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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.

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Photo of Biffster
1.92/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours brilliant mahogony, with ruby and amber highlights. There is a low persistent off white head with lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is almost overwhelmed with diacetyl. There is some roastiness and a hint of toffee. As the sample warms, a hint of burnt currant and some higer alcohols become noticeable.

The beer is sweet and toffee-like at the sip, with a fair amount of hop bitterness as it progresses. The swallow is sweet, with little hint of the burnt roasty character expected of an imperial stout. The finish has only a hint of alcohol warmth.

The body is medium/light, with medium/high carbonation and a bit of astringency.

Overall, this is a pretty good Imperial style Brown Ale, and maybe a passable Baltic porter. As an imperial stout, it is disappointing. It has little of the big body, roasty aroma, or burnt, fruity, roasty flavor one expects in an imperial stout.

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Photo of KChristie87
2.05/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Not a big stout drinker. This beer is obviously really dark. Has a genuine smell to it. I've had worse beers in my life so this wasn't so bad for not being a stout drinker.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark brown/black with a nice thick and firm medium dark tan head.

Relatively simple one dimensional nose of sweet dark chocolate. Nice, fresh but simple.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Mouthfeel of carbonated coffee.

Flavors are of artificially sweetened medium bodied black coffee.

Finish is sweet coffee character all around. A bit coffee soda like in many respects. Can't really see this one with any food. Just out of balance in all respects and too artificially sweet with no other redeeming characteristics.

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Photo of Lothar666
2.27/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Very foamy tan head that was not very creamy and much lighter than some of the other RIS heads I have had. A bad sign. Receeded fairly quickly. Body was a dark brown, almost black but didn't quite make it as tinges of translucent lighter brown were noted around the edges of the glass; another bad sign.

S- Dark roasted malts mixed in with some chocolate and coffee. Standard fare for an average RIS though not incredibly impressive compared to some others in the style.

T- Sweet, complex dark malts and chocolate that should be overwhelmingly present in this style are faint at best for a beer that calls itself a russian imperial stout. The strongest and most pronounced flavor present is that of day old coffee with a slight sting of alcohol in the background but no lingering aftertaste and a tiny hop bite in the finish that is not enough to compensate the acidy coffee flavor. A very poorly balanced beer.

M- Way too thin to be called an RIS. Texture is incredibly important to this style and this beer just doesn't cut it. There is none of the obligatory coating of the tongue or mouth, nor is there any of the oily texture that defines the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. A horrible example and a bastardization of one of my favorite styles of beer.

D- Thin, watery and unpleasant, easy to gulp I guess if I were to hold my nose. The somewhat weak ABV for the style still managed to be overpowering and annoying compared to the other flavors in the brew; this is sad considering I have drank RIS's with more than twice the ABV that were still more smooth and drinkable (and some damn good beers, by the way). This was utterly disapointing and almost a drain pour, though to do such a thing goes completely against my principles. I will warn others to stay away. First timers, please do not take this brew as any indicator of the style to which it supposedly belongs. There are many wonderful examples of Russian Imperial Stouts out there that are an absolute joy to drink. This is just not one of them.

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Photo of HimerMan
2.31/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, poured into the Corsendonk Christmas Goblet.

As most stouts, it looks good. The strange thing was that the head looked like sponge cake, and then odd lacing with sudden-fermenting bubbles.

Smell is hops. This is an ideal stout for a "hophead", but not very close to the style of Russian Imperials, in my opinion.

Taste - Meh, its a decent beer, with a lot of hops right upfront. I prefer the hops in a stout to kick you a bit at the end, not on the frontline.

Not impressed overall with the beer, I would say it is a decent beer that I would have once in a while - but wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

Positive note - again, this beer has a clear hop aroma and flavor - so if you are trying to ease into stouts from IPAs or other similar styles, this may act as a good transitional catalyst.


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Photo of warmstorage
2.36/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decent, but kind of blah.

