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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Reviews: 681
Hads: 1,321
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 27
Gots: 123 | 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 fscottkey
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Aggressive pour yields a 2 1/2 finger head of uniform bubbles. The head is tan and does not retreat quickly. The beer is dark black with ruby red edges in the light.

S: I smell coffee and vanilla. Maybe some boozy smells also.

T: The front is coffee. The midpalate has some boozy flavors to it. Then I get a mix of the 2 in the finish.

M: Slightly higher than expected carbonation. Still relatively smooth and creamy.

O: I think the alcohol could be hidden a little better at 8.2%. That is drowning out a little of the other flavors. I expected a little more vanilla or roasted malt flavors to accompany the light coffee taste. Overall this is a middle of the road beer. Would not seek it out - but would not turn it down either.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With all the fixations on alcohol, sweetness and roast to carry the taste of trendy imperial stout, its refreshing to see a beer that's rooted in British rounded complexity even if its taste is savory, sipping and robust.

Clipper City's big boy of a stout starts with dark mahogany brown that's just off of opaque. As it stews in the glass like dark roast coffee, its roasted aromas follow suit with its own dark chocolate, walnut and cold-pressed blends. Its decadent seared sugars underneath take on a toffee and molasses tone but evading the viscous texture of either.

Across the middle, the strong ale really opens up by saturating the palate with equal parts bittersweet chocolate, nutty coffee blends and a toasty-peppery bit. The starchy sweetness that floats beneath carries with it the fruity sweetness of grilled currant, blackberry and a tinge of licorice.

Finishing with an oddly light sense of palatability, the luscious beer isn't exactly built for quick drinking but it's surly not indicative of imperial strength. Its understated simmering warmth cuts through the beer's sweetness and mild viscosity with a finish of smoky chocolate and grilled fruit.

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Photo of Lucular
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Criminally underrated, this Russian Imperial Stout is a steal at a price point of $9-10 per six-pack. It may not be the most mind-blowing RIS out there but for what it tries to be it is solid.

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Photo of bcsbeer
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best by date JUN 30-14
Aggressively poured in to a DHF signature glass.

A: Deep mahogany with a 1 finger tan head. No lacing to speak of. The head acted more like a soda than a Russian Imperial Stout, loudly fizzing away as quickly as it appeared.

S: Slightly metallic, roasted coffee with a hint of ash tray. Reminded me of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

T: Similar to the nose with the addition of dark fruit and stale Coke. Very flat
MF: Thin with a dry aftertaste, not encouraging me to take another sip.

O: This beer did not fit the category. It is lacking the weight and complexity or a RIS.
Heavy Seas makes some good beer, but I think they missed the mark with this one or Oskar Blues and Founders set the bar to high. Either way I hope Siren Noire treats me better. I have bottle waiting for me in the fridge.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near black color with a slight, slight hue of red. Very little head to speak of; leaves a slight trace of lacing along the glass as you finish. The smell is strongest with hints of chocolate, coffee, raisins; the taste is very sweet, slightly grainy, typical carbonation for a stout with this high a ABV. Very sweet finish. Overall, a good imperial stout for the price.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Heavy Seas never lets me down... unless I get an old batch of Hop3. This beer was exactly what I wanted at the time, a Malt bomb. I taste zero hops, and while that is normally a scary thing for me, it was actually quite nice. To call this an Impy Stout, is wrong IMO. Its more of a doppelbock. Reminded me of the malt character in Celebrator. Very caramely, very smooth, nice and chewy/thick. Hidden alcohol character could make you have a few too many before you realize it! Very little head, but thats how its sposed to be with impy stouts, which like I said, I dont think thats what they should call this. Its almost a brown in color, I expect a stout to be opaque and black. I could *almost* see through this one. All in all delicious caramel candy beer. If you want a malt bomb, get this one.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Black glass shows only the thinnest of ruby edges when back lit. Starts out with a frothy head, but dies down to trace cover. Thin halo of foam slows long legs as it slowly drips off the side of the glass.

