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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 SirSketch
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Got in trade with paulthebeerguru.

A - Small film of light brown head. Very dark brown, almost completely black in color.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark malty nose. Pleasant

T - Sweet caramel , light coffee, chocolate tastes and a nice roastiness to it

M/D - Full bodied, but surprisingly easy to drink.

SirSketch, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Had on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Old Town Alexandria. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pitch black, probably as black as you can get. No light comes through at all. One-finger brown, chocolately head that forms a nice ring of lace on the top. Great sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet burnt malt with chocolate in the background. Slight alcohol notes coming off the chocolate. Overall, just sweet.

T & M - The burnt malt hits me first followed immediately by a powdery milk chocolate. The chocolate lingers for a couple seconds and is followed by moderately bitter hops with a nice spice on top. Almost a sweet chipotle taste at the end. Alcohol not noticable until it warms a bit but is hidden by the sweetness of this brew. Moderate carbonation (more than most stouts) but very smooth and wet with a chewy feel.

Not bad really. Has a decent drinkability but I definitely could not drink more than two in one sitting due to the sweetness and high abv. Interesting flavors in this that put this (for me) in the stout/milk stout category.

MrIncognito, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of scooter231
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Motor oil. Deep color, opaque. Some tan head that fizzles out to a thin ring around the edges. Looks... like a RIS. Nose is very milk chocolatey, very sweet, very malty. Not a lot of bitterness in the nose at all, just a sweet, yoo-hoo like scent.

Taste is more complex. Starts with a strong, roasted, burnt coffee flavor, with a fair amount of bitterness. The sweet chocolatey flavor that was in the nose follows, but the sweetness isn't overwhelming. Another wave of bitterness finishes, balancing out the chocolate. It's pretty tasty, but seems a little jarring to me- it lacks the smoothness of some other RIS's I've had. And for 8%, the alcohol flavor seems a little strong.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, not nearly as thick and chewy as I'd hoped for, and very slick. Overall it's not the most drinkable one I've ever had, but I wouldn't turn one down.

scooter231, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured into a pint glass. Purchase-before date is September 2008.

3.5 A: Chocolate black in color with a light brown head. Average head retention with some lacing.

3.5 S: Roasted dark coffee, chocolate, sweet malt.

3.0 T: Balanced mix of hops and malts, yet a bit astringent. Predominating flavor is chewing tobacco/raisin. Perhaps a hint of coffee and chocolate. Ends with a boozy bite.

3.0 M: Stinging carbonation, becomes fluffy before it gets to the back of mouth.

3.5 D: Not really my cup of tea (or beer?), but I never claimed to be a big fan of imperial stouts. Worth trying, but one is plenty enough.

DavoleBomb, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.05/5  rDev +11%

Pours the darkest of browns, almost black, with a two-finger tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap. A decent web of lacing left down the glass.

Smells like French roast coffee, milk chocolate, plums and molasses.

Taste starts with some chocolate, plum and coffee flavors, before some molasses, vanilla and roasted malts. Finishes with a strong roasted coffee taste that lasts a while.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, but a bit thinner than I would have thought/liked.

Alcohol is well hidden, and it's very smooth. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

MrMonkey, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%

Pours a deep brown soda like color just shy of black. Very fine bubbly head does not stick around long, little to no lacing.

Roasted malt and medicinal alcohol on the nose. Not picking up much more.

Flavor starts with sweet roasted malt. Some coffee, chocolate vanilla flavors may be there but the sweetness is really too much for this style

Mouth feel is not full enough for the style, I feel the brew is over carbonated too.

Very drinkable brew as long as you do not expect an RIS. I have a hard time buying this brew as an RIS. Drinks more like a porter or cream stout. Taste is very decent, over all not a bad brew. I simply thing this does not do the style justice in the least.

kzoobrew, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle from Whole Foods, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown - not quite black - with a two-finger head that fades fairly quickly. Head is tan, very fine-bubbled, and leaves pretty sheets of solid lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Roasted, grainy breadiness and solvent-like alcohol. A little too mild.

Taste: First thing up to the plate is a bunch of smoky, toasted though not overly powerful malts - some sweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, deep caramel. There's a mild but persistent citrusy hoppiness present at the peak of the sip and in the finish. A bit unfortunate that the smoky, toasty astringencies in the finish are covered up by a huge surge of hop oils and harsh alcohols.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than most imperial stouts, medium bodied, and rather uneven in most places.

Drinkability: The thin body and lighter-than-usual nature of this IS enhance the drinkability slightly ... but the harsh alcohols and none-too-complex nature of the taste take it right back down. Not bad, but not great. Perhaps an RIS for a hot summer day?

CrellMoset, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

12oz bottle

Peg Leg pours a deep brown color with bright reddish/brown highlights at the bottom of the glass, it sports a 2 finger beige head and leaves some sticking. Rich malts and creamy milk chocolate fill the nose. Big toasted malts up front, sweet chocolate and smokey coffee notes, slightly grainy, some subtle notes of cherry and some definite hop character on the finish. Peg Leg has bright lively carbonation and has a good mouthful, its lighter than most in its class but it makes for excellent drinkability.

