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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 21
Gots: 87 | FT: 2
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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 zebulon
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Formed a 1 inch tan head which disappear fairly fast, Color as a dark brown almost couldn't see through but pleasant.

S Light aroma malt and honey if that is possible, gave a sweet sensation when inhaling.

T Coffee, mild sweet, but dried the pallet. A tiny bit sourness in the finish when it warmed up.

M Dry but light.

D The coffee, honey and dryness were to the good, but it was too light for an imperial. It was ok, but I wouldn't go looking for it.

Photo of kmo1030
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purs very dark brown/black, with athin tan head.
the aroma contains caramel, sweet licorice, some coffee, and piney hops. i get some faint dark fruity alcohol. some bread when swirled. chocolate notes come out with warmth. faint whiffs of some sort of sanitizer aroma.
the taste starts off with carameled coffee, transitioning to some dark berry flavors, licorice and finally sprucey hops that add substantial bitterness to the end. a bit sour at the finish
the body is fullish, but lacks a little with a delicate but sharp carbonation.
decent enough drinkability, the alcohol doesn't come through much to this beers benefit. a good beer, but lacks anything that might make it stand out. almost porter-ish as well.

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

Very dark brown with ruby highlights. The short cap of light tan head dissipated quickly, leaving a thin skim of fine bubbles and a ring. There was only a bit of short-lived lacing. Bready malt aroma, some caramel, a bit grainy, with not much roast. Sweet and malty with a hint of cherries, mostly bready. There was a bit of chocolate and alcohol, but not much roast. Medium to full bodied with lowish, creamy carbonation. Overall, a pretty weak imperial stout, but not a bad beer. More like a porter than anything else.

Photo of mortarit
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves very little lacing.

Smell reeks of alcohol to the point I thought I might not like this one. I have never been fond of stouts so I was a little skeptical about trying it.

Taste caught off guard by the minute smoothness and lack of over powerless of alcohol that first embraced. There is also generous dark malt, but it is eclipsed by the dry bitterness from the hops.

Mouth feel is medium bodied.

This is a pretty decent full flavored stout. Certainly worth a try. I will have to invest in more of this style later on.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark, not quite pitch balck color. Barely opaque with a little light through the edge of the glass.
Aroma- Slightly sweet-smelling, not very potent with some chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel- warming with a sweeter profile. Mostly malt with a very mild hop profile. I barely got any roasted or coffee flavors. Finished smooth and remained sweet. Alcohol is warming but not dominating. This is mild for a RIP but it drank well and was not bad. Just could have been a little bolder with more coffee or chickory flavors. Good brew nonetheless!

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees.

A - Poured a deep brown...almost maple syrup in color. I'm a little leery, as a caramel head began to form, but suddenly stopped and melted away to nothing at all. A nice color overall, but I'm a little worried.

S - Smells of toffee and burnt coffee with a malty backbone. Some cocoa in the background.

T - Nothing special by any means...roasted malt up front, backed up by coffee, cocoa, and toffee. While good flavors, they just don't develop and seem very watered down. Almost like an APA with good background flavors.

M - Watered down body, but finishes with a strong warming feeling. Just went down a little too easily.

D - It served its purpose...I wanted something to warm me up, but didn't have time to savor the beer. I'm glad I got to try it, but I won't be picking up any more of these.

Photo of Stimack
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the reason why I got the mix 12 pack from Clipper City and surprisingly it is my least favorite of the offerings. This brew poured to a very dark black color with a smallish light tan head that did not have much of any legs and also did not provide much of any lacing. I was wondering if this could have been my glass even though I usually do see this problem so for the next brew I hand washed a new glass to make sure I had no soap or chemical build up but had the same result. Anyway, the aromas where ok with highlights of coffee, chocolate and I think a little cherry or some other dark fruit. Good smell, just seems to be missing something here, for a imperial stout I would think things would stand out but they don’t. The taste is also ok, seems quite pedestrian to me but the highlights are chocolate with a slight coffee feel with a break to a noticeable hop flavor that lingers somewhat. Over all this is a pretty ok brew but for it to be in the category of an imperial stout it just seems to be to blah for my expectations. This one does not stand up to the other offering in the Heavy Sea’s collection.

