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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 18
Gots: 37 | 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 smcolw


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the head is not large, it is quite tight with excellent lace. Near black in color--light cannot penetrate even at the inch thick part of glass.

There is some subtle (and surprising) sourness to the smell. I detect hops before I sense the malt, also unusual for a stout.

Creamier and hoppier than a typical Imperial Stout. The dark malts dominate the sip; the hops come through in the swallow. This is almost like a brown ale where the brewer threw in a generous amount of black patent malt. Full bodied with a high carbonation.

Overall, I enjoy this beer. It is easily quaffable and full of earthy and fruity flavors. The aftertaste is best part of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 21:48:57 | More by smcolw
Photo of chilidog


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I much enjoyed this Heavy Seas offering. Going off notes for I had this fall release during the past winter. (feb)

It poured a nice blackish ruby. Tan head that maintained well, laced well to a thin film. The aroma just vapors from the head. Hints of roasted malts and toffee

The taste is a blast of roasted toasted malts. Backdrop of chocolate, coffee, molasses and dark brown sugar. The hops that make it thru the black sea round out to crisp the taste and oil the mouth. The hop oil coats and the 8% abv dries the mouthfeel and leaves a slight warmth.

Alittle complex, medium body for its not as thick as some imperials. Overall a good easy drink'n beer for this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 12:51:53 | More by chilidog
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A half decent RIS, although doesn't really play with the big boys. Poured dark brown and somewhat clear into a pint glass. Good coffee/chocolate and noticeably smoky flavour and aroma. Lighter in body and higher in carbonation than I'd expect for the style. Bitter coffee aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 20:53:07 | More by crwills
Photo of scoobybrew


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a brandy-snifter-like tulip glass. The color is dark and opaque. It has a decent head that settles into a lace very quickly, but the lacing is retained well enough. The scent is complex: malt, hops, chocolate and coffee notes with some slight oxidation. The flavor is a rich, chocolaty and malty with some notes of hops. I do taste some slight oxidation as well. There is some fruitiness as well. It has a medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a decent imperial. I usually prefer a bit more hops, but this okay, more of an English-style version I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 01:39:57 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of cjgator3


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a thin light tan colored head. The aroma features dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The taste features more of the dark roasted malts with some dark coffee and a dry finish. Overall, this is a pretty decent RIS that is worth another try. Not quite as "bold" as many others within the style but good none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 03:51:26 | More by cjgator3
Photo of BuckSpin


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of 8/07) in a classic conical pint glass

Poured a little thick with a slight surge. An odd nose...dry malts, anise, bitter baking chocolate, oily black coffee, faint toffee or butterscotch...hard to tell. As it warms a chocolated mocha quality grows more noticeable & sweeter, along some sour cherry, a little smoke and eventually some leathery malts.

A very fat finger's worth of tight, lightly crackling mocha hues foam, sticky with immediate and residual lacing and eventually settles to a thin sheet covering and glass ring. Aside from some deep port stained ruby edging its a very ruddy, opaque midnight burnt umber...."black in a good mood". No complaints from the eyes or nose.

Its smooth, creamy, almost a little silky on the tongue, a noticeable, sharp hop bitterness plays against a deep, rich stone fruit sweetness of a dark chocolate covered sour cherry, complete with syrupy oozing. Wetter up front, it gets noticeably drier on the palate with a semisweet crunch that only accentuates that hop bitterness. For all the velvety texture its surprising lite in mouthfeel, which is an interesting juxtaposition, and rather easy to drink. The remaining palate qualities are faint buttery caramel and black coffee that's been sitting in an mug for quite a while while you read the paper.

The finish is clean, sweet, a little thicker, traces of macerated cherries, rich caramel, a very nice departure that leaves a surprisingly clean, sticky, unchewy, yet oily mouthfeel....nice.

A good, easy to drink Imperial Stout that has a light mouthfeel for all the creamy texture & taste. I've had better, and I've had much worse. This is a good beer, and would be on the short list for warmer weather stouts. Would probably pare well with a nice steak, some hearty potatoes, anything mushroom, even a chocolate chip cookie! I'd certainly drink it again and would recommend it, especially for warmer weather enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 03:40:32 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best before Aug 07.

A: Black, tan head, some retention, good lace.

S: Floral hops, dark bread, hints of coffee and alcohol.

T: Modest bitterness for the style; Dark, bready malt flavour, hints of coffee, dark chocolate, licorous and roasted acidity; some pine & floral hop flavour; alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, modest body for its weight; slight chalky acidity, dry finish.

D: Very good for the style (and alcohol content).

