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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 54 | 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 tempest
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks nice, but that's about it. The aroma is of black grains, dark chocolate, and vodka. The dark flavors are nice, but too mellow, and the alcohol element is too overpowering. The taste has a light burnt flavor, with a relatively creamy feel, balancing bitterness and booze. Overall, the flavor is too low and the alcohol is too obvious. With so many good RIS options, pass on this one.

tempest, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heavy Seas deserves a little blind faith. They produce good stuff.

I had not tried this Stout and I was in the mood. It definitely works. The taste is compelling and EXTREMELY drinkable for this style. It doesn't hit you upside the head.

I noticed a funky smell coming from my glass (like a sewer, really). Maybe it's me! If so, I'll revise the review!

schoolboy, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck from Abe's in Bethlehem, purchased as part of a mixed six-pack and poured into a snifter to be shared with a friend while bottling my latest batch of homebrew. Oh what a time we live in.

Pours fairly dark, though not completely black with minimal chocolate colored head that dissapates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell is fairly weak, or maybe subtle or smooth if you are an optimist. There is enough of the dark roasted malts that let you know that this is a RIS. Not a lot of booze, and at 8% i wouldn't really expect or appreciate it.

Taste is fairly similar, a very smooth and easy drinking RIS. It gives up a lot of the bold, in your face flavor that is part of the appeal of a lot of RIS's, but it does so in order to provide a nice, simple, and enjoyable drinking experience. I would have another, but i probably won't purchase another. If I am in the mood for a RIS, I really want something big, bad, and bold. Recommended if you want an easier introduction to the style.

wheelinshirt, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of rich dark chocolate with garnet highlights. The head is slow to form and dissipates very quickly, leaving spots of tan foam here and there.

Smells of sweet roasted malts, chocolate and dark toffee. Quite a pleasing nose that even hints at some coffee.

A creamy feel and chocolate, roast coffee and a light caramel start this taste adventure with a dry malty flavor in the middle and a dry but sweet aftertaste. The 8% works with the dryness and warms the pallet.

This isn't my favorite russian imperial stout but its a good easy drinking one. Its smooth not chalky and a nice example of a R.I.S.

jbphoto88, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into Mad Elf challice on 2/12/08.

A - Very oily black appearance with thin, whispy brown head and some mild carbonation. Head mostly disappeared and left minimal, spotty lacing.

S - Bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee initially step forward, followed by a mellow toffee sweetness. Some earthy bitterness presents itself as well, but its a bit more subdued. Some dark cherry way in the back, which is quite nice.

T - Tasty mix of chocolate and coffee notes, neither of which overpower the flavor. The sweet and bitter flavors complement each other quite nicely. Chocolate is a bit more pronounced in the finish, with some mild residual bitterness.

M - Medium, slightly chewy body. Starts off with a slick, oily texture that quickly transforms into a very bubbly, prickly carbonated mouthfeel. Finish is mildly dry. Alcohol is well concealed.

D - One of the most drinkable stouts I've had. Perhaps it's a bit too carbonated, but its flavorful and it goes down easily.

ffejherb, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque motor oil brownish black with a sight beige head that dissipates quickly. Light aroma of dark malt and cocoa.

Flavors of roasted malt and molasses, dark brown sugar and chocolate, some raisin and smokey burnt wood.

Full mouthfeel, moderately carbonated with a tingly finish. A tannic powdery feel lingers. Good drinkability, but feels more like a big porter than an imperial stout.

far333, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clipper City Peg Leg
12 oz. brown bottle

Poured into a straight pint. This stout pours an opaque black with a ruby red ring around the top of the beer. A rich tan head dissipates rather quickly and vanishes almost without a trace. Sweet aromas of molasses and raisins, rich nose is very intriguing. Slight roasted coffee aromas as well. Warm rich tastes of dark cocoa and coffee, the molasses is definitely present. Raisins on the finish really make this interesting. No real strong tastes of the high alcohol, which is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is really nice, the palate is full of flavor and makes the mouth salivate. Medium carbonation. Extremely drinkable and could be my new contender to Gonzo when I am in the mood for an Imperial Stout/Porter.

paulthebeerguru, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Lothar666
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Very foamy tan head that was not very creamy and much lighter than some of the other RIS heads I have had. A bad sign. Receeded fairly quickly. Body was a dark brown, almost black but didn't quite make it as tinges of translucent lighter brown were noted around the edges of the glass; another bad sign.

