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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,209
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 66 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2004)
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Photo of beerman207
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had Clipper City brews for the first time while visiting Baltimore so I looked for the brews in my favorite party store. What do you know? They carry the line!

A - Dark as an RIS should be. A nice tan head gives way to some decent lacing in the glass. Better than expected.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruits like figs coming through

T - The taste is all chocolate and coffee.

M - Very nice body. Just the right amount of carbonation and chunkiness to it.

D - I am not sure how many of these I could have in a session. It's a pretty heavy brew.

Nice offering from Clipper City.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black pour with a thin coco colored head . Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee, and a hint of charcoal. Flavor is sweet and roasty, some chocolate,caramel coffee , darkfuits and maybe a hint of smoke ,. Body is a bit thin for and IMP Stout ,smooth mouthfeel , soft carbonation . A pretty good dinker and quite tasty overall.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Rock Creek Pale Ale glass. Bottle says to enjoy by April 09 - I'm 2 months past that... but this is an Imperial Stout, right?

A - Pours near black with a wispy ring of lace that doesn't stick around

S - roast chocolate malts, no discernable hop aroma

T - not hoppy, not particularly malty, get a lot of tannic bitterness from the roasted malts but not much else

M - very thin for a RIS

D - It hides the 8% ABV reasonably well, but there is just nothing compelling about this beer that keeps me coming back for more.

Pass on this one, there are much better RIS out there. Stick to the Clipper City Loose Cannon.

Photo of thekanna
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring, MD.

A: Black with some light that shines through when held up to light. Barely noticeable head.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, malts, toffee, dark chocolate. Nice and sweet but not cloying, with a great roasted malt backing.

T: Heavy Seas has really made an imperial stout to compare with the best. Roasted coffee, malts, and dark chocolate biscuit shine through. Dark fruits are readily present: blackcurrants, blueberries, and blackberries come to mind. This is one delicious brew.

M: Decent body; not too heavy, but has gravity. Creaminess is also prominent, imbuing a chewy feel.

D: Great drinkability. It's nice to see a local brewery near where I live producing something this world-class.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Not quite pitch black. Caramel fizzy head that fades into nothing pretty quickly. Some lacing though.

S - Dark fruits like blueberry and chocolate. Deep maltiness amongst fairly strong alcohol aroma.

T/M - Fizzy, alcohol comes through immediately. Aftertaste has an biting bitterness that tastes like 100% dark chocolate. Feels thin overall. Dark malts and some earthy hops make their way through, but not much.

D - Not terribly tasty, and high alcohol, but it's easy enough to drink one of. Wouldn't have another.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours an almost opaque black beer, it does show some attractive burgundy hues around the edge. The light mocha head does a good job of leaving nice lacy foam patterns on the glass.

Aroma - darkly roasted grain,a touch smoky with faint notes of coffee.

Taste - the roasted malts come into play immediately with a fair amount of espresso character in support. The swallow brings on even more roastiness with notes of dark chocolate. A long finish to this, the flavor just hangs around, leaving a lengthy chocolatey ending. The flavor strengths are more along the line of a stout than an imperial, but they still are tasty.

Mouthfeel - a smooth feel with subdued carbonation; a sturdy body.

Drinkability - a great fireside beer. Enjoy sipping this with some chocolate, some sliced strawberries, or just by itself.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at cellar temp pored into an oversized wine glass. pours very close to opaque black, slight brownish/reddish hue when held up to the light. about one finger head off of a vigourous pour that faded very quickly to a thin ring around the glass. light tan colored head. minimal lacing, poor head retention.

the aroma is full of burnt roasted malts, roasted coffee, a slight bit of dark chocolate and a touch of alcohol. not much going on other than the burnt roasty toastyness going on.

unfortunately the taste is not much better. you get some roasted burnt malts that almost taste like burnt plastic. some coffee and a touch of chocolate. a slight hop bitterness. finishs a touch dry with a little lingering roasted bitterness. kind of dissappointing for a ris. pretty good for a regular american stout.

disappointing mouthfeel for the style. medium body, a little too much carbonation. definately not very meaty or chewy like the style suggests. no real offensive flavors going on, just lacks the the big flavors and big mouthfeel of a RIS. i was looking forward to trying this one as ive enjoyed most of the heavy seas beers in the past, and this is one of my favorite styles but this disappoints. this and the holy sheet belgian ale both kinda suck. but the winter storm and their ipa are some of my favorite beers.

Photo of animal69
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a near impenetrable reddish-black w/ a fizzy light brown head which dissaptes quickly leaving a modest lacing in my goblet
S- smell is of burnt toast, wood & hot, vinous alcohol, not the piney roasted coffee RIS type smell i'm used to, yet there is some underlying hop notes (chinooks?)
T- a mild initial hop bitterness, more toasty, smoky and vinous in the taste, a weird sorta burnt plastic & almost soy-sauce-like undertone midway, kinda thin flavor overall, a bit "meaty" and mineral in the finish
M- a med. body on this one, moderate co2, again a bit too thin for this style
D- overall drinkability is fair, not a sipper like most RIS's, in fact, you'd prob. want to quaff this one quick as it is not a good RIS at all

Photo of matt062286
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours straight black. Never have I seen a beer this dark; held up to a light it still is opaque. Huge chocolate mousse colored head. Some good head retention and moderate lacing.

