Peg Leg Imperial Stout | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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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Reviews: 722 | Ratings: 1,482
Photo of Caveworm
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of jkblr
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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Photo of Radome
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of spectru
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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 give this brew an easy drinking, yet loaded stout. Yummy!

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Photo of Eddieeight
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of pizzabutt
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Howlisa02
4.71/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

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Photo of El_Nino_Rata
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of feuematt
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of APyrateAtForty
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black with a creamy one-finger khaki head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- lighter aroma overall but picking up notes of roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of coffee

T- creamy roasted malt and chocolate up front, followed by notes of fig and prune, finishing with a hint of coffee and more chocolate

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky finish

O- nice straight-forward RIS with good drinkability

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell has roasted coffee tones up front with some fig and dates in the background, chocolate is there but very subdued, one really has to pull for both of these even after as the beer warms. It pours a jet black and leaves the same color body. A one centimeter mocha colored head appears and dies immediately. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. The taste takes all of those smells to combine a nice sweet roastiness. The palatel is about a medium with some slight harshness on the tongue, nothing bad, but noticeable. It is slightly dry. I would say it is slightly drinkable, probably have one or two in a session. Overall, this is not a bad RIS, but I’ve had better.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Pours black with a short light brown head, good retention, no lacing.
Aroma - Cocoa powder, hint of smoke, lots of caramel.
Taste - Milk chocolate, equal parts roasted and toasted malt, burnt caramel and weak coffee on the finish. Bitterness is low.
Feel - Medium-Full bodied, slightly oily, smooth carbonation.

Overall - Very good, easy to drink and full flavored.

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Photo of BJB13
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

It pours thick and very dark brown, looking black and opaque in the glass. The one and a half fingers of medium brown foamy head eventually diminished to just a foamy ring with slick lacing. The moderate nose is dominated with coffee aromas and backed up with roasted malt and alcohol. it has nice bitterness all the way through to the finish which again has noticeable alcohol presence. Coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt with a touch of sweetness make up the rest of the flavor. Body is medium heavy with a nice creamy feel and the carbonation is in the vicinity of light to medium.

Not a top tier stout but a fairly solid drinkable one. I have had three to four in an evening in the past.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very cold into 16oz Pilsner glass, consumed over a 40 minute period. Poured thick, flat and black..hardly any movement, no lacing.

Smells like a chocolate coffee, with a little fruitiness. Sweet on the front is leveled off with the very slight bitterness on the back side. Thick, but not too.. yet very smooth while cold, and smoother as it warmed. There was no bite from the alcohol, and I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this (milder) Imperial.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate, very inviting. Tastes of coffee and some grapes and just a hint of chocolate. Beer is medium to full bodied and easy drinking, decent carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,482 ratings