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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 20
Gots: 53 | 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 stageseven
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap - pretty much no head. Black and pretty much opaque. Doesn't really cling to the glass like the thicker Russian imperial stouts tend to.

Ar - nice and strong roasted and dark chocolate aroma. Maybe a but of alcohol but not much.

T - tons of roast up front with bitter dark chocolate mixed in. Actually a little silky. Not overwhelming, but balanced bitterness in the back. Could use some more coffee and bitter flavors but there's definitely nothing objectionable.

M - moderately heavy body, on the slightly more carbonated side. A bit warming but not too much. Some coating in the mouth.

D - good flavor. Not a huge RIS but all the flavors blend well. Kind of an every day RIS. Easy to drink, and goes well with food without being too filling.

stageseven, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, notched with purchase by date of July 2011.

black, with brown highlights when held to the light. thin head that fades fast to just a thin covering.

aroma is roasty, with notes of chocolate and maybe a touch of hops. taste follows, although I pick up more coffee in the taste.

body is a bit thin for the style, with medium carbonation.

overall, a decent beer, but it just doesn't match up to most of it's peers.

jmdrpi, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a nice dark brown, sits very dark in glass. A nice dense layer of mocha head sits for a little before fading.

S- Roasted and light burn notes of iced coffee, choc, dark malts. Some booze detected in smell.

T- Sweet and roasted tones. A light bitterness. Semi-sweet chocolate. A solid backbone with a slight tang. mild overall.

M- nice, smooth. wet. Medium bodied. Lingers well.

O/D- A very nice and smooth stout, I'm not convinced it fits the
RIS bill. Easy to drink. Good creamy chocolate. At 8% right in between styles. Good.

busterthecat, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of patreely12
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a cask at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - very dark brown, near black. some ruby highlights. mocha head with nice retention. too opaque to see any carbonation.

S - dark roasted coffee and chocolate. maybe some vanilla and molasses. very rich.

T/M - the flavors of this beer are very rich. roasted coffee and dark, bittersweet chocolate. very malty. earthy hops take an almost unnoticeable backseat in this one. there is something off-putting in the flavor, i want to say oak or something else wooden. I don't know if it's the cask or what. in another stouts this works nicely but it just doesn't seem to work in this recipe. heavier in body and slick. pretty moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a good stout with a strong ABV. I wouldn't be putting down many of these back to back. I'd like to try this again in bottle form to seem if the taste was thrown off by the cask.

patreely12, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Good till May 2011 we roll!

A nice clear dark walnut brown with red hue body. A simple cap of about one and a half fingers sits on tap which ts about tan color. Head falls pretty normally. Minimal lacing

Smell is quite muted. Some faint malt and roast, very small, but also a few hints of chocolate in the background.

Taste is quite surprising. From the nose the beer would feel a bit weak, but a goof malt chocolaty front comes forth that is slightly silky. It's a bit carbonated though however feeling like a milk stout and it's a bit soda like in feel which doesn't appeal to me.

Overall this isn't too bad but it has some things about it that don't quite appeal to me very much.

smakawhat, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
My first time having a Clipper City brew. Pretty average looking. Typical near-black color with a foamy off-white head. Very little lacing. Smells very nice and roasty. Lots of roasted coffee aroma with a healthy dose of hops. Palate is balanced and delicious but rather mild for a RIS. Roasted malt flavors with a nice earthy hop flavor. Not a bit of alcohol in the mix. Mouthfeel is pretty fluid and rather thin. Overall this is a very good stout, just doesn't seem like a RIS.

JunkYardJake, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my British pint, black with a pretty big head and small bubbles.

The aroma is subtle chocolate and roasted malts dominate. A coffee sweetness comes through.

The taste is less then average for a Imp. Stout. I was surprised at the lack of roast, though it does come at the end. the first flavors are all sweet and chocolate, this taste lingers to slowly reveal a hint of roasted malts overall its not impressive.

