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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 19
Gots: 44 | 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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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

'08 from bottle into snifter in 2010.

A- Poured and uber dark brown, almost black color. 2 finger light brown head that left spotty lace.
S- Aromas of molasses and tobacco, prune and other dark fruits.
T- Chocolate covered raisins are what i get at first, faint coffee and unsweetened chocolate on end.
M- Mellow carbonation, med-full body with a dry finish.
O- Totally delicious, aged nicely.

09-27-2010 19:38:14 | More by BeerMasterD
Photo of sweemzander


3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a dark black color that produced a good tan colored head.

(S)- A nice mellow roasted profile with raisin and molasses.

(T)- Same as the smell. A big raisin and molasses profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth, with a fitting profile of roasted flavors.

(D)- A fine stout with a smooth feel. If it was offered to me, I would not turn it down.

09-27-2010 14:12:37 | More by sweemzander
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Clipper City Peg Leg Imperial Stout on cask at the one and only Brews Cafe in Granville, Ohio.

Appearance: Black! No question about it. Huge frothy head, but no lacing at all (perhaps an improper pour?)

Smell: Incredibly light. Some spice, smoke, liquorice.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon... like a Jack Daniels-infused stout. Some back bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, somewhat disappointing. Looks thick, but it tastes smooth. Almost no carbonation. Too thin/watery.

Drinkability: High! Disappoints for an Imperial Stout... but it is perfectly chuggable.

09-25-2010 05:00:46 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of bamadog


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

Review is from notes taken on 9/24/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is deep dark brown/near black like fresh brewed coffee and starts with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades immediately to nothing other than a thin ring and one thin strand-like wisp in the center; body looks pretty thin on the pour for what's supposed to be a Russian Imperial Stout, but I guess we'll see; body is entirely opaque; a few spots of the tan lacing are left behind; if it looked a little thicker on the pour, it would have scored a 4.

Smell: Some dark roastiness that's got a bit of burnt/charred woody aspects to it; faint bittersweet chocolate; not huge and robust, but not too bad either - about what I would expect from a good porter, but not quite what I think of when I think of an RIS.

Taste: Not too shabby here - it's got some nice burnt and roasty maltiness; like in the nose, there is some faint bittersweet chocolate; very light cola-like sweetness and a bit if a dark cherry aspect.

Mouthfeel: Thin and weak in terms of body -- why, oh why, can't RISs come across thick like they're supposed to? Strong carbonation in the thinner body actually comes across as a bit sharp; a fairly sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth and the gums are left tingly from the carbonation and the belly is left just a little warm from the 8% ABV.

Drinkability: Meh. Not something I'll be seeking out again. I have actually enjoyed the other Heavy Seas offerings I've had thus far though, so I will continue to try other beers that they put out, just won't be going back to this one.

09-25-2010 02:15:31 | More by bamadog
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

The bottle has a "drink before" notice on it, but it is blank on the date that should drink before.
Pours a dark brown Coke color with a little bit of head.
I smell of chocolate defiantly comes through and you get some of it in the taste too.
You can taste the alcohol a bit, but for an imperial my first thought was that this tasted a little watered down compared to others I've had. It is easy to drink and I can't really say anything bad about it, but I can't say anything good either. It's a normal stout.

09-25-2010 01:18:08 | More by EricHeff
Photo of tlazaroff


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Drank from a Chimay Chalice.

A: Almost no head, I blame the glassware. Pours a very VERY dark brown, but not quite black. If you hold it up to the light you can see the brown around the edges.

S: Heavy on the dark roasted malts, and moderate on the coffee scents.

T: This stout tastes, like it's smell, heavy on the roasted malts and coffee is more pronounced on the palate than olfactory instruments. There is a short lasting, but sharp bitterness on the finish.

M: This beer is thick, not so much that you can chew it, but enough to make you happy. High carbonation helps scrape the palate clean after each sip.

D: You can taste the 8% ABV, but that wouldn't stop me from drinking a few of these. This beer is really good, and has a moderate drinkability.

