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Ratings: 1,214
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 67 | 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 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 mislabled…


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.

Photo of Romulus141
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/black with a head that is a light brown. The head dissipates quickly, and a ring remains around the edge. Much lacing remains on the edge of the glass. This beer is so dark that one cannot see through it. QUite nice looking.

Smell: Some earthy and sweet overtones, although the beer's aroma is not all that strong. Given its appearance and it being a stout, I'm a little disappointed the smell is not stronger. Not bad, but not unique either.

Taste: Has a roasted flavor, mixed with a slight grain taste. The roasted taste is enjoyable, and reminds me of the taste something has when it has been "smoked." The finish to the taste takes on the character of the grains, which lingers afterward. Overall though, the taste is not as big and bold as I have come to expect from stouts. It's enjoyable, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't have the "oompf" that I'm looking for.

Mouthfeel: Thick and delightful. It satisfies the thickness consistency for a stout quite nicely. This beer has a nice, full body.

Drinkability: I could enjoy a six-pack of this easily. These are not sweet, so I could drink a few in a row. However, given a choice between this and other stouts, I think I might go with something that has a bolder flavor.

Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black pour combined with a tan head (died just a tad too quick). Good glass lacing!

Malty aroma intermixed with coffee and subtle chocolate notes. The quaff? Damn, this ain’t a RIS, although I will say the the chocolate maltes combined with coffee made for a tasty brew. This should have been Peg Leg Porter.

The 8% is very well hidden, and I would luv a few more of these – just remove the Imp Stout designation.

Photo of ism
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1-finger sandy tan head rescinds gracefully tiny bubble by bubble into a nearly obaque dark brown body with ruby highlights, leaving piddling lacing. Chocolate and coffee with a refreshing spicey hop note. Moderate carbonation in a medium-full body, fluffy and just slightly astringent, roasted malts, just a tad biscuity. Goes down clean with a pleasant refreshing finish. Hides the alcohol nicely. Very well-balanced but not as rich as it could be.

Bottle tagged as Oct 06 so I assume it's the new recipe.

Photo of Fish113d
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needing to hit my stash of brews in the closet, this seems to be the one i need most after a long day at work and dealing with an 8 month old puppy! ARGH!

Pouring at room temperature into a tulip glass, it pours a dark brown color, mostly opaque with a tan colored surface layer. Actually a bit of head at first, but dissipates very quickly. Decent look.

A bunch of alcohol hits my nose with this one. However, bakers chocolate with some hazelnut or almonds on the nose. Nice roastiness and just a bit of hops on the backside.

Sweet chocolate hits me first followed by a nice dose of roast malts and then a big twang of alcohol on my tongue that tingles the end of my tongue for 15 seconds after the swallow. AT room temp, the alcohol really comes forth...maybe a bit thin of flavor and a bit high in the alcohol. However, its decent.

Medium to full bodied, a lot of alcohol noticed on this one. Tasty, but could be even better if some alcohol was a bit better hidden. CArbonation is balanced.

Drinkability is average to above average in my book. Again, chilled this one is a bit easier to drink. At room temp, the alcohol comes out a bit more killing off some flavor. The next one I have will be chilled for a bit.

Photo of villainchiwwin
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into goblet

very dark brown color with a tan edge of head and no real lacing.
malty nose - bready and nutty - dates, mocha, chocolate and some coffee.
sweet chocolate and faint hazlenut before buttery chocolate and some roasted french coffee. somewhat understated.
fuller that medium bodied, but not full bodied per se; a bit thin for an imperial stout. creamy mouthfeel before a dry finish with residual crispness on the palate.
extremely tasty but not overwhelming for the style or belly-filling (easily consumed in succession with pleasure)... watch out for the 8%...

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Likely the most drinkable RIS i've ever had. Pours out to a dense black color that turns to dark ruby red when held to the light. Small head of brown foam, lower level of carbonation. Aromas are powerful and consist of hops, cocoa, and roasted malts. Nice. Taste is very unique for an imperial stout, yet still quaffable; roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, hops, grain, earthy notes of wood. Alcohol isn't noticeable, making this one a creeper (creeps up on you). Nice. Mouthfeel was light and slightly smooth. Drinkability is north of average. Not what comes to mind when discussing a RIS, yet it's got it's moments. Worth a try. Special thanks goes out to HimerMan for the sample.

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

A- dark cola color with a nice dense tan head. reddish hues show through when put up to direct light.

S- nice roasted toffee, slightly grassy, carmel, vanilla,

T- well balanced with light carmel and toffee notes, a touch of hops near the finish.

M- although its a nice medium mouthfeel, for the style its way to thin.

D- if any "RIS" was highly drinkable, this would be it.

overall- i think clipper city accidently put down imperial stout rather then baltic porter. While this is has a great flavor and im really enjoying it, its just way off target for a RIS. If this was classified as a different style, it would have much better ratings.

Photo of copasetic
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A number of the beers from the Heavy Seas series at Clipper City have made their way into my heart. Good cluster of high-ish gravity beers with their own little twist.

Does this one warm my heart? Well, it's hard to say. On first blush, it pours a dark walnut (distinctly not black) with weak wisps of foam but no real head. The smell is toasty and and sweet, like dark chocolate. Not bad at all. It's delicious and complex, for sure, but characteristic of a baltic porter. Yeah, there's a weak kick of roasted barley, but it's heavy, malty, and dominated by caramel and plum notes. Mouthfeel is thick and there's a zing of alcohol.

Ok. I like this one. Not so much to style, but a good dark complex beer nevertheless. Catch me on a cold winter night and I might like it a bit more.

Photo of BeerRun13
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a crimson color coming through just barely. A great creamy tan head lasts and laces for the entire beer.
Smells of roasted malts with a cherry like aroma and a little chocolate.
A light roasted barley/coffee flavor. A little chocolate, and a slight bitterness that lingers. Here's the deal it tastes great, but I don't think it fits the style profile quite right thus the 3. A porter, I would have bumped it up.
Medium bodied, again just seams like an RIS should be bigger.
This one is very drinkable. Light enough to have a few of these. Again, this is good beer just not quite an RIS to me.

Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.