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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 ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of SilentSabre
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of warmstorage
2.3/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AndoBrew
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

*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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of ccrida
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass the beer pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head. It smells like coffee, nuts, roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. It tastes the same way, but with a bitter and sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy, and it goes down very smooth. Even with the relatively high ABV, it's pretty easy to drink as the alcohol is hidden well. Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. I'd definitely drink it again.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, approaching black but not quite. Single finger of head with a creamy of white head that fades kind of quickly, odd for an imperial stout (both the color and the retention).

Smells like dark chocolate, malts, nuttiness, coffee.

Nice and rich malty flaovr, but this tastes very close to a nut brown.

Light mouthfeel, not quite right for this style, not as thick and heavy as one would expect.

Quite drinkable, due to the lightness and the 8% abv is barely noticible. Quite easy drinking, once again, a bit odd for the style.

Don't get me wrong, I like this beer, I'm a fan of Heavy Seas. Its just that, while this is a good beer, some of their others are better and more true to style.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee brown color with garnet highlights; the tan head rather quickly falss to a ringlet but does leave some shards of lace behind

Smell: Mocha and rich caramel notes waft from the brew

Taste: Starts with a mocha flavor that swirls nicely across the tastebuds; after the swallow, a bit more chocolate appears along with a metallic taste that is a minor distraction; the finish provides some roasty bitterness

Mouthfeel: As others have noted, slightly thin for an Impy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Overall, this is an Impy that is easy to drink and the recipe is a big improvement over the one they brewed a few years ago

Photo of Atlas1
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me say that I love the Heavy Seas series of beers from Clipper City to begin with, so I had high expectations of the Peg Leg going into this. Fortunately, it did not disappoint. Pours a nice dense brown color; a solid stout appearance with a two-finger light brown head, which died down entirely too soon. Still, it left a noticeable lace. Coffeeish aroma with hints of chocolate and nuts. Something else, as well, which I just can't place though. The taste is delicious. Molasses-sweet (but not too sweet) with almost a smokey hop finish. Solid mouthfeel. I think this is another excellent beer from Clipper City. This imperial stout will keep you warm in the fall and winter. Give it a try.

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

A: pours a dark brown, light still shines through a bit however. Gigantic head on this beer, so much so I had to stop pouring, quickly disappears though to a light coating

S: smell of dark roasted malts over slight fruity hop presence

T: deep roasted malt taste that last almost the entire taste of beer, with slight hop taste at middle and the end a slight bitterness is left in the mouth.

M: thick and heavy In mouth, yet has good carbonation and has a light side to it when going down that make it very drinkable.

D: much smoother and drinkable than I thought would be, for an imperial stout you could have a few of them rather than drinking one and being full.

Photo of blackie
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours a nice 1" mocha colored head that slowly falls back to leave a decent coating and ring behind. The beer is a deep brown in color.

smell: Nice green hop aromas upfront followed by medium roast coffee beans and raw sugars. There are some moderate citrusy notes and some ethanol fumes that carry a light sweetness to the nose.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth high medium, and the body is just over medium. In general, the mouthfeel seems just a little thin and overcarbonated for my tastes.

taste: Roasted malts give moderate coffee notes in addition to a light sweetness. Kinda like a slightly watery cup of coffee, or maybe just a light roast. Considerable muddy hop flavors and an lighter bitterness are found.

drinkability: Pretty easy. This is a pretty good stout, it just doesn't quite live up to the RIS style. Still, the ethanol is well hidden on the tongue.

One of two bottles acquired in "These go to eleven...a bif" from goodbyeohio. The other will sit until later this winter. The label is notched as best by August 2006.

Photo of aforbes10
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Brownish black, creamy head...looks a bit thin for an RIS. Smells like lemongrass, hops and coffee grains and sweet chocolate. Taste is chocolatey mainly with some raspberry/cherry flavors and a fair bit of raw sweetness. Thin mouthfeel for an Impy. A good rendition of the style based on the flavor, but the mouthfeel makes it more like just a sweet stout. Not bad though overall and i'd certainly have another go at it (and i'll have my chance, i've two more from the mix pack i got).

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very drinkable beer, however I'm a stout lover, and I really wouldn't qualify this as an imperial stout. At 8% it is surprisingly smooth though.
My very first drink, I noticed a "piney" hop flavor. I had a few of these and it was not as strong afterwards, but was noticed at first. The taste was good and smooth, but not very complex. Not a whole lot to figure out here. At $8 for a six pack, it's a decent "crunk for your buck" value play.

Photo of MLegendre
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black with ruby highlights towards the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Very small light tan head that disapates fairly slowly. Nothing too impressive, but still looks good. very little lacing.

S: Very strong smell of roasted malts and chocolate and some dark fruit.

T: Dark fruit and roasted barley is very up front, then then coffee-like bitterness comes in and stays for the finish leaving a bitter aftertaste. I didn't taste any alcohol until the last couple of sips. This is definatly an imp. Stout, but it's a little bit lighter than others I have had... that isn't a bad thing however, sometimes I'm in the mood for a big beer that dosn't kick my ass and this one is perfect for that.

M: Though it's a little thin, it is smoothest beer I've ever had. It goes down as easy as water. Which could be a bit dangerous since it's a little high on the ABV.

D: Very easy to drink and very tasty. I can't believe this has an ABV of 8% because I sure couldn't tell. It would be easy to down quite a few of these without knowing how much you just drank. Very good. I'm going to have to get me some more of these.

Photo of cbl2
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11/5/2005 $7.99 6 pack 8.00% Purchase by 12/05 stamped, means this must be last year's batch, or mislabledÂ…


Pours thin for an impy, but black nonetheless with a faint rim of white head that settles rapidly.


Some malt roasting with a touch of sweetened coffee, but not in your face alcohol, raisins, chocolate that are associated with most imp. Stouts.


Thin, but smooth with a roasted coffee sensation with just a touch of ripened dark fruit sweetness. Long bitter finish with some fig characteristics. More of a baltic porter than imperial stout. 8% abv is nicely masked which makes this one go down easy, though there is a subtle warming effect once it hits the stomach.

Photo of
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. This is my first imperial stout, so review may be useless. Dark brown in color, some ruby highlights. Modest, light brown head. Aroma was of sweet malt and raisins. Flavor was slightly toasted malt with a little bit of coffee flavor. Hops were not very aggressive, and contributed a little bittering in the finish. It did tie nicely with the other flavors to create a well balanced taste. Mouthfeel was medium body and very smooth, with fairly low carbonation. This was an enjoyable beer, but from what I have read, it was not really to style. So, objectively I scored it lower. Subjectively, I would have another any time.

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

I had this 7 months after suggested expiry date. It was pitch black with no head, very well malted with some chocolate and decent carbonation, medium plus mouthfeel. A bit sour finish, not to be completely unexpected. Roast and coffee aroma and not bad, underrated.

Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before date of January of '06
Appears a black with a 2 finger light beige head that slowly fades out into a mild foamy cap. Streaky lace is left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary dark malts, floury dough, gentle caramel, and maybe a bit of cocoa and vanilla buried in the background.
Taste...hmmm...I hope this isn't such a let down off of following up after the Bell's Batch 7000 but I don't think it would've made a difference what it was followed with. Some chocolate and roasted malts coming through.
Mouthfeel is creamy at first but turns into a slight cloying sweetness that turns into a rough, astringent, mildly sour, goofy brew that I just can't figure out.
Sadly, I'm not diggin this so much. I remember having this at Kennet a few years ago and enjoying it...was it barrel aged when I had it??? I remember something standing out then but this is less than stellar.

Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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