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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 21
Gots: 87 | FT: 2
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2004

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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Ratings: 1,249 | Reviews: 670
Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a fluffy, slow developing off-color head that falls fairly quickly. The aroma is roasted and sharp, rather sweet, with a bite of alcohol. The Flavor is thinner than you might expect, with a roasted, plummy, chocolate-like character. There is a flat woodiness on the finish and the alcohol comes out on the back end. The alcohol leaves a boozy burn down the throat. The mouthfeel is thin, but a little milky, with a sharp bite of carbonation.

Not bad, but a little sweeter than I'd like and the alcohol is not well integrated

Photo of dfillius
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wine glass. Enjoyed with pumpkin pie, chocolate chips and vegan pumpkin ice cream.

A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Clear and dark reddish brown - should be darker.
S: Chocolate cake, alcohol and tropical fruit. Not much smell at all though.
T: Modest cocoa and slight coffee; rich chocolate upon further contemplation. Some fruitiness also but kind of off fruit - like Hitachino Nest lacto-stout. I would give more points if this were an imperial lacto stout.
M: Very smooth - again, lacto?. The creamy mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer.
D: Good, like I could have a couple. But this is an RIS, it shouldn't be this drinkable, and it is lacking in smell and taste, so minus points.

Photo of PerzentRizen
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer's color is just how I like my stouts dark and oily looking. The head does not stay and the lacing even reduces to nothing which is a bit disappointing.

The smell is a bit muted but reveals coffee and tart dark chocolate - yum.

Taste is so much like Old Rasputin I can't even believe it. It has a dried fruit, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate flavor (very background) that is very tasty. The only thing here is there is a bit of a vinegar/tannin finish that is not so appealing. If that were not there this would get a 5.0 in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste. The light mouthfeel does make this a more drinkable beer and I may go grab another. In fact I think I will!

Photo of Brad007
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the color of pitch black with a very thin brown head into my pint glass.

Aroma is nice and full of roasted coffee that dominates. Only a small hint of chocolate.

Taste is dominated by the roasted malt, imparting a nice roasted coffee flavor with a bit of astringency in the middle. Not much else seems to be there.

Mouthfeel is full of astringency with only roasted coffee and alcohol warmth.

Seems rather uninspiring for an imperial stout. You could do worse but this really isn't special in any sense of the way.

Photo of TMinton22
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Taste: 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: medium bodied

Drinkability: Pretty decent stout to just drink. Isn't overly special

Photo of jnn4v
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my default beer when I'm in the mood for an Imperial Stout, and it's the beer by which I set the middle-of-the-road benchmark for all Imperial Stouts. It has a very neutral flavor for that genre - some chocolate, some coffee, some alcohol, but not extreme in any dimension. Very well balanced. Excellent with strong-flavored foods, and a great value overall. Seriously, it's a bargain-priced imperial stout with acceptable quality. What's not to like here?

A: Dark brown / black and very thick. Opaque.

S: Toasted / burned malts. Hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: It has a very neutral flavor for that genre - some chocolate, some coffee, some alcohol, but not extreme in any dimension. Very well balanced.

M: Not quite as thick as its appearance or as some other imperial stouts, but it's definitely a mouthful.

D: Very drinkable. One of the most easily drinkable imperial stouts I've had.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with two identical labels, conditioned, with June '08 notched; sampled a month before that. Brewed with English pale, crystal and chocolate malts, roasted barley, and hopped with Fuggles and Styrian Goldings. The beer is just about black, with an inch of fairly frothy head that eventually reduces to nothing, and leaves little lacing. Dark and sweet chocolate in the nose, with roasted and coffee notes, some earthiness, a touch of ethanol, and some slowly-emerging green hops. The flavor is almost identical, but with the addition of a medium bitterness. The body is dry and at times powdery, with lively carbonation and a medium finish. A very easy-to-drink imperial stout. Not a huge, over-the-top version, but solid.

Photo of Onenote81
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish black with about a half inch tan head on top. Retention was lacking. Decent webbing on glass edge. No sip rings. Smelled of espresso, slight cocoa, some citrus, and bread.

Creamy mouthfeel. Velvety smoothness coats the palate as this is sipped. Taste is pretty underwhelming. Comes across more like a regular stout rather than a RIS. Some hints of cocoa and coffee, finishes slightly tart. Very easy to drink. Nothing horrible about this beer, but nothing that spectacular either.

Photo of Buebie
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford217 & d0b for this nice extra.

Date notched on the bottle is May '09.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. Semi rigerous pour produces a smallish half inch light brown head. Spotty thin lace and no retention. Black in color, no light penetration.

Aroma is pretty nutty with a chocolate mixture and cocoa nibs. Mild hints of coffee, sweet lactose aroma, and cereal grains.

Mouthfeel gives way to a pretty generous amount of carbonation disapearing at the swallow. Its mildly slick with a touch of heavy cream.
Creamy dairy like sweetness comes in at the swallow with more chocolate and a cocoa powder flavor.
No alcahol warming at the knose or on the pallet. I do appreciate that. I really liked this one. Another hit from Heavy Seas.

It seems like more and more RIS' are going after who can get the most alcahol in there. Solvent and RIS do not go hand in hand and this is spot on for the style. Nothing amazing, but definatly a great RIS.

Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Peg is punching out of its weight class.

Nothing wrong with this beer, but it should lower its expectations down a notch to American Double, or even a regular stout. It's very thin for an RIS, the nose is nothing to write home about, & the overall taste is pretty standard. A little toast, bit o' malt, chocolate, etc. Nothing stands out.

Not a bad beer by any means, but unable to rise above the crowd.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark opaque brown with a two-finger tan head. The smell is mostly toasted malt with some coffee and chocolate characteristics. The taste starts off of with some bittersweet chocolate-tasting malt that's followed by a dark fruitiness that's cut with some coffee and bitterness that gives way to a little alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with some fine carbonation. This is a pretty heavy sitting beer, but I wouldn't expect anything else from a Russian Imperial. My socks weren't knocked off, but for the price I think it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of biggred1
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with a light tan head that dissapates quickly. Minimal lacing. Smells of cocoa, coffee, honey and chocolate malt. The flavor mirrors the aroma, nice and malty, chalky coffee notes dominate the flavor with honey and chocolate bringing up the rear. Mouthfeel is light for the style. Very drinkable and the alcohol is very well hidden, but like most reviewers I find it to taste more like a honey porter than an imperial stout and have graded it accordingly, it's decent but not for a RIS.

Photo of hopdog
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark black color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas chocolate, roasty, and lighter dark fruitiness. Tastes of chocolate, roast, fruity, and lighter coffee. I found the body to be a tad on the thinner side for an Imperial Stout.

Photo of bowersdm
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Kendo
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. . .

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

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.

Photo of DVTO2
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jonziefle
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rgore
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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

Photo of GoldWash
4.87/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of DIM
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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