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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: 1064
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.

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Photo of BillRoth


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on cask at Heavy Seas tasting room. Poured well but with minimal head or lacing. But not unexpected with cask. However happily surprised that it did have a notable pleasant bntaural carbonation. Beer took off with rich aromas of nicely roasted malts; some dried fruit and smokiness, but just accents ...not dominant in any sense. Moved over into the taste very nicely. Here the dark malts let loose with hints of coffee, darker slightly bitter chocolate and the dried fruit aroma became a restrained sugariness more like molasses. The mouthfeel was "spot on"...decadent, rich and medium/medium full body. Great sipper. I thought this was one of the better casked ales I have had. Would get in line for this one. Also, regular Peg Leg is good, but this is absolutely the only way to really enjoy this beer. Cask really elevated the beer to top flight.

Serving type: cask

11-24-2013 19:57:39 | More by BillRoth
Photo of patreely12


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a cask at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - very dark brown, near black. some ruby highlights. mocha head with nice retention. too opaque to see any carbonation.

S - dark roasted coffee and chocolate. maybe some vanilla and molasses. very rich.

T/M - the flavors of this beer are very rich. roasted coffee and dark, bittersweet chocolate. very malty. earthy hops take an almost unnoticeable backseat in this one. there is something off-putting in the flavor, i want to say oak or something else wooden. I don't know if it's the cask or what. in another stouts this works nicely but it just doesn't seem to work in this recipe. heavier in body and slick. pretty moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a good stout with a strong ABV. I wouldn't be putting down many of these back to back. I'd like to try this again in bottle form to seem if the taste was thrown off by the cask.

Serving type: cask

03-28-2011 17:34:26 | More by patreely12
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from firkin into a Heavy Seas imperial pint. This was the second glass poured off the firkin. Pour was pitch black with a tan two finger head that subsided slowly to one finger leaving a nice lacing as it went down. The brew maintained phenomonal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, hops, subtle coffee bean, and cream. The flavor was of malt, coffee, caramel, with a subtle hop followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. Only downside was that it had a very light feel on the palate compared to what I would have expected. Definitely loved the firkin version however. This one was quite tasty and enjoyable for sure. This is a definite must try out of a cask or firkin.

Serving type: cask

10-04-2010 12:13:46 | More by thagr81us
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clipper City Peg Leg Imperial Stout on cask at the one and only Brews Cafe in Granville, Ohio.

Appearance: Black! No question about it. Huge frothy head, but no lacing at all (perhaps an improper pour?)

Smell: Incredibly light. Some spice, smoke, liquorice.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon... like a Jack Daniels-infused stout. Some back bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, somewhat disappointing. Looks thick, but it tastes smooth. Almost no carbonation. Too thin/watery.

Drinkability: High! Disappoints for an Imperial Stout... but it is perfectly chuggable.

Serving type: cask

09-25-2010 05:00:46 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Churchkey in DC, on a special Heavy Seas cask night.

A: beautiful, thick, rich head; dark copper color; lacing on the empty glass was a sight to behold
S: wafts of roast banana, sweet and abundant
T: very peculiar stout--it's not just the smoke, but the multiple layers of flavor that terminate in a grassy/hopped flavor.
M: rich and thick

This was one of the more interesting Heavy Seas beers I've tried, mainly for its complexity.

Serving type: cask

08-26-2010 13:33:03 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had off the cask at Blind Tiger in New York.
A- Very, very black. Solid tan head that leaves a good deal of lace.
S- Very nice cinnamon scent.
T- So intense. Sour, chocolate, but high in alcohol. Way too much alcohol. Tastes like a Scotch barrel aged beer. Sort of like an Innis and Ginn. Very acidic.

Serving type: cask

07-28-2010 16:49:30 | More by Amalak
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham during a Heavy Seas tasting event served in a Heavy Seas curved pint glass a nice opaque black with a very frothy light tan head that lasts and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of roasted malts and mild coffee. The taste is a nice amount of smooth roasted malts with nice cocoa and coffee accents. The beer is very smooth and easy drinking from the cask conditioning. This is a beer very well suited for its cask, even enjoyable, almost quaffable, on a hot Summer afternoon.

Serving type: cask

06-25-2010 22:21:51 | More by atsprings
Photo of zadams1


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at Ginger Man - South Norwalk, CT

A - Poured dark black into a snifer with a nice 3/4" thick tan head.

