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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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1,209 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,209
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2004)
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4.88/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love dark stouts and imperial stouts, though most i can only deal with their flavors and strength once a night. The drinkability, flavored notes, and tastiness of Peg Leg was more than enough that i could drink it all night long. The smooth coffee and chocolate flavors make this imperial stout one of my favorites.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong aroma is rather sweet and has a definite overtone of rum-soaked wood, as well as caramel and malty notes. It pours a beautiful clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fluffy pale tan head. Sublime flavor has tones of rum, caramel, malt and wood, and is rather sweet but not cloying. Full-bodied, syrupy texture has just a little fizz, though. A truly satisfying beer to be sipped and savored.

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4.78/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: this pours black and since am color blind to red, I will take others word it has a ruby hue. Not much head, but nice lacing, in fact impressive lacing.

S: coffee, chocolate, aroma hops, sweetish hints

T: okay, others I think rate this low because of the name imperial, take out that word and let's rate the taste here. I love stouts and porters, and I have had many different brands, and have been disappointed with many due to lack of bold and aggressive flavors. This beer has a wonderful coffee hint but not too much like some. I can finally taste the hints of chocolate, it is full flavored, warming, medium lovely carbonation, smooth and very creamy. This is an alpha stout and I love it. It's one of this first stouts I had, then I sampled so many others thinking I would return to this and find the lack of quality, but I still appreciate this bold stout, and it is sweet, not dry like some other popular brands , not much hops here, but not bitter either.

M: smooth, creamy, slightly prickly carbonation.

D: okay, this is 8ABV and since it is heavy and somewhat sweet, I'd only have a few, but when I want a bold strong stout this will be one of the ones I go for. I will make sure there is always a few in the fridge.

Conclusion: maybe I am still an amateur beer reviewer, but taking the science out, and throwing in the taste and enjoyment. Of a strong stout, this is wonderful. Oddly I will always have a flying dog gonzo imperial stout available as well. Enjoy and give this a try.

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4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a 12 oz bottle of this beer poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown and allows no light to pass through the glass.
A small tan edge layer of head is all that exists, but it seems to have staying power.
The aroma is lots of roasted malt and molasses, mild coffee notes and brown sugar as well. No hop presence or booze either.
First sip reveals an average body with silky texture and fine rolling carbonation, the mouthfeel makes this beer slide down the gullet easily.
Flavor is just what is expected, roasted malt and molasses, some brown sugar again and no real hop presence. Again the booze is very well hidden and this beer would easily sneak up on you and become rather dangerous. A nice Imp Stout!!

Photo of DannyDan
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brownish black body with a large tan head that goes away rather quickly. The retention is very good, but has ok lacing and moderate carbonation. The smell is a nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with more dark chocolate. The taste starts out with some creamy coffee followed by some dark chocolate and roasted malts. The back of the mouth has a little bitterness to it, but overall the taste is well balanced. the mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy and silky feel in the mouth. This is a really really great beer to enjoy. Doesn't seem to be as full bodied as other Imperial Stouts I have tried, but still satisfying after one, even though two is always nice when it comes to a great tasting beer.This is going on my must have stout list, and I recommend anyone that likes stouts or imperial stouts to try this.

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4.53/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My in-town trading partner, tone77, came through with some Heavy Seas beers recently and I am finding them very pleasant, especially in the face of so many AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers in support of The CANQuest (TM). I am anxious to see how this stacks up.

My (probably) over-aggressive pour brought the head right up to the edge of the glass and I am sure that my Physics colleague would tell me that surface tension or some such was all that kept it from foaming over. It also set up what almost looked like a cascading action before settling into just over a finger of mocha-tan head with great retention. Color was an inky black with ZERO light penetration. It did not matter how I held this one up to the light, nothing was getting through. Nose was rich and roasty, like coffee and dark chocolate combined. The neck label mentioned "... notes of coffee and dark chocolate" also. I agree. Mouthfeel was smooth, not quite creamy, but very reminiscent of an N2 pour. The chocolatiness was prevalent on the tongue and in the mouth, but it was not as bitter as the nose led me to expect. Instead, it had a mild smokiness to it in combination with the chocolate. Finish was very smooth, initially with a dark chocolate flavor but giving 'way to a light roastiness. A very pleasant beer and one that would be excellent as a dessert beer.