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

I have read that the brewery reformulated this beer so I picked it up again in a 12 variety pack of Heavy Seas beers.

Nice black color-very nice tan head on top. Good, though not very prominant, roasted aroma. Ink like smell to it. Big, malty flavor. Nice roasted highlights. Somewhat sweet-almost like a milk stout. Lingering roasted flavors in the finish. Good body-seems to have been kicked up a notch. Very drinkable. Could lose some of the sweetness for my liking. Not as much roasted and harsh taste to it as some RIS. Good effort-as is any beer from the Heavy Seas line.

Photo of RedChrome
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is inky black color. A quater inch light tan colored head faded to a sheen on top almost instantly. No carbonation can be seen in the onyx liquid. Scare lacing in spots.

Very sweet aroma of figs. There is also a light grain note which when mixed with the figs reminds me of a newton. An alcohol presence is balanced to the other scents.

Sweet smell carries over nicely into the taste. Fig quality is a bit subdued and balances with varying tastes of chocolate and raisins. Alcohol flavor is very faintly present.

A nice thickness on the tongue. A light tingling helps the flavor make it to the back of the tongue.

A worthwhile try. This would go great with a slice of chocolate cake. The blend is nice and the taste work well on the tongue. Only drawback is the overall strength of flavors is a little weak.

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

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured into a small goblet a near pitch black with just a hint of ruby shown thru a tight well formed 1/2 finger mocha colore head atop.Dark fruit alcohol notes and and a dryer rooty elemant shows thru as well,flavors of dark fruit,licorice and rum shine out most that earthy rawness shows up a bit late but is subdued but nicely noticed.Not big and chewey like many impy stouts but it is rather quaffable,a bit beter than expected it has character.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep oil black with an enormous cream colored head that stayed around forever. Deep thick lacing.Smell was alot of coffee and caramel sweetness, roasted malts abound on this one. The taste was very well rounded. Very slight hint of coffee and dark fruits, predominant flavor is sugary roasted caramel. There is a slight hopped back to it as well. Dry finish and easy going down. No hint of alcohol at all, and at 8%abv thats saying something! This was an easy drinker and a good RIS. Would definatly drink this again!

Photo of MmmIPA
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Massive brown head, very fluffy.Dark black body.I really cant see through it.Nice lacing is left behind, the head is like a 2 finger head,goes to a ring in my tulip.

Dark fruits

First taste is chocolate and some coffee.I dont taste the fruits but I know there somewhere in there.The aftertaste isnt as dank as some stouts.

Very drinkable and the booze dont seem to come out as in some other RIS.Goes down very smooth.The beer is very creamy and is in the middle of watery and thick.

This is a very solid beer from Clipper Seas.I look forward to having this on tap in the future since I have a new found love for the almighty RIS!Go out and get this fine brew everyone.


I really liked this beer alot when it was fresh.Lets see how it does after being cellared for 8 months.

Pitch black body with a small tan head,left some lacing on the glass.

The taste is bakers,sweet chocolate.Coffee and roasted malts also in the taste.Dark fruits and chocolate in the taste and some hop flavor in there aswell.The taste isnt as dank as it was when fresh.It sorda taste like rum, so I guess its starting to get vinous

Mouthful is very creamy.I can taste the alcolhol in this as it warms up,its not a bad taste though.

I like this stuff quite a bit,its not overpowering at all in the impy stout catagory.I reccommend this to any stout loving fan.

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

12oz bottle -> pint
notched Sept. 06

Pours black with some deep scarlet highlight. A creamy quickly fading more tan than white head leaves some nice lace.

Nose: Some roasted malts, sweet baking chocoolate, and alcohol.

Taste: Old burnt coffee and alcohol seem the most pronounced. Chalky cocoa,some faint dark sweet fruits and a mild bitter finish.

