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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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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 tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a almost totally black color with modest tannish head.
Smell is very cocoa like with some roasted malt essences.
Taste is very dry and bitter, like strong bitter coffee.
Finishes with more dryness and some slight notes of alcohol.
A good beer, but nothing great.

tgbljb, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown color with less than full finger light tan head that fades slowly. Little lacing present.

The smell is aggressive enough, but not typical of style. Expect to witness a pleasant MILKY chocolate sweet malt aroma.

The mouth is medium bodied and creamy with sufficient carbonation. The mouth contributes more to the experience than does the flavor.

The taste is more of a lightly roasted coffee cookie dough and there is a small lingering indication as well.

The 8.0% is hidden well. Good drinkability.

jjayjaye, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Peg Leg Imperial Stout looks great out of the bottle. It pours chestnut brown with a nice tan head that leaves a tight lace as the head quickly retreats.

Floral hop aromas dominate, with only a hint of dark roasted malt coming through. A medium-light body combined with moderately low carbonation gives this beer a silky mouthfeel.

The taste of chocolate and black malts are tempered by hop bitterness to achieve a pleasant harmony. The 8% abv probably contributes to the balance and is well masked in an otherwise mellow version of an imperial stout. It finishes dry, and slightly chalky, leaving a mildly bitter taste in your mouth.

The Peg Leg Imperial Stout is a dangerously easy beer to drink. Not as complex as some, but certainly a worthy imperial stout.

86sportster883, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of meadhead
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A seemingly quite mild Imperial stout:
Yet still
tasteful and nice;
a balance of roasted chocolate
and a sort of
espresso krisped rice,

with a tiny hint of hops
to help dry out and bitter
goes down fairly easy

just a bit shy

of an Imperial winner.

Of course I'm not like some
if its good
its not average
and its good
its not great
it has quality leverage

so 3.75's cross the slate
(whatever that means)

taste and mouthfeel
are full and quite easy
nothing too extreme
nothing too displeasing

Drinkability \yes
though ABV is there
This is sort of
just good to above average fair
Taken on its merit
a solid quality stout
just nothing imperial
or that would make one shout

meadhead, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of BeerHonky
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with freshness date clearly marked on the label. Fuzzy tan head sits atop a very dark mahogany brown with burgundy red highlights. Not much head retention here. Smells oddly fruity for an imperial stout...I'm expecting dark fruit aromas, and I'm detecting a little raisin here and there, but its almost citrusy? Call me crazy...but maybe there's a bunch of hops in here! Wow, unique flavor...starts out with some sweet, roasty, carmel malt flavors that slide into a piny, resinous hop flavor...and then a very delicate and very pleasant chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Not sticky at all either. Very accessible for an imperial stout...I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to start getting into this style.

BeerHonky, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of zebulon
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Formed a 1 inch tan head which disappear fairly fast, Color as a dark brown almost couldn't see through but pleasant.

S Light aroma malt and honey if that is possible, gave a sweet sensation when inhaling.

T Coffee, mild sweet, but dried the pallet. A tiny bit sourness in the finish when it warmed up.

M Dry but light.

D The coffee, honey and dryness were to the good, but it was too light for an imperial. It was ok, but I wouldn't go looking for it.

zebulon, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purs very dark brown/black, with athin tan head.
the aroma contains caramel, sweet licorice, some coffee, and piney hops. i get some faint dark fruity alcohol. some bread when swirled. chocolate notes come out with warmth. faint whiffs of some sort of sanitizer aroma.
the taste starts off with carameled coffee, transitioning to some dark berry flavors, licorice and finally sprucey hops that add substantial bitterness to the end. a bit sour at the finish
the body is fullish, but lacks a little with a delicate but sharp carbonation.
decent enough drinkability, the alcohol doesn't come through much to this beers benefit. a good beer, but lacks anything that might make it stand out. almost porter-ish as well.

kmo1030, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with ruby highlights. The short cap of light tan head dissipated quickly, leaving a thin skim of fine bubbles and a ring. There was only a bit of short-lived lacing. Bready malt aroma, some caramel, a bit grainy, with not much roast. Sweet and malty with a hint of cherries, mostly bready. There was a bit of chocolate and alcohol, but not much roast. Medium to full bodied with lowish, creamy carbonation. Overall, a pretty weak imperial stout, but not a bad beer. More like a porter than anything else.

DrJay, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of mortarit
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves very little lacing.

Smell reeks of alcohol to the point I thought I might not like this one. I have never been fond of stouts so I was a little skeptical about trying it.

Taste caught off guard by the minute smoothness and lack of over powerless of alcohol that first embraced. There is also generous dark malt, but it is eclipsed by the dry bitterness from the hops.

Mouth feel is medium bodied.

