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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.

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Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a slightly dark brown color (seems a bit light for the style) with a small head that is gone fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. Not impressive looking. The aroma is faint, but notes of coffee and chocolate are there. No hops in the nose. The flavor isn't impressive either. It has a biting bitterness and follows up with a hint of sour on top of a coffee backing. As it warms, the bitter bite draws back a bit and a little more chocolate comes forth, but it just doesn't have what it needs. The sourness was only present on the first sip, as I haven't noticed it since ... maybe that was a bad call on my part. The body is rather thin, but the drinkability is good. This isn't a bad beer, it's actually kinda tasty, but it needs a lot more 'umph' to make a good imperial stout. On another note, the alcohol is well hidden.

clvand0, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass. Drink by date is notched Dec. 2005.

Appearance- A rugged, three finger head sits aloft this dark brown stout. As it settles, spotty lacing patches sparingly down the sides of my glass. Light-bodied for the style.

Smell- Initially, a bold, "green" hop component leaps out of the glass, masking the coffee and chocolate notes beneath. As the beer comes to temperature, the hops subside and allow the richer, molasses-like characteristics to come forward. Still, the balance isn't quite right.

Taste- A rich, dense interplay of molasses, chocolate, and coffeish notes duke it out on the tongue... all mingle nicely except for the slight off-flavor I'm getting in the finish. On the label, there is a note about the yeast at the bottom of the bottle (which I have swirled in)... it could be the reason for this observation.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A moderately prickly carbonation offsets the bold, dark flavors going on. The beer leans heavily towards blackstrap molasses with its distinctive flavor, and that keeps me from enjoying this beer even more. I love the style, but this doesn't make me want another anytime soon.

yelterdow, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of JISurfer
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was little less strong, as I like my RIS, but that's what made it appealing to me. I guess you could kind of consider it a RIS Light. This one would be easy for those who can't handle a stronger tasteing beer, but still strong on the alcohol. This bad boy went down really easy, which makes it even more dangerous. Overall not an awesome RIS, but still not bad either. I would buy it again.

JISurfer, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiver me timbers and all that arrrrgh stuff. Pours a opaque of black demise. A very frothy head that was well carbonated (guess I should have opened it a little sooner). The head was a medium tan color and left a few off white lacing marks.

The smell was rather light for a Imp Stout. Malt tone of roasted grains and light caramel mixing. Background hints of chocolate and some hoppy notes as well.

The taste is fairly malty with some dry aftertaste. The malt is notably roasted malt with subtle chocolate and burnt tastes in the shadows. Some lasting caramel leaves a somewhat chalky presence behind in the aftertaste. The hops are noticeable, which isnt always the case for Imp Stouts, but has a herbal flavor to it.

The body is a medium feel and could stand some more body. The carbonation is high which may have something to do with it. Overall I would have liked more body and malt flavor but still a good beer. Plus it will make me say “arrr” for the next hour and a half.

Oxymoron, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Higravity
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The only stinker in the Heavy Sea's line. A pathetic Imperial stout that should either be discontinued or reformulated. Yes very dark beer with a slightly off-white head and some lace. Smell was unimpressive as it had some markings of roasted malt and little else. The taste was like a middle of the road stout with a gelatin coating in my mouth. Some alcohol in the finish. Mostly this beer becomes like porter but its still too thin. Could I drink more sure, but would I pay a premium for this next year hoping it gets better? I can't give up on the locals but I refuse to support bad beers.

Higravity, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark opaque brown, with just the slightest bit of light coming through at the bottom of the pint glass, a finger and a half of dense beige head, pretty decent retention, some spotty lacing. Nose is subdued, but is a pleasant blend of dark malt, caramel, and mocha. Taste is a little on the sweet side for an imperial, with sweet milk chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt dominating the flavor, giving way to a mild hop finish and a lingering roasted flavor. Alcohol comes through a little, more when served too cold. Body is too thin for an imperial stout, almost seems watery at times. Overall, this is a decent beer, but probably my least favorite of the Heavy Seas line, and since lots of brewer's make excellent imperial stouts, it's not one I buy often.

cubedbee, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy, coffee colored head that recedes to 1/2" and holds firm. Spotted and thin lacing with good strength. Deep brown with a ruby hue; light for the style.

Roasted mocha and freshly ground coffee beans. Mild vanilla/toffee sweetness. The aromatics are not as harsh/overpowering as is typical for the style; too tame.

Creamy mocha and dark chocolate. Smooth, roasted maltiness; almost watered down. Hints of alcohol that are a bit unbalanced. The bitterness is incredibly mild; almost creamy. An aftertaste of chocolate covered cherries with a touch of bourbon.

Medium bodied; I hate to fault a brew for being creamy, but this doesn't fit all that well for the style. Light and airy.

Probably the lightest Russian Imperial Stout I've ever had. This reminds me of a milk/sweet stout. Decent flavors but off the mark for the style.