S- Dark roasted malts mixed in with some chocolate and coffee. Standard fare for an average RIS though not incredibly impressive compared to some others in the style.

T- Sweet, complex dark malts and chocolate that should be overwhelmingly present in this style are faint at best for a beer that calls itself a russian imperial stout. The strongest and most pronounced flavor present is that of day old coffee with a slight sting of alcohol in the background but no lingering aftertaste and a tiny hop bite in the finish that is not enough to compensate the acidy coffee flavor. A very poorly balanced beer.

M- Way too thin to be called an RIS. Texture is incredibly important to this style and this beer just doesn't cut it. There is none of the obligatory coating of the tongue or mouth, nor is there any of the oily texture that defines the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. A horrible example and a bastardization of one of my favorite styles of beer.

D- Thin, watery and unpleasant, easy to gulp I guess if I were to hold my nose. The somewhat weak ABV for the style still managed to be overpowering and annoying compared to the other flavors in the brew; this is sad considering I have drank RIS's with more than twice the ABV that were still more smooth and drinkable (and some damn good beers, by the way). This was utterly disapointing and almost a drain pour, though to do such a thing goes completely against my principles. I will warn others to stay away. First timers, please do not take this brew as any indicator of the style to which it supposedly belongs. There are many wonderful examples of Russian Imperial Stouts out there that are an absolute joy to drink. This is just not one of them.

Lothar666, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown to black. Light, tan head... lighter in colour than expected for such a dark brew.

S: Quite rich and round. Some fruity esters, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa. Some smoked/burnt grains * light coffee aromas.

T & M: Thin on the front, and fills out more from middle to finish, both in flavour and feel. Becomes a little sticky, coating the mouth with some slightly bready tastes. Toasted grains, sweet chocolate malts, and some coffee. Somewhat buttery/oily hops bring a touch of bitter balance.

D: Somewhat drinkable for its class. Not too bad tasting (though there are better out there), full enough to not totally disappoint, easy for a good & slow drink. As with most stouts, it's a little higher in alcohol, so not to be overdone. Personally, I probably wouldn't go with it again, though.

Proteus93, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: 1 finger head/ caramel color, deep cloudy black,
S: hint of chocolate, hoppy, earthy almost like dirt
T: huge flavor, a lot of hops but no strong bite, a bland bitter taste, medicine, sore after taste
M: warm feeling, heavy, thick
D: not so good, couldn't finish it

My first Imperial Stout.
Not something I'll reach for anytime soon.

nrpellegrini, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Rainintheface
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into SA glass. April '08

A: dark brown, almost black with a one finger tan head that stays around a short while

S: mostly dark chocolate and roasted coffee with some alcohol lurking

T: a little bit of chocolate, faint vanilla and again with lurking alcohol

M: medium- full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. a tad bitter

D: not bad. I'd have again but there are better.

Rainintheface, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of goschool
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one made it to Los Angeles courtesy of bwyker.

Appearance: The pour is a deep dark brown with red highlights and a small tan head.

Smell: The nose has a lovely sweet aroma featuring notes of bourbon, vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, and espresso.

Taste: The flavor profile does not live up to the nose. Instead I'm getting a much less delectable combination of stale coffee, earthy hops, bitter dark chocolate, and boozy spiced rum.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and sticky with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I really wish the taste would've lived up to the smell.

goschool, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep dark brown, almost opaque, with a very thin brown head.

S- Not much there, slight licorice hint, not sweet malt.

T- Very subtle licorice and vanilla flavor, no chocolate nor coffee, balanced.

M- Very smooth, lots of small bubbles, thickish on the tongue.