Mouth is not very sturdy and overly carbonated.

I was a little disappointed with this beer, does not seem very RIS like.

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

Serving 12oz bottle

This brew's ominous dark umber, black appearance is complimented by a razor thin layer of very fine film forming a pronounced beige lining between the beer and the glass.

Spicy hops, peppery alcohol, burnt malts and vinous dark fruits dominate this beer's tempting bouquet.

Light flavorful spicy hop bitters hit the palate with diluted deep rosted malts. The mid palate's vinous dark fruit flavors droop a bit leading to a short, nutty and very slightly alcoholic, dry finish.

Somewhat thin and low profile for an imperial stout, this is easy to drink and quite smooth. A bit dissapointing for an imperial stout but still an enjoyable one at that.


Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a light tan rocky head that last for a short bit. The body is so dense shows no sign of carbonation even at the edges of the glass.

S- This beer light bitter dark roasted malt nose with a chocolate malt hint.

T- This beer has a creamy dark malt flavor that is pretty soft with a light tang in the finish to the malt. There is a soft spice to the finish but it is pretty dry. As the beer warms there is a hint of dried prunes but that is the only depth to this beer.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy texture and the finish has a fizz that comes through when it warms. There are no notes of alcohol even when it warms.

D- This beer is smooth and mellow with not much depth and the flavors it does have are not that interesting.

Photo of phisig137
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, used motor oil color, letting only a tiny bit of light in around the edges. Two finger head has poor retention, leaving very little behind. Looks ominous.

Aroma is chock full o' nuts (i.e. coffee and chicory notes), along with a bit of chocolate, toasted grains, biscuits, and also raw grains. The more you sniff, the more the raw grain character comes through.

Flavor is pretty thin. Mild cocoa notes up front, with a bit of burnt coffee towards the end. Little malt character, and the finish is a bit of hop bitterness, melded with a searing alcohol burn on the tip of your tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and aggressively carbonated for the style. Drinkability is pretty good considering the ABV and flavor.... it does hide the alcohol for the first half of the glass.

This is just another beer from clipper city, that is decent, but misses the mark. I really think of this as more of a poorly made stout than a Russian Imperial stout. Not a bad purchase, but there are better RIS's out there for the money...

Photo of srrn
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This one is putting me on the spot as far as reviewing goes. First sip I was thinking Baltic Porter not imperial stout. The finger tan head quickley reduced as happens with RIPs. Smell is a bit subdued, a bit of hops and licorice I think. Mouthfeel is good for any style except an imperial stout, I for one love the oily feel of RIP's and this didn't have it.

All in all a really good beer, I'd like to know some subtlities about the Imperial stout vs Baltic porter styles as this one confused me.

This is one of my first few reviews where I reviewed a beer 'blind' without reading other reviews first. I bought it based on how well I loved Winter Storm. Glad to see I'm not the only one confused/refusing to call it an RIP. Still it's a good beer, needs a different label or recipe change.

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

Poured to a dark brown-black color with thick tan head that lingered long and left good lacing. Aroma was a pleasant mixture of malt choclate, nuts,. toffee and even a hint of licorice. Taste followed suit with sweet malty flavor. Alcohol, though 8%, was just present enough to nicely blend with the sweetness, which all served to round this medium bodied beer off to a smooth, warming finish.

I enjoyed this much more than some other Impy Stouts I’ve had lately.

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

Pours midnight black with a beautiful tan collar of foam with excellent lacing for the style. Nose is attractive with deeply roasted malts comingling with yeasty & smoky goodness.

Entry is sweetly aggressive with moderate carbonation. Midtaste features a smokey malt foreground with an oh-so-sweet finish reminiscent of a milk stout.

While not so sure about my enthusiasm about the classification of 'Imperial Stout' for this brew...it's lively, tasty, and worthy of another look as long as there is a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream within reach

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on Dec 31, 2006. 12oz bottle poured into a chilled mug. Paid $1.79 for the single bottle at Premier in Kenmore, NY.