This is a pretty decent full flavored stout. Certainly worth a try. I will have to invest in more of this style later on.

mortarit, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of ByTor2112
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark, not quite pitch balck color. Barely opaque with a little light through the edge of the glass.
Aroma- Slightly sweet-smelling, not very potent with some chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel- warming with a sweeter profile. Mostly malt with a very mild hop profile. I barely got any roasted or coffee flavors. Finished smooth and remained sweet. Alcohol is warming but not dominating. This is mild for a RIP but it drank well and was not bad. Just could have been a little bolder with more coffee or chickory flavors. Good brew nonetheless!

ByTor2112, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees.

A - Poured a deep brown...almost maple syrup in color. I'm a little leery, as a caramel head began to form, but suddenly stopped and melted away to nothing at all. A nice color overall, but I'm a little worried.

S - Smells of toffee and burnt coffee with a malty backbone. Some cocoa in the background.

T - Nothing special by any means...roasted malt up front, backed up by coffee, cocoa, and toffee. While good flavors, they just don't develop and seem very watered down. Almost like an APA with good background flavors.

M - Watered down body, but finishes with a strong warming feeling. Just went down a little too easily.

D - It served its purpose...I wanted something to warm me up, but didn't have time to savor the beer. I'm glad I got to try it, but I won't be picking up any more of these.

JohnnyM2002, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Stimack
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the reason why I got the mix 12 pack from Clipper City and surprisingly it is my least favorite of the offerings. This brew poured to a very dark black color with a smallish light tan head that did not have much of any legs and also did not provide much of any lacing. I was wondering if this could have been my glass even though I usually do see this problem so for the next brew I hand washed a new glass to make sure I had no soap or chemical build up but had the same result. Anyway, the aromas where ok with highlights of coffee, chocolate and I think a little cherry or some other dark fruit. Good smell, just seems to be missing something here, for a imperial stout I would think things would stand out but they don’t. The taste is also ok, seems quite pedestrian to me but the highlights are chocolate with a slight coffee feel with a break to a noticeable hop flavor that lingers somewhat. Over all this is a pretty ok brew but for it to be in the category of an imperial stout it just seems to be to blah for my expectations. This one does not stand up to the other offering in the Heavy Sea’s collection.

Stimack, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have read that the brewery reformulated this beer so I picked it up again in a 12 variety pack of Heavy Seas beers.

Nice black color-very nice tan head on top. Good, though not very prominant, roasted aroma. Ink like smell to it. Big, malty flavor. Nice roasted highlights. Somewhat sweet-almost like a milk stout. Lingering roasted flavors in the finish. Good body-seems to have been kicked up a notch. Very drinkable. Could lose some of the sweetness for my liking. Not as much roasted and harsh taste to it as some RIS. Good effort-as is any beer from the Heavy Seas line.

lackenhauser, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is inky black color. A quater inch light tan colored head faded to a sheen on top almost instantly. No carbonation can be seen in the onyx liquid. Scare lacing in spots.

Very sweet aroma of figs. There is also a light grain note which when mixed with the figs reminds me of a newton. An alcohol presence is balanced to the other scents.

Sweet smell carries over nicely into the taste. Fig quality is a bit subdued and balances with varying tastes of chocolate and raisins. Alcohol flavor is very faintly present.

A nice thickness on the tongue. A light tingling helps the flavor make it to the back of the tongue.

A worthwhile try. This would go great with a slice of chocolate cake. The blend is nice and the taste work well on the tongue. Only drawback is the overall strength of flavors is a little weak.

RedChrome, Feb 03, 2007
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.

oberon, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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!

mikesgroove, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Massive brown head, very fluffy.Dark black body.I really cant see through it.Nice lacing is left behind, the head is like a 2 finger head,goes to a ring in my tulip.

Dark fruits

First taste is chocolate and some coffee.I dont taste the fruits but I know there somewhere in there.The aftertaste isnt as dank as some stouts.

Very drinkable and the booze dont seem to come out as in some other RIS.Goes down very smooth.The beer is very creamy and is in the middle of watery and thick.

This is a very solid beer from Clipper Seas.I look forward to having this on tap in the future since I have a new found love for the almighty RIS!Go out and get this fine brew everyone.


I really liked this beer alot when it was fresh.Lets see how it does after being cellared for 8 months.

Pitch black body with a small tan head,left some lacing on the glass.

The taste is bakers,sweet chocolate.Coffee and roasted malts also in the taste.Dark fruits and chocolate in the taste and some hop flavor in there aswell.The taste isnt as dank as it was when fresh.It sorda taste like rum, so I guess its starting to get vinous

Mouthful is very creamy.I can taste the alcolhol in this as it warms up,its not a bad taste though.

I like this stuff quite a bit,its not overpowering at all in the impy stout catagory.I reccommend this to any stout loving fan.

MmmIPA, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
notched Sept. 06

Pours black with some deep scarlet highlight. A creamy quickly fading more tan than white head leaves some nice lace.

Nose: Some roasted malts, sweet baking chocoolate, and alcohol.

Taste: Old burnt coffee and alcohol seem the most pronounced. Chalky cocoa,some faint dark sweet fruits and a mild bitter finish.

Mouth is not very sturdy and overly carbonated.

