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Heavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial StoutHeavy Seas - Peg Leg Imperial Stout

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2004

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (BB FEB/07/17),into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Frothy,dark khaki / brown,colored head,that stands just under 1 finger tall.Leaves a thin ring around the side of the glass,with a large swirl in the center.Jet black in color,with no light showing through the glass.No visible carbonation.

On the nose I get light roasted coffee,and rich dark chocolate,with some toasted malt notes.Some hints of cocoa,and caramel also.

The palate follows the nose with coffee,and chocolate up front.Getting toasted malts,and some caramel on the back end.It has a bit of a smokey aftertaste,but not strong,and no alcohol.

The body is medium heavy,with a smooth finish.

I've had this one before writing this review,and it was a bit better than I remember it.Nothing overly special that stands out about it though.Just a solid Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Ryan4120
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Deep brown - almost black with a small tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind
S - sweet malt with notes of coffee, molasses, and chocolate - not too strong though
T - Sweet malt - a mild roast to them with rich molasses and notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate rounding out the back end. A very mild hop presence - virtually undetectable.
F - full bodied with mild carbonation - very smooth. Feels rich and decadent
O - A pretty good stout with a great mouth feel and taste with the usual roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes. That said, this one just doesn't stand out to me.

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Photo of Venice_Beacher
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: dark brew with cola head
S: smell promised the dark chocolate flavor
T: as promised chocolate and molasses with bitter finish that allows the taste to linger.
O: good stout for a late evening drink. One is probably plenty per evening.

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Photo of Tohibii
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not overly impressive, but it's a credible and reasonably rich Imperial Stout that I got in a 6-pack for $8 (walked into Total Wine in Arlington, VA). I would have appreciated more bitterness as it's actually a bit sweet. Will revisit again.

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Photo of Kaapstadmk
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance -- Black as tar, with a coffee-brown head. Head was small and dissipated quickly

Smell (cold) -- Boozy with hints of dried fruit
Smell (warmed) -- Dark, bitter cocoa with dried fruit

Taste (cold) -- Definite toastiness with a carbonised edge to it. Very slight elevated flavours of dried fruit and spice with a tea-tannin aftertaste. There's also a slight boozy warmth at the throat
Taste (warmed) -- Much more drinkable. The burnt toast fades into toast with dark coffee and the dried fruit sweetness really steps up to the plate. Aftertaste reminiscent of grape skins or bitter cocoa.

Mouthfeel (cold) -- Disappointingly thin
Mouthfeel (warmed) -- Still on the thin side, but the malt texture picks up. Also coats the tongue in a way that would be pleasant if the aftertaste weren't as bitter

Overall -- Don't even bother trying to drink it cold. Just don't. When allowed to warm slightly, it really comes into its own flavour in marvelous ways. It's like drinking two completely different beers.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best if purchased by November 2012 - four years in the bottle. Opaque, some light head. Mild nose, roasted malt. Decent taste, roasted/chocolate malt. No oxidation. Some hop finish. A bit thin in body.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super dark, medium brown head.
Smokey malt and coffee aroma.
Flavor is dark roasted malts, coffee, and sweetness, but not highly complex.
Aftertaste reminds me of leather, hay/grass, and an acidic light roast coffee. Not the best experience.
Pretty heavy body, somewhat smooth, low carb.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting to really get a bang out of any brew that starts with the word Imperial, let's give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of smoky malts. Pours to a motor oil black with a dark tan fine bubbled head. On the taste this brew has a nice smokey roasted malt flavor up front, not as toasted almost burned as alot of stouts have. The flavor continues with a very sweet middle with a robust hoppiness present keeping the malt in check. Sweeter than I expected but the smokiness balances it well. The finish is flatly bitter yet sweet leaving the urge for more. The aBV is not very apparent in this brew as it is sweet and smooth throughout. In my opinion this would go awesome with salmon or spicy Mexican.

