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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 21
Gots: 87 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

Photo of Biffster
1.92/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours brilliant mahogony, with ruby and amber highlights. There is a low persistent off white head with lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is almost overwhelmed with diacetyl. There is some roastiness and a hint of toffee. As the sample warms, a hint of burnt currant and some higer alcohols become noticeable.

The beer is sweet and toffee-like at the sip, with a fair amount of hop bitterness as it progresses. The swallow is sweet, with little hint of the burnt roasty character expected of an imperial stout. The finish has only a hint of alcohol warmth.

The body is medium/light, with medium/high carbonation and a bit of astringency.

Overall, this is a pretty good Imperial style Brown Ale, and maybe a passable Baltic porter. As an imperial stout, it is disappointing. It has little of the big body, roasty aroma, or burnt, fruity, roasty flavor one expects in an imperial stout.

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of KChristie87
2.05/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Not a big stout drinker. This beer is obviously really dark. Has a genuine smell to it. I've had worse beers in my life so this wasn't so bad for not being a stout drinker.

Photo of GRG1313
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark brown/black with a nice thick and firm medium dark tan head.

Relatively simple one dimensional nose of sweet dark chocolate. Nice, fresh but simple.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Mouthfeel of carbonated coffee.

Flavors are of artificially sweetened medium bodied black coffee.

Finish is sweet coffee character all around. A bit coffee soda like in many respects. Can't really see this one with any food. Just out of balance in all respects and too artificially sweet with no other redeeming characteristics.

Photo of JBarx
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of Lothar666
2.27/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Very foamy tan head that was not very creamy and much lighter than some of the other RIS heads I have had. A bad sign. Receeded fairly quickly. Body was a dark brown, almost black but didn't quite make it as tinges of translucent lighter brown were noted around the edges of the glass; another bad sign.

S- Dark roasted malts mixed in with some chocolate and coffee. Standard fare for an average RIS though not incredibly impressive compared to some others in the style.

T- Sweet, complex dark malts and chocolate that should be overwhelmingly present in this style are faint at best for a beer that calls itself a russian imperial stout. The strongest and most pronounced flavor present is that of day old coffee with a slight sting of alcohol in the background but no lingering aftertaste and a tiny hop bite in the finish that is not enough to compensate the acidy coffee flavor. A very poorly balanced beer.

M- Way too thin to be called an RIS. Texture is incredibly important to this style and this beer just doesn't cut it. There is none of the obligatory coating of the tongue or mouth, nor is there any of the oily texture that defines the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. A horrible example and a bastardization of one of my favorite styles of beer.

D- Thin, watery and unpleasant, easy to gulp I guess if I were to hold my nose. The somewhat weak ABV for the style still managed to be overpowering and annoying compared to the other flavors in the brew; this is sad considering I have drank RIS's with more than twice the ABV that were still more smooth and drinkable (and some damn good beers, by the way). This was utterly disapointing and almost a drain pour, though to do such a thing goes completely against my principles. I will warn others to stay away. First timers, please do not take this brew as any indicator of the style to which it supposedly belongs. There are many wonderful examples of Russian Imperial Stouts out there that are an absolute joy to drink. This is just not one of them.

Photo of HimerMan
2.31/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, poured into the Corsendonk Christmas Goblet.

As most stouts, it looks good. The strange thing was that the head looked like sponge cake, and then odd lacing with sudden-fermenting bubbles.

Smell is hops. This is an ideal stout for a "hophead", but not very close to the style of Russian Imperials, in my opinion.

Taste - Meh, its a decent beer, with a lot of hops right upfront. I prefer the hops in a stout to kick you a bit at the end, not on the frontline.

Not impressed overall with the beer, I would say it is a decent beer that I would have once in a while - but wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

Positive note - again, this beer has a clear hop aroma and flavor - so if you are trying to ease into stouts from IPAs or other similar styles, this may act as a good transitional catalyst.


Photo of warmstorage
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decent, but kind of blah.

12 ounce bottle. pours a vigorous thick dense head that sticks around for a while, but leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

Deep ruby brown color, not quite jet black like I'd expect from an imperial stout. Obvious floaties bouncing around on heavy carbonation.

Aroma is roasty grain and hints of burnt grain/creosote. Not bad, perhaps the best thing about the beer.