09-18-2010 23:16:40 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of ahking


3.75/5  rDev +3%

Like you, I have sampled hundreds of craft beers. There is just something about Heavy Seas brews that I just really like. Maybe it's the yeast, I don't know, but the Peg Leg Imperial Stout is a darn good stout with enough of a alcohol bite to be a double.

Pours like a good stout, nice and dark, opaque, tan head that laces down the glass nicely.

Toasty, sweet fruit, and smokey aromas permeate.

Taste is raisin/black cherry sweetness upfront dries up slightly in the middle but finishes sweeter with a good amount of roasted malt goodness.

09-17-2010 00:59:28 | More by ahking
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3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

Pitch black liquid flows out of the bottle producing a big, fluffy head that drops to 1/2" within 60 seconds.
Smell is toasted malt, hops, coffee and smoke.
Taste is malt, a slight vinegar note, alcohol, coffee, vanilla and molasses.
Watery, lightly effervescent, smooth. A light-to-medium body. Warming throat to stomach. Decent stuff but not great deal of complexity and little body.

09-16-2010 02:45:21 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of silentjay


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

pours the standard stout brownish black with a small half-fingered head that quickly recedes and leaves little lace.

aroma has a tiny bit of roast, chocolate, and coffee, but is mostly of molasses, and is rather faint.

taste is exceedingly more roasty, with unsweetened baker's chocolate, a good amount of nuttiness, some burnt black coffee, molasses, some piney hops, a bit of pepper and spice. decent.

mouthfeel is rather light and prickly with a drying charred finish.

its goes down ok. kind of "meh" for a style that likes to bring in lots of robust flavors and textures. with the nuttiness and the rather light body, this would be a decent nut brown ale. falls a bit short overall, though.

08-31-2010 06:02:37 | More by silentjay
Photo of CalhounJohn


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

A nice stout that pours with a good flow. The deep smell is one of its best attributes. It had a nice lingering flavor that was very unique and worthy of exploring the other beers from this brewery. Overall, it was a good beer that fit our meal really well.

08-26-2010 22:13:20 | More by CalhounJohn
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Had this at the Churchkey in DC, on a special Heavy Seas cask night.

A: beautiful, thick, rich head; dark copper color; lacing on the empty glass was a sight to behold
S: wafts of roast banana, sweet and abundant
T: very peculiar stout--it's not just the smoke, but the multiple layers of flavor that terminate in a grassy/hopped flavor.
M: rich and thick

This was one of the more interesting Heavy Seas beers I've tried, mainly for its complexity.

08-26-2010 13:33:03 | More by Arithmeticus
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3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

12 ounce bottle pours into the snifter black as night with a small brown head that lasts about a minute. The nose is a let down. Rather than intense, big aromas of roastiness and chocolate, I mostly get alcohol and a whiff of something burned. The taste, however, is not bad, lots of roastiness and milk chocolate, dark chocolate and alcohol; it's a bit too sweet and milk stouty to be a good imperial. My overall impression is that this beer suffers from an overabundance of sugar and alcohol.

08-20-2010 06:47:11 | More by droomyster
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4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle marked best by Nov. 2010 into a standard pint.

A- Black with a massive tan head that recedes into a solid finger with considerable lacing

S- Roasted malts with dark chocolate and coffee notes.

T- Starts with a malty sweetness followed by a rich, smoky bitterness with chocolate, coffee, and maybe a bit of vanilla in the background. Finishes sweet as well.

M- A little thin, but creamy. Holds up nicely.

D- Drinks like a regular stout, no sign of 8% ABV here.

A truly underrated brew in my opinion. An excellent, highly drinkable RIS, and another solid brew from Clipper City/Heavy Seas.

08-15-2010 01:13:32 | More by geryeb624
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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

A - Pours with a thin tan head, maybe 1/3 inch.. Decent retention and lacing. This one is black but not as dark as most RIS's. Looks more like a porter to me.

S - I'm getting a lot of sweet mocha aromas. Some roasted malts, a little alcohol, but it is sweet smelling overall.