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Photo of HopAdaptation
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Some what dark look, but not as dark as other stouts I have had. The head on it is a nice brown. It smells like a dark chocolate and a hint of burnt coffee. It tastes like is it smells, almost a bitter dark chocolate with a burnt coffee. Initially you taste more sweet chocolate flavored malts, with a bitter coffee hint at the end. Feels just as light as it looks when you drink it. Overall I like it, but not as much as other stouts I have had. Not as thick and full flavored as I would have liked.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark cola-brown stout with average light brown head. Not much lacing. Nose a little caramelly, not too big. Taste starts gentle, opens into a nicely balanced and smooth stout, but not especially dense or complex for the style. Enjoyable but not overwhelming flavors: cola, mild chocolate, a gentle creaminess at the end. Hops are modest. Mouthfeel clean and ends with a little lingering tingle. A good beer, if not the most overwhelming imperial stout available.

Best by date "JUL 1516" and consumed 26 June 16.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, cocoa, and just a hint of coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with a lot of roasted character and some molasses.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. Ruby-brown, almost black with a 1.5 finger tan head. Not great retention. Very little lacing. Smell is coffee, some dark chocolate, but not much else there. Taste is bitter coffee, a little bit of dark chocolate, with a touch of hops at the end. Feel is lighter than I would expect. Overall, an average, easy drinking stout. Other than ABV, wouldn't label this an Imperial

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours black, so dark that looking into the glass is almost like looking into a mirror, with a 1.5 finger mocha head; most of which lasts until the end and moderate to heavy lacing.

The smell is earthy and woody with lots of roasted, toasted malts. There is also lots of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is almost all lightly toasted malts backed up by coffee, like chewing on a coffee bean, and chocolate with just a bit of hops on the back end. There is also a woody, earthy taste, just like the smell. The feel is thick, rich and filling and a little dry at the finish.

Overall another winner from Heavy Seas. If you want to try an Imperial Stout that is not too hoppy then try this one.

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Photo of atr2605
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours black with a fingers width tan head with nice retention and lacing
S-dark cocoa, burnt coffee, mineral/chalk
T-baking cocoa and coffee dominant, with some chalk and dry biscuit in the finish
M-medium-full bodied and smooth
O-nice, drier imperial stout. great value

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of Oct. 2015 purchased earlier in the day at a World Market.

Pours a very dark red-brown looking black and opaque in the shaker pint glass. Decent head and some lacing.

Excellent mouthfeel despite indications of high ABV: very smooth and full.

The aroma too is quite nice. While I certainly like the flavor it is only about average, at best, for style.

Overall: a bit disappointing given the brewery and the favored style.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Dark, near black. Tan/mocha head which stuck around to about 3/4 of the way done with the beer
Smell - Light roast smell. Alcoholic cherry smell?
Taste - Roasty taste, too. A little bit of coffee flavor. Very nice
Feel - Thin but not bad. Was expecting a bit thicker feel (but I haven't had many stouts)
Overall - Nice, easy drinking beer which goes down easy. I like it

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Photo of Prager62
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in a recent trade. A best by date of Feb. 22/16. Poured into my twelve ounce Greenbush snifter.

Look- A oily but thin looking dark brown with a half finger of mocha foam that quickly settles.

Smell- Dark chocolate, coffee, figs, and some molasses.

Taste- Bakers chocolate, weak coffee, with a hint of figs.

Feel- Thin and tingly. Reminds me of a light cola beverage.

Overall- Nothing super complex here. It is tasty enough and really easy drinking for a beer weighing in at 8%. Worth a shot if you like your stouts on the easy drinking side.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours inky black with a not too persistent caramel brown head. Smells roasty with a hint of chocolate. Has a dry malty taste, alcohol is a little too obvious. Mouth feel is a bit thin, somewhat disappointing for a stout. Overall not a bad brew just not great.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(10/10/15): Tasted at Good Beer Festival in Salisbury, MD. I will admit that I didn't take copious notes, but this was a little thin for an Imperial Stout. Tasted good, though.
(12/6/16): Bottle dated "best by April 9, 2017" into pint glass. Pours an oily black with no light penetration, even at the edges. Solid tan head. Initial impression is dark (but not bitter) chocolate and coffee, with maybe some caramel and vanilla in the background. This gives way to a slight bitterness (like BITTER dark chocolate). Medium-thick mouthfeel; carbonation is on the light side. Both enhance the taste. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Numeric ratings will reflect this review since I spent a lot more time thinking about it.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The initial appearance is the best part. It pours a solid black with a nice tan head, good lacing. The head slowly dissipates to a thin film you let it sit long enough. The 8% ABV is not masked very well, only slightly. A malty-dry flavor in this average imperial with a lingering bitter after taste. Decent, definately worth a pour, but I'm not racing back for seconds.