S - Smells of rich chocolate, oak and bitter coffee.

T - For an Imperial Stout, simple...and there's nothing wrong with that. Everything about it was understated and balanced. Light hoppiness and smooth maltiness mixed with chocolate, vanilla, anise and dark roasted coffee.

M - The best thing about this beer (or at least when had off a well operated cask)! Amazing stuff - carbonated just as it should, not too much and more importantly not too little. A lot of cask operators struggle with the latter. A nice cellar temperature brought out some great flavors and it was an unmistakably smooth beer.

D - Enjoyed one before I had to go but could have very well had another. Again, off cask I'm sure this beer changed shape quite a bit and made it a real pleasure.

Serving type: cask

04-15-2010 18:26:50 | More by zadams1
Photo of Jesstyr


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the cask at Gingerman in South Norwalk.

Pours a dark oil slick black with a huge head - that disappears almost immediately. Very little lacing. Nose is quite mild, but with just a hint of sweetness. Nothing really special here, but nothkg bad.

Taste is overtly creamy, surprisingly so. Quite a bit sweet, and with a little bit of pear, maybe even a little bit of subtle citrus. Malty and full bodied, a little toasted, but not as much as I expected. Mouthfeel is so thick and creamy, almost like a dessert drink. Fairly easy to drink, but the fullness makes this very heavy. This sucker is pretty big and flavorful, but just doesn't have the balance and subtleties you'd hope for.

Serving type: cask

03-20-2010 02:01:56 | More by Jesstyr
Photo of afausser


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

Had on cask at Beer Run in Charlottesville

A: Pours a light and bubbly dark brown with really interesting carbonation. A nice, bubbly light brown head with about half of the ten ounce glass down filled with visible bubbles rushing up.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and cream.

T: The cream is again present here, along with some vanilla. More dominant are milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Slightly bready and nutty.

M: Very nice, though probably partly due to being on cask. Creamy yet bubbly, and very smooth.

D: Could drink this all night--in fact, I went and had this two nights in a row. I'm glad I came across it.

Serving type: cask

01-09-2010 14:50:15 | More by afausser
Photo of jampics2


2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
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).

Serving type: cask

12-09-2009 16:07:51 | More by jampics2
Photo of johnmichaelsen


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

On tap at Max's the other night. Listed as the peg leg with oak chips added.

The beer pours a dark blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The blend of aromas is interesting in this beer, consisting of some dark fruits, coffee and chocolate, but really dominiated by a strong licorice component. I do like licorice, but this might be too much of a good thing in this beer. On the palate the flavor profile is (thankfully) dominated by chocolate and coffee, with just a hint of vanilla and licorice. The mouthfeel on this beer is its best feature (IMHO), as the beer is soft, long and very creamy. Alcohol is noticeable in this beer, but it's not at all obtrusive. It's noticeable, but it really doesn't interfere with the flavor profile.

Have had this beer many times on gas and was not all that impressed. On cask the beer is much, much better. Not bad at all.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2009 16:54:55 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of rtepiak


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is interesting. cask pour. opaque, surprisingly foamy. lighter foam with bubble not that extremely tight. quite spotty with good retention. smell is cream... pineapple hint with apple malt tang. english sour. taste of very milky fruit... apple to chocolate covered banana finish smooth wood. quite nice. extremely smooth... would like to taste in a bottle to see if the flavor is as consistent. wonderful find at barcade... sorry i had the last two glasses of the cask.

Serving type: cask

11-25-2008 02:20:43 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Shiredave

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand pulled from the newly installed engine at The Beech Tree Grill in Po-town.

A few days old but pouring in great condition this intensly black beer sported a dense brown head that left chunks of sticky lace behind.

No real aroma to speak of - hints of smoke thru the slighty sweet but very mild roasty nose. Nothing off just not much there to smell.

Rich, lush and viscous, lots of roasty sweetness witha touch of acidity along side the sharp black grain and hop bittering. Nice Imp Stout flavors without a big alcohol presence.

Great full bodied mouth feel with a tickle of alcohol on the finish. Not over bitter with excellent balance and drinkability for such of heavy beer.

