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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Reviews: 684
Hads: 1,340
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 28
Gots: 126 | FT: 1
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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

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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Photo of atr2605
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours black with a fingers width tan head with nice retention and lacing
S-dark cocoa, burnt coffee, mineral/chalk
T-baking cocoa and coffee dominant, with some chalk and dry biscuit in the finish
M-medium-full bodied and smooth
O-nice, drier imperial stout. great value

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of Oct. 2015 purchased earlier in the day at a World Market.

Pours a very dark red-brown looking black and opaque in the shaker pint glass. Decent head and some lacing.

Excellent mouthfeel despite indications of high ABV: very smooth and full.

The aroma too is quite nice. While I certainly like the flavor it is only about average, at best, for style.

Overall: a bit disappointing given the brewery and the favored style.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Dark, near black. Tan/mocha head which stuck around to about 3/4 of the way done with the beer
Smell - Light roast smell. Alcoholic cherry smell?
Taste - Roasty taste, too. A little bit of coffee flavor. Very nice
Feel - Thin but not bad. Was expecting a bit thicker feel (but I haven't had many stouts)
Overall - Nice, easy drinking beer which goes down easy. I like it

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Photo of Prager62
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in a recent trade. A best by date of Feb. 22/16. Poured into my twelve ounce Greenbush snifter.

Look- A oily but thin looking dark brown with a half finger of mocha foam that quickly settles.

Smell- Dark chocolate, coffee, figs, and some molasses.

Taste- Bakers chocolate, weak coffee, with a hint of figs.

Feel- Thin and tingly. Reminds me of a light cola beverage.

Overall- Nothing super complex here. It is tasty enough and really easy drinking for a beer weighing in at 8%. Worth a shot if you like your stouts on the easy drinking side.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours inky black with a not too persistent caramel brown head. Smells roasty with a hint of chocolate. Has a dry malty taste, alcohol is a little too obvious. Mouth feel is a bit thin, somewhat disappointing for a stout. Overall not a bad brew just not great.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted at Good Beer Festival in Salisbury, MD. I will admit that I didn't take copious notes, but this was a little thin for an Imperial Stout. Tasted good, though.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The initial appearance is the best part. It pours a solid black with a nice tan head, good lacing. The head slowly dissipates to a thin film you let it sit long enough. The 8% ABV is not masked very well, only slightly. A malty-dry flavor in this average imperial with a lingering bitter after taste. Decent, definately worth a pour, but I'm not racing back for seconds.

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Photo of bonesTdog
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is not a beginner's stout in my mind - which is not a bad thing. Black as night, fairly thick body and acidic charred malt flavors abound. Not much fruit, chocolate, anise or coffee to be found here. Finish it with a touch of bitter and alcohol and you have a stout not for the faint of heart. My one criticism is the lack of complexity, but that may not be fair for a straightforward imperial stout. Very true to it's name.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second bottle from the six-pack I split with my sister; best by date is December 24th of 2015.

Pours very, VERY dark brown, approaching black. Once in the glass, it looks even darker, pretty much pitch black -- I can't see any lighter patches around the edges at all in a full glass, and my phone's screen light doesn't pass through to the other side even at the glass's narrowest point. Even my little LED flashlight can't penetrate it! The low point here is the almost total lack of a head of foam on top -- there's a thin layer there upon pouring (with a nice dark tan/light brown color to it) but that quickly fades to virtually nothing, leaving only a little ring around the inside of the glass. The pirate themed label is nice, also -- Heavy Seas beers always stand out a bit on the shelf thanks to that, which is probably why I spotted this one among the mostly unremarkable selection at that local Wal-Mart.

Smell is very roasty. That's the main thing I'm getting now; shortly after pouring it was more noticeable in the smell department, but now I'm having to take a good sniff to pick up much. What is there is pretty nice -- lots of roastiness, with a bit of a fruity thing hovering in the background -- but it could be a bit stronger. I do notice that as the beer sits and has a chance to warm up a bit the smell does start to come out more again -- must be reaching its ideal serving temperature right around now, I suppose. There's a bit of an almost cheese-like savory aspect to it nearing the end of the glass, but that doesn't come across as an unpleasant feature here (unlike some of the other beers where I picked up a "cheesy" smell) -- it blends in with all that roastiness so well that it actually kinda works.

