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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 50 | 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 bowersdm
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic

A - black save for shades of ruby at the top and bottom. A 1cm sand colored head was also present. It had pretty good staying power.

S - roasted barley, burnt barley, a little bit of chocolate, some hops

T - burnt roasted barley, roasted barley, and some hops. the chocolate present on the nose was not present in the mouth. There was also a suggestion of dark fruit. the flavor wasn't anything special and it actually seemed more like a regular stout...or even a porter.

M - thin

D - as an imperial stout, this was very weak. as a porter, it would be pretty good.

bowersdm, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Kendo
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is black with a small tannish-colored head that settled fast. No lace.

S: Pleasant nose, albeit not a terribly strong one. Some roasted barley, coffee and dark chocolate, along with a hint of fruit. Becomes more fruity as it warms.

T: Up front I get a little bit of roasted barley, a bit of black licorice and lots and lots of fruit -- dark, dried fruit (think raisins). That fruity taste is what lingers, though towards the back end I also get a bit of dark chocolate and coffee, as well as a slightly herbal or leafy bitterness that cuts it a little bit at the finish.

M: Medium bodied, feels a tad bit thin.

D: Pretty good.

Notes: Poured during the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl. Ultimately I liked this beer, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Think of an American Double Stout crossed with a porter or maybe a bigger Brown Ale (like a DFH Indian Brown) and you get the picture. Too much fruit and not enough roasty, chocolatey goodness to think of this as a RIS. I went back and forth on whether to give this a 3.5 or 4.0 as far as the taste score, ended up giving the 3.5 b/c I don't think it comports with the style. . .

Kendo, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz bottle. Poured nearly black, white head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt aromas. Quite a bit of chocolate and some sweetness inside, some coffee, could have more roasted characteristics. Not much hop presence, a slight lingering burnt finish. Drinkability is fine. Overall enjoyable, but pretty basic.

Bung, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of DVTO2
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

This beer is pretty good. There is a combination of chocolate and coffee in the taste as described on the bottle. I didn't find the alcohol oppressive but I wouldn't

want to drink too many. The carbonation is a tad oppressive. A drinkable beer but not the best I've had.

DVTO2, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Poured a opaque dark black, with a thin khaki colored head. Some lacing

Smell: Smells of sweet hocolate, and dark raisins with a hint of coffee. Also, some roasted malts.

Taste: Little thin of a taste for a stout. Sweet chocolate and dark raisins with a lingering milky aftertaste. Bitter up front, but more balanced the rest of the way. The alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for a stout, but still medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty decent stout to just drink. Isn't overly special, but something that can be enjoyed in passing.

jonziefle, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of rgore
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%

A- almost opaque with a dark, dark chocolate color. Pours with about an inch of head and dissipates quickly.

S - Smelled of rum, raisins, syrup and solvent alcohol.

T - Brown sugar, alcohol soaked raisins, finishes with an aftertaste of alcohol and coffee. Its very heavy on the alcohol bordering on almost a rubbing alcohol flavor at times.

M - You have to leave it in the mouth for a while and not take too much at a time because its a very complex beer. As I said it finishes with coffee but the alcohol flavor grows too.

D - Not really a drinkable beer. You'd be better off with Small Craft Warning or Loose Cannon from the Clipper City Heavy Seas Collection. Its 8.0% abv and you can taste it. Its pretty much impossible to suck it down in volume.

Its not that I find this beer objectionable, but its really its inability to hide the alcohol flavor that I take issue with.

rgore, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

Jet black, like a block of onyx, thin dark brown head, disappears rapidly but small bubbles continue to burst through to the surface, suggesting strong carbonation. Palpable coffee in the nose, however, roasted qualities canceled out some by rich grape, berry fruit scents, molasses glaze, not so expressive as to weigh the malts against the hops. Medium-bodied, fizzy so that things don't quite congeal. Thin flavor array, the coffee, cocoa powder notes dry, grape, raisin, fig, plum fruit flavors. Relatively low weight allows some hoppiness to come through. Unravels through the finish without much staying power. Not flawed, just plagued by lack of positive attributes.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, with a chocolate brown head that dissipated fairly quickly. Left some spotty lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: Lactose, chocolate, and coffee. Some roasted malts. If I didn't know better, I'd think this was a milk stout and not an imperial.

Taste: Definitely good, but somewhat lacking for an Imperial. Tastes like chocolate milk with a coffee aftertaste. The milky flavor becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, but could use a little bit more carbonation. Good thickness for an RIS.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, but if I want an Imperial stout, this won't be my first choice. It's a good bridge between a milk stout and an imperial stout.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

12 oz bottle into a Chimay gobblet.

