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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Reviews: 674
Hads: 1,292
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 24
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 Bighuge
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown appearance. Thin brown head that is a bit fizzy. Lacing is moderate. Nose of dry cocao, chalk and coffee bean. The flavor is a weak concoction of roasted malt, dark coffee bean and dry, chalky cocoa. Bitterness is minimal and hop contributions are negligible. Where's the beef?? Body is medium at best, though I doubt that even. Fizzy carbonation present in the mouth.

It's not black. It's not full bodied. It's not full flavored. It's a travesty to call this an Imperial Stout. (493 characters)

Photo of maxpower
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark brown with lots of particles floating around, small foamy tan head that leaves a some lacing in my glass, I can see through the glass when held up a light, never seen this in an Imperial Stout before. Roasty nutty-bready aromas. Nutty, chocolate, coffee flavors, finishes on the dry side ( wtf? ) Is this really an Imperial? Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel makes this very drinkable, this would be decent for a porter or dry stout, misleading. (470 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown / deep ruby in color, with a 1" tan head. Little lacing develops. Aroma is very lacking for a imperial stout, as barley a whiff of roasted malts are detectable. Overall flavor is very mild and somewhat weak - roasted malt, bitter chocolate, licorice, caramel, mild bitterness, and some alcohol. Not a bad flavor, but quite a letdown when an imperial stout was expected.

Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy. Medium / heavy in body. The aftertaste has licorice and chocolate lasting briefly on the tongue. Drinkability is a touch above average on the scale, but not a brew I will be looking to try anytime soon. (625 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cola color with a thick light brown head. Out of the cask, this beer was pretty good. Let's see how the bottle pairs up. It has some noble roasty characteristics with a fair amount of chocolate, coffee, and tree bark. Faintly hoppy, only in whiffs nearer the finish. Residual sweetness rather chocolatey, moreso carob. Hop bitterness at a good level to achieve a good effect in the drinking experience, dry but not aggressive. A good, hefty stout, but not flawless. (478 characters)

Photo of soulfly967
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured nearly black, with some hues of red getting through. Had nice tan head that took a bit to fall and left clumps of lace on the glass. Had a mild scent of coffee, roasted malts and some chocolate, it takes a few deep sniffs to get the effect. The taste is of a bit of dark chocolate, and some roasted coffee and some hops at the end, but the flavor is not as strong as I would like. The mouthfeel was lacking a bit, but it was still smooth and creamy. I would say that this is a pretty drinkable beer. (506 characters)

Photo of stingo
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice opaque black - but with little to no carbonation/lacing, save for a dusting close to the end of the pour. The nose has dark chocolate, mocha, and just a hint of an almost raisiny/port wine edge to it which is appealing. These flavors, except for that sweetness come out in the drinking, with an agreeable aftertaste. The mouthfeel runs a bit on the thin side, which I am guessing is rather the norm for a dry stout which is something I'm still getting used to. A well made session beer, and one I would consider putting on tap at home. (549 characters)

Photo of shapudding
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tab dated Feb. '05. Poured out a deep dark bottle brown with a thick khaki head that settled as a light creamy layer with puffy little islands. Scents of chocolate, coffee and warm alcohol. Surprising amount of carbination gets you with the first sip, it foams up in your mouth. But the body is alot less than I was expecting... not think, just mostly carbination on top of a thin to medium body..? Dark tastes of espresso, burnt toast, bit of merlot or house red wine that comes out at the end. The flavors linger on your tongue, mainly at the back sides. Not really what I would have picked out as being an impy if I was blindfolded. This is an easy drinker though, the flavors are not too intense, but still decent.
Thanks to Blitheringidiot for shoving this bottle into my fridge! (786 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, or an extremely dark brown, body, ruby highlights along the bottom, some brown highlights along the sides. Big creamy light tan head with rocky peaks arising above the rim. Settled into two plus fingers of good foam.

A non-assertive nose featuring coffee and chocolate. Need a deep sniff to appreciate.

Rolls across the tongue like a good iced coffee, mixed with some chocolate milk. Not overtly roasty. Light brushing of hops along the roof and high sides of the mouth provides plenty of balance and a nice lingering earthy finish. An almost imperceptable hint of alcohol in the finish. Bits of chocolate syrup in the finish too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but not overly rich or oily.

Very easy drinking. Good long pulls.

Shame about the "imperial stout" typo on the label. This is a fine Robust Porter, however. (842 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" of light tan head over the dark brown, yet still translucent, brew. Dense head lasts well, and lacing is excellent. Aroma is lightly of dark malts, and that about it. Lacking in this area. Taste is somewhat sweet dark malts, and not much else. Not bad for any old brew, but one labelled as an Imperial Stout needs more than this going on. Mouthfeel is good and creamy, ignoring the stylistic issues, and drinkability is okay for the same reasons. Try this one for the brew, but not if you're looking for an Impy Stout... (650 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'er at Ironwood Grill.

Appearence: Pours a murky brown with a thin, dark tan head. Not as black as I like my stouts to be, and definitly less lacing than I'd like to see from a Double Stout.