Review updated on Jul 26, 2010. 12oz bottle from a six pack that was $10.99 from Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Poured into a chilled pint glass. Label notched as best by Aug 2010.

Pours dark brown/ black with no light passing through, has a very nice tall billowy brown head that lingers for quite a while and leaves thick lacing on the glass when it finally does dissipate.

Smell is dark with wood smoke, coffee, a little buttery toffee, some floral character... lavender?

Taste is of dark roasted malt and coffee up front, a bit of caramel and dark chocolate in the middle, then a lingering licorice and smoke finish. I think I also detect something like apricot or apple (something fruity) in the finish and something floral up front, but these are both very subtle and I may be stretching to find too much.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and pretty dry. Alcohol is somewhat apparent. Carbonation is appropriate. Overall drinkability is good, I could have a few of these and be quite happy. I'd be on the fence about whether to call it a porter or a stout. Smoke says porter, and if were just a tad thinner and dryer I think that'd bump it to the porter category. Damn good either way, so moot point.

Photo of JasonA
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as night with 2 fingers of quickly disapaiting head. Lacing and settling. Looks delicious.

Smell is not powerfull. Malty, maybe coffee/chocolate. Surprised by the subtleness, I want my RIS to kick my noses ass.

Yummy. Trying to figure out which flavor takes control, my guess would be the coffee. Right into a deep malt and finish with what Ill call a dry hoppyness sans the floral part.

Ill call it full bodied, but not syrupy, not thick. I think I would like it fuller for the style, but not bad at all.

Im going to rank the drinkability biasedly. Im giving this beer a higher rank for drinkability because this is one of the few RIS's I can get locally (also brewed locally). That makes this beer for the style, very drinkable :). When I cant get the powerhouse RIS's, this will be one of my goto's.

Photo of danielocean03
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque deep blackish brown with ruby hued edges, foamy finger of light tan head dissipated into a moderate ring of lacing. Aroma is sweet, roasty and malt, dark coffee and chocolate notes dominate, slight earthy aromas also linger in the nose. Taste is also sweet and roasty, less malty and much sweeter than the nose lets on. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, thinnest beer I've had of this style, medium bodied with mild carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy, quenches thirst with ease. Drinkability is good, hides the 8% abv very well, hardly noticeable at all. Overall a decent RIS, worth trying. Might purchase again.

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

Pours very dark brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves very little lacing.

Smell is smokey dark grain, chocolate, and coffee. A nice bit of herbal hop bitterness. Subdued dark fruit.

Taste is similiar to the nose with the smokey dark grain making an impression. There is also generous dark malt, but it is eclipsed by the dry bitterness from the hops. The dark fruit from the nose reappears in the finish with a touch of unexpected black licorice that really mellows the flavor; virtually eliminating any lingering bitterness. The ABV is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This is a pretty decent full flavored stout, but falls short of the RIS catagory so it will have to take a hit on the rating. Best to let this one warm a bit. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with dark ruby-garnet highlights. Biege-colored head of three fingers is dense and holds well, leaving light spotty lacing. Heavy aromas of black patent malt, baker's cocoa, and roasted barley. A clean alcohol scent emerges as it warms. Sweet tasting upfront and full of caramel and roasted notes; then comes burnt malt flavors, dark chocolate, and a snap of nuetral alcohol. Dry aftertaste, faint american hop flavor and mild bitterness balance well with the big malt prescence and hint of booze. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation, perhaps too thin and crisp for an Imperial stout; but this also aids the relatively clean finish. Only slight residual chocolate and coffee flavors remain briefly, which are then quickly lifted by the drying hops, charred malt character, and hint of alcohol. This possesses a great drinkability and has a respectable malt complexity, but it might not satisfy the BA seeking an enormous Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, thin tan head, not much retention, but good lacing. Smell is of dark fruits,and malts. The is a hint of grassy hops,that is very nice. Body is medium. Not much carbionation. Taste Is sweet dark chocolate up front, with a very light roasting. Fruity undertones throughout,with a bit of hops in the finish. Wish I had more than one.

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