Weak head diving into a ring lace within seconds. But deep brown/black, with only minimal light on the edges.

Smell was sweet - like chocolate candy. Just a hint of nuttiness - Mr. Goodbar!

Taste at first was more like a milk stout, with a shot of Dr. Pepper - somewhat sweet, little spice, but without coffee bitterness, smokiness, or other complexities.

Mouthfeel threw me off the most - pretty thin (for the style), with more carbonation than anticipated.

Definitely drinkable for an 8% RIS - if you're looking for something you can have a few of throughout an evening.

BeerImmediately, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.98/5  rDev +9%

thanks to Zapata for this one

A- Pours a thick dark black with no light showing through with about a finger & 1/2 thick mocha head that fades to a cap and leaves a touch of lacing.

S- roasted and chocolate malts with a touch of coffee

T- starts off a bit bitter with some excellent chocolate & coffee flavors and some raisins. a slight alcohol burn at the end

M- more carbonation then i was expecting, full body

D- Not too bad. I look forward to finding more brews from these guys

SirChugsAlot, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of GoldWash
4.88/5  rDev +33.7%

I love dark stouts and imperial stouts, though most i can only deal with their flavors and strength once a night. The drinkability, flavored notes, and tastiness of Peg Leg was more than enough that i could drink it all night long. The smooth coffee and chocolate flavors make this imperial stout one of my favorites.

GoldWash, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of DIM
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%

a: This was a very dark brown, no highlights. It poured with a smallish light tan head.

s: Mild cocoa malts, little else.

t: Charred malts that are bland and lack depth. The alcohol is well masked though.

m: A below average body, but adequate carbonation.

d: Not bad, just bland and uninteresting.

DIM, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

a bottle from yesac in a trade. thanks man!

A- this beer pours a black body with a crown of beige colored head. lots of lacing left on the sides of the glass after each sip.

S- chocolate and roasted malt is what is most prevalent. some coffee in here too.

T- lots of milk chocolate and roasted malts. decently strong coffee/hop finish to this one.

M- full bodied and thick. no trace of alcohol.

D- easy enough to finish. wish i could drink a few more. a good RIS with a relatively low ABV for the style. its not often a beer with this kind of flavor is so close to sessionable.

jwinship83, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of mully
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%

Pours brown wth almost no head. What does form is a small ring around the edges and a little tan oil slick in the shape of france in the middle of the glass.
chocolate and sweetness and a little astringancy on the end
not nearly as robust as an imperial stout should be. chocolate, coffee and other standard flavors for a stout but they are not as rich or flavorful as it should be. There is an odd astrigancy as well.
mouth feel is too thin not nearly full enough for this style
I could drink a couple and not be full. It is an ok stout I was just hoping for a little more.

This review is dedicated to Officer McJerk who gave me a speeding ticket today in Wisconsin.

mully, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of argock
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on label.

A: Opaque dark cola brown with a 1/2-finger of tan head with average retention and lacing. It looks more like a strong porter.

S: The aroma is decent with bittersweet chocolate, espresso, raisin and sweet date notes, but it's nothing earthshattering.

T: The flavor profile is far too low intensity to be an average Imperial Stout. Bittersweet chocolate, raisin, and weak coffee flavors are all there. English-style hopping is evident. There are more lactose type of flavors than I would ever imagine in a beer in this style. But there is little depth or oomph to the components or the overall taste.

M: Feel suffers due to the thinness of this brew. Carbonation also seems too high. The aftertaste is at least pleasantly sweet and chocolatey.

D: It's easy to drink and enjoyable (as a Sweet/Milk or Cream Stout), but the overall package does not fit the Imperial Stout style. It seems severely undermalted and is a big disappointment from what is otherwise an exceptional line of brew from Clipper City with their Heavy Seas offerings.

argock, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of FrognutUnl
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%

Deep cola in color with a single finger tan head that leaves a little lacing on its way down. The aroma is of toasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Initial taste yields a fair amount of "roastiness", and an alcohol astringency. The other flavors found in the nose seem to fade in and out of the finish. Mouthfeel is thin for the style, struggling to keep medium body with little carbonation. Overall, it is not a terrible imperial stout, but the thinness of it just can't be overlooked. I might be persuaded to pick it up again for a change of pace, but certainly not any time soon.

FrognutUnl, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

GRPunk, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

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)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of BeerCon5
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

BeerCon5, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of thain709
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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

thain709, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of lefchr051
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

lefchr051, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

thekevlarkid, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

JamesS, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

rtepiak, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of msante79
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

msante79, Nov 22, 2008
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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