Smell: Alcohol abound! This brew smells ridiculously strong of alcohol, and somehow mostly floral hops. Hmm... not a good sign.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Not disagree with the major consensus on here, but this a very tasty beer. Full flavored and rich, but still balanced and mellow on the finish. There is a strong espresso flavor followed by some well placed hops. The mouthfeel is thin but still creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Clipper City is slowly creeping up my list of favorite local breweries. I think they've done a great job with this stout. A smooth yet complex, but still highly enjoyable, ale that I could drink all night. I plan on setting a few back in my new cellar, so expect some more reviews soon. (930 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Silly cartoonish pirate motif with a “Best bought before Feb 05” notch.

Dim mahogany brown black opaque pour with some violet lights creeping thru topped off by a thin settled tan cap, leaving no lace.

Sweet tea malts and breakfast cereal.

First Swigs: Clean toasted roast malt. Black coffee, some baker’s chocolate and walnut nuttiness to a lingering pumpernickel bread aftertaste notably on the back edges of the tongue adding astringent bitterness. Some detectable awk-kee-hawl flavors towards the end.

Proportionate adequate carbonation. Medium to full body. Mild overall flavors make for an easy drinker, but an average stout.

Last Swigs: Burnt malts and dark chocolate liqueur, but not as good as that sounds. Strikes out on the the Imp Stout style. More of a porter bridging the gap towards a stout. Rated as the style it claims to be. Might have score a slightly higher grade as an American porter. Afterall, this is swinging gloves with FFF DL, Great Divide Yeti and Rogue. C’mon! A good beer to give a friend who has made the steps out of the macro world. Lacks the mature roasted malts and body. A basic meager yet drinkable stout. Part of a ~$29 mixed case from the Beeryard, containing Red Saison (better on tap) and Winter Storm 2IPS (see review.) Even at 8% ABV, this barely weighs in.

Beer is good. Happy supposed Impy Stout beering. (1,405 characters)

Photo of winomark
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown; quite light for an Imperial Stout as it is advertised. Light, sticky light brown head. Lots of chocolate malt on the nose. Very mild coffee tones. No hops. More coffee on the palate, along with chocolate. High carbonation adds to a bitter and dry finish. Mouthfeel is very light for this style. Light, dry and bitter. An OK beer, but I would call this false advertising. This is a stout, but there is nothing imperial about it. No need to waste money on this one. (483 characters)

Photo of Biffster
1.92/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours brilliant mahogony, with ruby and amber highlights. There is a low persistent off white head with lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is almost overwhelmed with diacetyl. There is some roastiness and a hint of toffee. As the sample warms, a hint of burnt currant and some higer alcohols become noticeable.

The beer is sweet and toffee-like at the sip, with a fair amount of hop bitterness as it progresses. The swallow is sweet, with little hint of the burnt roasty character expected of an imperial stout. The finish has only a hint of alcohol warmth.

The body is medium/light, with medium/high carbonation and a bit of astringency.

Overall, this is a pretty good Imperial style Brown Ale, and maybe a passable Baltic porter. As an imperial stout, it is disappointing. It has little of the big body, roasty aroma, or burnt, fruity, roasty flavor one expects in an imperial stout. (909 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with lots of ruby on the edges to light. Nice light brown head, carbonation, and lace. Roasty coffee/espresso aroma. Burnt cocoa and roasty coffee flavors. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a dry roasty finish and a touch of alcohol...

Per C.C. website: Peg Leg Stout
Available - Late August
ABV: approx. 8.0%
IBU'S: 30
Malts: English Pale, Crystal, Chocolate and Black Barley
Hops: Styrian Goldings, Fuggles Magnum and Amarillo
Style: A dry Imperial stout with rich black color and aromas of roasted coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Rich, powerful, and lingering. Available from August to around November.

Purchase before: Feb 2005
Tasted: 11/15/04

($7.99 / 6-pack) (729 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark maroon or brown with black tones. Small whitsh colorded head forms on the pour but leaves no lace.
Aromas of carame, cocoa and chocolate with maybe just a hint of raisins.
Flavor of chocolate dominates the beginning, moving to a rich yet roasted middle and finishing with a highly resined nad piney bitter note. Too light for a big stout. This beer is a porter.
Mouthfeel is sweet malt but by roast in the middle and gritty, coffee grind-like finish. Too light on the tongue and palate to be a stout.
Drinkability is OK. Seems to well-made beer. Some good malt notes and decent amount of bittering just too light for style advertised. (649 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled a 12 ouncer with notched freshness dating on the label. Pours a very dark brown, with some light coming through. Head was darkest of tan, leaves some lacing. Nose of musty malt. This is a dark and muddy brew, some burnt flavors, mocha, coffee, chocolate notes. Does not, as expressed in other reviews, exhibit, the deep, rich, maltyness nor burnt malt flavors nor over abundance of complexity expected and hoped for in an Imperial stout. this is more like a rich porter or decent stout. nevertheless this is a worthy brew, just not to the style advertized. (564 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel brown tone seems thin and a bit porterish in the pour definitely not your typical imperial stout. It does form a nice sized moccha tan head leaving ample lacing around my pint glass. Aroma: Light chocolate, caramel, and chocolate notes along with an herbaceous hop profile, seems a bit repressed with minimal fruit tones shining through. Taste: This brew was more reminscient of a roasty brown ale or your run of the mill porter rather than an Impy Stout. No one taste jumps out at me reminiscient of somebody's first attempt homebrewing their own Imperial Stout where they underestimated the malt bill completely. Chocolate, coffee, tart raisin, touch of vanilla compromises many of the flavors I can pick out once again leaving me with an herbal tea note for a hop profile. Mouthfeel: Thin and light bodied for the style maybe good for beginners in craft brew but hard to consider this brew a true imperial style stout, I mean c'mon a light bodied imperial stout isn't that some sort of contradiction. Unoffensive on many levels nice even carbonation not much else to note. Drinkability: Easy to consume not very challenging to my senses, and not the big beer I was looking for. (1,213 characters)

