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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,249
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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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this 7 months after suggested expiry date. It was pitch black with no head, very well malted with some chocolate and decent carbonation, medium plus mouthfeel. A bit sour finish, not to be completely unexpected. Roast and coffee aroma and not bad, underrated.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—traces of dark brown are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light—and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin and dense tan head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of licorice, semisweet chocolate and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and does not have any bitterness or flavors of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer is somewhat unusual compared to other beers in the style because it lacks dryness and flavors of roasted malts and seems to be somewhat of a hybrid between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and a Russian Imperial Stout. Nonetheless, it is relatively easy to drink and hides its alcohol very well.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee brown color with garnet highlights; the tan head rather quickly falss to a ringlet but does leave some shards of lace behind

Smell: Mocha and rich caramel notes waft from the brew

Taste: Starts with a mocha flavor that swirls nicely across the tastebuds; after the swallow, a bit more chocolate appears along with a metallic taste that is a minor distraction; the finish provides some roasty bitterness

Mouthfeel: As others have noted, slightly thin for an Impy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Overall, this is an Impy that is easy to drink and the recipe is a big improvement over the one they brewed a few years ago

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With all the fixations on alcohol, sweetness and roast to carry the taste of trendy imperial stout, its refreshing to see a beer that's rooted in British rounded complexity even if its taste is savory, sipping and robust.

Clipper City's big boy of a stout starts with dark mahogany brown that's just off of opaque. As it stews in the glass like dark roast coffee, its roasted aromas follow suit with its own dark chocolate, walnut and cold-pressed blends. Its decadent seared sugars underneath take on a toffee and molasses tone but evading the viscous texture of either.

Across the middle, the strong ale really opens up by saturating the palate with equal parts bittersweet chocolate, nutty coffee blends and a toasty-peppery bit. The starchy sweetness that floats beneath carries with it the fruity sweetness of grilled currant, blackberry and a tinge of licorice.

Finishing with an oddly light sense of palatability, the luscious beer isn't exactly built for quick drinking but it's surly not indicative of imperial strength. Its understated simmering warmth cuts through the beer's sweetness and mild viscosity with a finish of smoky chocolate and grilled fruit.

Photo of Knapp85
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Imperial Stout poured out as a thin looking black liquid with a thin brown head on top. There wasn't much lacing at all here. The smell was of roasted malts and grains. The taste was bitter with some burnt flavors and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel was just too watery for this to be an Imperial in my opinion. The beer is a decent one to try. But I just don't think it should be classified as an imperial stout.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque hazel... until backlit with a bright blast of morning sunshine that reveals the beer's not so opaque nature. Uh oh. Imperial stouts that one can see through, under any circumstances, are never a good thing. Not only that, but the cap is light ecru, airy soft and has no character whatsoever. Needless to say, there's no lace formation, not a shred. A bad omen.

The nose is okay, but still isn't anywhere near what a good Imperial stout nose ought to be. It manages to achieve averageness (barely) thanks to a semi-pleasant stouty mix of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit, favoring the first of those three. If judged strictly according to style, it's probably subpar, but I feel like cutting it a little slack.

Peg Leg tastes like a garden variety stout from a third tier craft brewery, not a member of the vaunted Heavy Seas line from Clipper City. What the hell happened with this one? Let's forget all notions of a Russian Imperial stout (actually I did so immediately after the pour). It isn't even flavorful enough or full enough in the mouth to be considered a double stout. More like a moderately bitter milk stout.

Bittersweet chocolate is still in charge, but doesn't have a whole lot of other flavor elements to boss around. Weak coffee, citrus fruit, faint echoes of black licorice... not much else. The fruitiness is of a hoppy nature and comes, no doubt, from the Fuggles and Styrian Goldings that comprise the hop bill. There's a little more strength of flavor and depth of flavor with warming, though I'm still overwhelmingly underwhelmed.

Since I'm no longer reviewing according to the stated style, I'll give the body/mouthfeel the benefit of the doubt. Several sips later... it just isn't very stout-like and the doubt has crept back in. Too light and not the least bit chewy or expansive in the mouth. On a good note (have we had one of those yet?), the 8.0% ABV is very well masked.

