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

appearance - Pitch black color, with a tan head, that didn't stick around.

smell - Roasted malts and cocoa.

taste - Has a sweet taste, with hops present at the end of the taste. Taste of caramel and chocolate flavors are present.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body.

drinkability - Very nice stout,.might be one of the best I have had.

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

Superbly black color lurks under a light tan head that leaves lace immediately upon dropping. Head thins quickly but leaves gorgeous trails of lace in its wake .

Light notes of roasted coffee beans, molasses and something strangely mineral/metallic. Not as robust as most imperial/double stouts...more like a porter really.

Burnt chocolate, coffee, succelent dark fruits (date, plum, grape)...a straightforward and uncomplex stout. Big flavor, but not massive. Helped greatly by a lush body, which isn't as gooey as bigger, fatter RIS's, but has a creamy milkiness that carries the flavors a long way.

Not a mindblower, and relatively simple for the style, this is definitely one of the more drinkable Russian Imperial Stouts out there, given the easygoing but substantial flavor and low-ish alcohol content.

Photo of charlesw
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All kinds of stuff going on in there... You know... I'm definitely going to have to try this one again... I think that the sour note might be from mistreatment somewhere. Other than the sour note (like you'd expect in a biere de garde or certain other aged beers) it's a fine brew. But, boy, the sour note really drags it down! Might just be the flavor hops - Clipper City is big on those... Coffer and chocolate and caramel - all nicely balanced. No bitterness detected. But, oh, that twang. Sigh. It's really too bad... With less twang, a bit more bitterness and a bit more body this would be excellent!

Photo of pwoods
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. single from Jungle Jim's poured into a pint. Drink by Febuary '08.

A: Deep black with touches of ruby at the extreme bottom. 1+ fingers of light tan head with some stickiness. Patches of muddy lacing.

S: Very very subtle. I can barely smell anything. Some coffee and molasses notes but not much else. The coffee does smell nice but I have to swirl a few times to get much out of it.

T/M: Pretty standard. Coffee and chocolate but nothing really outstanding. Not much hop bitterness to make things interesting. Body is right one and has a nice smoothness to it. Alcohol just pokes through at the very end adding some warmth.

D: Pretty run of the mill. The mouth feel is the best part. Average put easy to come by and much cheaper than Expedition and Old Rasputin.

Photo of baos
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost black with a one finger brown head.

S: Coffee, chocolate, hops.

T: Unsweetened dark chocolate, coffee and those hops balance it nicely making it end with an agreeable bitter bite.

M: Good, kinda light, but no complaints here.

D: Good -n- bitter!

Photo of armock
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of malts and mocha coffee

T - Nice malts some caramel and chocholate

M - Very smooth and creamy if I could get this at starbucks with some caffine I'd have one every morning

D - See above a little high on the abv to make it a session brew but I think this is my favorite stout that I've had so far

Photo of neobassman
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As part of my survey of domestic imperial stouts, I am pleased to find that this one is not only good, but produced in my own state (MD). I like this Baltimore offering, even though it does not replace my current, personal favorite, Old Heathen. This brew is characteristically dark in color, though not the midnight black of some brews - under strong light it admits a ruby red color through the dark brown body. The dark, mottled, tan head is not very persistent and exhibits less lace than some other stouts. The smell is equal parts malt, hops, and fruit (plum?). For me the taste is very pleasing - the bitterness is present but not overpowering, a full middle to the taste, and enough of the dark, roasted bottom to leave no doubt that it is a stout. The flavor continues to evolve through and after the swallow, with a bit of English fruitiness. Carbonation is mid-pack for a stout. The mouthfeel is moderately creamy but not as substantial as an oatmeal stout.

I tend to use Guinness as my benchmark since it is so ubiquitous; I would take this over Guinness any day. It has a fuller, more balanced, a slightly more mellow flavor and is mostly free of the Irish champ's burnt coffee experience. While not my favorite domestic imperial, Peg Leg makes my recommended list.

Photo of bassmantin
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a moderately dark black/brown with big tan head.

This is a very strange stout. It's not like a typical imperial stout at all. In fact I taste grapefruit and other citrus flavors. It's almost like a really weak IPA... very strange. The roasted malt flavors emerge somewhere late in the aftertaste but definitely do not predominate.

Strange brew. Not highly recommended.

