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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,145
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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Photo of GRPunk


3.13/5  rDev -14%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- The 1 finger brown head quickly fell to a light lace that left some good sticky rings on the side of the glass. Initially it looked like a near jet black body. Upon further inspection there were more brown tones. By the end of the glass, I noticed a good deal of yeast sediment floating about.

S- It's aroma was quite sweet with some raisin-like features and a bit boozy. The scent was a little muted for what I would expect of the style.

T- There was a sourness/bitterness, that I presume was from hopping, that was a little overpowering. It really made it difficult to pick up the roasty malts that were apparently present in the backgroud.

M- The sour/bitter notes make a puckering, dry finish. It was fairly full-bodied and a little heavy on the carbonation for my expectations.

D- The flavor is a little bit harsh. I don't think I'd drink more than 1 at a time, nor would I seek it out again.

Overall- I was drawn by the fun label art and noticed it was the most reasonably priced Russian Imperial Stout in my local shop. Glad I gave it a shot and I would like to try other offerings from the brewery. However, this was a bit of a letdown.

12-13-2008 02:34:15 | More by GRPunk
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Heavy Seas Peg Leg is a very dark reddish brown ale with a small, brown sugar colored head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is roasty-- primarily dark roast coffee, maybe dark chocolate, and molasses. There is a small green herbal element nestled deep in the aroma. It is medium bodied (much thinner than i anticipated) and has soft carbonation. It's almost flat. It is very smooth but leaves the tongue a touch chalky. It has a pretty mature, well-blended flavor. It tastes like the aroma with the slightest hint of butter. It's very easy drinking for an imperial stout. Maybe I'd call this a Foreign Stout.
(rated Jul 26, 2007)

12-11-2008 14:02:04 | More by yesyouam
Photo of BeerCon5


3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

Pours a deep black color with a kind of thin foamy light brown head.

The scent is of mostly roasty hopps.

There is a very potent alcohol taste, also some roasty hopps.

This has a very light feel for a RIS. Pretty smooth, thin feel.

This is mostly an easy drinker. Although, this was quite dissapointing for a RIS, it was tough to get through the alcohol taste.

12-10-2008 17:38:36 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of thain709


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

A - A very nice black body...a coffee colored head that lead to nice lacing

S - Little notes of roasted malts...a lot of notes of alcohol

T - I get nothing along the lines of chocolate or coffee or malts here...just plain alcohol...it's decent...but way to overpowering

M - Very thin

D - Not my favorite stout...I had high hopes for this one...but it came up short...oh well

12-09-2008 00:35:04 | More by thain709
Photo of lefchr051

New York

2.98/5  rDev -18.1%

Black with brown around the edges. Thin foam around the rim of my stone IRS snifter.

A slightly roasted smell, with some notes of chocolate coming through. Weak for the style.

Taste similar to smell, followed by a slight burn from the alcohol.

Feels thin in the mouth compared too most RIS' that I have had.

A ok beer, I wont be buying this one again would drink if it was given to me me or was someplace with a limited selection.

12-08-2008 19:57:36 | More by lefchr051
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

Out of a bottle this brew was a proper, opaque black color with a two finger tan head. Good retention that lefty scattered but unimpressive lacing. The aroma was surprisingly sweet, caramel and toffee-like malt coupled with wheat bread and some citrus hops. The flavors were... unimpressive? For this brewery and this line of beer in this style? I was shocked. Again with the sweetness, chocolate and caramel but where was the bitter balance? No kick of coffee, no smokiness! The mouthfeel was a little watery for the style too and the carbonation insufficient. Previously I have liked everything in the Heavy Seas series and I always love Russian Imperial Stouts but this one just was not up to par.

12-06-2008 19:30:51 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of JamesS


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a nice dark/black color with just a thin tan head, but there's a bit of lacing, too. Nice scent, but very undertones for an impy stout; it has more of a sweet/milk stout aroma with just an undertone of coffee. Nice taste, but again, it tastes more like a sweet/milk stout, there is very little burnt grain/coffee/chocolate flavor, although there is also no alcohol to burn the flavor, which is nice for an imperial. Goes down fine, not bad, not good, just a hint of roughness.

12-04-2008 21:03:10 | More by JamesS
Photo of rtepiak


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

this is interesting. cask pour. opaque, surprisingly foamy. lighter foam with bubble not that extremely tight. quite spotty with good retention. smell is cream... pineapple hint with apple malt tang. english sour. taste of very milky fruit... apple to chocolate covered banana finish smooth wood. quite nice. extremely smooth... would like to taste in a bottle to see if the flavor is as consistent. wonderful find at barcade... sorry i had the last two glasses of the cask.

11-25-2008 02:20:43 | More by rtepiak
Photo of msante79


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

12oz bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, chocoalate, caramel, and a little coffee. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finishes bitter with good chocolate flavors. Pretty enjoyable.