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4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Short Version:
Wonderful warm creamy and complex stout with subdued roast, big chocolate, well balanced hops, and a drinkability that is uncommon in a beer this large. Heavy Seas is the bomb. Period.

Details:
OK, I've had 5 of these already and have to rate this one because it's the last in my six. Though I'm certain to buy it by the case in the future.

Pours like a dream. Thick 2 1/2 finger dark pecan colored head. Had a unique 'aftershock' effect where there is a slight pause after you finish the pour and the head reaches the top of the glass and then finds another gear and gushes up and over the side. Could easily be a 3+ finger head if a standard pint glass could contain it. I need to learn to pour these gingerly.

Head has exceptional durability and had the tempurpedic micro-bubble look. It develops deep craters over time and leaves a distinctly bubblebath residue on the sides as the head settles.

Color is deep, deep, deep opaque black. Tar or creosote comes to mind. High-swirling a half glass up to a bright light reveals dark brownish pigment rather than ruby or mahogony.

On the nose I get some sweet malt, a little alchohol, and chocolate. Some bready malt roastiness coming through but it is very subdued compared to many stouts. Some nippy hops poking their heads up in the background as well. There is a hard-to-describe 'warm creamy' smell about it. Maybe 'cuz this is the last of my 6 pack and I've been tipped off and know what is coming in the taste...

The taste is decadent. It's on the strong side of medium bodied with a big rich flavor that starts strong at the inlet, warms its way around the palate, and delivers the goods all the way down and out. More malty than bitter. Creamy chocolate with subtle nut flavors and an interesting faint hop tang. Alcohol is there too but ever so slight and not distracting. Just enough to make this thing stand forward proudly and announce itself as BEER. There is a certain creaminess about it mid palate that keeps bringing me back for another sip.

As it warms the roastiness increases and the chocolate characteristics pick up even more. This is one of the most well balanced stouts I've had. It's so warm and flavorful yet is one of the most drinkable stouts going. It doesn't get heavy and bomb you out after one or two. I could literally drink 4 of 5 of these and not get that overdone sensation where you are looking for an ESB to cut it and scour the palate like Ajax. Much the way I have to drink orange or grapefuit juice with bacon or sausage. Milk just doesn't cut the grease. You don't get that sensation with this stout. You can just keep indulging in its decadence without getting sickened. VERY bad combo... especially at 8% ABV!!!

Lace is out of this world. Just like the Heavy Seas Hop3 I rated. It's splattered and clumped all over the glass in huge marvelous creamy splotches. Unlike the Hop3 there is some remote semblance of a ring structure whereas the Hop3 was completely random.

This beer is quite complex and robust in flavor. The Heavy Seas line of beers out of Clipper City have quickly become my de facto favorite beers you can get in a bottle. I've had three different ones now and can't wait to try more.

Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$1.80 for a 12oz bottle at Jacks. Brewed with English Pale, Crystal, Chocolate malts, and Black Barley. Hopped with Fuggles and Styrian Goldings. 8.0% ABV. Best By notched label. Bottle Conditioned.

Pours out to a clear dark brown. Not as black as expected, nor as thick as expected. Forms a tall fine dark tan head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is composed of molasses, prune juice, milk chocolate, distant espresso, rotting red apples, and plums. The mouthfeel is soft and very silky. Medium bodied, but with a very full, smooth palette that makes it feel thicker than it really is. Almost as smooth as a nitro tap. The taste is a recap of the aroma with a nice bittersweet edge. Decidely American in flavor, not British as anticipated by the ingrediants. There is a faint sourness which makes me think that this beer would not store very well. Perhaps it's the green hoppy acidity. Well balanced.

As an imperial stout, this isn't very representative of the style. It's rather mild for that, but overall, it's an excellent, very enjoyable beer. It's not rich beyond compare, but it is well-balanced, smooth, easy to drink and full flavored. I would certainly buy this one again.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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