D- No strong alcohol presence, decently balanced, but nothing special.

cichief, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer at Malones Bar and Grill in Harrisburg, PA.

The appearance was very dark and rich!

The smell was very inviting as well.

I am not one who likes Stouts but i can tell you that i enjoyed this beer very much.

I would definitely purchase a sixpack of this beer if given the opportunity. I really enjoyed this stout and look forward to having another one!

Dodo2step, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of kuranes
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into pint glass.

A: Pours thick and dark with overly thin and bubbly head. Unimpressive.

S: Smells strongly of hops with notes of roasted barley, chocolate, and fruity sweetness. Really nice smell on this one.

T: Primarily earthy taste strongly evocative of roasted coffee and chocolate. A light fruitiness is also present. Not as much alcohol taste as expected. Nice bitterness at the finish. Well done.

M: Medium body, slightly bitter and sticky aftertaste. Could be a little thicker.

D: Pretty good, nothing special. I'd buy it again, though.

kuranes, Jan 18, 2008
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As it pours into the glass you can see a little light thru the stream of black ale. Ends up totaly black in body hosting a quick fading inch of dark tan head. Nose is softly sweet with a nice balance of roasted malt, syrupy coco and alchol. Enters the mouth with a thin malty chocolate feel that quickly yeilds to a bit of a sour tongue twinge. I swear this drinks more like a porter than an Imperial stout. Not bad, and nicely drinkable but lacks the bold richness and complexity I expect from Impy stouts.

SPLITGRIN, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas is easy on the palate, but a little too easy on the taste buds. It's smooth in texture, but lacks some punch, unfortunately. The pour wasn't a great start, a finger of mocha-berry froth atop a blackish body, with medium lacing as it finished. I awaited chocolate, caramel, coffee, or heavy malt or roasted aromas, and was left wanting nearly all around. After a third pass of the pint glass under my nose, I detected a faint hint of chocolate, and a slight hint of berry. The taste was better, quite sweet in fact and smooth, but lacking flavorful character. This beer needed a center, something to give Heavy Seas a robust identity it sorely lacks. Thankfully, the smooth texture makes up for a dearth of flavor.

This beer has some good basics down, with a smooth texture helping the mouthfeel a lot. Yet this beer lacks punch, a heavy load of something such as coffee, caramel, or malt to make beer drinkers fall in love with it. Pity.

Gehrig, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Zorro
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled through a trade with Limesmut.

Dark brown colored beer with a skimpy tan colored head. RIS is black not brown.

Smell is a little sweet and a little fruity with a clear scent of ethanol. Little bit of patent malt scent but this is mostly fruity.

Taste starts out ... near nothing just a little chocolate and roasted malt aftertaste. Bit more patent malt bite shows as a sharp bitter bite in the start of each sip. Little bit of the slight sourness patent malt can give shows up. Not much here just a bit of patent malt bite.

Mouthfeel is light.

Not a whole lot here to talk about, this is really just a high-octane light stout at best. I can't recommend this for any other purpose than to know what it tastes like.

Zorro, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap 1/7/08 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick and even lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is predominantly of hops and dark fruit, which is uncharacteristic of an RIS, with chocolate in the background.

T: The taste likewise, starts with fruit and hops, once again uncharacteristic of an RIS. The typical stout flavors of chocolate and coffee are faintly in the background and none of the flavors seem to mix well together. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, overall, I really didn’t like this beer too much. It seems like they were trying to go for a hoppy stout, which I don’t mind conceptually, but finished product itself just doesn’t appeal to me.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting fact about the brewery: During the War of 1812, the British declared Baltimore a "nest of Pirates." (gleaned from the wikipedia page about Baltimore). I guess that explains all the Heavy Seas pirate imagery....it's amazing what beer can teach you.

A - A nice two finger light brown head rises above a pitch black brew and leaves some sporadic spots of lace on the glass. Retention is not all that great as the head turns to a collar within a minute or two. Swirling deposits some froth on the glass, and brings back a finger of head.

