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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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

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Ratings: 1065
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%

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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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Photo of Mongrel


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - More or less black, with a finger of soft, lasting khaki head. Spotty lacing.

S - Cool hops, dark chocolate and char.

T - First impression is a charred, roasty tang. Mellows into a creamy, chocolatety quaff. Touches of tobacco, toffee and prune.

M - Full, creamy, somewhat oily mouthfeel that coats the palate nicely.

Overall, a solid Impy stout -- tasty, somewhat nuanced, but not groundbreaking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2013 20:26:10 | More by Mongrel
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured pitch black with no head at all and very little lacing.

The smell was dark malts, sweet caramel and a touch of coffee, with a little bit of alcohol.

The taste was very malty, milk chocolate, a little alcohol.

The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side but not terribly so, with medium carbonation.

Overall I really like this beer, a good solid chocolatey malty stout with just a little bit of alcohol but at 8% abv not bad at all. Would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 17:48:01 | More by Dave1999
Photo of kylehay2004


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

Enjoyed at the brewery prior to the tour.

A: single finger head with poor retention and decent lacing on a jet black body with just a hint of light getting through.

S: coffee, dark chocolate, gingerbread and roasted malts.

T: roasted malts with both light coffee and espresso notes up front with vanilla and dark chocolate coming in late in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Nothing special here.

Overall: a good beer but imperial stouts are usually flagship beers so often that although this is a good stout, it isnt great and doesnt stand up against the stiff competition of the genre.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 00:20:11 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


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

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA


Poured and enjoyed from a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a jet black color. A one finger head on the initial pour that fades to a light skim. Decent lacing remains after drinking.

S - A roasted malt aroma, slightly sweet smell

T - A nice combination of roasted malts mixed with a slight but not off putting hoppy bitterness. Flavors of chocolate and mocha are there also. Not overly sweet but on the sweeter side. Rather creamy. The alcohol is well disguised but pokes through after sitting a bit.

M - Lighter consistency for a stout but not watery. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer. It's a middle of the road stout, easy drinking and I'll have no problem finishing the rest of my 6pk. Worth a try although there are bigger, bolder imperial stouts available.


Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 20:13:25 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of paulginva


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced a medium-tan creamy 1/2" head that dissipated quickly leaving thin head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a murky dark brown body.

AROMA: Some moderate dark chocolate and light roasted coffee aroma along with a whiff of alcohol. Nothing really stands out.

TASTE: Dark chocolate and light toasted coffee, together with moderate alcohol. Pretty pedestrian taste -- nothing complex or particularly interesting.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a medium to full body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and thin body lacing that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was moderately sweet with a lightly sweet and very lightly bitter finish that lasted for a medium length of time.

DRINKABILITY: Easy to drink but definitely a sipping beer. I'd only have a couple unless I had a designated driver close at hand. Decent value for the price but nothing outstanding. And that last phrase -- nothing outstanding -- pretty well captures this beer. It's an ordinary, standard imperial stout. Since there are so many others out there that are more memorable, I probably won't have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 00:33:32 | More by paulginva
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

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

Served on tap at a local restaurant. Poured in a fluted Palm glass.

Pours a dark bloack with touches of foam. Some stickiness. Smells rich roasted, coffee notes. Taste is a full hearty dark chocolate malt with an undercurrent of dark fruits - plums and such. Constrained bitterness throughout, with moderate carbonation. Very good stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 12:27:36 | More by KTCamm
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


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

A: Very dark brown, with two fingers of large-bubbled head than lingered nicely, with very thin lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet-smelling malt, some vanilla. Also toasty acrylamide. But all rather faint.

T: As the smell suggested, a lot of sweetness in this one, although burnt malts are also strong. There seemed to be light citrus notes (surprising for an imperial stout) before the faint hops bitterness.

M: Noticeable but not unpleasant alcohol. Not much carbonation -- I think it all ended up in the head.

O: Not bad, but not very smooth. I'd have another, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 03:12:16 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of jayhawk73


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black w/ little head on the beer. Minimal carbonation or lacing on this beer. Definitely mediocre for the style. Nose is that of chocolate, some fruit, hops, and coffee. I could really use more malt on this beer- it really needs it. Taste is slightly better, but it doesn't have the full, velvety taste of the best RIS brews. Mouthfeel is a little flat, and somewhat dry. Overall, this was a disappointment- it doesn't live up to the other beers I've had from Clipper City. Probably won't look for this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 16:39:59 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of Wegomlegging


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear black with a head that transitions from dark brown to almost white, but disappears as time progresses. Standard traditional porter smell with nothing that jumps out. Taste is what you would expect from a strong porter, nice toasty maltiness with a hint of chocolate and a satisfying lack of cliche Ameri-hops. Smooth beer, and easy to drink, especially with the balanced malt and easy carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 04:19:30 | More by Wegomlegging
Photo of Reaper16


2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a rich, dark brown. Nearly black; it looks like burnt Coca-Cola. I know, that doesn't make any sense, but it's what came to mind. It doesn't appear to have much viscosity. I worry about the mouthfeel. One finger of khaki head forms but it goes away pretty fast. I'd like to see more foam given the relatively low (for the style) ABV of 8%. The lacing is good, at least.