Black strap molasses, burnt sugar with a heady plum liquor . Hints of tobacco, coffee, toffee, all things that are great, but not great for you. A bit of sin here.

Mild grape jam, sugary with little char or hop to bring it back to center. More fruity in the taste, some cherry flavor comes out.

Mouthfeel: A bit flat, medium body, almost watery texture.

Overall: Nice flavor, a bit heady and fruity, and not supported by enough Impy Stout flavor, the roasted barley character is very background leaving this more of a Barleywine.
Recommended. Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of RickS95
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour is a bit misleading, but still nice. It's extremely dark and produces a really nice, if minor, cascading brown head. Not a terribly thick beer, but the head is, at least for a brief time, gorgeous. However, it's short-lived because the retention isn't much. Spotty lace.

Coming up from the snifter, the smells are all subtle. Obviously, the malt bill shines. The smell is almost sweet, with caramel and toffee. Some chocolate in there as well, in addition to a splash of smoke. Something in there gives off a bubble gum scent. Can't put my finger on it.

The taste is kind of strange. Sweet chocolate starts off before giving way to an English stout-like earthy, roasted grain taste, almost like coffee. From mid sip on, a boozy taste is present.

This has layers. To begin, a milk stout feel presents. The sweet doesn't last long before the dry, bitterness overwhelms it. With the bitterness, the strongish alcohol feel is prominent. However, after the beer warms a bit, all the tastes and the feel meshes fairly well.

Overall, it's a good beer and I'm glad I've got several more. Had I let the beer warm a bit, it may have scored higher because it was much better to finish with that it was at the start. It's easy to drink and while the alcohol tapers off with the warming of the beer, it makes for a nice warmer .

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on cask at Heavy Seas tasting room. Poured well but with minimal head or lacing. But not unexpected with cask. However happily surprised that it did have a notable pleasant bntaural carbonation. Beer took off with rich aromas of nicely roasted malts; some dried fruit and smokiness, but just accents ...not dominant in any sense. Moved over into the taste very nicely. Here the dark malts let loose with hints of coffee, darker slightly bitter chocolate and the dried fruit aroma became a restrained sugariness more like molasses. The mouthfeel was "spot on"...decadent, rich and medium/medium full body. Great sipper. I thought this was one of the better casked ales I have had. Would get in line for this one. Also, regular Peg Leg is good, but this is absolutely the only way to really enjoy this beer. Cask really elevated the beer to top flight.

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Photo of Act25
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basic Brewer from Baltimore. This is mid-pack RIS, worth a try...

A: Not much going on when the drama of a RIS can be so great. Head dissipates to a tan collar and it leaves a little lacing as she goes. Black body.

S: Pleasant. Slightly reminding of a MD great beer, Flying Dog Oyster Stout. Fall-like: it's light malts, with aromas of licorice, chocolate, fall leaves, and dark fruits.

T: The taste follows the smell and offers a pleasant, slightly sweet meld of fall earth, fruit, coffee. A bit of hop bitterness, not enough?

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Not quite the feel I like in my stouts, not creamy or rich. A bit cloying.

O: I'd have it again, but not my first choice. Solid, but back of the pack.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - More or less black, with a finger of soft, lasting khaki head. Spotty lacing.

S - Cool hops, dark chocolate and char.

T - First impression is a charred, roasty tang. Mellows into a creamy, chocolatety quaff. Touches of tobacco, toffee and prune.

M - Full, creamy, somewhat oily mouthfeel that coats the palate nicely.

Overall, a solid Impy stout -- tasty, somewhat nuanced, but not groundbreaking.

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Photo of Chessmaster
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pitch black, with 1-2 inches of chocolate colored head which unfortunately immediately disappears without a trace. The lack of head and complete lack of lacing is quite disappointing.

The flavor and mouthfeel are typical for a stout, with chocolate and caramel/crystal malt most discernible.

This is overall very drinkable, although the appearance detracts from overall enjoyment.

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a pitch black, impenetrable to light, with about 1/2 a finger of short-lived mocha colored head. A little lasts around the circumference.

S-subtle, perhaps a little too much so. Slight hints of coffee and sweetness.