ATPete, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of corey0212
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Got this one from tburkhart in the New Trader BIF!

Pours a watery dark cola-brown with deep red highlights, tan head fades quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing. Good nose on this one...plenty of roasted coffee beans, slightly charred edges, and some milk chocolate. Taste follows the smell, but with some smoky elements, dare I say campfire-esque? Drinkability is good on this, I think it would pair well with certain foods...but for me, that's the problem. I don't necessarily think of an Imperial Russian Stout as the best beer to go with food. Ultimately, it's the mouthfeel on this that hurts it. Too thin, for my taste. Nice flavors and smells, but the overall effect is more like a Porter than an Imperial Stout.

corey0212, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of drxandy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz to flare pint, pours a deep opaque brownish black, head fades quick, nice lacing

smells of roasty bitterness, chocolate malt...

taste is heavy on hop bitterness, reminds me more of an american double moreso than an RIS due to hop character. roasty, peaty earth, heavy malts, chocolate, coffee, etc alcohol heat is present.

mouthfeel is bitter, lingering, roasty, thin for being so heavy.

not my favorite pick from clipper city but a decent big stout.

drxandy, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of malty
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%

Sept. '08 is notched on the front label.

Pours a very dark rosewood, which borders black. A very loose and fluffy khaki head sits motionless and 2" high. Lacework in good.

A few brisk swirls of my Lion 10 oz. beer glass evokes a splendid coffee & crème aroma with a faint dark chocolate undertone. There a bit of a fruity (concord grape jelly) scent that brightens it up a bit, but the creamed coffee is still the most prevalent.

The flavors I was expecting (or at least, hoping) to receive were almost nil. There's a good burnt black patent malt flavor happening, but the coffee, crème, dark chocolate, etc... wasn't there. If this weren't labeled as a RIS I would think it to be a sturdy session stout. The alcohol is noticable with its slight burn.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is just right (low and fine).

Drinkability is good. Although this ale isn't pushing my buttons, it's still very palatable and non-intrusive for an 8% brew.

Overall an OK bigger stout. This is the first Clipper City brew that didn't 'wow' me. Their Small Craft Warning and Hop3 offerings were fantastic. I'll keep trying their beers but I doubt I'll remember this one.

malty, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of gunnerman
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured this into a pint glass, pours a reddish black with a fluffy head that stays around the entire time and leaves some nice thick lace. Smell is pretty good with sweet malts, raison and just a slight bit of coffee. Taste was pretty good a bit watered down to me though, it was a bit sweet with a tart coffee taste, and a slight alcohol finsh not overbearing though. Overall this was a pretty decent brew and goes down pretty easy but it being 8.00% I could drink a few of these and not even know it.

gunnerman, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

A: Pours so dark you have to call it black with an enormous frothy light brown head. The head settles down to about 1/4 inch pretty quickly leaving a lot of lacing behind. It definitely passes the look test.

S: Roasted malt dominates the nose with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. I like the aroma, but its not that special in the aroma department for the style.

T: A bit of a bitter flavor from dark chocolate and coffee flavors mixed in with the roasted malts. It is not as complex as many in the style.

M: It is thick and creamy in the mouth. It leaves the mouth a bit dry with a roasted malt after taste.

D: Its bitterness makes it a bit of a sipper for me. However, there are some in the style that are less drinkable, but quite a few that are more drinkable as well.

It is a good beer, but I prefer most of the rest of the Heavy Seas line more than this one. I am glad my friend took 2 of these from the mixed 12 pack.

GatorBeerNerd, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Garzan72
4.05/5  rDev +11%

I am very fond of this Imperial stout. It looked and smelled like others I have tried before. When I took a sip though I tasted a little different. It has a decent ABV but I couldnt taste it for as high as it was. It was kind of creamy and pretty smooth. Mouthfeel was excellent and it is very drinkable.

Garzan72, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of shroompod
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours dark with a rich mocha head , some lacing.

Faint caramel and chocolate malts on the nose. No hop aroma.

Sweet start on tasting , giving way to some bitter malts. Some coffee notes on finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth , medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall a nice smooth beer , maybe lacking a bit for a RIS.

shroompod, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

A: Very dark if not black with a large tan colored head and nice retention and great lacing.

S: Espresso and chocolate but also mint, vanilla, cream, and herbal plant notes.

T: Roasty, chocolaty, and cofee flavors, and herbal, vanilla, minty, and hops that resonate Clipper City.

M: Creamy with a bit of slickness, full and a long roasty finish.

D: This is a great RIS. I like the fact that it only 8% as well. This is a fine beer.

Biscuit033, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Pours from 12 oz. 2008 bottling mostly black with chocolate mousse-like head that sticks around for a bit.

S: Brewed coffee, roasted barley, molasses, prunes, and bitter chocolate for the aroma. Hops hard to distinguish.

T: Roasted and burnt malts with bitter sweet chocolate flavors. Also a combination of bitterness from hops and burnt grains. Some alcohol warmth noticeable.