Lots of weak, stale, old Folgers coffee grounds hit my nose first. A light roast component, like burnt toast. I can smell some nutty English malts in this, which is unusual; those subtle malt smells are usually dominated by the more aggressive dark malts. There's also a strange note on the initial burst of aroma that reminds me of, unfortunately, garbage left out in the sun. It's a very quick note, though. Beyond that, there isn't anything else to the nose. No fruits, no hops.

This is an Imperial Stout? If so, it's underwhelming. This tastes remarkably like Mr. Pibb. I little bit of plum, but lots of sugary, dark malts. A little dusting of char, a bit of generic coffee grounds. A bit of indistinguishable hop character comes through with warmth. The finish is very weak. It tastes briefly of tannic berry skin before fading to water. It'd be an alright export stout. But it doesn't come close to cutting it in today's Imperial Stout landscape.

The mouthfeel is far, far too thin for the Imperial Stout style. Peg Leg seriously goes down like water. No chew, no heft. It's even too carbonated. The drinkability is darn good considering how close it is to a stout-flavored pop. It's simplicity both earns it a high score in drinkability and also prevents it from earning a great score.

Don't buy this beer. It's a complete waste of time, and one of the worst attempts at an Imperial Stout that I've had in a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 03:18:56 | More by Reaper16
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Absolutely wonderful Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas.

I had this on tap and man was it delicious. Color resembles a Guinness or perhaps a tad darker, almost closer to drip coffee.

Smell is full of wonderful aromas, chocolate and coffee abundant.

Taste is smooth, rich and creamy.

Thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 19:47:26 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of AgentZero


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A very dark brown color bordering on black, although you can see the light come through on the brown edges. A little bit of lacing off of the very light tan head.

S - Brown sugar, roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of dark fruit sweetness. Pretty standard stuff, but that's not a bad thing.

T - This is a solid RIS, but nothing special. Very roasted, coffee and bitter cocoa dominate, nice malt backbone. Bitter on the end.

M - Little less full than I would like, moderate carbonation.

D - Pretty solid RIS, I'd drink it again without complaining but nothing that I would seek out. For the alcohol and style it's about average drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 21:05:09 | More by AgentZero
Photo of emerge077


2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BBD: MAR 10 "8257" on bottom of bottle... produced August '08 i'm guessing. This probably needs to be dated "best by" a year past production, not 1.5 yrs. past production.

Poured into a kbs glass, this beer had a slight head of tan foam. The foam started dissipating slowly, into a fuzzy network of bubble islands, and a more consistent ring at the edge. Some textured lace results from the first few sips.

First impression of the aroma was fruity, then it's all harsh metallic grain in the glass, with a smear of alcohol. Ugh. This has no redeeming value.

Flavor is similarly thin with some harsh roasted malt and and alcoholic aftertaste. Very vague chocolate in the aftertaste, but that's a stretch. Astringent feel that's thin and sour/bitter. Not right. They need to go back to the drawing board with this, it's awful.


B- / 3.35
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | drink: 3.5
rDev: -7.5%

Thanks to brewcrew76 for this one!
Label is marked "Purchase before month notched: Jan 08"...not "consume by" which is a little odd. Maybe purchasing implies immediate consumption?

It pours a deep black tone into a pint glass, a chestnut brown in the light as it's poured. Foam has sticky lace, and it remains for a good while. Slight lactic aroma.

Flavor has some roast and hop bitterness, but it's way too muted. A little bit vegetal (whole hop?) and astringent like a homebrew. Very thin for an imperial stout, it comes off more like a weak porter. Slight lactic creaminess that doesn't hold up without more body and carbonation. Definitely not a favorite, won't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 04:35:23 | More by emerge077
Photo of woosterbill


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 12-ounce pint-style glass.

A: Black with the thinnest tinge of brown at the bottom, topped by a finger of of average-looking light-brown foam. Mediocre retention and lacing. Pretty average for the style, but still pleasant to view.

S: Roasted malt up front with a focus on chocolate (dark fruits in second, coffee bringing up the rear), with a solid dose of booze - more than I'd expect from 8%. Not bad, but not great by any stretch.

T: Follows the nose, but with considerably more liveliness to the flavors. Nicely balanced and enjoyable, albeit quite middle-of-the-road for the style.

M: Surprisingly light body (i.e., medium-bodied, and hence thin for an RIS) with abundant, lively effervescence. Not bad, but, again, not quite good.

D: Very high indeed for the style. The booziness of the aroma doesn't come through too much on the palate, and the lively flavors and mouthfeel keep things interesting.