Drinks like it smells: roasty, creosote, slightly burnt, and bitter. The alcohol is underwhelming for style. Finishes a little too quickly, and drinks a little too clean and thin.

Overall, not terrible, but not something I'd bother with again.

Photo of Zorro
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled through a trade with Limesmut.

Dark brown colored beer with a skimpy tan colored head. RIS is black not brown.

Smell is a little sweet and a little fruity with a clear scent of ethanol. Little bit of patent malt scent but this is mostly fruity.

Taste starts out ... near nothing just a little chocolate and roasted malt aftertaste. Bit more patent malt bite shows as a sharp bitter bite in the start of each sip. Little bit of the slight sourness patent malt can give shows up. Not much here just a bit of patent malt bite.

Mouthfeel is light.

Not a whole lot here to talk about, this is really just a high-octane light stout at best. I can't recommend this for any other purpose than to know what it tastes like.

Photo of jampics2
2.44/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cask from the Beer Engine.

A great looking snifter brought to the table. Dark black liquid waits beneath a nice white head.

Smell throws me off. I swear that this smells like garbage. The hops and chocolate combine to make a smell that really can only be imagined as a black plastic bag baking in the hot sun. Not good so far :(

Taste follows the smell. Sure, I can see where they were going with this one. But there's something about the combination of the dank, stinky hops and the chocolate malt that reminds me of a garbage bag. Not that I've ever eaten that kind of thing.

The mouthfeel was the best part of this beer. Can't comment on the carb as this was a cask, but the thickness of the beer is really spot on.

Drinkability suffers tremendously. If your name is Oscar the Grouch, this may remind you of home. But anyone else should know - this is one to be avoided (on cask at the very least).

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reluctant 1/16" mocha head which faded fast. The body is dark as coffee. There's really very little smell, even as it fully warmed, just some roasted malt. The taste really isn't much different from the smell, subtle and mainly the roasted malt. The label says it's 8% alcohol but even that seems less. For a "Russian Imperial Stout" this beer really falls short. Don't go shipping this off to Russia, you might start a war.

Photo of biglite351
2.51/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - slight Browning showing around the edges. Medium pop like tan head.

S - strong bitter scent. Some malt.

T - bland. Mild bitterness in the after taste.

M - mild coating with a high amount of tingle. Tingle around the body of the tongue and behind the bottom lip.

D - won't be buying unless running out of everything else.

Photo of DIM
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a very dark brown, no highlights. It poured with a smallish light tan head.

s: Mild cocoa malts, little else.

t: Charred malts that are bland and lack depth. The alcohol is well masked though.

m: A below average body, but adequate carbonation.

d: Not bad, just bland and uninteresting.

Photo of hayesez
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.-

Dark reddish-brown color with a very light tan head - a very thin appearance. Even with a strong pour I could only get about a quarter inch of fizzy head that dissipated in seconds, leaving a dark cola looking beverage. Definitely not as big as most Russian Imperial Stouts.

Malty aroma - not very complex. A small amount of sweet chocolate as well.

Very sweet malty taste - too sweet for this style in my opinion. Perhaps a bit of over-ripe dark fruits once the beer warmed up a little. A bit of coffee lingering on the roof of my mouth remains long after I swallowed. The relatively low 8% alcohol content is masked well, but the flavor is very underwhelming. Extremely thin with no carbonation.

Well, I guess it is drinkable. Goes down easily with zero carbonation. Unfortunately, it really doesn't taste that good.

Overall, this is not what I expect from an RIS. The beer is thin, weak, and in my opinion really shouldn't even be classified as a Russian Imperial Stout. I was extremely disappointed with this one.

Consumed: 11/12/2009

Photo of Higravity
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The only stinker in the Heavy Sea's line. A pathetic Imperial stout that should either be discontinued or reformulated. Yes very dark beer with a slightly off-white head and some lace. Smell was unimpressive as it had some markings of roasted malt and little else. The taste was like a middle of the road stout with a gelatin coating in my mouth. Some alcohol in the finish. Mostly this beer becomes like porter but its still too thin. Could I drink more sure, but would I pay a premium for this next year hoping it gets better? I can't give up on the locals but I refuse to support bad beers.

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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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