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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 1,109
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | 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 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
Photo of BeerHonky

New York

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

12 oz. bottle with freshness date clearly marked on the label. Fuzzy tan head sits atop a very dark mahogany brown with burgundy red highlights. Not much head retention here. Smells oddly fruity for an imperial stout...I'm expecting dark fruit aromas, and I'm detecting a little raisin here and there, but its almost citrusy? Call me crazy...but maybe there's a bunch of hops in here! Wow, unique flavor...starts out with some sweet, roasty, carmel malt flavors that slide into a piny, resinous hop flavor...and then a very delicate and very pleasant chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Not sticky at all either. Very accessible for an imperial stout...I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to start getting into this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 04:39:16 | More by BeerHonky
Photo of zebulon


3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Formed a 1 inch tan head which disappear fairly fast, Color as a dark brown almost couldn't see through but pleasant.

S Light aroma malt and honey if that is possible, gave a sweet sensation when inhaling.

T Coffee, mild sweet, but dried the pallet. A tiny bit sourness in the finish when it warmed up.

M Dry but light.

D The coffee, honey and dryness were to the good, but it was too light for an imperial. It was ok, but I wouldn't go looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 00:38:06 | More by zebulon
Photo of kmo1030


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purs very dark brown/black, with athin tan head.
the aroma contains caramel, sweet licorice, some coffee, and piney hops. i get some faint dark fruity alcohol. some bread when swirled. chocolate notes come out with warmth. faint whiffs of some sort of sanitizer aroma.
the taste starts off with carameled coffee, transitioning to some dark berry flavors, licorice and finally sprucey hops that add substantial bitterness to the end. a bit sour at the finish
the body is fullish, but lacks a little with a delicate but sharp carbonation.
decent enough drinkability, the alcohol doesn't come through much to this beers benefit. a good beer, but lacks anything that might make it stand out. almost porter-ish as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 00:31:21 | More by kmo1030
Photo of DrJay


3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with ruby highlights. The short cap of light tan head dissipated quickly, leaving a thin skim of fine bubbles and a ring. There was only a bit of short-lived lacing. Bready malt aroma, some caramel, a bit grainy, with not much roast. Sweet and malty with a hint of cherries, mostly bready. There was a bit of chocolate and alcohol, but not much roast. Medium to full bodied with lowish, creamy carbonation. Overall, a pretty weak imperial stout, but not a bad beer. More like a porter than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 22:26:17 | More by DrJay
Photo of mortarit

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves very little lacing.

Smell reeks of alcohol to the point I thought I might not like this one. I have never been fond of stouts so I was a little skeptical about trying it.

Taste caught off guard by the minute smoothness and lack of over powerless of alcohol that first embraced. There is also generous dark malt, but it is eclipsed by the dry bitterness from the hops.

Mouth feel is medium bodied.

This is a pretty decent full flavored stout. Certainly worth a try. I will have to invest in more of this style later on.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 19:44:33 | More by mortarit
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark, not quite pitch balck color. Barely opaque with a little light through the edge of the glass.
Aroma- Slightly sweet-smelling, not very potent with some chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel- warming with a sweeter profile. Mostly malt with a very mild hop profile. I barely got any roasted or coffee flavors. Finished smooth and remained sweet. Alcohol is warming but not dominating. This is mild for a RIP but it drank well and was not bad. Just could have been a little bolder with more coffee or chickory flavors. Good brew nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 15:09:25 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees.

A - Poured a deep brown...almost maple syrup in color. I'm a little leery, as a caramel head began to form, but suddenly stopped and melted away to nothing at all. A nice color overall, but I'm a little worried.

S - Smells of toffee and burnt coffee with a malty backbone. Some cocoa in the background.

T - Nothing special by any means...roasted malt up front, backed up by coffee, cocoa, and toffee. While good flavors, they just don't develop and seem very watered down. Almost like an APA with good background flavors.

M - Watered down body, but finishes with a strong warming feeling. Just went down a little too easily.

D - It served its purpose...I wanted something to warm me up, but didn't have time to savor the beer. I'm glad I got to try it, but I won't be picking up any more of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 02:05:58 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the reason why I got the mix 12 pack from Clipper City and surprisingly it is my least favorite of the offerings. This brew poured to a very dark black color with a smallish light tan head that did not have much of any legs and also did not provide much of any lacing. I was wondering if this could have been my glass even though I usually do see this problem so for the next brew I hand washed a new glass to make sure I had no soap or chemical build up but had the same result. Anyway, the aromas where ok with highlights of coffee, chocolate and I think a little cherry or some other dark fruit. Good smell, just seems to be missing something here, for a imperial stout I would think things would stand out but they don’t. The taste is also ok, seems quite pedestrian to me but the highlights are chocolate with a slight coffee feel with a break to a noticeable hop flavor that lingers somewhat. Over all this is a pretty ok brew but for it to be in the category of an imperial stout it just seems to be to blah for my expectations. This one does not stand up to the other offering in the Heavy Sea’s collection.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 18:13:17 | More by Stimack
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have read that the brewery reformulated this beer so I picked it up again in a 12 variety pack of Heavy Seas beers.