Photo of dickieb
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with 1/2 a finger of tan head that leaves some nice lace. The smell is rather tame and mostly of coffee and roasted malts. The taste is of slightly smoky coffee, and a lingering chocolate effect, somewhat balanced with some bitter hops. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, which leads it to be very drinkable for the style. This is easier to drink then some 5% beers. Not a bad offering, but their are better Imperial stouts out there.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick tanned head. Copious amounts of lacing rims the glass after each sip of the dark brown brew.

The nose has lots of sweet chocolate, caramel, lightly toasted malt and fruits. Rather sweet smelling and tasting.

Has notes of chocolate, coffee, a bit of fruitiness and a nice warming finish. A good RIS in my books but nothing to complex.

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

A - Poured a nice dark brown to black into a pint mug with a medium tan head that fell quickly leaving very little lace at all on the glass

S - Smell was a little flat in my opinion..not much in there..could smell some coffee flavor and a hint of the hops

T - The taste made up for the lack of aroma on this beer, it had a good full dark chocolate (bittersweet) and coffee flavor blend with a hint of caramel and a finishing bite of hops

M - This was a good solid stout with a balanced carbonation

D - Overall a very good beer and it was enjoyable

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near pitch black colour with a thick frothy but creamy tan head that dissolves fairly quickly and leaves a smattering of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a bold, solid blend of caramel, cocoa/chocolate, coffee and slightly earthy, roasted malt. The balance between sweetness and ruggedness is nice, with the former edging the latter just a touch.

The flavour continues the balance of sweetness and rugged malt, however it pushes the ruggedness up a bit for a truer blend. Flavour starts with a smooth mix of chocolate and coffee before moving more so into straight up coffee flavour, then finishing with a burnt/toasted maltiness. A bit of alcohol can be detected here and there but is subtle and unobtrusive overall. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy.

This is a nice imperial stout. It isn't risky or over the top by any means, just solid and well balanced. Good stuff.

Photo of brewshakes
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Having this beer right now while watching the Yankees-Indians game. Poured a dark brown color with a creamy brown head. Left nice lacing on the glass. Has a chocolate and roasted coffee nose. Feels very smooth in the mouth and goes down easy. Surprising low bite for 8%.

Photo of Godot
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a strong pour into a pint glass I received a 2 inch tannish-brown head that fairly quickly reduced to a film which lasted for almost the entire beer. Opaque black when held to light, it looks like what I like in a Imp. stout.
The smell is nice, with malty chocolat, a little coffee, and a slightly warm alcohol characteristic.
I like the way this brew tastes though I am a little disappointed for the style of an imperial stout. As a stout it is delicious, but I wish it had a little more bite and that the alcohol was just a little more present then it was. Its actually really hard for me to believe this is 8% when the alcohol is so well hidden. In an imperial I would like a slight warming to finish that I don't get here. But all in all the beer is ridiculously balanced.
The mouthfeel is good, thick and tongue coating as I would expect. And the drinkability is dangerous, not filling at all, and as I said the alcohol is barely present. Overall a great stout but a little too mellow for an imperial stout. (for reference Sammy Smith's and Old Rasputin are my go to imperial stouts.)

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cool into a Caracole tulip. A -3.5 S -4 T-4 M -4 D -4.5
A - A deep brown within the range of dark chocolate w/ a fingernail sized tan head. A very good amount of lace holds on.

S - A rich chocolate malt scent w/ a slightly vinous and nutty scent.

M - Full feel w/ gentle sweetness and a very creamy fruity texture.

T - Nice dark malt that has a rich smooth chocolate character. A very mild hop taste blends w/ the nutty caramel maltiness. There is a vanilla-like rummy flavor that carries on straight through.

D - A very drinkable 8%, I enjoyed the blend of flavors and would certanily try this again.

Re-review on 10/25/10 A -4, S-4, M -3.5, T-3.5, D-3.5
poured chilled into a taster from the 12oz.

A - A dark brown w/ light caramel brown at base

S- A smell of dried fruit and cinnamon w/ slight stone fruit note and bitter herbs. The smell has a toasted aroma w/ light cocoa accent

M - Thick, creamy and full feel w/ slight herbal tinge and mild tannic light roasted texture. The semi sweet finish w/ slight alcohol which is mild on the palate

T - The taste of fruit tinges in the flavor w/ mild roasted and caramel w/ gentle vanilla and light toasted nut element w/ herbal hop accent in the hops. The alcohol comes out slightly when warm

D - A pretty decent stout, but not the best of the style -it is worth a try, but don't go out of your way to find it--simple solid strong stout

Photo of mountdew1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Poured a very dark, opaque brown, with a light creamy brown head. Aroma was slightly bananay, milky, and brown sugary. Tasted sweet, faintly of oatmeal cookie. Felt good in the mouth, clung to the inside just enough to linger, but not enough to be sticky. Left a little bitterness on the toungue. Beyond that, it was very easy and good to drink. Went down very smoothly.

Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a snifter...jet black body with a creamy 1/2 –inch head; head leaves small but strong lacing…hints of milk and roasted something, with a little bread rolled in…surprisingly, no alcohol tints...smooth palate, warm roll over the tongue, coating the whole mouth with a hops/malt/yeast balance that succeeds in its distribution...I’ve been a little critical of the more far-reaching Heavy Seas attempts at Weyerbachering already drinker-friendly styles, but this imperial stout is working…smooth and engaging, I look forward to pairing my next glass with a Maduro Churchill to celebrate the Browns’ first win…maybe in two weeks? A beer that has September-to-May possibilities…not quite scotch, but a few will put me in a nice place tonight…

Photo of Socrates68
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent Imperial Stout. Great body and color. Great smell, with hints of chocolate and coffee to it. Taste is great and the feel is great as well. I wouldn't recommend it in the summer, but it is a great cold weather beer! Resembles more of a porter than a stout though

Photo of franksnbeans
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with no head or lacing. Smells malty, a little chocolate notes and some roast. Tastes of sweet malt, and basically how it smells but everything is very subtle. Medium in the mouth with decent carbonation. Very easy drinking but doesnt live up to the imperial stout billing.

Photo of crayphish
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another 'Heavy Seas' offering from the sampler pack. This Imperial Stout poured a blackish brown almost opaque liquid. A small thin foam cap rest atop, little lacing. Smell is toasted malts with a raisin and plum sweet element. A whiff of chocolate as well. Taste is again the malts now seeming a bit burnt. The fruit element remains raisin and plums. The chocolate is now heated by a bit of hoppy alcohol. Mouthfeel was decent, clean yet a bit chewy, definitely not a BIG Imperial Stout. Drinkability was OK, if a warming full bodied stout is what your looking for this may not be your beer. Possibly a stout suited for warmer weather.

Photo of eballard
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark blackish brown with a off white head that settles into a thin layer on the top of the beer. The beer smells of dark roasted malts and a sweet hint of hops. Its smell is not over powering like you might think but rather it has a light sweet quality. It has caramelized malt flavors with a hint of chocolate. It has a roasted taste that comes out in the back along with a slight hops taste but has little bite. It certainly has a heavy taste but the mouth is clean and smooth. It’s a heavy beer with little carbonation but it finishes crisp rather than coating the mouth. I thought this was a very tasty beer. It has all the qualities of a tasty beer without over doing them. It really doesn’t stand out in my mind as a great beer but it has a fine flavor and is certainly easy to drink.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours blackish/brown with brown highlights and a thin brown head and creamy lacing.

S - Prunes, raisins and a hint of roasted malt.

T - Roasted malt, caramel and chocolate with a slight off flavor I can't place (maybe lactic astringency).

M - On the thin side of medium and sonewhat dull.

D - The only beer that disappointed me out of the 12 pack sampler I picked up from OH.

Photo of ericj551
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this as a part of the Heavy Seas mix pack. It pours an inky black, opaque when held up to a light. The aroma is sweet and rich caramel and toffee, rounding off a nice roasted character. Flavor is very sweet, caramel and chocolate with a burnt astringency rounding it out. Overall a very nice RIS, there is a lot of flavor packed into this beer.

Photo of iceball585
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black color, thin light brown ring of head

S- Smokey smell, hints of raisens and cocoa

T- Cocoa, black coffee, raisens, prunes, smokey malts

M- Smooth, fairly light watery feel, slightly warming finish of alcohol near the end

D- Worth trying, but wouldn't buy this on a regular basis

It's really light for being an imperial stout. Very non-offensive but also lacking in many departments.

Photo of shirfan
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown, opaque at the thickest points, but not solid black by any means. Thin, blink-and-miss it head.

Aroma of prunes, slightly greasy burnt barbeque, cocoa.

Taste is off for an imperial. Very mild on the hops... perhaps a trace amount of leafy flavor to them. Not very roasty on the malt side of things either. Burnt chicken, light prunes, a touch of cocoa powder and instant coffee.

Very thin mouthfeel for the style as well.

I won't revisit this one.

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