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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,223
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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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 jmalex
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Opaque deep brown/black hue with thick tan head. Head quickly disappears and leaves behind a thin collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Light smell of chocolate malt, coffee, and alcohol.

T- Toasted malt and bitter coffee upfront. Some chocolate emerges. Finish is of bitter chocolate and alcohol. Dark chocolate lingers. None of these flavors are strong. Other than the slight alcohol bite it tastes more like an American Stout than a Russian Imperial.

M- Medium carbonation and medium weight body. Somewhat watery.

D- As it warms the alcohol becomes much more noticable and the other flavors aren't strong enough to mask it. It wasn't a bad brew overall but not one of the better Russian Imperials. Worth a try but not something I will buy again.

Photo of beeroclock
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another out of my sampler pack from heavy seas. Poured black with some amber light hues. Smelled on the burnt coffee side, but I picked up some sweetness to it. Tastes of coffee roast with some chocolate malt. Overall a good attempt and Heavy Seas is going under the radar with some good brews. I am anxious to see some other options hit Jacksonville from this brewery as I've only found this same mixed pack over and over w/ the same samplers each time.

Photo of clemtig76
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Heavy Seas variety pack purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC. Pours a dark black color with a thin light tan colored head. The aroma features dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and caramel. The taste is more of the same, dark roasted malts with some dark coffee and a dry finish. The 8% ABV is well hidden. Overall, this is a pretty decent RIS.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown almost black color. Nice ample tan head. NIce retention film and thick lacing.

Smell: Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, a little toffee.

Taste: Roasted coffee is the initial flavor the chocolate and toffee take over mid sip and the coffee bitterness comes in during the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied almost light on the tongue. Carbonation isn't overpowering. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Nothing to write home about but solid.
Very very drinkable because of how smooth it is. And at 8% alcohol, the brew hides it pretty well...

Photo of SSBrennan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown with a quick falling head and no lacing and quick carbonation.

The smell is great with chocolate and coffee dominant. A slight note of alcohol with hop undertones and good malt sweetness.

The taste is rich and slightly sweet with good bitter hop balance. The dark chocolate taste comes through. Not overly complex but very solid. Harsh alcohol finish.

Slightly too thin but with a rich texture.

The weight is right to drink a few but the alcohol is a little high.

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

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head that does not last long, some little oil slicks/islands are left. The nose is mostly malts, some oak/bourbon, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty, slight oak/bourbon flavor, and some caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad RIS, recommended.

Photo of bboven
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a stout, but lacking a little head.

Not much smell, some roast, a bit of raisin and some alcohol.

The label says coffee and dark chocolate. I got a little coffee, but mostly raisin. That's not a bad thing, but not mentioned in the label.

Pretty thick mouth feel, could use a touch more body.

The slightly thinner mouthfeel makes this more drinkable than most imperial stouts.

Photo of chefdejour
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: poured jet black with a thin head - not surprising for an imperial, but even the head lacked any character

S: raisins and pale chocolate malts

T: limp and this for an imperial stout, more like a regular stout and boring.

M: medium carbonation and crisp - lacking the roundness of malt character.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, I guess it's pretty good. I mean, for a Russian Imperial Stout, it's not any Storm King or Old Rasputen, but it's pretty good. Pours black with a fluffy, but not sticky head. Smell isn't as deep or chocolaty or as roasty as I would expect in a RIS; it smells like a nice amber or maibock if I had to guess. Taste is sweet at the front of the tongue, and a bit dry and coffee/bakers' chocolate at the end, but the flavors don't meld together well. It's a decent beer, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of macster
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours moderately thick with a minimally translucent black color and touches of ruby red highlights. Initially produces a tight and dense 3/4" tan head which holds on for a good while. Some spotty lacing as glass empties.

Extremely muted aroma profile overall with some barely perceptible notes of dark roasted coffee, raisins, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel.

Palate is quite thin for an Impy Stout. Somewhat watery and too fizzy. Lacks the expected creamy and oily-like fullness.

Although the flavor profile was also a bit wimpy it was more satisfying than the aromas. Moderate notes of dark chocolate, french roast coffee, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla are noted. Slight metallic-like flavor was a bit distracting. Finishes with a sweet licorice like note and just a touch of hops.

Overall profile seems very porter-like rather than an Imperial Stout. Kinda middle-of-the-road.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a Aug 07 drink by date. The color is a pitch black topped by a one finger light brown head. The bubbly froth leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

The aroma is pretty weak for a stout, but has hints of mild chocolates and coffee. The flavor is better with a good blend of burnt malts and a nice coffee taste. For a stout the mouthfeel is only slightly chewy.

Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super black with a light brown head that diminishes to wisps of foam.

It smells wonderfully of caramel, coffee and chocolate. Yum.

The taste is a bit of a letdown after the wonderful aroma. It tastes like a creamy stout, not an RIS. The chocolate and coffee flavors are very muted compared to the smell. I don't want to be too critical, because the taste is fine. There is just a hint of the high alcohol level in the swallow and aftertaste.

The body is thick and creamy and glassy.

Overall this is an above-average imperial stout. It's just a little too weak for me.

Photo of ski271
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown with a medium-large, tan, creamy head with excellent retention and lacing.
S- Thick malts of course, but lots of fruit aromas as well. Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla and some other spice I just can’t put my finger on.
T- Similar to nose, but more malt-dominant.
M- Medium-full body, creamy texture, low carbonation
A very nice Imperial Stout. In fact the whole “Heavy Seas” variety case has been a pleasant surprise. Worth trying for sure.

Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas - Peg Leg (Imperial Stout) pours a very dark brown, it's opaque and has a small cap of brown foam. I cannot see any ruby along the edges. The nose is quite odd for the style, I swear I'm getting citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would like, although it is fairly thick. There are some nice coffee notes, but I'm also getting either citrus or tropical fruit too. Not that it's a bad thing, but it's not something I expect in an imperial stout. Not bad and worth a try, but not your typical Russian imperial stout.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and hearty, dark tan head rises slowly after the pour and settles to a 1/4" thick head that stays put. Strong alcohol and pungent yeast/hop combo make this quite an interesting aroma. Thick, malty, rich, and spicy. The flavor profile is nice on this one. It starts out with a very pronounced and clean roasted taste. I've had some that have a really dirty, fiery, charcoal taste, but this is heavily, and slow roasted grain from what it tastes like. There is an underlying sweetness throughout the drink that reminds me of cane sugar and oatmeal. It finishes strong with a very mild hop aftertaste. Overall, full flavor, creamy mouthfeel, perfect balance of sweet and roast. Excellent RIS.

Photo of bigone4
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a jet dark black color from a 12 oz bottle. No light getting thru at all. Dark mahogany with ruby tones when back lit. There was a freshness date for May 2007 but I figured it was ok at 8%. Decent one finger tan off-white colored head with mild lacing left in the glass. There was some mild sediment in the bottom of the glass as well. Smell is of alcohol mixed with chocolate malt and a subtle hint of caramel in the back ground. Some roasted malt tones and maybe some smokiness mixed in. Taste is of strong chocolate malt crossed with a mild sweet hint. There is a roasted malt flavor with an alcohol flavor in the after taste as well. Not a bad tasting beer but it is not the best tasting Imperial Stout I have had. It does have a rather smooth flavor and a decent taste. It certainly starts to taste better as it came to room temp. I think it also became easier to drink. The taste did start to grow on me though. The 8% also made it a bit more tolerable.

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

12oz bottle from Florian's. Completely opaque black body with almost no tan head. Smells roasty and peaty, though the aroma is almost not there. Roasty earthy flavor with kind of a licorice quality in the background. Kind of a nutty quality too. Thick full body, though not as full as I've seen in other examples of the style. Fairly drinkable. Not my favorite RIS or even my favorite stout, but a fairly solid ale nonetheless.

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the head is not large, it is quite tight with excellent lace. Near black in color--light cannot penetrate even at the inch thick part of glass.

There is some subtle (and surprising) sourness to the smell. I detect hops before I sense the malt, also unusual for a stout.

Creamier and hoppier than a typical Imperial Stout. The dark malts dominate the sip; the hops come through in the swallow. This is almost like a brown ale where the brewer threw in a generous amount of black patent malt. Full bodied with a high carbonation.

Overall, I enjoy this beer. It is easily quaffable and full of earthy and fruity flavors. The aftertaste is best part of this beer.

Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I much enjoyed this Heavy Seas offering. Going off notes for I had this fall release during the past winter. (feb)

It poured a nice blackish ruby. Tan head that maintained well, laced well to a thin film. The aroma just vapors from the head. Hints of roasted malts and toffee

The taste is a blast of roasted toasted malts. Backdrop of chocolate, coffee, molasses and dark brown sugar. The hops that make it thru the black sea round out to crisp the taste and oil the mouth. The hop oil coats and the 8% abv dries the mouthfeel and leaves a slight warmth.

Alittle complex, medium body for its not as thick as some imperials. Overall a good easy drink'n beer for this style.

Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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