NEhophead, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for this one...
Pours a thin, black color with half a finger of cocoa colored head that disappears quite rapidly and very little lacing forms.
Bread like aroma with some very little coffee and chocolate mixed in...slight alcohol burn in the nose.
Taste is just ok...a bit too sweet with no real backbone. It is not hopped up which I am thankful for, but is also lacking in those dark chocolate or coffee flavors that I crave in a RIS.
Mouthfeel is very thin for the style and finishes again, a bit too sweet. Not disliking it, but it should be something I'd want to finish the night with and this aint it for me.
Oh well, really enjoyed all of their other brews so far...this was was just ok for me.

warriorsoul, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Throws a dark shoe brown, a near cola like appearance with a near non-existent, yet thin tan head. There is cocoa, chocolate and mild hops on the nose. Sweet caramel and roasted malts off the cuff; very thin mouthfeel. There is some smokey and sharp roasted coffee beans, yet they come and go before being palate-satisfied. Continues to be quiet thin bodied, a dry finish; leaving something to be desired; paper thin for 8.00ABV. An impy stout it’s not, yet a few could be enjoyed on a cold night. Average.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut brown pour with a creamy tan head that retains pretty well for 8%. It definately doesn't look like a double stout, more like a light porter.

Aroma is fairly standard, lots of dark malt and chocolate flavors with minimal coffee and a touch of ripe fruit.

Flavor is sweet, sticky dark malts smothered in chocolate, mild coffee, caramel, and some piney hops in the finish. Tastey, but still uncharacteristic for this style.

Body is medium, smooth and sticky with a soft mouthfeel and fine carbonation.

AlexJ, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of kirok1999
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the lightest stout I've ever poured. I was ready to be disappointed and was, a little. Mouthfeel is watery and a little sticky. Smells of coffee, caramel and a little chocolate. Taste matched the color. Much more watery than I had hoped of an imperial stout. Mostly tastes of watery coffee with mild carbonation. It's a good beer, just not what you would expect from this style.

kirok1999, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown with a creamy two finger head.The smell is a light roasted malt with some sweetness.This has a real coffee taste and everything else is secondary.The other flavors are chocolate and a cola flavor and maybe a slight carmel.This does have a certain sweetness to it.The m/f is a little watery.This beer is too light for the type of beer it is.This is a pretty good porter and absolutely drinkable.I wouldn't mind trying another.

jmz62565, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Dated best by 12/05.

Pours a color that's borderline between dark brown and black. Mild cream colored head that fades with some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly sweet of roasted grains and some caramel undertones.

Nice sweet roasted maltiness upfront with some hints of chocolate and caramel. Finishes sweet with a nice lingering roastedness. Let this one warm up to really bring out the flavor.

Body seems quite thin for an imperial stout. This girl could use some more junk in the trunk.

Nice easy drinking beer. An enjoyable offering.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of carln26
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown to black and was topped by a thick tan head that showed great retention. The aroma has light espresso and a little chocolate. Some funky esters there too. Not sure what it is, but it’s giving it a little bit of a berry character. Taste seems very thin. Citrus orange, that funky fruit flavor and just a bit of espresso, no real chocolate in the flavor. As I already said, the mouth feel seems very thin, decent drinakbility.

carln26, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of FirstMan
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, I was stuck on a fairly boring business trip down to McLean, Virginia, and decided to do what I always try to do when I'm away from home - look for local beer. I picked this one up at a Whole Foods in the area that had a pretty impressive selection. Since Massachusetts doesn't sell beer in grocery stores (stupid, stupid, stupid), I was delighted.

Anyway, I have to say that in appearance, this beer is pretty underwhelming. It's quite a bit lighter than I would hope of an imperial stout. Clear as well. I can't see through it, but when the light hits it, you can see distinct light brown tones that seem more "Brown" than "Stout."

The nose is better. Sweet toasty malt is predominent with almost no hops to speak of. Roasted coffee comes through lightly as well as an underlying hint of smokiness.

Well, the look belies the taste, I'm afraid. This is pretty weak for an imperial stout. Sweet, somewhat smoky on the front, but lacking a real middle to speak of. There's a bit of a gamey taste throughout, possibly the water. I've encountered this before in beer from cities near the coast, but not sure if that's it. It's not all that bad, just not terribly interesting for the style.

Mouthfeel is one of the better qualities. Slick and full, sort of expanding when it gets in your mouth.

A bit of a disappointment overall. Not terrible, but could stand some improvement.

FirstMan, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with little head that faded quickly and let a bit of light through so it was above average as a stout. It smelled rather bland, with nothing to grab my senses. A little alcohol smell and some of the malt scent, not much else. Mouth was very good, rich, very much the taste of the malts and alcohol took place. Rich chocolate and coffee flavors but it seemed a little thin in taste to me. It had very little aftertaste and didn't make a stong imperial image to me. Lots of other stouts out there, this one was good, but didn't rise above the pack.

