Peg Leg Imperial Stout
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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #830
Ranked #40,168
3.68 | pDev: 12.5%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
Peg Leg Imperial StoutPeg Leg Imperial Stout
Notes: 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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Argail from Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

tasty roasty toasty malty well made stout... fund 6 pack in WV, from bottle: Our Peg Leg imperial stout is done in the English style, focused on malt rather than hops. Devilishly dark yet surpfisingly smooth. Luxurious with notes of coffee & dark chocolate. 8% abv. best by 11/05/20. Would buy again.

Sep 17, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peg Leg pours black, with a small, but lacing head. Weaker aroma hints of black licorice and chocolate. Flavor has a nice kick, generous hints of black licorice, and hints of chocolate. Just a little watery. Overall, a lighter RI Stout, but still nice flavors, very drinkable.

Sep 12, 2020
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogany leaning towards black with a caramel colored head Little retention.

Burnt toast, plumb, raisin, burnt sugar, and nuts.

Plumb raisin up front flowing to burnt sugar and a sour wood flavor.

Jul 21, 2020
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Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good value for a Russian imperial sold in an old fashion six pack. It’s a decent, enjoyable imperial stout, but it lacks complexity of aromas and flavors that the best examples display.

Mar 31, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 11 (Including tax)/six-pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.153/oz). Reviewed 1/11/20.
“Best by Aug 08 19”” stamped on back label. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. It’s a RIS so it’s probably still OK.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to direct light, still opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.2 cm, aggressive center pour), dark tan, dense, average retention, diminishing to a two mm crown and a complete cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Initially roasted chocolate malt. This rapidly fades to nothing. As the beer warms further, the final aroma is weak generic roasted malt.
Flavor – 4 - Begins slightly bitter with soft roasted malt and a bit of earthiness from the hop bill. No alcohol (8% ABV as marked on label) aroma or flavor. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4. Although lacking the sweetness of many RISs and the almost required BBA, this is a good basic stout. The English hops add an earthiness, making this probably a close flavor match for the original RISs.

Jan 11, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 12/26/14 @ Heavy Seas Restaurant.

Black/brown hue.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Fresh earth, roasted coffee, black licorice & mild banana nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Root beer, fresh earth & mild milk chocolate flavors.

A nice quaff on a winter day.

Jul 12, 2019
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peg Leg Imperial Stout | Heavy Seas Beer. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, I see a four finger thick head resembling milk chocolate, solid lacing, and an inky black body.

Smells like tobacco, leather, dark cacao, smoke, etc. Not much of a booze note here.

I taste a smooth blend of these elements. Again, the booziness isn't too present with this brew. Which isn't a bad thing when you don't want to heavily exhale as though you've had a shot just by sipping your beer. Just my two cents.

Heavier mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Peg Leg Imperial Stout | Heavy Seas Beer shall receive an overall 4.5 from me.

Apr 26, 2019
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as an opaque black with a three-finger tan frothy head. Aroma is subtle, essentially of sweet malt with a hint of coffee. Taste is roasted malt forward and malty sweet, but (happily) not overly sweet. The bitterness on the back end is more like an espresso-bitter rather than a hops-bitter. Overall, pretty OK but also near the bottom of the Russian-Imperial-Stout class.

Apr 14, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (bb October 2018?) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours very dark brown with slight mahogany highlights. The head is mocha colored and recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is semisweet chocolate, malted milk candy and coffee. The taste is bittersweet chocolate with an underlying tang vs. malted milk ball finish that was only lightly bitter. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, ok to good. I'm rounding up on this one due to the best by date. I normally don't worry about that on an RIS, but I think this beer might be better fresher. Not complex and really off to style in a couple of ways.

Jan 22, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - super dark good tan skimming
Smell - slight toasty scent a little sweetness
Taste - really sweet and rich toastiness
Feel - medium body with a crisp light carbonation and a little creamy
Overall - pretty good but to sweet

Oct 03, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peg Leg Imperial Stout brewed by Heavy Seas Beer, with an ABV of 8.00% This Russian Imperial Stout pours into a pint beer glass a nice deep brown color with a light brown head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts. You also pick up the mild sweetness, with hop bitterness in the smell as well. So far Peg Leg Imperial Stout is a really inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold an Rich with Roasted goodness. There is a lot going on in peg leg. You frist pick up on the Roasted grains and malts, then a slight sweetness of chocolate at the end. The body of Peg Leg is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy. This Russian Imperial Stout has a super nice balance to it, it is really hard to pick up on the 8.00% ABV in this brew. It goes down just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Peg Leg Imperial Stout a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Heavy Seas Beer, did a super nice job with this brew.

Aug 23, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of black coffee,bitter dark chocolate,malt, and ash. Taste is very similar,somewhat complex but maybe not as flavorful or as well executed as others in this style. Overall it was enjoyable and wouldn't mind having again

Jul 22, 2018
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Radome from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

L - Opaque mahogany beer with a beautiful, creamy tan head that piles up and lasts, leaving thick lacing when swirled.

S - Nice aromas of dark malt: coffee, brown sugar, low alcohol. Earthy hops at a low level. Not overly deep or rich aromas.