T- strong coffee notes, but little else. However, the coffee flavor is really good. But there isn't much more depth.

M- thinner than one would expect for a big, boozy imperial stout. Also a bit of bite from the alcohol.

O-a good bottle. I remember more from having draft. Will update once I get a chance to try on tap.

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Photo of cleve00
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite Imperial by far. I did not enjoy this immensely and had a little higher hopes.

I drank it straight from the bottle. Prune/raisin taste, with a hint of chocolate ad coffee. not a whole lot of complexity.

Would it be better if matured? I don't know and I won't find out because there are MUCH better offerings that I would spend my time on. Life is short and time is fleeting.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.
Bottled: Feb 2013

Pours a nice pitch black color with a good light tan head. Slightly creamy and dense. The head goes up to about 1 inch and the bubbles are very foamy and dense like a espresso or cappuccino. Retention is excellent with sticky lacing.

Aroma starts off with some nice roasted dark malt notes. Slight ashy and smokey in the nose and some nice slight cocoa sweetness is present as well. The cocoa notes are very nice and powdery with some slight caramel sweetness present as well. Notes of oats are also present as well as some nice bready aromas. As the brew warms the bouquet expands. There is some nice dark roasted and slight coffee notes present as well.

I let it warm for a bit to get a better taste. Starts off with nice midl roast oat and malt notes. Not too intense but flavorful enough. The cocoa notes are nice and powdery and milk chocolatey sweet. Then the roast balances the sweetness out again. The flavor has some nice oat and bready notes that makes the brew pretty drinkable and fluffy. Very well balanced notes of roast and bread with good slight cocoa sweetness. There is some slight smokey notes to the brew and the finish is nice and dry. Mouthfeel is slick and slightly oily a nice medium feel.

Overall this is a great approachable and delicious RIS. The notes aren't too intense and with a bit of age the hops have died down and given way to a nice roasted backbone with some cocoa notes to boast.

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Photo of Hopscat
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour into goblet from growler bought at the brewery. My first growler , yippee.
Dark, opaque with little light showing at edges, small head quickly dissipates leaving ring and floating patches of light brown /beige foam.
Smell was a bit disappointing since it was less than I remember from prior tasting from draft @ heavy seas alehouse in Balto. Some coffee, chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla. Something else there , maybe some hops ?
T- chocolate and coffee upfront with some dark fruits in mid palate along with hops . finish is more chocolate and molasses making an appearance. Pleasantly surprised.
Mouth- really nice feel medium shading to oily , really coats the tongue well . Nice and creamy
Overall this is a nice stout from Heavy Seas, recommend to stout fans

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Photo of Omnium
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Nice dark brown/black color, about a finger of thick khaki head, mild lacing.
S - Roasted malt, some chocolate and vanilla, and a little smokiness to it, and a tad of earthy hops underneath it all.
T - Excellent balance of malt sweetness, and a little dry flavors, some mild hops in there.
M - Creamy, velvety and full.
O - Vastly overlooked stout, good offering from Heavy Seas.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha brewery snifter. Label says Purchase Before Aug 13

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small off-centered patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Somewhat boozy aroma of dark roast and chocolate. Also some dark fruit, molasses and brown sugar.

T- Straightforward stout flavor with moderately heavy dark roast. A bit sweet with little bitterness and more chocolate notes. Pretty drinkable as the alcohol isn't as noticeable as it is in the aroma.

M- Thick, but not RIS thick. Medium-low carbonation is correct and has a mostly full body.

O- A decent stout, though it is a bit hot and not as viscous as I'd like. I'm also beginning to realize I just don't like Heavy Seas' house yeast strain.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep black but has a kind of fizzy look. The head was...fizzy and disappeared quite quickly.

The scent is a little weird, as it has more qualities of a milk stout. Very lactose like with thin dry chocolate and dry malt aromas.

For as dry as the scent was the taste is rather sweet. Sweet dark chocolate or espresso with a bit of coffee and malt. Tasty but not going to rule world.