Photo of nogoodreason
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark, dark, almost black, ruby red. Fine tan head. A rather attractive brew, if appearing a bit too thin-bodied for the style.

Nose is clean, caramel malts and a nice roasty character. Some grapefruit rind hop presence.

Thinnish body, but nicely balanced carbonation. Really roasty, with a semi-sweet chocolate in the body. There are several layers of maltiness: roast, chocolate, caramel and a cleaner lighter malt beneath it all. Some hop bitterness accentuates the roast. Finishes dry and with very evident chocolate.

Very well executed.

The low ratings of this beer seem slightly out of place. While it's not in style as an imperial stout, it is a damn nice dry stout. Body was a little lacking, but the flavor was there, save for the fruity vinuous aspects you'd expect from a impy stout. I like it. (823 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always nice to see a local big beer like an Imperial Stout come out. This poured out an oily black with about an inch of tan head. The head had decent retention and scattered lace was left as I drank this. Aroma was of chocolate, a bit of fruit and a touch of alcohol. Not to strong or complex, but not bad. Flavor is similar with a chocolate malt sweetness being dominate. A bit weak for an Imperial Stout, maybe a porter or regular stout but this is the smallest tasting Imperial Stout I have had. There were some roasty notes on the finish. Mouthfeel was silky with a medium body. Decent drinkability as a beer but not as a RIS. Its maybe a light Imperial Stout but not what it claims. A good beer though in its own right I would have it again knowing what to expect the next time. (784 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is more like a "single porter" than a "double stout". Dark red on the pour and certainly not opaque. The aromas are good and are that of a watered down imperial stout. I nose coffee, caramel, vanilla, a bit of oak, chocolate, and roasted malts. The taste is good but too light for the style. Where are the deep fig, kurrant, and burnt malt flavors? The mouthfeel is super thin for any sort of stout, but for what it is the drinkability remains good. A decent beer, but definately not to style. (498 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ordered this up at the bar only knowing it was a stout. Upon receiving the bottle, I was pumped that it was an Imperial Stout. Upon pouring and tasting, I was disappointed that it really wasn't an Imperial Stout.

Pours a mucky brown color with red highlights. Notes of coffee and sweet malts in the nose, with a dry astringency and thin carbonation in the mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate notes and some mild roastiness but the flavor is lacking, as is the body. As a beer, its average. As an Imperial Stout, it's really lacking. Better off portrayed as an English porter. (570 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep deep brown in color-not quite black. Good carbonation level decent if short lived head. Some malt aroma and some hints of roasting. initial toasted malt flavor-doesnt have the robust fullnes and strong hop bitterness of the other imperials I have tried . Decent enough mouthfeel-good body but again doesnt live up to the imperial class IMHO. Above notwithstanding I could enjoy several of these in one sitting.

Overall a decent beer. (441 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured black with a ruby highlight. The head was tan, huge and lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was chocolate and coffee with a definite caramel presence. The coffee was huge when first poured into the glass and noticeable from a distance. Some fruitiness was present.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee with a noticeable hop bittering component that lasts throughout the flavor. The fruitiness is present but not complex. The alcohol never raised it head to let you know it is present.

The finish was just dry and a complex mix of chocolate, coffee and bittering. The body was medium full and just a bit less than expected from an Imperial Stout.

12 ounce bottle, best before Feb 05. One of the Heavy Seas seasonals from Clipper City which have become favorites. A bit of a sleeper beer. Missing body for an Imperial Stout, it is nonetheless a very nice an drinkable beer. The alcohol is not present in aroma, flavor or finish so tread lightly. Would have probably been better presented as a Baltic Porter. (1,032 characters)

Photo of sideshowrob
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Max's. Beer was a deep brown/light black in color. poured with very little head. Smell was not overpowering, but provided some good malty notes. Initial taste revealed some buttery notes with just a hint of roasted malt in the back end. Alcohol taste was present, but not unbalanced with the beer. Pretty good mouthfeel, aided by the low carbonation. Very easy and undemanding to drink. (409 characters)

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