Smell - Chocolate and dark roasted malts immediately come to mind. Faint hops and dark fruits as well.

Taste - I taste black coffee, bitter chocolate, and booze. The malt profile also sticks out.

Mouthfeel - Disappointingly light despite how dark the beer is. Very low carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good for an imperial stout, probably due to the fact that it has a light body.

Photo of sethmeister
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in hue this beer shows ruby when held to the light. A thin tan head quickly drops to a ring.

Scent is milk chocolate, molasses, strong cold coffee.

Taste is sweet milk chocolate and molasses. Vanilla. Coffee. Caramel. Not a lot of complexity.

Mouth is unfortunately rather watery.

Drinkability is good in that this beer hides its abv well and is easy to consume.

A pleasant beer to be sure, but there are far better RIS's to be had.

Photo of carp420
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz->imperial pint glass

dark black brew with two finger tan head that didn't last but laced nicely and capped it somewhat all the way down

a slight coffee aroma, sugary roasted malts , maybe some brown sugar. milk chocolate, smells pretty sweet for an IRS.

a sweet IRS for sure, lots of malt with some hop backbone but mainly dominated with chocolate, sweet malts, and not so strong coffee

nice creamy feel, not too thick, or thin, pretty good

drinkability is low, esp at 8%, maybe a few nightcappers on a colder night but when it's hot it's gonna be one and done

i probably wouldn't buy this on a regular basis, but it comes with the heavy seas set that has some really good beers in it so, i guess as long as i can get the sampler, i guess i get the peg leg.

Photo of BZero007
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recieved in a trade from bmanning Thanks!

Poured from the bottle in to my Portsmouth Tulip glass. Pours a very nice black color with avg head. Poured straight in to glass and formed a perfect head. The aroma was of roasted coffee, Dark Fruits, and chocolate. The taste was interesting as the stout was actually pretty light and not a heavy drink, which was weird for me. With the body style it felt more like a dark belgium style but with a strong coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit flavor. The carbonation to me was a bit muchfor this particular drink. As this drink was light for it's type but carried way more than needed carbonation. Drinkability would be lowerd some for the carbonation level. Still a good beer and would not turn it down in the future.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a deep dark brown color topper off by about a finger of lingering ecru foam. Smells and tastes of roasted grains, sweet malts, a touch of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder and a little bit of alcohol coming through as the beer warms. Medium in both body and carbonation. Worth a try if you see it around.

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other night. Listed as the peg leg with oak chips added.

The beer pours a dark blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The blend of aromas is interesting in this beer, consisting of some dark fruits, coffee and chocolate, but really dominiated by a strong licorice component. I do like licorice, but this might be too much of a good thing in this beer. On the palate the flavor profile is (thankfully) dominated by chocolate and coffee, with just a hint of vanilla and licorice. The mouthfeel on this beer is its best feature (IMHO), as the beer is soft, long and very creamy. Alcohol is noticeable in this beer, but it's not at all obtrusive. It's noticeable, but it really doesn't interfere with the flavor profile.

Have had this beer many times on gas and was not all that impressed. On cask the beer is much, much better. Not bad at all.

Photo of endincolorado
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Black, with decent, tan-colored head. Okay retention. Pretty nice lace.

Smell- Dominated by malty aromas. Dry, yet sweet. Chocolate and some coffee. Toasty. Faint hops.

Taste- Well balanced. Tasty cocoa and toasty malt dominate. Sweet. Alcohol-induced warmth. Little hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Great carbonation helps build a fuller feel and a slight tingle.

Drinkability- Pretty good for an Imperial Stout. After savoring three, however, I'm ready to switch to water.

Photo of drtth
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours out dark brown with a few reddish highlights. The tan head fades quickly to a small ring around the glass, leaving a few small trails of lacing and a patch of foam in the center of the liquid.

Smell: The aroma has some coffee notes and dark caramel notes but is otherwise not very complex. But there is no showing of the alcohol so it is well concealed.

Taste: The flavor shows a touch of chocolate and coffee from the dark roasted malts, along with a touch of dark caramel. I don't really find much in the way of hops or alcohol in here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the thin side and there is little carbonation. The medium length finish trails off with the bitterness of roasted malt.

Drinkability: This is OK for drinkability but thin and it doesn't have the intensity of many imperial stouts. There are others I'd like to revisit much more, so I'll probably not go out of my way for this one in the future.

Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle brought back from Raleigh, in a build-your-own 6 pack. Label as pictured above, date notched in bottom of label.
Pours a very, dark brown, basically black. Rich, creamy tan colored head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, with some chocolate and coffee coming through.
Taste has the same characteristics, full of flavor. Slightly sweet, cocoa and coffee also upfront. The dark malts give a nice roasted finish. Slightest alcohol warmth at the end.
Medium to full body, low carbonation level. Very smooth and creamy, actually quite easy to drink for an RIS.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, cola-like with a tan head that shrunk quite readily leaving bit of lace and a ring. Some minute suspended yeast but not much considering that I emptied the whole bottle-conditioned bottle. Burnt toast, roast malt smell on opening that mysteriously disappeared within a few minutes leaving very little aroma at all.