Flavor is similar to the smell, but stronger and with a bit more depth to it. Definitely a lot of almost-burnt dark roasted malt in this one; a bit of an almost-coffee-like flavor and a burnt/char kind of thing mixing together. There's a dark chocolate kind of thing going on in there, too. The fruity presence in the smell is definitely there in the taste as well, though it likes to hide out in the background at least at first. When I first had this one I was at a loss on how to describe that flavor and almost wanted to say it was grape-like, but afterward it suddenly hit me -- plums! It's been a while since I've had an actual plum, so that may be slightly off, but that's what it reminds me of, anyway. It's an interesting thing to find mixed in with the coffee/roasted/burnt/chocolate flavors you find in a lot of dark beers, and it works pretty well here.

Feel is not as much of a high point as the flavor, unfortunately. It's not quite as thick/substantial feeling as I'd expect from a big stout, though it's not *bad* by any means. Carbonation may be just a tad too prickly, especially shortly after pouring.

Overall, while it's not perfect (the slightly-too-prickly/slightly-too-thin feel being the main negative) this is a pretty nice beer, and certainly one I'm glad I picked up a six-pack of. I imagine there are better imperial stouts out there (this is the only one I've had so far, so I can't compare directly just yet), but Peg Leg seems like a pretty great value -- it's not often that you find a six-pack of imperial stout on the shelf for somewhere in the high $8/low $9 range! Heck, for the same price I'd only be able to get two or three cans/bottles of some of the other big stouts from the local beer/wine store. If you're in the mood for a big, roasty stout with a little bit of dark fruitiness in the background but don't want to pay upwards of $10 for a 4-pack, I'd recommend trying this one out.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark in the glass but not completely opaque. Thick khaki head slowly worked its way down to a ring along the glass. Nose has bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, little roast and a very slight belgiany characteristic from the yeast, maybe? Thin mouth feel for an imperial stout. Acidic coffee on the taste, dark fruits, belgian yeast fruitiness, and dark malt. Some good qualities to this one but overall mediocre.

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Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I give Heavy Seas credit for delivering big beers at a solid price point. $10 a six for an imperial stout is good value. Sure it isn't best in class but you could do worse. This one was fine but not memorable. I will acknowledge the hoppiness as a nice change of pace for the style

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Photo of qchic
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not that it matters much, but this used to be an imperial porter, and now it's an imperial stout. Either way, there are better examples of either. Still drinkable, with hints of quality for not that much money.

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Photo of tlema1
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: nice but quickly dissipating tan head
S: dark fruit
T: boozy for an 8 percenter
F: medium body, coats the tongue nicely
O: I was disappointed, had a bit of a Belgian strong dark ale quality, but not what I was hoping for

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Photo of Tilly
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour with an amazing coloured coffee head that goes away quick and leaves a wonderful beige lace on the glass.
Aromas of coffee, chocolate, malt and a hint of smoke.
This baby is all chocolate and smoke but has a lingering alcohol taste.
Clean mouth feel, some creaminess with perfect carbonation.
Not bad!

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Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised. I'd say this one is actually a bit of a "tweener" between an imperial and a regular stout. Very nice upfront sweetness. Not an over-the-top-head or lacing, but suffices. Decent mouthfeel, with a touch--but not an overpowering-- bitter coffee finish. Very nicely balanced overall, with the 8% ABV being fairly buried in the mix. (Did feel "the 8" a tad post taste however.) Note: I did find this beer very filling, but maybe the pork and fries I paired were partly to blame. All and all a really decent stout that I would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a inky black with a gorgeous khaki head. Head is good at 1 inch, but lacing is almost non-existent.