T - Rich dark roasted chocolate malts mix with alcohol to produce a faint smoked flavor. A somewhat bitter alcohol finish, but not overpowering. This one tastes a good bit different than most RIS's i've tried, but definitely good.

M - Medium bodied but definitely very thin for an imperial stout. Carbonation seems just about right. This one is pretty smooth.

D - Actually, this one is excellent for an imperial stout. The alcohol can creep on you, but I would easily drink 3 or 4 of these in a night... And I couldn't do that with most imperial stouts. That being said, I really don't think Peg Leg is a true imperial stout. However, this is a good beer overall and definitely recommended if you like dark beers. Also, it is decently priced.

08-14-2010 07:25:33 | More by Bonis
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4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

12oz bottle from a variety pack, brown bottle with a label split between white text on brown background above a drawing of a pirate, shark, and other pirate and shark related stuff. "For brewery fresh taste, purchase before Dec '10" (notched).

Pours completely black with a moderate mocha head. Aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Incredibly smooth, rich roasted malt body, backed up by a bit of coffee and chocolate (both more smooth than bitter), with a somewhat bitter finish. Bottle fermentation provides a bit of extra tang from the yeast and carbonation. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but adds a bit of bitterness and bite at the end from all three primary components of the taste and the carbonation. Extremely drinkable, but almost not powerful enough for the heavy flavor.

08-06-2010 01:09:33 | More by Zodijackyl
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -14%

I had off the cask at Blind Tiger in New York.
A- Very, very black. Solid tan head that leaves a good deal of lace.
S- Very nice cinnamon scent.
T- So intense. Sour, chocolate, but high in alcohol. Way too much alcohol. Tastes like a Scotch barrel aged beer. Sort of like an Innis and Ginn. Very acidic.

07-28-2010 16:49:30 | More by Amalak
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured black into a sampling glass, with a very thin tan head, little retention, and decent lacing. Big coffee, mocha, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate hints in the nose. The taste immediately made me think of a mocha-cino; nicely-blended cocoa/chocolate and coffee, to a semi-sweet coffee finish. Full-bodied, modestly carbonated, and very smooth. Very tasty sipping brew.

07-23-2010 17:45:03 | More by donniecuffs
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

On cask at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham during a Heavy Seas tasting event served in a Heavy Seas curved pint glass a nice opaque black with a very frothy light tan head that lasts and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of roasted malts and mild coffee. The taste is a nice amount of smooth roasted malts with nice cocoa and coffee accents. The beer is very smooth and easy drinking from the cask conditioning. This is a beer very well suited for its cask, even enjoyable, almost quaffable, on a hot Summer afternoon.

06-25-2010 22:21:51 | More by atsprings
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours dark brown with a light skim of a head. No remaining head, or lacing.

Tons of coffee and molasses, dark charred aromas. Good.

A bit unbalanced. Sweet notes take this too far, with coffee and almost a milk stout quality. Some cocoa and vanilla. Good bitterness popping up, and alcohol is hidden well. All the parts, it does just can't mesh. Very very close to being terrific, but just off.

Fuller bodied, light carbonation.

Overall, because a bit cloying at the end. Went down ok, but not great. Nothing off or ugly, just missing out.

06-19-2010 13:48:25 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

A - A very dark brown color bordering on black, although you can see the light come through on the brown edges. A little bit of lacing off of the very light tan head.

S - Brown sugar, roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of dark fruit sweetness. Pretty standard stuff, but that's not a bad thing.

T - This is a solid RIS, but nothing special. Very roasted, coffee and bitter cocoa dominate, nice malt backbone. Bitter on the end.

M - Little less full than I would like, moderate carbonation.

D - Pretty solid RIS, I'd drink it again without complaining but nothing that I would seek out. For the alcohol and style it's about average drinkability.

06-17-2010 21:05:09 | More by AgentZero
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep brown, near black, with a one finger tan head. Moderate spider web lacing and a good amount of yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass.