Serving type: cask

09-25-2008 04:33:00 | More by Shiredave
Photo of dedrinker


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

A fresh cask of Peg Leg - brought to the bar the same day I sampled it. Fresh hop aroma with yeasty and roasty notes mingled in. Flavor is roasted grains, earthy hops, and weak coffee. For an Imperial stout the body is significantly lacking - more of a porter-like body and depth to it (not to insult some of the better porters I've had with more body and depth of flavor) The cask conditioning is the twist that really pushes this beer forward with the fresh earthy yeasty/ hoppy profile, otherwise I would say this beer needs more body and depth. It is certainly well crafted, but fighting with one hand tied behind its back.

Serving type: cask

03-13-2007 19:53:14 | More by dedrinker
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.

Serving type: cask

07-21-2005 11:39:58 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near black color with a slight, slight hue of red. Very little head to speak of; leaves a slight trace of lacing along the glass as you finish. The smell is strongest with hints of chocolate, coffee, raisins; the taste is very sweet, slightly grainy, typical carbonation for a stout with this high a ABV. Very sweet finish. Overall, a good imperial stout for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 16:55:02 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of Jay_Ulreich


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Heavy Seas never lets me down... unless I get an old batch of Hop3. This beer was exactly what I wanted at the time, a Malt bomb. I taste zero hops, and while that is normally a scary thing for me, it was actually quite nice. To call this an Impy Stout, is wrong IMO. Its more of a doppelbock. Reminded me of the malt character in Celebrator. Very caramely, very smooth, nice and chewy/thick. Hidden alcohol character could make you have a few too many before you realize it! Very little head, but thats how its sposed to be with impy stouts, which like I said, I dont think thats what they should call this. Its almost a brown in color, I expect a stout to be opaque and black. I could *almost* see through this one. All in all delicious caramel candy beer. If you want a malt bomb, get this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 23:08:13 | More by Jay_Ulreich
Photo of HardTarget


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Black glass shows only the thinnest of ruby edges when back lit. Starts out with a frothy head, but dies down to trace cover. Thin halo of foam slows long legs as it slowly drips off the side of the glass.

Black strap molasses, burnt sugar with a heady plum liquor . Hints of tobacco, coffee, toffee, all things that are great, but not great for you. A bit of sin here.

Mild grape jam, sugary with little char or hop to bring it back to center. More fruity in the taste, some cherry flavor comes out.

Mouthfeel: A bit flat, medium body, almost watery texture.

Overall: Nice flavor, a bit heady and fruity, and not supported by enough Impy Stout flavor, the roasted barley character is very background leaving this more of a Barleywine.
Recommended. Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 05:20:04 | More by HardTarget
Photo of RickS95


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 03:19:52 | More by RickS95
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basic Brewer from Baltimore. This is mid-pack RIS, worth a try...

A: Not much going on when the drama of a RIS can be so great. Head dissipates to a tan collar and it leaves a little lacing as she goes. Black body.

S: Pleasant. Slightly reminding of a MD great beer, Flying Dog Oyster Stout. Fall-like: it's light malts, with aromas of licorice, chocolate, fall leaves, and dark fruits.

T: The taste follows the smell and offers a pleasant, slightly sweet meld of fall earth, fruit, coffee. A bit of hop bitterness, not enough?

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Not quite the feel I like in my stouts, not creamy or rich. A bit cloying.

O: I'd have it again, but not my first choice. Solid, but back of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 02:30:41 | More by Act25
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 Chessmaster


3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pitch black, with 1-2 inches of chocolate colored head which unfortunately immediately disappears without a trace. The lack of head and complete lack of lacing is quite disappointing.

The flavor and mouthfeel are typical for a stout, with chocolate and caramel/crystal malt most discernible.

This is overall very drinkable, although the appearance detracts from overall enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 03:51:03 | More by Chessmaster
Photo of delta490


3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a pitch black, impenetrable to light, with about 1/2 a finger of short-lived mocha colored head. A little lasts around the circumference.

S-subtle, perhaps a little too much so. Slight hints of coffee and sweetness.

T- strong coffee notes, but little else. However, the coffee flavor is really good. But there isn't much more depth.

M- thinner than one would expect for a big, boozy imperial stout. Also a bit of bite from the alcohol.

O-a good bottle. I remember more from having draft. Will update once I get a chance to try on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 23:44:04 | More by delta490
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