Nice black color-very nice tan head on top. Good, though not very prominant, roasted aroma. Ink like smell to it. Big, malty flavor. Nice roasted highlights. Somewhat sweet-almost like a milk stout. Lingering roasted flavors in the finish. Good body-seems to have been kicked up a notch. Very drinkable. Could lose some of the sweetness for my liking. Not as much roasted and harsh taste to it as some RIS. Good effort-as is any beer from the Heavy Seas line.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 01:52:55 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of RedChrome


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

Body is inky black color. A quater inch light tan colored head faded to a sheen on top almost instantly. No carbonation can be seen in the onyx liquid. Scare lacing in spots.

Very sweet aroma of figs. There is also a light grain note which when mixed with the figs reminds me of a newton. An alcohol presence is balanced to the other scents.

Sweet smell carries over nicely into the taste. Fig quality is a bit subdued and balances with varying tastes of chocolate and raisins. Alcohol flavor is very faintly present.

A nice thickness on the tongue. A light tingling helps the flavor make it to the back of the tongue.

A worthwhile try. This would go great with a slice of chocolate cake. The blend is nice and the taste work well on the tongue. Only drawback is the overall strength of flavors is a little weak.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 03:16:03 | More by RedChrome
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured into a small goblet a near pitch black with just a hint of ruby shown thru a tight well formed 1/2 finger mocha colore head atop.Dark fruit alcohol notes and and a dryer rooty elemant shows thru as well,flavors of dark fruit,licorice and rum shine out most that earthy rawness shows up a bit late but is subdued but nicely noticed.Not big and chewey like many impy stouts but it is rather quaffable,a bit beter than expected it has character.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2007 00:14:58 | More by oberon
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep oil black with an enormous cream colored head that stayed around forever. Deep thick lacing.Smell was alot of coffee and caramel sweetness, roasted malts abound on this one. The taste was very well rounded. Very slight hint of coffee and dark fruits, predominant flavor is sugary roasted caramel. There is a slight hopped back to it as well. Dry finish and easy going down. No hint of alcohol at all, and at 8%abv thats saying something! This was an easy drinker and a good RIS. Would definatly drink this again!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 02:21:42 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of MmmIPA


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Massive brown head, very fluffy.Dark black body.I really cant see through it.Nice lacing is left behind, the head is like a 2 finger head,goes to a ring in my tulip.

Dark fruits

First taste is chocolate and some coffee.I dont taste the fruits but I know there somewhere in there.The aftertaste isnt as dank as some stouts.

Very drinkable and the booze dont seem to come out as in some other RIS.Goes down very smooth.The beer is very creamy and is in the middle of watery and thick.

This is a very solid beer from Clipper Seas.I look forward to having this on tap in the future since I have a new found love for the almighty RIS!Go out and get this fine brew everyone.


I really liked this beer alot when it was fresh.Lets see how it does after being cellared for 8 months.

Pitch black body with a small tan head,left some lacing on the glass.

The taste is bakers,sweet chocolate.Coffee and roasted malts also in the taste.Dark fruits and chocolate in the taste and some hop flavor in there aswell.The taste isnt as dank as it was when fresh.It sorda taste like rum, so I guess its starting to get vinous

Mouthful is very creamy.I can taste the alcolhol in this as it warms up,its not a bad taste though.

I like this stuff quite a bit,its not overpowering at all in the impy stout catagory.I reccommend this to any stout loving fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 00:54:08 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of beerphan


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
notched Sept. 06

Pours black with some deep scarlet highlight. A creamy quickly fading more tan than white head leaves some nice lace.

Nose: Some roasted malts, sweet baking chocoolate, and alcohol.

Taste: Old burnt coffee and alcohol seem the most pronounced. Chalky cocoa,some faint dark sweet fruits and a mild bitter finish.

Mouth is not very sturdy and overly carbonated.

I was a little disappointed with this beer, does not seem very RIS like.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 23:33:00 | More by beerphan
Photo of Jwaks


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving 12oz bottle

This brew's ominous dark umber, black appearance is complimented by a razor thin layer of very fine film forming a pronounced beige lining between the beer and the glass.

Spicy hops, peppery alcohol, burnt malts and vinous dark fruits dominate this beer's tempting bouquet.

Light flavorful spicy hop bitters hit the palate with diluted deep rosted malts. The mid palate's vinous dark fruit flavors droop a bit leading to a short, nutty and very slightly alcoholic, dry finish.

Somewhat thin and low profile for an imperial stout, this is easy to drink and quite smooth. A bit dissapointing for an imperial stout but still an enjoyable one at that.


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 01:53:41 | More by Jwaks
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a light tan rocky head that last for a short bit. The body is so dense shows no sign of carbonation even at the edges of the glass.

S- This beer light bitter dark roasted malt nose with a chocolate malt hint.

T- This beer has a creamy dark malt flavor that is pretty soft with a light tang in the finish to the malt. There is a soft spice to the finish but it is pretty dry. As the beer warms there is a hint of dried prunes but that is the only depth to this beer.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy texture and the finish has a fizz that comes through when it warms. There are no notes of alcohol even when it warms.

D- This beer is smooth and mellow with not much depth and the flavors it does have are not that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 04:48:31 | More by rhoadsrage
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