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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 21
Gots: 85 | 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 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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavy Seas- Peg Leg

Appearance- Dark murky brownish black with a thick creamy head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
Smell- Faint cocoa and prunes/ figs.
Taste- Very weak and watery black coffee with powdered cocoa mixed in. A faint touch of prunes, raisins, and figs comes through.
Mouthfeel- Watery. The flavors come through in the end, but you got to concentrate.

Overall- This is the weakest Imperial I think I ever had. It would be a few points higher if this were just a regular stout. Is this really 8% alc. Couldn't detect. Give this 1 a try.

Photo of jmalex
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had no idea this existed. Everything I see from Heavy Seas seems to be low gravity, so this was a surprise to see. Bottoms up!

Marked Nov 07

APPEARANCE: Pours into a shaker pint decidedly pitch black. A pale tan head forms but quickly disappears leaving a small collar and modest bubbly patch.

SMELL: Cocoa and black malt are definitely here and a reasonable roast character is present. The intensity of the smells lacks punch and seems to be at only porter strength. Dark fruit aromas come out slightly as does a delicate citrusy hop smell. Everything that should be here seems to be in good order, but with stifled intensity.

TASTE: Caramel and chocolate flavors are very prominent. Roast character is there but comes more from the aroma. Hop bitterness and/or flavor is negligible, and is only above zero because of a slight balancing bitterness as it crosses the palate. Then again, it could be black malt. Overall, it tends very much toward the sweet side, and suffers because of this.

MOUTHFEEL: For such a sweet beer, I'm amazed that it's not at full-bodied as I think it should be. Somehow it comes across as thin yet syrupy at the same time. Not to say it's thin by any means. It just seems like it could be a bit beefier. Carbonation level seem awfully low.

DRINKABILITY: Still not bad. Definitely misses the style designation though. Overall, it needs more hops! Because of this, it's out of balance and borders on cloying.

Not too bad. It just misses on a few key areas. But with all the great imperial stouts I could have, this one won't be a repeat buy.

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

Dark brown body allows more light through than many imperial stouts. Topped by a thin brown head. Aroma has espresso and cocoa notes. Not much else other than a hint of caramelized sugar. Flavor doesn’t have a lot to offer - some dark chocolate, some burnt sugar and a touch of 3-hour old coffee. Alcohol isn’t readily apparent. Mouthfeel is average, a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is OK. Not sure I'd want to have more than one of this offering, though.

Photo of NolateM
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (estimated about a year old) poured into a Maudite tulip. Black, but not opaque. There's a little bit of translucent brown tint to it that makes it look not-too-stouty. Nice tan head, okay lacing.

Bitter coffee aroma.

Initial flavor is also bitter coffee (not exactly espressoey like a lot of imperial stouts though), but then develops into some sweet toffee and molasses. Also just a little hint of bourbon and figs. Other than possible "figginess," not a whole lot of that dark fruit/berry flavor that I usually enjoy in imperial stouts. Also, I didn't find it chocolatey really - mostly just toffee and molasses. Doesn't really taste like a stout though - it tastes like a doppelbock trying to be a stout. But that's not a bad taste by any means - it does taste pretty good.

Mouthfeel is a little dry, not too carbonated, and much thinner than most imperial stouts.

Pretty drinkable I'd say - not much alcohol heat. A bit of age might have smoothed that out. It's a perfectly good beer, but as you've probably gathered from all the "other imperial stouts taste like ___" lines I've written, it doesn't quite live up to others of its style. I'm all for uniqueness, but when you expect one thing and get another, it can be disappointing for some. If it weren't for all that, I guarantee I would have given it higher marks.

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

This was one of my first stout reviews. This is an overlooked style. However, last weekend I was introduced to several examples at my homebrew club and felt the need to sample a few.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Beautiful dark black/red brew with a moderate head and moderate lacing.

S. Sweet coffee and chocolate malt. Very nice.

T. Coffee dark chocolate malt. A creamy finish with a strong body.

M. Smooth but not too thick.

D. An easy beer to drink. The 8% abv is surprisingly well hidden.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. I got about a finger's worth of tan head over a coal black beer. Head is not as thick and creamy as I would prefer but it does have some staying power. Lacing is fair.

Aroma of baker's chocolate, dark roasted malt, and coffee. Taste starts sweet and quickly turns to bitter chocolate, and alcohol soaked fruit. Finishes somewhat quickly with a slight bitter hop and alcohol burn.

Thick and creamy smooth in the mouth at first, but some carbonation and alcohol are evident.

OK for a sipper but it may be a while before I drink the other two.

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is chocolate/licorice with a slight baker's chocolate finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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