Ricochet, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Peg Leg Imperial Stout. I wasn’t familiar with Clipper City/ Heavy Seas before this beer, and was eager to try. It poured like an Imperial Stout, dark black and opaque. Little to no head on it, and what head it did have faded quickly, leaving mediocre lacing.
It had a typical aroma, coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, maybe a little caramel. The first thing I noticed about it was its mouthfeel and consistency. I was hoping for something a little creamier; this felt watery and weak. It was bitter and left a very strong aftertaste of bitter chocolate.
It was pretty drinkable, but disappointing as an Imperial Stout.

sinistrsam, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black some deep red showing thru sporting a tan head that falls to a ring, not much lace.

Aroma is light roasted malt lots of chocolate with some light coffee mixed in and a good supply of hops, nice smelling.

Taste is light on rasted malt some coffee and chocolate coming out. Finishes with a dose of citrus/piney hop flavor and a light lingering bitterness. Overall flavor not up to Impy Stout fullness more like a big Porter. Not bad really just not big full enough.

Mouthfell is little more then medium it is smooth but not really creamy.

Drinkability is OK not a bad dark beer just not a great Impy Stout. If your looking for a good Impy Stout I would look somewhere else.

mntlover, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean brown beer with a lot of ruby highlights. Has a small creamy beige head. The aroma starts with a roasted malt character but a very nice nutlike note takes charge with hints of licorice in the background. The flavor begins with that nutlike character and slowly moves to a bit of chocolate. The finish is a roasted malt bitterness with a hint of licorice in the background.

ybnorml, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of claytri
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While helping one of my companions to the Maryland Oktoberfest find a nice regular beer (Clipper City Gold) I saw this and got a glass.

The beer poured a solid black with a nice tan head. The aroma was of dark fruits. The taste was a warming mix of malt and dark fruits. The feel was surypy and thick. This is what I look for most in an Imperial Stout, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. I will be picking some up in the near future.

claytri, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dry Imperial eh? Pours nearly black with a wispy beige head and very little lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and nuts, as well as a bit of chocolate. Medium-bodied with more of a Porter character than an Imperial Stout. Hops, raisins and malt flavors, with a bitter coffee aftertaste. Dry finish that is reminiscent of espresso. A decent beer but falls short in the category.

Dogbrick, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of unknownlamer
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer has an average appearance with the standard brown head and black body, but not quite a complete black hole like a lot of the other Imperial Stouts I've had before. My nose was hit with a nice roasty grain smell (my nose isn't the best so I can't really discern all of those subtle smells other people seem to be able to smell). The smell led into a delicious taste, but with a thin (for an imperial stout) mouthfeel. I'd say this was only ever so slightly thicker than a Guiness. The flavor was of roasted malt with a definite toffee flavor jumping out at me. It left a faintly chocolately aftertaste, and as I went through the glass the alcohol warmth slowly filled my stomach.

Yarrr me mateys, this be a brew for a pirate. It's a good stout, but a bit weak for an imperial stout. I think this isn't a huge deal because it is a good bit easier to drink than most imperial stouts are which might be seen as a problem given its alcohol content.

unknownlamer, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 12oz. bottle with a notched in best by date of Jan 06, the beer poured way too thin and light brown for an Imperial stout. Didn’t look bad in the glass sideways, but the short lived, thin, fizzy, brown head, and a lack of viscosity made for a rather puny looking Imperial Stout. The aroma was nicely hoppy and chocolaty, but not very roasty at all. The taste also continued along the same theme, with sweet toffee, pine sap, and chocolate fudge flavors, which made for a very interesting and drinkable beer. As tasty as it was, the lack of a chewy body just kept reminding me how far off style this was. More of an Imperial Porter, it is hard to dislike this sincere attempt at a big, dark, beer. I would keep drinking it, despite the mischaracterization on the label. A big plus is the complete lack of alcohol burn and a well hidden 8 percent strength by volume. Drinks easier than many regular Stouts. As an Imperial Stout, this has barely one leg to stand on.

rajendra82, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peg Leg pours from the bottle a charcoal black with a nice head of tan foam that lingers atop the brew. Aromas of dark roasty malts mesh with black currants, raisins and cocoa. Fairly mellow overall with a touch of smokiness.

First sip brings dark, roasted malts upfront with some caramel and chocolate. Flows into some dark fruits with notes of black currants. A slight hint of hops shows up in the finish. Fairly sweet overall. Roastiness lingers on after each sip.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and full carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth and fills the mouth nicely. Still...this falls more along the lines of a standard stout to me. I could have a few in a sitting, but it's not one I'd really seek out. Thanks to goodbyeohio for the opportunity!

orbitalr0x, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Fells Point Festival this year. Served in a 16 oz. plastic cup. I had just been disappointed with the new Loose Cannon, and I realized that I had never reviewed the Peg Leg. Poured a nice black with subdued carbonation on the side. Excellent retention and lacing from the dark tan head. Starbucks mocha aroma.

Medium bodied brew, dominated by coffee, but with some sweet malts and chocolate coming through. The 8% is well hidden. There is just a touch of hops and caramel coming through on the back end.

Most drinkable impy stout I've had thus far.

Dithyramb, Oct 03, 2005
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.