I was a little disappointed with this beer, does not seem very RIS like.

beerphan, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving 12oz bottle

This brew's ominous dark umber, black appearance is complimented by a razor thin layer of very fine film forming a pronounced beige lining between the beer and the glass.

Spicy hops, peppery alcohol, burnt malts and vinous dark fruits dominate this beer's tempting bouquet.

Light flavorful spicy hop bitters hit the palate with diluted deep rosted malts. The mid palate's vinous dark fruit flavors droop a bit leading to a short, nutty and very slightly alcoholic, dry finish.

Somewhat thin and low profile for an imperial stout, this is easy to drink and quite smooth. A bit dissapointing for an imperial stout but still an enjoyable one at that.


Jwaks, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a light tan rocky head that last for a short bit. The body is so dense shows no sign of carbonation even at the edges of the glass.

S- This beer light bitter dark roasted malt nose with a chocolate malt hint.

T- This beer has a creamy dark malt flavor that is pretty soft with a light tang in the finish to the malt. There is a soft spice to the finish but it is pretty dry. As the beer warms there is a hint of dried prunes but that is the only depth to this beer.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy texture and the finish has a fizz that comes through when it warms. There are no notes of alcohol even when it warms.

D- This beer is smooth and mellow with not much depth and the flavors it does have are not that interesting.

rhoadsrage, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, used motor oil color, letting only a tiny bit of light in around the edges. Two finger head has poor retention, leaving very little behind. Looks ominous.

Aroma is chock full o' nuts (i.e. coffee and chicory notes), along with a bit of chocolate, toasted grains, biscuits, and also raw grains. The more you sniff, the more the raw grain character comes through.

Flavor is pretty thin. Mild cocoa notes up front, with a bit of burnt coffee towards the end. Little malt character, and the finish is a bit of hop bitterness, melded with a searing alcohol burn on the tip of your tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and aggressively carbonated for the style. Drinkability is pretty good considering the ABV and flavor.... it does hide the alcohol for the first half of the glass.

This is just another beer from clipper city, that is decent, but misses the mark. I really think of this as more of a poorly made stout than a Russian Imperial stout. Not a bad purchase, but there are better RIS's out there for the money...

phisig137, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of srrn
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This one is putting me on the spot as far as reviewing goes. First sip I was thinking Baltic Porter not imperial stout. The finger tan head quickley reduced as happens with RIPs. Smell is a bit subdued, a bit of hops and licorice I think. Mouthfeel is good for any style except an imperial stout, I for one love the oily feel of RIP's and this didn't have it.

All in all a really good beer, I'd like to know some subtlities about the Imperial stout vs Baltic porter styles as this one confused me.

This is one of my first few reviews where I reviewed a beer 'blind' without reading other reviews first. I bought it based on how well I loved Winter Storm. Glad to see I'm not the only one confused/refusing to call it an RIP. Still it's a good beer, needs a different label or recipe change.

srrn, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a dark brown-black color with thick tan head that lingered long and left good lacing. Aroma was a pleasant mixture of malt choclate, nuts,. toffee and even a hint of licorice. Taste followed suit with sweet malty flavor. Alcohol, though 8%, was just present enough to nicely blend with the sweetness, which all served to round this medium bodied beer off to a smooth, warming finish.

I enjoyed this much more than some other Impy Stouts I’ve had lately.

kimcgolf, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of IceAce
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a beautiful tan collar of foam with excellent lacing for the style. Nose is attractive with deeply roasted malts comingling with yeasty & smoky goodness.

Entry is sweetly aggressive with moderate carbonation. Midtaste features a smokey malt foreground with an oh-so-sweet finish reminiscent of a milk stout.

While not so sure about my enthusiasm about the classification of 'Imperial Stout' for this brew...it's lively, tasty, and worthy of another look as long as there is a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream within reach

IceAce, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on Dec 31, 2006. 12oz bottle poured into a chilled mug. Paid $1.79 for the single bottle at Premier in Kenmore, NY.

Review updated on Jul 26, 2010. 12oz bottle from a six pack that was $10.99 from Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Poured into a chilled pint glass. Label notched as best by Aug 2010.

Pours dark brown/ black with no light passing through, has a very nice tall billowy brown head that lingers for quite a while and leaves thick lacing on the glass when it finally does dissipate.

Smell is dark with wood smoke, coffee, a little buttery toffee, some floral character... lavender?

Taste is of dark roasted malt and coffee up front, a bit of caramel and dark chocolate in the middle, then a lingering licorice and smoke finish. I think I also detect something like apricot or apple (something fruity) in the finish and something floral up front, but these are both very subtle and I may be stretching to find too much.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and pretty dry. Alcohol is somewhat apparent. Carbonation is appropriate. Overall drinkability is good, I could have a few of these and be quite happy. I'd be on the fence about whether to call it a porter or a stout. Smoke says porter, and if were just a tad thinner and dryer I think that'd bump it to the porter category. Damn good either way, so moot point.

BeerNinja007, Dec 31, 2006
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.