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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 50 | 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.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.43/5  rDev -6%

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%

(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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of JasonA
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours dark as night with 2 fingers of quickly disapaiting head. Lacing and settling. Looks delicious.

Smell is not powerfull. Malty, maybe coffee/chocolate. Surprised by the subtleness, I want my RIS to kick my noses ass.

Yummy. Trying to figure out which flavor takes control, my guess would be the coffee. Right into a deep malt and finish with what Ill call a dry hoppyness sans the floral part.

Ill call it full bodied, but not syrupy, not thick. I think I would like it fuller for the style, but not bad at all.

Im going to rank the drinkability biasedly. Im giving this beer a higher rank for drinkability because this is one of the few RIS's I can get locally (also brewed locally). That makes this beer for the style, very drinkable :). When I cant get the powerhouse RIS's, this will be one of my goto's.

JasonA, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured an opaque deep blackish brown with ruby hued edges, foamy finger of light tan head dissipated into a moderate ring of lacing. Aroma is sweet, roasty and malt, dark coffee and chocolate notes dominate, slight earthy aromas also linger in the nose. Taste is also sweet and roasty, less malty and much sweeter than the nose lets on. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, thinnest beer I've had of this style, medium bodied with mild carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy, quenches thirst with ease. Drinkability is good, hides the 8% abv very well, hardly noticeable at all. Overall a decent RIS, worth trying. Might purchase again.

danielocean03, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

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

Smell is smokey dark grain, chocolate, and coffee. A nice bit of herbal hop bitterness. Subdued dark fruit.

Taste is similiar to the nose with the smokey dark grain making an impression. There is also generous dark malt, but it is eclipsed by the dry bitterness from the hops. The dark fruit from the nose reappears in the finish with a touch of unexpected black licorice that really mellows the flavor; virtually eliminating any lingering bitterness. The ABV is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This is a pretty decent full flavored stout, but falls short of the RIS catagory so it will have to take a hit on the rating. Best to let this one warm a bit. Certainly worth a try.

Blakaeris, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours nearly black with dark ruby-garnet highlights. Biege-colored head of three fingers is dense and holds well, leaving light spotty lacing. Heavy aromas of black patent malt, baker's cocoa, and roasted barley. A clean alcohol scent emerges as it warms. Sweet tasting upfront and full of caramel and roasted notes; then comes burnt malt flavors, dark chocolate, and a snap of nuetral alcohol. Dry aftertaste, faint american hop flavor and mild bitterness balance well with the big malt prescence and hint of booze. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation, perhaps too thin and crisp for an Imperial stout; but this also aids the relatively clean finish. Only slight residual chocolate and coffee flavors remain briefly, which are then quickly lifted by the drying hops, charred malt character, and hint of alcohol. This possesses a great drinkability and has a respectable malt complexity, but it might not satisfy the BA seeking an enormous Russian Imperial Stout.

PBRstreetgang, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of riversider76
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours black, thin tan head, not much retention, but good lacing. Smell is of dark fruits,and malts. The is a hint of grassy hops,that is very nice. Body is medium. Not much carbionation. Taste Is sweet dark chocolate up front, with a very light roasting. Fruity undertones throughout,with a bit of hops in the finish. Wish I had more than one.

riversider76, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Nibbley
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

My serving of this beer was a 12oz bottle.
Appearance was dark chocolate brown with a tan 1 finger head,which disappeared almost completely and rather quickly.
Taste was of coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of carmel.
I enjoyed this brew with a nice french baggette and some hard Italian salami.The beer was very very drinkable and would be a good session beer. Cheers.

Nibbley, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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!

ChainGangGuy, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%

12 oz. bottle, part of the "Clipper City Sunken Sampler" 12pk; $16,99. Very average at best. Poured black with a khaki coloured foamy cap like 1000 other stouts. Smell wasn't offensive, but it didn't really smell like a stout should smell, either. Definate hops, and a tiny bit of caramel if you're looking for it, but there's a peculiar smell present that I cannot quite place. Taste doesn't really even taste like an RIS. It doesn't taste bad, I simply feel it does a terrible job of adhering to the style. This smells, tastes, and feels like a thick pale ale of some sort.
Mouthfeel is about where it needs to be for the style, but there is really nothing special here. Glad I tried it, but I certainly won't be rushing back for another.

SilentSabre, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured hard into a pint glass. Two fingers of tan foam and lacing seems to be prevelant.
Smell is chocolate malt and sugar. some fruit aromas and coffee are here but way in the back. I smell mostly caramel.
Taste is medicinal as in the smell of Band-aid bandages.Upon further tasting it seems to have a dark berry wine sort of flavor.
Mouthfeel is all over the place with sugars hanging around and caramel/coffee finishing it off.
Peg Leg is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the Clipper City Brewing Co.
Still all in all, just OK.

peabody, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of warmstorage
2.3/5  rDev -37%

Decent, but kind of blah.