Dark roasted malt, sugary sweetness, dark chocolate and mildly roasted coffee. Nothing over the top, but delivers the essentials.

A heavy roast with bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee beans. There is a lactose sweetness that comes through in the middle, before a bitter kick in the finish. The flavors are all there in moderation, but it lacks fullness.

A little thin for the style, a light medium body with adequate carbonation.

Considering the style, this is pretty drinkable, but it lacks a ton of flavor that would make me want to keep coming back for more.

06-01-2010 19:12:40 | More by ColForbinBC
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3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Notes are from 5/25.

The deep dark brown of this beer is very characteristic until held up to the light, revealing just a slight translucence somewhat atypical of an RIS. A brown foam forms at about a finger and sticks around, leaving light lacing behind.
There's definitely a roasted coffee aroma in here, just bitter enough without the acidity. Dark fruits are just noticeable. Chocolate is also as evident as it should be, and roasted barley malts are definitely the backbone. Standard RIS stuff with an earthy touch.
The taste is the same with a touch of hops for balance. What this really lacks that makes the style great is the huge robustness of the flavor and the massive complexity.
The mouthfeel is medium to full, which is also a bit off, given that the mouthfeel is also one of those things whose massiveness is characteristic of the style. This one's quite bold and robust, but not exceedingly. There is an exceptional silky smooth creaminess to this one, though.
I'd have this again, but with so much RIS love giving way to more options, I can manage to acquire something more satisfying.
Just as a by the by, this would be an A- in my book if it was released as a stout.

05-28-2010 13:10:22 | More by Brenden
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

A - Walnut black that is a bit translucent with big tan head that laces poorly and recedes fairly quickly.

S - A lot of malt. Subtle hints of coffee, toffee, and alcohol.

T - Pretty good. All the malt is there and the alcohol is less tasteable than you'd think from the aroma. The coffee and toffee flavors are there, albeit mellowly and not as fresh and vibrant as they could be, and a little roasted and buttery. Kind of dull tasting overall, though.

M - Fairly light for an imperial stout. Overcarbonated. A balanced sipper, though.

D - A bit dull for an imperial stout, but the lightness of it and relatively lower ABV compared to other imperials make it more drinkable. I actually bought it to session with and drank 5 in a night and had a good night. Dunno if I'd get it again, since the decision to session with an imperial was weird in the first place, and if I'm not sessioning, well, there are just better imperials out there.

05-28-2010 04:42:15 | More by jmerloni
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4.18/5  rDev +14.8%

The Clip, man! Many good beers I have had from this brewery, and this is another one.

The appearance is a dark brown/mahogany to the point of black, but actually a little transparent around the edges, little tan head falls down quickly.

Aromas are mild, but you can sense a little smoke, burnt malt. Barely detectable.

Love the flavor. A blast of smoke and toasted walnut, charcoal malt and just deep...mucha coffee bitterness, super chocolate flavor underneath, just deep and awesome.

The feel is thin. Almost watery for an imperial stout. I see how people would hate it. I love it. I know it doesn't meet the typical qualifications of a stout, but catching me off guard with a crisply designed imperial stout is crazy.

Underrated. Majorly. They can slam a lot of flavor into a thin stout, the flavor doesn't match the feel, and it's the most refreshing and light stout I have ever had.

05-27-2010 01:44:03 | More by cnally
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4.38/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown, forming a 1/2 inch creamy tan head with very light lace.

S - Strong roasted malts dominate the nose with the alcohol coming through slightly throughout.

T - Roasted malts and coffee coat the palate. The taste finishes with a coffee/cocoa bitterness to the end. No hops noticeable throughout the taste. Not as complex as some RIS, but still very full on flavor.

M - Heavy bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.

D - For not being as complex, this RIS still has a great flavor with an equally great body to go with it. The abv is high as usual, but not high enough to keep from enjoying one or two throughout the night. Overall, not an amzing RIS but still great enough to keep me going back.

05-27-2010 00:06:09 | More by beeragent
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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