Notes: Old Raspy or FBS it ain't, but this is nothing to be ashamed of.


Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 01:16:36 | More by woosterbill
Photo of donteatpoop


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color, nearly black; light does not penetrate it. Nice cap fo head with good retention.

The smell is toassted malt and notes of coffee, but not very strong.

The taste is really good, a solid RIS with the roasty toasty malts dominating the palate and a bit of a milky sweetness coming in at the end.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 07:05:27 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of marlinsfan4


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Clipper City Heavy Seas mixed 12 pack for $17.99

A pretty good RIS right here, I thought it was quite tasty. The first one I had was a bit harsh at first, but the second beer I tried from the 12'er was much more mellow. Very tasty and smoother than usual for the style, and maybe a bit lighter in body. A very good beer overall though...I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2008 21:05:24 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of MrIncognito


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Old Town Alexandria. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pitch black, probably as black as you can get. No light comes through at all. One-finger brown, chocolately head that forms a nice ring of lace on the top. Great sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet burnt malt with chocolate in the background. Slight alcohol notes coming off the chocolate. Overall, just sweet.

T & M - The burnt malt hits me first followed immediately by a powdery milk chocolate. The chocolate lingers for a couple seconds and is followed by moderately bitter hops with a nice spice on top. Almost a sweet chipotle taste at the end. Alcohol not noticable until it warms a bit but is hidden by the sweetness of this brew. Moderate carbonation (more than most stouts) but very smooth and wet with a chewy feel.

Not bad really. Has a decent drinkability but I definitely could not drink more than two in one sitting due to the sweetness and high abv. Interesting flavors in this that put this (for me) in the stout/milk stout category.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 12:55:37 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of cichief


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

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep dark brown, almost opaque, with a very thin brown head.

S- Not much there, slight licorice hint, not sweet malt.

T- Very subtle licorice and vanilla flavor, no chocolate nor coffee, balanced.

M- Very smooth, lots of small bubbles, thickish on the tongue.

D- No strong alcohol presence, decently balanced, but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2008 04:55:18 | More by cichief
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap 1/7/08 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick and even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is predominantly of hops and dark fruit, which is uncharacteristic of an RIS, with chocolate in the background.

T: The taste likewise, starts with fruit and hops, once again uncharacteristic of an RIS. The typical stout flavors of chocolate and coffee are faintly in the background and none of the flavors seem to mix well together. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, overall, I really didn’t like this beer too much. It seems like they were trying to go for a hoppy stout, which I don’t mind conceptually, but finished product itself just doesn’t appeal to me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2008 19:17:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2007 00:36:53 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2007 00:14:58 | More by oberon
Photo of claytri


4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While helping one of my companions to the Maryland Oktoberfest find a nice regular beer (Clipper City Gold) I saw this and got a glass.

The beer poured a solid black with a nice tan head. The aroma was of dark fruits. The taste was a warming mix of malt and dark fruits. The feel was surypy and thick. This is what I look for most in an Imperial Stout, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. I will be picking some up in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2005 04:09:28 | More by claytri
Photo of Dithyramb


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

Served on tap at the Fells Point Festival this year. Served in a 16 oz. plastic cup. I had just been disappointed with the new Loose Cannon, and I realized that I had never reviewed the Peg Leg. Poured a nice black with subdued carbonation on the side. Excellent retention and lacing from the dark tan head. Starbucks mocha aroma.

Medium bodied brew, dominated by coffee, but with some sweet malts and chocolate coming through. The 8% is well hidden. There is just a touch of hops and caramel coming through on the back end.

Most drinkable impy stout I've had thus far.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2005 17:18:41 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of sideshowrob


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Max's. Beer was a deep brown/light black in color. poured with very little head. Smell was not overpowering, but provided some good malty notes. Initial taste revealed some buttery notes with just a hint of roasted malt in the back end. Alcohol taste was present, but not unbalanced with the beer. Pretty good mouthfeel, aided by the low carbonation. Very easy and undemanding to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2004 09:43:30 | More by sideshowrob
Photo of bcsbeer


2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best by date JUN 30-14
Aggressively poured in to a DHF signature glass.

A: Deep mahogany with a 1 finger tan head. No lacing to speak of. The head acted more like a soda than a Russian Imperial Stout, loudly fizzing away as quickly as it appeared.

S: Slightly metallic, roasted coffee with a hint of ash tray. Reminded me of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

T: Similar to the nose with the addition of dark fruit and stale Coke. Very flat
MF: Thin with a dry aftertaste, not encouraging me to take another sip.

O: This beer did not fit the category. It is lacking the weight and complexity or a RIS.
Heavy Seas makes some good beer, but I think they missed the mark with this one or Oskar Blues and Founders set the bar to high. Either way I hope Siren Noire treats me better. I have bottle waiting for me in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 04:15:51 | More by bcsbeer
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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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