12 ounce bottle. pours a vigorous thick dense head that sticks around for a while, but leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

Deep ruby brown color, not quite jet black like I'd expect from an imperial stout. Obvious floaties bouncing around on heavy carbonation.

Aroma is roasty grain and hints of burnt grain/creosote. Not bad, perhaps the best thing about the beer.

Drinks like it smells: roasty, creosote, slightly burnt, and bitter. The alcohol is underwhelming for style. Finishes a little too quickly, and drinks a little too clean and thin.

Overall, not terrible, but not something I'd bother with again.

warmstorage, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured jet black with a nice thick long lasting dark tan head.

Roasted Malts and chocolate dominate the smell in a good way.

Has a very creamy milky taste with lots of nice burnt malt, coffee, vanilla and a great milk chocolate flavor. A bit on the sweet side, but tasty.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly light and creamy with a good warming quality to it.

A very drinkable Imperial Stout, will be having more of these.

bashiba, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a dark coffee and molasses mix with a decent head at first, but doesn't linger very long and the last of my 12 .oz is finished with no foam at all. Great brown sugar, molasses, creamy vanilla, and roasty malts. The flavor has a medium strong coating of sweet roasted coffee, vanilla cream, nut brown resin, and light chestnut. Plenty of sweet, yet dark smoothness on my tongue. Well hidden or incorporated alcohol.

scruffwhor, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of AndoBrew
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%

*did not like will not buy again*

app: of dark coffee, tan head little weak looking but a good finger and a half. its ok i guess.

smell: smells of soy and rich dark malts, a titch of hops in there..small amounts of coffee. there is a watery strong brown ale smell that leads a tad toward unintresting bitter discomfort, but other than that, its good.

taste: is almost like wake n bake stout BUT more watery and more bitter w/ less flavor. but the first sip was good! second sip, same thing a little more bright and the booze popped its head through for the first time.. still nice.

third gulp, getting a little to carbonated to much water and not enough flavor and complexity.

the after taste that builds is all hops booze and bitter drying brown water. not good.
the after after taste (after you dont drink any for a bit) is nice however.

its ok, but all n all its to sour to much water to much hops not enough rich stout flavor. if you like sour sharp bright bitter stouts DIG IN!

mf: not for me, to much water to drying in the back to much zing.

drinkable?:not so much, it is a slow one cause of the adding bad aspects of the beer that are not AS bad if you slowly sip it.

AndoBrew, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +9.6%

The pour is almost black with a half finger of tan that melts to a rim hugging lace ring.
Aromas are immediately espresso coffee with a hint of dark chocolate and a little alcohol.
Taste is very much an interpetation of the aromas...dark coffee with a touch of cream....dark chocolate, but not bitter, a fresh alcohol sharpness with a touch of citrus hops at the tail end.
Mouthfeel very creamy and smooth once it warms...cold it is thin and disappointing.
Aftertaste is mostly sweet coffee...very pleasant.
Another wonderful Imperial Stout.
Many thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for the opportunity to try this bit of heaven.

IntriqKen, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of grego
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. This stout is very dark with about a half inch head that left quickly. Nice lacing throughout. The smell is sweet, malty, and creamy. Definite hints of coffe and/or dark chocolate. The taste is very good with a lot of malt and much chocolate flavor. Very nice flavor. Mouthfeel is good, exceptable for the style. I don't think I could drink a lot of these but I can't drink a lot of any stout. This is probably the best out of a sampler of four of CC's beer I have tried.

grego, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%

Most russian imperial stouts are dry and almost chalky.This peg leg seems to sweet for one, and the mouthfeel is weak. But on a postive note if your site didn't call it a R.I.Stout I 'd say it's pretty tasty for a light stout. The roasted malt balanced well with the good hoppy flavor shining thru. I'ts hard to be negative with such a great beer c.o.. Clippercity makes great stuff. Can't wait for the winter storm to come out next month!

athensbeermaster, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured into an Ename chalice, the Imperial Stout is a deep blackish amber color, with a small, creamy brown head with large bubbles that dissipated quickly, leaving very little lace. The is a faint aroma of roasted chocolate. The taste was mainly roasted barely with touches of chocolate and coffee, nicely balanced by the bittering hops on the finish, robust enough to mask any indication of the 8% ABV. The mouthfeel is creamy and not as heavy as one might expect. Overall, it is a fine Imperial Stout but nothing extraordinary.

ccrida, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish hues at the bottom. Slight half finger caramel colored head that dissipates very quickly. Doesn't have that jet black stout color.
S: Roasted grains with a touch of chocolate and sweet caramel. Dark fruit notes with a good hop presence.
T/M: Nice and smooth milkyness with a semi dry finish. Toffee, caramel, mocha, and roasted barley all dance on the palate. Slight dark fruityness that comes through. Hops are also noticeable. A medium body on the RIS with a low level of carbonation. Gets better as it warms up. Not a sophisticated or overly complex RIS, but middle of the road--worth a shot if you like the other Clipper City offerings.

bjohnson, Oct 07, 2006
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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