I can't emphasize enough how disappointed I am with this beer. I hope Loose Cannon DIPA and Below Decks Barley Wine have more in common with the first three Heavy Seas beers that crossed my palate than with this one. When it comes to calling Peg Leg an Imperial Stout, Clipper City doesn't have a leg to stand on.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep oil black with an enormous cream colored head that stayed around forever. Deep thick lacing.Smell was alot of coffee and caramel sweetness, roasted malts abound on this one. The taste was very well rounded. Very slight hint of coffee and dark fruits, predominant flavor is sugary roasted caramel. There is a slight hopped back to it as well. Dry finish and easy going down. No hint of alcohol at all, and at 8%abv thats saying something! This was an easy drinker and a good RIS. Would definatly drink this again!

Photo of oberon
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a large, foamy, finely-bubbled brown head.

Smell: While not the most mind-blowing aroma around, there's some sugary, dark malts, grassy hops, and a splash of cocoa to be found in the scent.

Taste: Starts with light, sweet chocolate and roasted malts. There's also just a slight trace of molasses in there. Faint grassy hops. The alcohol peaks through in the partly dry, partly sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied; somewhat watery for the style.

Drinkability: This beer comes across as simple and unassuming when compared to some of the more intense premier examples of the style. In fact, I wouldn't really consider it deserving of the 'imperial' designation, though it certainly was the best beer in the Heavy Seas Sampler!

Photo of emerge077
2.81/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with hints of brown. It really didn't have a head at all, but left some lace.

S - It smelled of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee. Some floral hints, too.

T - It tasted very chocolatey and sweet. A nice roasted caramel malt flavor started to emerge as it warmed up.

M - It was very soft and almost a little thin (watery?). A medium-bodied beer.

D - Overall, it was quite drinkable, just not the best RIS.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a color somewhere between the darkest brown imaginable and a sun-kissed obsidian: not quite jet, but close. The head is only a creamy ring 'round the surface's edge and doesn't lace much at all. The smell is roasted with coffee, deep smoke, and...I'm not sure how else tp out it, so...roasted potatoes. The taste brings forth some dark malts, a good helping of rich coffee, some chocolate...no, make that chocolate-covered figs. (I've never had chocolate-covered figs, but the two flavors here are not as mutually exclusive as elsewhere.) The body is on the heavier side of medium, and is generally pretty smooth, but there is an off-putting bite of roasted carbonation at the end. Overall, somewhat drinkable, but not to much of a high degree.

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

My initial thought on tasting this beer a half-year or so ago was that although it was a very good beer, it didn't quite live up to the "Imperial Stout" designation. And that thought remains, but... I expect there will be a change in the recipe this year as there was with the Red Sky this last time around. Still, as it is...

Clipper City's Peg Leg pours a very dark mahogany with chestnut highlights beneath a creamy head of tan foam that holds fairly well but leaves little more than tiny spots and wider splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose is caramelish and mocha-like, with a hint of coffee-liquor.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation that lends a gentle caress to the palate.

The flavor is delicately sweet but coffee-ish with a caramelish side, and reveals an underlying touch of yeasty fruitiness as well as some background grassy and spruce-like (?) hops. The alcohol is well-cloaked throughout and it finishes with a mild touch of roastiness, some yeasty fruitiness, some delicate caramel, a slap of fruity/leafy/grassy/piney hops, and a spritz of alcohol.

Overall, it's not a bad beer... but it needs a lot of work to become an Imperial Stout.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

A - Pours with half a finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque black body with amber highlights. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Light chocolate notes with a big caramel backbone and some spicy red apple yeast notes.

T - Dark sugar notes of molasses and burnt caramel. Some cinnamon and red apple comes out in the middle. Smoky chocolate in the finish with more molasses and moderate bitterness.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - This one is a bit lacking in dark malt character for the style. It has a good dose of dark sugary complexity but only hint of chocolate and smoke with no real roast character. This leaves it a bit cloying despite the reasonably dry finish.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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