11-22-2008 03:41:29 | More by msante79
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottle. Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and truffles. Flavor of nice sweet malt, chocolate, roasted malt. A good strong stout. Not "imperial"-like, but does that make it bad? A hearty, roasted stout. Very drinkable.
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Overall: 14/20

11-18-2008 21:50:40 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of russpowell


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

This one is courtesy od Sebletije, cheers Seb!

Pours a ruby tinged mahogany with 1 finger of mocha head. Good head retention * above average lacing

S: Brown sugar, light figgy notes

T: Leafy hops, brown sugar, figs & a touch of coffee up front. A bit of booze burn as this warms, plus more figs, & leafy hops. Finishes with a bit of booze, leather, tartness, leafy hops, & prunes

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, skews too hoppy for me to like this as a RIS. Pretty warming at the last third of the bottle

Drinks okay, this didn't really excite me; just not enough depth of flavors here

11-15-2008 05:56:25 | More by russpowell
Photo of tburkhart


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to chefnash51 for this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a jet black with no head or lacing. No carbonation to be seen, hell, nothing seen through this one.

Smells slightly roasted. Maybe a bit of coffee and/or toffee.

Taste is pretty bland. Slight coffee/roasty/alcohol flavor

I've had this brew a few times and it's alright but their are definitely better RIS's out there. If you're looking for something to warm you a bit on a cold winter night, this beer will suffice.

11-13-2008 00:11:59 | More by tburkhart
Photo of roadhouse


2.65/5  rDev -27.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. single that I got for $1 into a pint glass.

Appears dark black with some red highlights and a one inch tan head that disappears to some bubbles and a ring. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is roasty, with some coffee and dark fruit that come across as slightly tart. Almost reminds me of an Irish Dry Stout.

The taste is the same. It has lots of tart fruity flavors with some coffee-like roastiness and alcohol warmth on the finish. Nothing special here.

Mouthfeel is medium but too much on the light side that it seems to be watery and the carbonation level seems to be too high.

Not one I would recommend. In short, it kind of sucks as an RIS. This tastes like Guinness Extra Stout with more alcohol burn.

11-10-2008 22:51:31 | More by roadhouse
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3.35/5  rDev -8%

I bought this 12oz in Detroit several months ago, now trying it in a Slows pint glass. The appearance is dark as it should be, with a very wet looking dark tan head. The smell is roasted malts and a little chocolate. So far so good, but on tasting the first thing I noticed was this thin body which doesn't match a RIS category. Added to that is the fact that the flavors, while nice, are not nearly as rich as you'd hope. Actually this comes across somewhere between a porter and baltic porter. Very good as long as you don't expect a RIS.

11-01-2008 01:05:19 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish-brown color and a thick consistency. There was a good half inch of tan colored, creamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Mainly smelled of malt, chocolate and coffee, with a tiny bit of hops.

T: Flavor was decent with accents of chocolate and malt, but a surprisingly (for a stout) small amount of coffee. A little on the acidic side.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Not as full-bodied as other stouts, but good nonetheless.

D: This is a solidly done beer, but not the best imperial stout I've ever had. Still, a drinkable brew.

10-30-2008 14:06:40 | More by avalon07
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Part of the Clipper City Heavy Seas mixed 12 pack for $17.99

A pretty good RIS right here, I thought it was quite tasty. The first one I had was a bit harsh at first, but the second beer I tried from the 12'er was much more mellow. Very tasty and smoother than usual for the style, and maybe a bit lighter in body. A very good beer overall though...I enjoyed it.

10-28-2008 21:05:24 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of mralphabet


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured 12 oz bottle into Pint Glass

A: Very Dark, hint of Red... 2 fingers head, disappeared quickly with a nice light brown lacing....

S: Sweet dark malt, roasted coffee and chocolate

T: Light coffee, chocolate tastes short-lived hop bitterness... very smooth, Sweet aftertaste

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin, not nearly as thick as most Stouts I've had.... A little more carbonation than I'm used too... but not over powering

D: Note your normal RIS.... not as heavy as most... More of a summer RIS, worth a try.... I'd buy again...

10-28-2008 03:24:05 | More by mralphabet
Photo of clayrock81


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a semi-thick, extremely dark brown body that is cola-lika and forms a minimal head with no real lacings. Good malty smell; I picked up coffee malts, roasted malts, some cocoa and hints of dark fruits. Very smooth medium body and a little creamy, the beers passes over easily and has a simplistic but fine taste that mixes in sweet and dry malts for a good beer. If I am looking for an imp. stout I might pass on this b/c it is a little simple (read: weaker than a really strong imp. stout), but it tasted fine and they hid the ABV well; a really good drink.

10-14-2008 17:27:12 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Mitchster


4.53/5  rDev +24.5%

$1.80 for a 12oz bottle at Jacks. Brewed with English Pale, Crystal, Chocolate malts, and Black Barley. Hopped with Fuggles and Styrian Goldings. 8.0% ABV. Best By notched label. Bottle Conditioned.