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 23:57:46 | More by Derek
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle with a freshness date of Aug 07. Poured into a pint glass, this was a dark brown, almost black beer with a fairly small head. It had a dark chocolate aroma, but was somewhat simple in aroma. The taste was chocolate and coffee, but, again, was rather meek. This was an OK beer, but there are a lot of other RISs that I would drink first.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 18:22:09 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours thin, an uber dark brown (but not black). Head is medium sized, light sand colored bubbles form a ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Pineapple, coffee, jerky and bitter chocolate

T: Begins with some leather, toffee and soy…these flavors are the foundation of the beer. Next I find brown sugar, sweet potatoes and caramel. Mostly smooth and sweet flavors, no real roasted characteristics to be found at all. Finishes sticky, slightly cloying and very nutty.

M: Medium body with a syrupy and sticky mouthfeel.

D: This is really like a brown ale and less like an imperial stout. Still a good beer, I’m not hating on it for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 02:34:49 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of techdiver


4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brownish black with deep red showing at edge. Modest head that dissipated quickly leaving moderate lacing.

Nose is typical RIS with roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes.

Taste echoes the nose. Again typical, but quite tasty.

Very modest carbonation, a bit light, but still mouth coating.

Drinkability good finding it easy drinking, smooth, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 03:29:59 | More by techdiver
Photo of treehugger02010


4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I traded the cashier at the Beer Yard in Bryn Mawr, Pa for this bottle, and just pored into a pint glass.
Appearace: The body was very very dark, almost black, with a huge head sporting awsome retention and great lacing that went all the way down the bottle.
Smell: The smell was fine, a bit hoppy for the style, but solidly sweet. Not overwhelming at all.
Taste: A beautiful blend of malts, not too sweet and not too strong. For an "Imperial" it was amazingly receptive.
Mouthfeel: Super smooth.
Drinkability: One of the better Russian Imerial Stouts I have had.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 21:17:06 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at a BP for less than $3 a bottle, cannot be that for a RIS. Just like the other Clipper City I've tried, better than average but nothing too exciting. Best quality is its appearance -- thick cremay brownish head, opaque, no carbonation. Smells of plums, fruit, and dark choclate, with a tast to match. Bit of a thin mouthfeel, more flavors come out as it warms. Good starter Russian Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 01:10:18 | More by Backer2004
Photo of fightingirishcmk

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't tried too many imperial stouts, but this seemed like a good place to start. Especially considering the next two I'll try are Storm King and Dark Lord.

A: Poured with a pinkie finger sized head from a somewhat tall pour, the head dissipated at an average pace. Deep brownish red color, nothing too spectacular.

S: Malty, smoky, coffee aroma with some chocolate added.

T: Vanilla and chocolate come together along with the coffee and malts, along with a slight hop bitter. Fairly tasty and mildly complex, although it tastes somewhat watery.

M: Fairly light on the mouth, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Goes down remarkably easy. After I finished, I had wished I had bought a few more. It was very drinkable, and I hardly noticed the 8% abv.

Overall, it was a fine brew to sample. Not absolutely stellar, but good nonetheless. It seemed a little too watery in taste though to make it a truly good imperial.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 01:33:25 | More by fightingirishcmk
Photo of bigdeuce


3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To it's credit, the alcohol doesn't dominate the flavor. Other than that, it is pretty average compared to other Russian IS's. Head disappates quickly, has some nice chocolatey notes to it and coffee. Thin to medium body. Smell is decent, heavy alcohol, which is nice. Very smooth to drink, you may be able to get carried away with this one, but not a premier beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 01:01:38 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of arizcards


3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as part of my February MicroBeerClub shipment received in early March. Best consumed before June 2007.

Beer poured black with ruby undertones and a well sustained tan head. Nose is a hint of chocolate malts and not much else. Taste is sweet, heavy on the malts, especially the chocolate malts, and lighter on the hops than anticipated but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is creamy but is a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is good. This is not a lights out imperial stout but certainly an enjoyable one and is definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 23:04:27 | More by arizcards
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.88/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong aroma is rather sweet and has a definite overtone of rum-soaked wood, as well as caramel and malty notes. It pours a beautiful clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fluffy pale tan head. Sublime flavor has tones of rum, caramel, malt and wood, and is rather sweet but not cloying. Full-bodied, syrupy texture has just a little fizz, though. A truly satisfying beer to be sipped and savored.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2007 00:36:53 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kyoko and Chris for hooking me up with this one!

