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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 66 | 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 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.

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

A half decent RIS, although doesn't really play with the big boys. Poured dark brown and somewhat clear into a pint glass. Good coffee/chocolate and noticeably smoky flavour and aroma. Lighter in body and higher in carbonation than I'd expect for the style. Bitter coffee aftertaste.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a brandy-snifter-like tulip glass. The color is dark and opaque. It has a decent head that settles into a lace very quickly, but the lacing is retained well enough. The scent is complex: malt, hops, chocolate and coffee notes with some slight oxidation. The flavor is a rich, chocolaty and malty with some notes of hops. I do taste some slight oxidation as well. There is some fruitiness as well. It has a medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a decent imperial. I usually prefer a bit more hops, but this okay, more of an English-style version I suppose.

Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a thin light tan colored head. The aroma features dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The taste features more of the dark roasted malts with some dark coffee and a dry finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent RIS that is worth another try. Not quite as "bold" as many others within the style but good none-the-less.

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

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of 8/07) in a classic conical pint glass

Poured a little thick with a slight surge. An odd nose...dry malts, anise, bitter baking chocolate, oily black coffee, faint toffee or butterscotch...hard to tell. As it warms a chocolated mocha quality grows more noticeable & sweeter, along some sour cherry, a little smoke and eventually some leathery malts.

A very fat finger's worth of tight, lightly crackling mocha hues foam, sticky with immediate and residual lacing and eventually settles to a thin sheet covering and glass ring. Aside from some deep port stained ruby edging its a very ruddy, opaque midnight burnt umber...."black in a good mood". No complaints from the eyes or nose.

Its smooth, creamy, almost a little silky on the tongue, a noticeable, sharp hop bitterness plays against a deep, rich stone fruit sweetness of a dark chocolate covered sour cherry, complete with syrupy oozing. Wetter up front, it gets noticeably drier on the palate with a semisweet crunch that only accentuates that hop bitterness. For all the velvety texture its surprising lite in mouthfeel, which is an interesting juxtaposition, and rather easy to drink. The remaining palate qualities are faint buttery caramel and black coffee that's been sitting in an mug for quite a while while you read the paper.

The finish is clean, sweet, a little thicker, traces of macerated cherries, rich caramel, a very nice departure that leaves a surprisingly clean, sticky, unchewy, yet oily mouthfeel....nice.

A good, easy to drink Imperial Stout that has a light mouthfeel for all the creamy texture & taste. I've had better, and I've had much worse. This is a good beer, and would be on the short list for warmer weather stouts. Would probably pare well with a nice steak, some hearty potatoes, anything mushroom, even a chocolate chip cookie! I'd certainly drink it again and would recommend it, especially for warmer weather enjoyment.

Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best before Aug 07.

A: Black, tan head, some retention, good lace.

S: Floral hops, dark bread, hints of coffee and alcohol.

T: Modest bitterness for the style; Dark, bready malt flavour, hints of coffee, dark chocolate, licorous and roasted acidity; some pine & floral hop flavour; alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, modest body for its weight; slight chalky acidity, dry finish.

D: Very good for the style (and alcohol content).

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a freshness date of Aug 07. Poured into a pint glass, this was a dark brown, almost black beer with a fairly small head. It had a dark chocolate aroma, but was somewhat simple in aroma. The taste was chocolate and coffee, but, again, was rather meek. This was an OK beer, but there are a lot of other RISs that I would drink first.

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

A: Pours thin, an uber dark brown (but not black). Head is medium sized, light sand colored bubbles form a ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Pineapple, coffee, jerky and bitter chocolate

T: Begins with some leather, toffee and soy…these flavors are the foundation of the beer. Next I find brown sugar, sweet potatoes and caramel. Mostly smooth and sweet flavors, no real roasted characteristics to be found at all. Finishes sticky, slightly cloying and very nutty.

M: Medium body with a syrupy and sticky mouthfeel.

D: This is really like a brown ale and less like an imperial stout. Still a good beer, I’m not hating on it for the style.

Photo of techdiver
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brownish black with deep red showing at edge. Modest head that dissipated quickly leaving moderate lacing.

Nose is typical RIS with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes.

Taste echoes the nose. Again typical, but quite tasty.

Very modest carbonation, a bit light, but still mouth coating.

Drinkability good finding it easy drinking, smooth, and enjoyable.

Photo of treehugger02010
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I traded the cashier at the Beer Yard in Bryn Mawr, Pa for this bottle, and just pored into a pint glass.
Appearace: The body was very very dark, almost black, with a huge head sporting awsome retention and great lacing that went all the way down the bottle.
Smell: The smell was fine, a bit hoppy for the style, but solidly sweet. Not overwhelming at all.
Taste: A beautiful blend of malts, not too sweet and not too strong. For an "Imperial" it was amazingly receptive.
Mouthfeel: Super smooth.
Drinkability: One of the better Russian Imerial Stouts I have had.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Backer2004
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at a BP for less than $3 a bottle, cannot be that for a RIS. Just like the other Clipper City I've tried, better than average but nothing too exciting. Best quality is its appearance -- thick cremay brownish head, opaque, no carbonation. Smells of plums, fruit, and dark choclate, with a tast to match. Bit of a thin mouthfeel, more flavors come out as it warms. Good starter Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't tried too many imperial stouts, but this seemed like a good place to start. Especially considering the next two I'll try are Storm King and Dark Lord.

A: Poured with a pinkie finger sized head from a somewhat tall pour, the head dissipated at an average pace. Deep brownish red color, nothing too spectacular.

S: Malty, smoky, coffee aroma with some chocolate added.

T: Vanilla and chocolate come together along with the coffee and malts, along with a slight hop bitter. Fairly tasty and mildly complex, although it tastes somewhat watery.

M: Fairly light on the mouth, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Goes down remarkably easy. After I finished, I had wished I had bought a few more. It was very drinkable, and I hardly noticed the 8% abv.

Overall, it was a fine brew to sample. Not absolutely stellar, but good nonetheless. It seemed a little too watery in taste though to make it a truly good imperial.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To it's credit, the alcohol doesn't dominate the flavor. Other than that, it is pretty average compared to other Russian IS's. Head disappates quickly, has some nice chocolatey notes to it and coffee. Thin to medium body. Smell is decent, heavy alcohol, which is nice. Very smooth to drink, you may be able to get carried away with this one, but not a premier beer.

Photo of arizcards
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as part of my February MicroBeerClub shipment received in early March. Best consumed before June 2007.

Beer poured black with ruby undertones and a well sustained tan head. Nose is a hint of chocolate malts and not much else. Taste is sweet, heavy on the malts, especially the chocolate malts, and lighter on the hops than anticipated but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is creamy but is a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is good. This is not a lights out imperial stout but certainly an enjoyable one and is definitely worth a shot.

Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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