There isnt any carbonation on the mouth but a dry roasted feel and alcohol ends

bishopdc0, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a very dark brown with a two fingers width tan head translucent on the edges which is surprising for an Imperial stout.

S-smells of coffee and not much else maybe slight roasted malt.

T- Coffee and roasted malts slight ashiness..

M-Nice and refreshing mouthfeel slightly drying effect.this is medium bodied slightly thin for an imperial stout.

D-This is weird for an imperial stout you would expect a sipper one to savor and maybe have one of..but the light body of this beer invites one to have more than one.


drinkiusmaximus, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before April, 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep black with an off-white head and nice lacing. Nice aromas, I'm picking up chocolate and some roasty notes. As the beer warms up, the aromas become even better. It also smells like sweet milk. The taste seems pretty basic for the style. More chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Tastes slightly burnt with some sweetness. Mouthfeel is average, pretty fizzy. I don't like my stouts to be over-carbonated. Drinkability isn't bad, alcohol is undetected. Pretty easy to enjoy.

Middle of the pack Imperial Stout, maybe even better than I expected. Although I wouldn't really recommend it, but it's not bad at all.

BB1313, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Wegomlegging
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear black with a head that transitions from dark brown to almost white, but disappears as time progresses. Standard traditional porter smell with nothing that jumps out. Taste is what you would expect from a strong porter, nice toasty maltiness with a hint of chocolate and a satisfying lack of cliche Ameri-hops. Smooth beer, and easy to drink, especially with the balanced malt and easy carbonation.

Wegomlegging, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Reaper16
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a rich, dark brown. Nearly black; it looks like burnt Coca-Cola. I know, that doesn't make any sense, but it's what came to mind. It doesn't appear to have much viscosity. I worry about the mouthfeel. One finger of khaki head forms but it goes away pretty fast. I'd like to see more foam given the relatively low (for the style) ABV of 8%. The lacing is good, at least.

Lots of weak, stale, old Folgers coffee grounds hit my nose first. A light roast component, like burnt toast. I can smell some nutty English malts in this, which is unusual; those subtle malt smells are usually dominated by the more aggressive dark malts. There's also a strange note on the initial burst of aroma that reminds me of, unfortunately, garbage left out in the sun. It's a very quick note, though. Beyond that, there isn't anything else to the nose. No fruits, no hops.

This is an Imperial Stout? If so, it's underwhelming. This tastes remarkably like Mr. Pibb. I little bit of plum, but lots of sugary, dark malts. A little dusting of char, a bit of generic coffee grounds. A bit of indistinguishable hop character comes through with warmth. The finish is very weak. It tastes briefly of tannic berry skin before fading to water. It'd be an alright export stout. But it doesn't come close to cutting it in today's Imperial Stout landscape.

The mouthfeel is far, far too thin for the Imperial Stout style. Peg Leg seriously goes down like water. No chew, no heft. It's even too carbonated. The drinkability is darn good considering how close it is to a stout-flavored pop. It's simplicity both earns it a high score in drinkability and also prevents it from earning a great score.

Don't buy this beer. It's a complete waste of time, and one of the worst attempts at an Imperial Stout that I've had in a long time.

Reaper16, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay chalice.

A: pours black, maybe a little thinner than the average imperial stout, thin head, decent amount of lacing, opaque

S: aroma is a tad muted, it features notes of coffee, roasted grains, oats, and chocolate. Smells like it is fairly mellow for the style.

T: roasted malts up front with some molasses sweetness, hints of licorice, slightly bitter on the finish. Like the nose, this brew is pretty mellow on the palate. Decent balance, however there is a bit of heat on the end.

MF: as noted in the appearance, the body is a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout. Carbonation is a touch high as well.

D: Nice beer. Nothing really stands out about it, but what you have here is a somewhat tame and well balanced imperial stout. Definitely a good value beer.

homebrew311, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

August of 2010 notched on the label.