Pours a dark black, brown edges, thick tan head, nice lacing, good retention, sticks well. Smell is sweet, chocolate and roast, some pine, alcohol, pretty nice. Taste is toffee, chocolate, vanilla, very smooth, nice roast, very rich and creamy, very enjoyable. Medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth. For the ABV very smooth and enjoyable, would have again. Thanks Chris and Kyoko!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 00:44:11 | More by Viggo
Photo of steamingheap


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown to black with a light tan head that starts thick and collapses within minutes leaving light clumpy lace. The aroma is loaded with hops with undertones of roasted grain. The flavor starts in an almost sweet malty profile, moving to hop flavor before ending with a dry roasted and chocolate flavor. There is moderate carbonation with a smooth silky mouthfeel. The only trace of the high alcohol content comes with a very slight burn at the end.

Overall, the beer hides the alcohol well and is a tasty imperial stout. The drinkability is good due to the good flavor balance and light mouthfeel - it's just that I like my imperial stouts to have a little heavier body.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 00:01:20 | More by steamingheap
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, save for a tinge of red around the edges. Minor, thin head. Looks thick, though. Decent, sparce lace, which dissipates quickly.

Nice, slightly sweet burnt malt smell. Minor coffee scent, balanced by a sweet cherry smell. Both smells are very nice and balance one another. Really really nice.

Sweet malt with a roasted finish. Coffee bitterness stands out more than in the smell.

A bit creamy. Leaves a lasting film after the swallow. Not too thick, but a nice body. Not dry or chalky like some stouts tend to be. It's really good, very drinkable. Thick but not heavy. Repeats welcome!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 23:19:28 | More by williamherbert
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely appetising off the bat,, with a moonless midnight black color and healthy, sticky mocha head annd spotty lace. Nose is a little less reliable, with some coffee and hop balance extant but not much else; somewhat lacking and dull in the sniffer to be honest.

Taste is sweet with coffee and hops and plenty of malt sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth but extremely thin, like a baltic or English porter. Taste improves as it warms and shows drinkable balance, especially for a beer with such a robust alcohol showing and mild body. Different, and not wonderful but definitely a tasty, well done stot worth downing a few.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 01:59:09 | More by daliandragon
Photo of dedrinker


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fresh cask of Peg Leg - brought to the bar the same day I sampled it. Fresh hop aroma with yeasty and roasty notes mingled in. Flavor is roasted grains, earthy hops, and weak coffee. For an Imperial stout the body is significantly lacking - more of a porter-like body and depth to it (not to insult some of the better porters I've had with more body and depth of flavor) The cask conditioning is the twist that really pushes this beer forward with the fresh earthy yeasty/ hoppy profile, otherwise I would say this beer needs more body and depth. It is certainly well crafted, but fighting with one hand tied behind its back.

Serving type: cask

03-13-2007 19:53:14 | More by dedrinker
Photo of tgbljb


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a almost totally black color with modest tannish head.
Smell is very cocoa like with some roasted malt essences.
Taste is very dry and bitter, like strong bitter coffee.
Finishes with more dryness and some slight notes of alcohol.
A good beer, but nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 22:54:35 | More by tgbljb
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown color with less than full finger light tan head that fades slowly. Little lacing present.

The smell is aggressive enough, but not typical of style. Expect to witness a pleasant MILKY chocolate sweet malt aroma.

The mouth is medium bodied and creamy with sufficient carbonation. The mouth contributes more to the experience than does the flavor.

The taste is more of a lightly roasted coffee cookie dough and there is a small lingering indication as well.

The 8.0% is hidden well. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 03:16:22 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of 86sportster883

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Peg Leg Imperial Stout looks great out of the bottle. It pours chestnut brown with a nice tan head that leaves a tight lace as the head quickly retreats.

Floral hop aromas dominate, with only a hint of dark roasted malt coming through. A medium-light body combined with moderately low carbonation gives this beer a silky mouthfeel.

The taste of chocolate and black malts are tempered by hop bitterness to achieve a pleasant harmony. The 8% abv probably contributes to the balance and is well masked in an otherwise mellow version of an imperial stout. It finishes dry, and slightly chalky, leaving a mildly bitter taste in your mouth.

The Peg Leg Imperial Stout is a dangerously easy beer to drink. Not as complex as some, but certainly a worthy imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 03:21:17 | More by 86sportster883
Photo of meadhead


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A seemingly quite mild Imperial stout:
Yet still
tasteful and nice;
a balance of roasted chocolate
and a sort of
espresso krisped rice,

with a tiny hint of hops
to help dry out and bitter
goes down fairly easy

just a bit shy

of an Imperial winner.

Of course I'm not like some
if its good
its not average
and its good
its not great
it has quality leverage

so 3.75's cross the slate
(whatever that means)

taste and mouthfeel
are full and quite easy
nothing too extreme
nothing too displeasing

Drinkability \yes
though ABV is there
This is sort of
just good to above average fair
Taken on its merit
a solid quality stout
just nothing imperial
or that would make one shout

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 00:05:54 | More by meadhead
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