Pours out to a clear dark brown. Not as black as expected, nor as thick as expected. Forms a tall fine dark tan head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is composed of molasses, prune juice, milk chocolate, distant espresso, rotting red apples, and plums. The mouthfeel is soft and very silky. Medium bodied, but with a very full, smooth palette that makes it feel thicker than it really is. Almost as smooth as a nitro tap. The taste is a recap of the aroma with a nice bittersweet edge. Decidely American in flavor, not British as anticipated by the ingrediants. There is a faint sourness which makes me think that this beer would not store very well. Perhaps it's the green hoppy acidity. Well balanced.

As an imperial stout, this isn't very representative of the style. It's rather mild for that, but overall, it's an excellent, very enjoyable beer. It's not rich beyond compare, but it is well-balanced, smooth, easy to drink and full flavored. I would certainly buy this one again.

10-13-2008 23:05:37 | More by Mitchster
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3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

12 oz. bottle.

Medium-dark brown body. Half finger of dense light cocoa brown head. Good lacing. Strong chocolate aromas. Dark chocolate. Earthy and peaty with some coffee notes. Hint of vanilla and dark fruits. Taste starts with flinty, earthy dark chocolate notes. Some lacto-milk-stout sweetness mixes with faint Tootsie Roll. Hint of vanilla bean comes on with a little roasted peat and coffee. Some dark fruity sweetness in the finish and lingering dark chocolate bitterness. Medium body drinks a little light for the style. Not bad!

10-12-2008 00:55:48 | More by alexgash
Photo of erosier


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

L: Pours a dark black color with a short and thin brown colored head that leaves nice lacing on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted, more bitter toasted malts, and then a hint of coffee and chocolate at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet malt, some chocolate, some coffee, and a hint of caramel almost and then a big more bitter roasted malt flavor.
M: Very smooth, heavy, and definately warming with the right amount of carbonation. A bit of alcohol in the aftertaste though.
D: Very drinkable beer, didn't realize it was this heavy of a beer when I was drinking it.

10-10-2008 11:03:12 | More by erosier
Photo of treyrab


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

Grabbed this tonight as I have always wanted to try it but never got around to it. Poured it into a pint glass tonight...

A: Pours a very dark brown, like a really dark porter. When held up to a light, it has some brown and red hues coming through. The head is light tan...I usually like to see a darker head color for my imperial stouts, but we shall see...

S: A strong smell, but not that you would expect from an imperial stout. It does not have the strong roasted smells. It smells of some alcohol, paler malts and some coffee.

T: The taste is not too bad. It has a light coffee flavor with a mild hop bitterness. The roast is not there too much in this, which I like in my big stouts. The alcohol is hidden well however.

Overall, this is a decent RIS. I have had way better. Many better in fact. But for any ordinary RIS, this is not bad.

10-10-2008 00:57:36 | More by treyrab
Photo of Jayli


3.05/5  rDev -16.2%

I had tried Heavy Seas Loose Cannon and enjoyed it, so when I came across the Imperial Stout, I was quote excited!
The beer poured like an Imperial Stout, dark black and opaque with little to no head on it. There wasn't much head retention, and left mediocre lacing.
It had a typical aroma, coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, maybe a little caramel. The first thing I noticed about it was its mouthfeel and consistency. For a stout, it didn't have the heaviness I expected. It was bitter and left a very strong aftertaste of bitter chocolate.
It was relatively drinkable, but disappointing as an Imperial Stout.

10-09-2008 15:49:46 | More by Jayli
Photo of joshuaryan


3.53/5  rDev -3%

At first pour, I was wondering if I was going to see any head on this beer at all until I was treated to a tan head that didn't last long.

I had just tried this beer after a milk stout and at first taste this actually came across sour. I cleansed my pallette and tried again this time noticing the notes of coffee and the dark adjunct malts.

The flavor of this beer is good but is certainly not the best imperial stout I've had.

10-04-2008 22:12:08 | More by joshuaryan
Photo of glid02


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Got this from a friend.

Pours an opaque black with a half-finger dark tan head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles and a thin ring around the glass. There's hardly anything going on in the lacing department.

Smells alright. There's a light roasted malt aroma without much else. If I try really hard I can discern a coffee smell.

Tastes more complex than it smells. Huge amounts of roasted malts and coffee are present up front that give way to subtle chocolate flavors and ending with a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a good thickness but it could be thicker, although the carbonation is good. It's smooth, but could be a bit smoother.

Drinkability is alright. The aftertaste is a bit too roasty to leave me really wanting to take another sip, but although I don't "really" want to, I still want to.

Overall this is a good RIS, but the roasted malts overtake everything else. If it were a little more balanced it could be better. However, it's still worth a shot.

09-30-2008 01:44:17 | More by glid02
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