It pours a very dark brown with a +2 finger head of tannish foam with some spotty lacing.

Dark chocolate bitterness in the smell along with some milk chocolate sweetness and roasted malt that, overall, isn't all that well done or inviting.

It tastes like burnt chocolate with *some* malty sweetness in the background but more sipping and that attractive flavour gets even more overwhelmed. The roasted malt aspect works fine but along comes a hint of tartness that completely throws me off. I've got some thinking to do about how I'm going to rate the taste...

Rather thin bodied for a RIS though I think the carbonation is at the right level. As far as how drinkable it is, this is a slow sipper and it's not all due to the fairly up front alcohol presence. The flavours don't seem to harmonize..

Bitterbill, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Mug

A - Beer poured with a one finger brownish colored foam; the foam held well; the body of the beer has a dark brown and almost black appearance; good lacing on the edges of the glass; moderate amount of carbonation

S - Burnt coffee and chocolate smell; some slight sourness and malty

T - Burnt coffee and chocolate taste; some sweetness is completely over-shadowed by bitter and caramel taste

M - Lingering burnt malt taste; smooth and light effervescent feel

D - Great coffee-burnt malt taste; after a while you get a lingering licoric bitter taste which is actually very nice and unique; I liked this beer for a Russian Imperial Stout

ferrari29, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Rhynes2
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew here is a great imperial stout. Pours a nice and rich dark chocolate color with a nice head retention and decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Overall it's very well balanced with toasted malts and coffee being the focus of this beer. Some hop bitterness fits right in with the malt flavors and just has slight hint of alcohol for an 8% ABV beer. I'm going to be buying this brew again for sure.

Rhynes2, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown/black colored brew with about a 1 finger head which fades rather quickly. Poured into my Chimay goblet, it showed a nice center pillar of carbonation producing wispy trails of foamy head inside a foam ring.

Some aromas of burnt malt and black coffee.

A good tasting beer with roasted maybe burnt malts coffee and chocolate.
A full bodied beer that is very smooth and a strong alcohol presence.
Balanced between bitter and dry with little aftertaste.
Although this beer drinks like a full bodied beer it taste thin and watery. Also the alcohol is upfront and in your face masking alot of the beer flavor and washing it out.

micromaniac129, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint; thanks Chad! (cmmcdonn)

A: Opaque black/brown, two fingers frothy brown head, decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and a bit of caramel.

T: Dark fruits really stand out here; the taste is mostly sweet, accented by the previously mentioned chocolate and coffee. Slightly bittersweet finish.

M: Thin body, especially for the style; moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery aside from the prickliness.

D: Thin body benefits drinkability; nothing too extreme about this one, just a solid beer. Not sure why it only has a B considering the average RIS rating here, but definitely a beer worth a try.

AwYeh, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown/ruby color with some lighter ruby highlights showing through and around the sides and bottom. A very nice, thick, tan head that was semi-creamy with a mixture of small and larger bubbles. The head had nice retention with an aggressive pour plus average lacing.

Smell - A nice character of dark chocolate in the smell. Coffee is there, but it doesn't seem to be as robust as the chocolate. Some dark fruit, such as raisin and plum are there, but seem to be settled in the backgound. Decent complexity with this aroma.

Taste - The coffee and chocolate seem to be more well balanced in the flavor. The dark fruit pulls through a bit more also. As the beer warms, however the chocolate starts to really shine and become more dominant. The alcohol is not even detectable.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel. Smooth and mostly creamy. Leaves an adequate amount on the palate. Decent.

Drinkability - I like this brew. Worth a try in my opinion. Perfect for the bitter cold. This is not fancy or exotic, but just a very solid, well made, easy drinking beer. One that I would happlily pick up or not deny if it was offered.