S - From far away, this smells like a smoky bourbon. Up close, the woody bourbon scent is complimented by some really nice bittersweet chocolate, chalk, yeasty chocolate bakery goodies (warm chocolate infused bagels), and toffee. This one is more focused on the chocolate and less on the coffee aspects of this style, and that works very much to my favor. Very nice!

T - Bitter dark chocolate, day old coffee, mushrooms and truffles, and earthy wet flavors abound. This one is extremely complex, but the flavors don't quite live up to the really nice nose.

M - Medium bodied, which is sort of surprising. I thought that this would be super thick and heavy. The carbonation is very mild, and the finish is really dry and chalky.

D - Not bad. This is focused on the chocolate and 'shroomy earth tones, whic for me makes it more drinkable than some espresso oriented Imperial stouts. I like the nose more than I like anything else about this brew, but I wouldn't hesitate to try this again if I saw it on the beer list somewhere.

pmcadamis, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of david131
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A very dark ruby, almost black liquid. Clear, with a thin off-white head. Kind of weak forming.

S- Coffee and chocolate are present. Kind of earthy with some raisin. Not a lot going on here.

T- Chocolate, coffee and raisin. A little alcohol. Decent, but it seems like its missing something. A little too sweet and not roasty enough.

M- Creamy-ish but a little thin.

D- A decent beer, but there is nothing special drawing me in.

david131, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Risser09
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a fluted pilsner - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours obsidian black with faint brown highlights at the edges. Head rises to 1.5 inches and is tan in color. Some sticky lace sits on the side of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, faint coffee, pancakes with syrup, cut wood, must. Doesn't smell too sugary.

Taste: Burnt coffee grounds, roasted malt, toast, toasted oak. Barely any sugary flavors. Alcohol isn't noticable. Not very complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a burnt bitterness. Alcohol isn't evident in the mouth, but warms the bottom of the esophagus and the stomach.

Drinkability: Very good for a RIS, not too sugary or overwhelming in any area. This could be viewed as good or bad. A decent RIS. Too much other good stuff out there.

Risser09, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Purchased in summer, consumed in winter. Purchase-date of Feb. 2008.

Pitch black with no light getting through. A thin light brown head quickly turns into a thin rim along the glass. Some spotty lacing appears here and there.

Very light aromas, mostly deep roasty malts. A little bit of light fruit and toffee.

Smooth and roasty malts start off with a little bit of mild chocolate flavors. Some coffee mixes in as well. Full bodied with lower carbonation. The hops are pretty tame, as well as the alcohol. The finish is mostly bitter malts slowly fading.

This beer actually ages pretty well, but probably over 6 months, definitely not over a year. I'm curious to try the other Heavy Seas Imperial Stout made by Clipper City after it has been aged for a few months. The brew is somewhat complex, maybe a little on the lighter side of flavor, but still pretty robust. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. "Purchase by" date is Feb 2008.

A = Very dark, almost black, very small dark tan head quickly dissipates leaving medium lacing.

S = Good strong smell of coffee, roasted grains, hints of sweet molasses.

T = All of the flavors from the smell are here, but so is an unpleasantly strong alcohol burn and a somewhat watery aftertaste.

M = Medium body, too much alcohol burn.

D= By smell or the initial taste I would have rated this higher but the alcohol burn took away much of my desire to drink this again. I may age a couple for a eyar and see how they do then.

Traquairlover, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque. Tan head. Nose is malted, but not very robust. Keep in mind that I just had Old Heathen Imperial Stout before this one (which I gave a 4.6 overall). Malty slight caramel sweetness on the nose. Lacks a complexity I would love to see. Flavor is thick, but lacks complexity again, as did the nose. Malt presence, yes. But is there a defining character? No. This one seems to border on porter-esqe and not so much the imperial stout. Just lacks that thick, deep, mature attitude. Bring the funk, baby. Feel is good. Thick liquid feel with a nice carbonation. Overall, drinkable indeed. Just doesn't carry any real distinctive characteristics that would set it apart from other examples of the style. I would rather have another of the Old Heathens than this in hindsight.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.