T - Roasted coffee that is almost acrid, chocolate, low earthy hops. Flavors end abruptly in a dry finish.

F - Medium to thin body. Low carbonation is just a bit prickly. Moderate hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol presence.

O - This is a decent, enjoyable imperial stout, but it lacks complexity of aromas and flavors that the best examples display.

Jul 22, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to try at least one beer from this brewery. 12 oz single bottle purchased for $2.29 at Total Wine in Daytona Beach, FL. Best By 9/8/18.

Deep black color with a thin off-white finger of head in my Calusa snifter.

Aromas of green pepper and fresh tar, with slight hot caramel and roast malts.

Flavor is an overwhelming amount of ash, rolled tobacco, and green pepper. No smoothness to this AT ALL. Slight caramel floating around there somewhere. Piney hops. Slight tar on the finish.

Creamy and mostly viscous mouthfeel, the carbonation makes it seem more on the medium side of things, but still within spec. Resinous finish.

Overall, I figured Heavy Seas just got a bad rep because they're not like the popular beers, but this is honestly quite sub-par. It's like every bad and bitter character of Marshall Zhukov (which is actually quite balanced and delicious) without the sweetness complementing it. Very resinous hops.

Jun 18, 2018
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spectru from Florida

4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark, coffee colored, cream colored head dissipates; robust aroma; tangy mouthfeel; robust flavor with a hint of chocolate. this is a robust, very enjoyable beer.

May 17, 2018
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NeilSilber1 from California

4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate with fluffy khaki head. Deep malty notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toffee with right balance of sharp hop make this brew an extra rich and tasty Russian Imperial stout. Strong 8% ABV abd Yummy! (Beer club 2019)

May 05, 2018
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up deep dark brown no translucency.
Smells faintly of nuts and old man. My wife thinks it smells like unwashed dingdong.
Tastes very nutty, plus some coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is sparkly.
Overall I like it but the flavors arent as big and bold as I would prefer.

Apr 19, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a snifter glass; best if consumed by 15 August 2018.
A: Pours a very dark brown, near black color with a quarter inch, light brown head, limited retention (mostly a rim), and very limited lacing.
S: Aromas of dark roast coffee, honey, molasses, and black licorice predominate.
T: Semisweet and complex. Flavor a melange of dark roast coffee, fig, plum, and black licorice. Bitterness nicely offsets the malty elements.
M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A nicely designed and executed Russian Imperial Stout

Apr 18, 2018
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pizzabutt from Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

appearance: dark brown, practically black. lets no light through. pours with a tan head that falls rapidly.

smell: molasses, brown sugar, some roasted coffee notes. a little bit chocolatey.

taste: brown sugar, chocolate, coffee. aftertaste is pretty hoppy.

feel: thick, velvety. very smooth and full bodied with mild carbonation. pretty dry.

overall: a good RIS. not quite as complex as, say, old rasputin, but has multiple levels of flavor and is quite smooth. very enjoyable but not my go-to.

Apr 15, 2018
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Howlisa02 from Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a fabulous dark beer. Smooth mouth feel with a little kick. Chocolate, coffee, and malt flavors. Not overly carbonated. I love this beer! If they would age it in bourbon barrels OMG! It would be off the charts. And this is the bottle. I imagine on tap it is heavenly.

Dec 16, 2017
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El_Nino_Rata from Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuck you fucking hipsters, this beer deserves at least a 4. God y'all are infesting beer culture and bringing it down to soyboy status. Keep suckling on your phytoestrogenic IPAs with your gynocemastia, high pitched voice and undescended testicles. Solid beer.

Nov 28, 2017
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown color. Sandy head retains at a quarter inch. Foamy collar of lacing.

S: Roasty, fudge sauce, chocolate truffles, bitter dark chocolate, mocha, molasses, fruit cake, hints of earthy hop.

T: Molasses, burnt crust, black coffee, dark chocolate, roasty. Earthy hops. Raisins and stewed prunes. Lingering roasty and smokey finish.

M: Rich, thick, and chewy. Coating. Fine carbonation.

O: A good no-frills take on the style. A perfectly fine beer, though it runs the risk of being perhaps a bit mundane.

Nov 18, 2017
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feuematt from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black stout with a foamy tan head, Taste is bitter dark chocolate,toasty malts and coffee. There is a little bit of alcoholic warmth. Overall a decent brew.

Nov 06, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown, almost black, with a modest head, soon reducing to a ring. Nose gets the coffee and roasted malt. Mouth gets the same. Coats the tongue nicely.

2020 - found an older bottle - ages reasonably well

Oct 22, 2017
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APyrateAtForty from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Here goes my first review:

12 oz. bottle with a Best By Date of 11/26/17 poured into a tulip glass

L - Pours a dark black color with a thick foaming head that dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing

S - Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and toasted malt. Scent becomes more pronounced as the beer warms

T - Taste is similar to the scent - chocolate, coffee and toasted malt with a hint of hops bitterness in the finish

M - Very smooth, creamy feel with low carbonation. Almost silky

O - Not the beer for Sunday afternoon tailgating, but an excellent sipping beer for unwinding after dinner. The chocolate and coffee flavors seem like dessert in a glass. I will definitely be getting more of this.

Oct 10, 2017
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