taste like burnt plastic. some coffee and a touch of chocolate. a slight hop bitterness. finishs a touch dry with a little lingering roasted bitterness. kind of dissappointing for a ris. pretty good for a regular american stout.

disappointing mouthfeel for the style. medium body, a little too much carbonation. definately not very meaty or chewy like the style suggests. no real offensive flavors going on, just lacks the the big flavors and big mouthfeel of a RIS. i was looking forward to trying this one as ive enjoyed most of the heavy seas beers in the past, and this is one of my favorite styles but this disappoints. this and the holy sheet belgian ale both kinda suck. but the winter storm and their ipa are some of my favorite beers.

Photo of Mertzy81
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, with a little beige head that fades quick, average lacing - seems a bit thin

Smell: Somewhat mild but interesting - burnt, chocolate malts, some coffee, cooked malts, caramel - not a ton going on

Taste: Burnt, a little earthy, roasty coffee - burnt malts, cooked and caramelized malts, some char - not a bad stout, but it really doesn't taste "imperial"

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but could be smoother - very light

Overall: Not bad, just average

I realize that I have been spoiled by some of the more ridiculous takes on the RIS style, but I am pretty certain this is the thinnest imperial stout I've ever had. It's not bad, I just think that it needs more of everything.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque motor oil brownish black with a sight beige head that dissipates quickly. Light aroma of dark malt and cocoa.

Flavors of roasted malt and molasses, dark brown sugar and chocolate, some raisin and smokey burnt wood.

Full mouthfeel, moderately carbonated with a tingly finish. A tannic powdery feel lingers. Good drinkability, but feels more like a big porter than an imperial stout.

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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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