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Photo of bonesTdog
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is not a beginner's stout in my mind - which is not a bad thing. Black as night, fairly thick body and acidic charred malt flavors abound. Not much fruit, chocolate, anise or coffee to be found here. Finish it with a touch of bitter and alcohol and you have a stout not for the faint of heart. My one criticism is the lack of complexity, but that may not be fair for a straightforward imperial stout. Very true to it's name.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second bottle from the six-pack I split with my sister; best by date is December 24th of 2015.

Pours very, VERY dark brown, approaching black. Once in the glass, it looks even darker, pretty much pitch black -- I can't see any lighter patches around the edges at all in a full glass, and my phone's screen light doesn't pass through to the other side even at the glass's narrowest point. Even my little LED flashlight can't penetrate it! The low point here is the almost total lack of a head of foam on top -- there's a thin layer there upon pouring (with a nice dark tan/light brown color to it) but that quickly fades to virtually nothing, leaving only a little ring around the inside of the glass. The pirate themed label is nice, also -- Heavy Seas beers always stand out a bit on the shelf thanks to that, which is probably why I spotted this one among the mostly unremarkable selection at that local Wal-Mart.

Smell is very roasty. That's the main thing I'm getting now; shortly after pouring it was more noticeable in the smell department, but now I'm having to take a good sniff to pick up much. What is there is pretty nice -- lots of roastiness, with a bit of a fruity thing hovering in the background -- but it could be a bit stronger. I do notice that as the beer sits and has a chance to warm up a bit the smell does start to come out more again -- must be reaching its ideal serving temperature right around now, I suppose. There's a bit of an almost cheese-like savory aspect to it nearing the end of the glass, but that doesn't come across as an unpleasant feature here (unlike some of the other beers where I picked up a "cheesy" smell) -- it blends in with all that roastiness so well that it actually kinda works.

Flavor is similar to the smell, but stronger and with a bit more depth to it. Definitely a lot of almost-burnt dark roasted malt in this one; a bit of an almost-coffee-like flavor and a burnt/char kind of thing mixing together. There's a dark chocolate kind of thing going on in there, too. The fruity presence in the smell is definitely there in the taste as well, though it likes to hide out in the background at least at first. When I first had this one I was at a loss on how to describe that flavor and almost wanted to say it was grape-like, but afterward it suddenly hit me -- plums! It's been a while since I've had an actual plum, so that may be slightly off, but that's what it reminds me of, anyway. It's an interesting thing to find mixed in with the coffee/roasted/burnt/chocolate flavors you find in a lot of dark beers, and it works pretty well here.

Feel is not as much of a high point as the flavor, unfortunately. It's not quite as thick/substantial feeling as I'd expect from a big stout, though it's not *bad* by any means. Carbonation may be just a tad too prickly, especially shortly after pouring.

Overall, while it's not perfect (the slightly-too-prickly/slightly-too-thin feel being the main negative) this is a pretty nice beer, and certainly one I'm glad I picked up a six-pack of. I imagine there are better imperial stouts out there (this is the only one I've had so far, so I can't compare directly just yet), but Peg Leg seems like a pretty great value -- it's not often that you find a six-pack of imperial stout on the shelf for somewhere in the high $8/low $9 range! Heck, for the same price I'd only be able to get two or three cans/bottles of some of the other big stouts from the local beer/wine store. If you're in the mood for a big, roasty stout with a little bit of dark fruitiness in the background but don't want to pay upwards of $10 for a 4-pack, I'd recommend trying this one out.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark in the glass but not completely opaque. Thick khaki head slowly worked its way down to a ring along the glass. Nose has bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, little roast and a very slight belgiany characteristic from the yeast, maybe? Thin mouth feel for an imperial stout. Acidic coffee on the taste, dark fruits, belgian yeast fruitiness, and dark malt. Some good qualities to this one but overall mediocre.

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Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I give Heavy Seas credit for delivering big beers at a solid price point. $10 a six for an imperial stout is good value. Sure it isn't best in class but you could do worse. This one was fine but not memorable. I will acknowledge the hoppiness as a nice change of pace for the style

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