Smell 4.25: Great bouquet on this brew. Coffee, smoked grains, bourbon, chocolate...just beautiful.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet, but very smooth with a hint of smoke. Middle is silky smooth, with low-level smoke and a very nice chocolate overtone. Finish is a great melange of smoke, coffee, wood and brown liquor. Aftertaste is long and satisfying and fades away with a lovely smoothness. No taste of booze whatsoever.

Mouthfeel 4.5: Just perfect for this style: smooth, creamy and wonderful.

Overall 4.25: Heavy Seas brewery has a winner with this one. Smooth, creamy, but still a big and satisfying Imperial Stout. Would be great with food or a good sessioner. However, I think you might want to session this baby on a non-work night.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An ever present favorite, this imperial stout pours a thick black with some dark brown highlights on the sides, a moderate tan head of dissipating foam that settles to a very thin layer and spotty lacing. Nose of cocoa, coffee, charred smoky goodness, deeply roasted malts, dash of licorice, and some faint dark fruits. Flavors are pronounced with roasted malts, coffee, and dark bakers chocolate on all sides. Nicely coating chewy texture, with some dark fruit notes and charred smoke notes on the back. Finish is lightly dry with coffee and cocoa on the aftertaste. Warming and satisfying, even though the alcohol is well hidden. Smooth mouth feel, mild carbonation. A stout lovers enjoyment.


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Photo of KChristie87
2.05/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

App: pours deep dark brown with substantial tan head that resolves quickly to fine lacing
Smell: roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and a tad smoky
Taste: malt forward, bittersweet cocoa, a hint of salt at mid taste with a smoked/leathery endnote and clean finish
Mouthfeel: medium to full body, hint of carbonation keeps the malt from becoming syrupy, palate cleansing
Overall: for the price point, this is one of the best imperial stouts. Another hit from Heavy Seas – I’ll definitely add to my rotation of winter libations!

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Photo of car2052
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter

A: Black, with a small brown head.
S: Chocolate, milky coffee, and some banana- maybe Belgian yeast?
T: Sweet dark chocolate, with banana. Ends with some roasted coffee.
M: Medium
O: Not a bad Russian Imperial. I've had better.

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Photo of RazorbackGT
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great imperial stout. Big fan of the style. Very smoky / roasted flavor and very heavy overall as.a stout should be. Definitely not a session but perfect for cold winter days at home.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Roast malt, sweet cocoa, coffee grounds, and a hint of soy form the rich, malt dominant aroma.

Flavor reveals roast malt and coffee at the base, with a fairly sweet toasted, chocolatey malt backbone, finishing a touch bitter. There's a bit of an acrid character, which kills the goodness. Dark cherry emerges as it warms.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 2/10/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light licorice, light char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light licorice, light char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial stout style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 edition 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with almost no head what-so-ever, except an extremely thin halo of caramel-colored foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: I’m stuffed up at the moment (I know that being in that condition is not ideal for reviewing a beer) so I’m not getting much out of the aroma, but other reviewers have noted aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, toffee, molasses, burnt sugar, and hints of tobacco and coffee.

Taste: Even though I’m stuffed up, my taste buds aren’t messed up and this beer tastes really, really good! It’s very malty up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted bread, flowed by some molasses, a touch of cinnamon, a touch of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, and some chocolate. There is no hops what-so-ever, which makes sense as the beer’s label mentions that it is an English-style imperial stout, rather than an American-style. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and very, very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.0%, I’m surprised at how little alcohol is present on the palate.

Overall: This is a very solid, very well-made, English-style imperial stout. Very nice, solid flavors of malt and molasses. Very, very drinkable. I’d certainly get it again!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a snifter, it's pitch black with about a finger head which is retained for a decent amount of time.

Smell: Very nice! Dark chocolates with coffee. A very roasty sweet smelling stout!

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate is very up front with a touch of coffee. Very malty.

Feel: Could have more body for such a robust taste and aroma. But not bad.

Overall: Much better than I expected! Mixed sweet and bitter very nicely.

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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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