The feel is as easy as a lager and at over 8 pct ABV this could be dangerous.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark chestnut, almost black; big, frothy tan head due to aggressive pour, long lasting; excellent lacing

Aroma: Roasted malts; coffee; chocolate; earthy hops; dried figs

Taste: Malty and very creamy on start with roasted malts well balanced with sweetness quickly following; warming alcohol in the mid; creamy mouthfeel throughout; finishes sweet with lingering bitter notes; excellent

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Leon86
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: Bottle - Notched Oct 12,2013 (Drink by date) - Poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours very dark brown but not quite black. Starts with a small head (finger height) that dissipates quickly into a thin ring-like top.

Smell: Strong coffee and molasses on the nose, perhaps a hint of hops in there.

Taste: Strong coffee, malty, the alcohol is very present but not overpowering by any means. Slight hint of hops, strong coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Reasonable thickness and smoothness. Not watery but not heavy/syrupy. Goes down easily for being what it is. Not much of the creaminess feel that I get from many stouts.

Overall: I like this beer and I can see myself keeping it in stock for occasional drinking or an after work treat but I don't think I could drink it every day. The alcohol presence in this beer is very noticeable and may be a bit much for anyone new to stouts or even craft beer in general. I would recommend anyone to try this brew at least once.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeff for this one; intended to break up the "monotony" of all the IPAs we enjoyed previously. Peg Leg pours a very dark brown, not quite bruising enough to be called pitch black, decent amounts of light shining through the edges. Barely any head forms, even with a mildly aggressive pour; the skin the shows up is an off-khaki color that leaves no lace behind.

To say the least, the nose is fairly unimpressive, especially for the style in question. It's got a quiet stout backing full of some roasted and darker malts, joined by a light cocoa powder essence and a touch of sweetness. And that's really about it. Pretty "unrobust" for a Russian Imperial Stout. Even with time, it never really opens up or gets any more exciting - very lazy and quiet, and that's not what I'm looking for in my imperial stouts. Nothing offensive, just nothing very notable, either.

The flavor has a light roast and toasted malt feeling to it; coffee beans come into play with a deeper allotment of cocoa powder that the nose would have you believe. Some sweetness, almost residual like very, very modest amounts of brown sugar. Halfway through, there's a soft kiss of hops, slightly ashy and leafy, not really adding much save for a mild hint of bitterness. The aftertaste is heaviest with a used coffee-bean flavor, somewhat sweet and almost creamy. Actually, the aftertaste that coats my mouth after the beer is gone is my favorite thing about it so far.

Mouth feel is depressingly thin for the style as well, medium bodied at best, not very creamy feeling; kind of slick and oily, low carbonation. No real alcohol presence, except for a very light warmth. This beer is listed as a Russian Imperial Stout, but it seems like anything but that to me. If anything, it reminds me more of a regular American Stout. It just doesn't have the robust flavors, aromas, or mouth feel you should expect from this style. It falls kind of flat and doesn't really give you anything that would make you come back for more. Thanks again to Jeff for sharing.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with the label notched at Jul 2013. Sampled on April 14, 2013.

The pour is very dark brown to almost black with a tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

On the nose there are roasted dark chocolate malts, Amarillo, and the vaguest of hops lingering on the backside. More sweet.

The body falls into the medium range and creamy.

The taste begins with many of the same roasted dark sensations as the nose but a little sweeter. It ends slightly dry with a bitterness that lingers. I think there was a good effort here but I don't think is quite met my expectations for an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into stout glass. Pours dark oily brown, aggressive pour yields small dark brown head with big bubbles that dissipates rather quickly. Smell is burnt sugar, coffee and maybe a bit of chocolate, very clean smelling. Taste is coffee and bitter chocolate, sweet at first but drying to finish. Some delicate lacing sticks as it's drunk. Mouthfeel is smooth yet full, alcohol isn't noticeable. A solid RIS that I would pick up again.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, toffee, and toasted oats.

Taste: Same as above with a little booze in the end and a little ash and smoke characters. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, full bodied, silky, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: As for hoe the beer looked, pretty solid beer and happy that I let it warm up a bit too to bring out more qualities.

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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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