M: For an Imperial Stout this medium body beer goes down easy. Mild carbonation makes this pretty smooth and 8% alcohol becomes noticeable as you drink.

D: Very easy to drink a few of these surprisingly! Flavors are well balanced but not too complex. Enjoyable beer all around and would recommend for any dark beer lover.

scottbrew4u, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of NCBeernut
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Fall 07 bottling

A: Pours dark dark brown, but not quite black. The head is nothing remarkable. Just a little bit a whispy lacing.

S/T/M: Tons of chocolate and a decent amount of coffee and dark roasted malts. Malts definitely take the spotlight, while hops take a backseat, just barely noticeable enough to lend some balance. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, with a nice level of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden away. Would be much nicer if it wasn't for a slightly oxidized metallic taste.

D: All the chocolate makes this a good sipper, but a medium body and creaminess makes keeps it an easy drinker.

NCBeernut, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of perfectkaos
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

pours a deep brown color with a small tan head that quickly dissipates to nothing

smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and a tiny bit of hops.

taste is suprisingly nonexistant not what i expected for an imperial stout. some chocolate notes

this is a very light imperial stout. not at all what i was expecting the alcohol is well hidden, though and it is a very drinkable beer, just not true to the style.

This is the 3rd clipper city beer ive tried, and while i liked the other two, this one isnt really all its advertised to be. I was sort of in the mood for a good thick stout tonight, and this one was a disappointment, especially since ive got those bottles of Storm King and Brooklyn Black in the fridge. oh well, you cant win em all.

perfectkaos, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of bradmann
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Got this in a pick-a-six at Cheers in Salisbury, MD.

A: Poured a not too large head which retained little. Deep, dark brown with a reddish tone.
S: Tart chocolate with vanilla and maple notes and a burnt finish.
T: Mocha and tasteful alcohol which never overpowers.
M: Smoove like LL.

I've had better Russians but this holds its own.

bradmann, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

12 oz bottle in to a St. Bernardus goblet

Best before July 08.

Pours a dark black with a tan head.

Smells roast malty with a little sweetness and coffee in the back.

Tastes like roasted malt with light chocolate. The alcohol is late arriving.

For the style the mouthfeel is pretty light.

the light feel make it easier to drink, but the strong taste remind you what you are drinking.

aubuc1, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Best before Sep/08

A: Pours a dark-brown, coffee-black color with a a small tan head capping the top. The foam disappears quickly and leaves behind a faint skim and small bubbly ring. Specks and globs of lace are left in the glass.

S: Interesting aromas of dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and a faint whiff of hops.

T: Prominent flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Also along for the ride is brown sugar/molassas, raisin, french press coffee, hops, and cocoa.

M: Initially sweet. This becomes drier and noticably bitter as it marches through the middle and onto the roasty finish. A little thinner than I expected. Sticky finish lets the roastiness develop on the tongue.

D: Very nice flavors and aromas coupled with an abv of only 8% make this pretty drinkable.

GbVDave, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Thiestru
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%

Poured from a bottle into my pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, essentially black. No light gets through. Very little head at the beginning, and what there is dissipates quickly. There is no lace left on the glass.

Smell: Lots of rich chocolate and coffee scents emerge from the glass, with hops also being present. You can tell you're in for a good beer....

Taste: Yep! The taste makes good on what the smell promised. This is quite sweet for an imperial stout, and the 8% alcohol isn't very noticeable. There is a subdued hop bitterness that keeps the beer from being too rich. The finish is pleasant and not extremely long, with the malt being the main hanger-on.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, just as it should be.

Drinkability: This is such an enjoyable beer that it's easy to forget how alcoholic it really is - if not for that, I could session with this, and would savor every drop.

Needless to say, I really liked this beer; in fact, this is now one of my favorite imperial stouts. It's not as strong as others I've had (speaking in terms of flavor), and perhaps that's why I find it so drinkable. Wassail!

Thiestru, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

A: Pours a deep jet black color with brown highlights shimmering thru. The head was one finger with little retention and no lace.

S: Sweet malty aromas with hints of brown sugar, coffee, and chocolate.

T: Holy Moses, this baby is sweet. Tons of nice sugary caramel sweetness up front. A bit of chocolate peeks thru in the middle and a a bold splash of dark fruits along with a slight hop twinge can be detected in the finish.

M: Medium in body very thin for an RIS.

D: So, So.

Overall: Not a great example of an RIS. I usually like the Heavy Seas beers as they are big on taste and low on price. They just missed the mark a bit with this one.

tpd975, May 27, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

Poured black with a thin beige head. Smell is mainly of toasted malts but there is a weird sweet scent that reminds me of an apple juice, juice box with a hint of metal. The taste is rich in toasted malt flavor mixed with some coffee and chocolate hints. I could use more hoppiness here but there is some. The alcohol is hidden well. This brew could be even more "imperial" though. The feel is fairly thick and creamy with light carbonation. Kinda weird, kinda good.

kbnooshay, May 27, 2008
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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