Shrews629, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown that appears black in the glass. One finger of head forms and settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Alcohol dominates the aroma to the point that I have to believe this is going to be very hot to drink. But the alcohol does not dominate the flavor. Instead the chocolate and coffee that is missed in the aroma comes through on the tongue. Just a little roasted bitterness is detected. A little alcohol warmth in the finish. The body does not seem to be at the Imperial level. Just to thin but it has a nice soft carbonation. A solid B level stout in the end.

morimech, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep, dark brown body; a touch of crimson in the mocha head; head pours about 1 finger thick and rapidly dissipates

S: Chocolate, toffee, malt and fruity spices; almost smells mildly of mulling spices

T: Coffee and sweet toffee blend explodes with the first taste; bitterness makes its way in the middle; finally, the alcohol makes its presence known at the finish of the taste

M: Heavy and alcoholy; a little oily and thick at the same time; actually, I kind of like it, as it goes with the style of beer

D: Definitely wouldn't pound this one, but not hard to put one away; fairly drinkable

Overall, a decent Russian Imperial. Definitely not the best though.

boudreaux, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of JT2875
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark almost black color with a two finger head that quickly fades. Mild lacing.

S-Chocolate and coffee.

T-Same as the smell Chocolate coffee and a carmel tone. Quite nice.

M-I was expecting a creaminess but not so much. Very mild carbonation and silkiness.

D-Goes down smooth and clean. A dessert beer but one that is not heavy so you can enjoy a few back to back. I had this at 55 degrees and think a warmer temperature would suit this beer better.

JT2875, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My in-town trading partner, tone77, came through with some Heavy Seas beers recently and I am finding them very pleasant, especially in the face of so many AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers in support of The CANQuest (TM). I am anxious to see how this stacks up.

My (probably) over-aggressive pour brought the head right up to the edge of the glass and I am sure that my Physics colleague would tell me that surface tension or some such was all that kept it from foaming over. It also set up what almost looked like a cascading action before settling into just over a finger of mocha-tan head with great retention. Color was an inky black with ZERO light penetration. It did not matter how I held this one up to the light, nothing was getting through. Nose was rich and roasty, like coffee and dark chocolate combined. The neck label mentioned "... notes of coffee and dark chocolate" also. I agree. Mouthfeel was smooth, not quite creamy, but very reminiscent of an N2 pour. The chocolatiness was prevalent on the tongue and in the mouth, but it was not as bitter as the nose led me to expect. Instead, it had a mild smokiness to it in combination with the chocolate. Finish was very smooth, initially with a dark chocolate flavor but giving 'way to a light roastiness. A very pleasant beer and one that would be excellent as a dessert beer.

woodychandler, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of AllFineThings
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a half inch head which stays at about an eighth of an inch to a wisp high and has the aroma of chocolate and coffee.

Has a very slight molasses coating, but may be just a bit over-carbonated which may dull that effect.

Tastes somewhere between a bitter stout and a sweet porter--overall has a very good taste and at $10.99 for a sixer you can't go wrong at all.

AllFineThings, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 12/13/2010:

A: This pours an absolutely black color with an inch of light khaki head that does not last but laces okay.

S: The nose shows aromas of chocolate, caramel, and sweet dark fruits. This is actually similar to desserty chocolate stouts.

T: It shows notes of chocolate, mild roastiness, caramel, and more sweet dark fruits.

M: The body is medium-light and finishes in sweet stickiness.

D: This is tasty, relatively light, and quite drinkable.

bucklemyshoe, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A - pours a deep dark hue with some ruby highlights when backlit. A fairly large bubbly kakhi head. Dissipates quick.

S - a very rich dark chocolate aroma with some hints of coffee and some mild dark fruit.

T - intense dark chocolate flavor, semi sweet, balanced by the coffee bitterness of roasted Malta and herbal hops. Yeast gives a dark fruit flavor as well.

M - a little thin, but but still fairly smooth. Medium carb.

D - very tasty and drinkable ale.

Teleweizen2, Dec 18, 2010
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.