First impression was wonderful with smooth texture, good body and density, just a bit syrupy. Nice evenly balanced taste of sweet coffee, touch of bitter, sweet follow through ... almost like a dessert beer. Alcohol hardly noticeable, kudos for that. Low astringency. While this was certainly tasty, it didn't seem to have the stature I expected from an Imperial Stout, more like a porter really. In that respect, its' strength was its' weakness; tasty but not necessarily the stuff found in the King's Courtyard; with warming, it got a bit too sweet and syrupy. Heck, I enjoyed this and I'll pick up a bottle again in the future, but I can't say it's all that true to the style.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very, very dark brown. I'd have no problem calling this black. Three fingers of rich, creamy mocha head. Decent retention. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is of caramel, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee. An unpleasant boozy scent drops this from a 4 to a 3.5.

Taste basically follows the nose, although luckily the alcohol does not shine through. Starts out pretty sweet, then the chocolate and coffee jump out. The roasted malts lay underneath the other flavors, and there's a bit of a roasty finish. The flavor doesn't really scream RIS to me, however, it does make for a very tasty stout.

Medium-full body. Very smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated, which is appropriate. Pretty easy drinker for a big stout. Not bad. I'll keep an eye out for this on draft.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark, amber brown color, nearly black, with cola-like highlights. There was a disappointing amount of foam and lacing, but there was a little bit of a ring along the edge for most of the brew.

S: Smells of cocoa, coffee, chicory and rubbing alcohol.

T: Interestingly enough, this has a lot of zesty hop flavor to it for an imperial stout. There is a good deal of bittersweet chocolate malts and roasted coal flavors. Finish is a bit sticky sweet and burning with hops and alcohol.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and like an oil slick.

D: Good for an after dinner stout or to down at the witching hour, but not the most well-crafted imperial stout I've had. Roasted flavors were a little weak and it seemed the focus was on the hopping and alcohol content.

Photo of Beejay
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark. black. Dark as the soul of ((insert name here)) with a nice caramel colored head. Soft, and luscious, but dissipates rather quickly.

S: Malty. Smells like those chocolate sticks that have that funky fruit gel stuff inside.. Why? No idea.. Slight coffee as well..

T: Lots of flavor up front, then.. where does it go? Malty, with a slight fruit taste... raisons or something... little bit of yeast..

M: ehhh?

D: Not so much for me.. good, but if I was at a bar I would change it up, rather than get a second one.. I have seen this on the shelves a lot, but decided to try it this time.. I guess it was worth it, but I am not picking up a sixer.

Photo of smibroncos
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Poured a red coffee color with an ample brown creamy head and good lacing.

S.Coffee, roasted malt,

T. Bitter-sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, alcohol

M. Full bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy

D. A good imperial stout lots of coffe and dark chocolate flavor

Photo of mpyle
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App - Very nearly opaque, but shoes some red hue under fairly bright lights. Pours a decent tan head, creamy and with good retention.

Smell - Dark fruit (raisin) and some chocolate. Roasty with a bit of alcohol. Rich, clean aroma.

Taste - Chocolate and coffee tinged roasty malts dominate the early flavor. Finishes roasty bitter with a slight lingering chocolate sweetness. Some alcohol flavor, but it is complimentary and secondary, and well within the style.

MF - Med-full body, medium carbonation, no astringency, but a very nice gentle level of alcohol warming.

D'ability - Being on the low end of ABV for an Imp Stout, and tasting like a big stout rather than a cartoonish huge beer makes it eminently drinkable. Finds the sweet spot between big and flavorful and overpowering.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12 ounce bottle with a freshness date marked stating - drink before May of 2009. Got this in a variety 12 pack, so let's see how it drinks... Consumed 4/1/2009.

Pours into my over-sized cab glass a dark, clear brown, but as it sits in the glass, I can't see through it. 1/2 inch, average, medium tan head with average retention.

Smells of light cardboard, sweet, malty coffee flavors. The nose is rather light overall, on this one - especially for it being a RIS...

Like the nose, a big wave of sweet malts starts in and follows with a medium rush of coffee flavors. The coffee flavor is average... In other words, it's not screaming fresh, burnt or coffee grinds. There are hints of chocolate in the mix, but it is in no way a dominant flavor.

Nice and easy drinker, but a weaker example for its' style. Can't beat the price - worth a try...

Photo of drink1121
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think stouts are def one of the best looking beers, especially when made right. I was extremely disappointed with this beer overall and it started from the moment I poured it.

A- Very disappointing. The only thing it had going for it was nice lacing. The head poured to about 1 finger and disappeared immediately.

S - Nothing here really. Light coffee.

T - Coffee here for sure. Light toffee.

M - Doesnt feel like a RIS at all, more like a everyday ale.

D - WIth no big flavor or creaminess, its easy to drink, maybe i will play beer pong with it.

Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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