12 ounce bottle. pours a vigorous thick dense head that sticks around for a while, but leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

Deep ruby brown color, not quite jet black like I'd expect from an imperial stout. Obvious floaties bouncing around on heavy carbonation.

Aroma is roasty grain and hints of burnt grain/creosote. Not bad, perhaps the best thing about the beer.

Drinks like it smells: roasty, creosote, slightly burnt, and bitter. The alcohol is underwhelming for style. Finishes a little too quickly, and drinks a little too clean and thin.

Overall, not terrible, but not something I'd bother with again.

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Photo of Zorro
2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled through a trade with Limesmut.

Dark brown colored beer with a skimpy tan colored head. RIS is black not brown.

Smell is a little sweet and a little fruity with a clear scent of ethanol. Little bit of patent malt scent but this is mostly fruity.

Taste starts out ... near nothing just a little chocolate and roasted malt aftertaste. Bit more patent malt bite shows as a sharp bitter bite in the start of each sip. Little bit of the slight sourness patent malt can give shows up. Not much here just a bit of patent malt bite.

Mouthfeel is light.

Not a whole lot here to talk about, this is really just a high-octane light stout at best. I can't recommend this for any other purpose than to know what it tastes like.

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Photo of jampics2
2.44/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cask from the Beer Engine.

A great looking snifter brought to the table. Dark black liquid waits beneath a nice white head.

Smell throws me off. I swear that this smells like garbage. The hops and chocolate combine to make a smell that really can only be imagined as a black plastic bag baking in the hot sun. Not good so far :(

Taste follows the smell. Sure, I can see where they were going with this one. But there's something about the combination of the dank, stinky hops and the chocolate malt that reminds me of a garbage bag. Not that I've ever eaten that kind of thing.

The mouthfeel was the best part of this beer. Can't comment on the carb as this was a cask, but the thickness of the beer is really spot on.

Drinkability suffers tremendously. If your name is Oscar the Grouch, this may remind you of home. But anyone else should know - this is one to be avoided (on cask at the very least).

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reluctant 1/16" mocha head which faded fast. The body is dark as coffee. There's really very little smell, even as it fully warmed, just some roasted malt. The taste really isn't much different from the smell, subtle and mainly the roasted malt. The label says it's 8% alcohol but even that seems less. For a "Russian Imperial Stout" this beer really falls short. Don't go shipping this off to Russia, you might start a war.

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Photo of biglite351
2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - slight Browning showing around the edges. Medium pop like tan head.

S - strong bitter scent. Some malt.

T - bland. Mild bitterness in the after taste.

M - mild coating with a high amount of tingle. Tingle around the body of the tongue and behind the bottom lip.

D - won't be buying unless running out of everything else.

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Photo of DIM
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a very dark brown, no highlights. It poured with a smallish light tan head.

s: Mild cocoa malts, little else.

t: Charred malts that are bland and lack depth. The alcohol is well masked though.

m: A below average body, but adequate carbonation.

d: Not bad, just bland and uninteresting.

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Photo of hayesez
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.-

Dark reddish-brown color with a very light tan head - a very thin appearance. Even with a strong pour I could only get about a quarter inch of fizzy head that dissipated in seconds, leaving a dark cola looking beverage. Definitely not as big as most Russian Imperial Stouts.

Malty aroma - not very complex. A small amount of sweet chocolate as well.

Very sweet malty taste - too sweet for this style in my opinion. Perhaps a bit of over-ripe dark fruits once the beer warmed up a little. A bit of coffee lingering on the roof of my mouth remains long after I swallowed. The relatively low 8% alcohol content is masked well, but the flavor is very underwhelming. Extremely thin with no carbonation.

Well, I guess it is drinkable. Goes down easily with zero carbonation. Unfortunately, it really doesn't taste that good.

Overall, this is not what I expect from an RIS. The beer is thin, weak, and in my opinion really shouldn't even be classified as a Russian Imperial Stout. I was extremely disappointed with this one.

Consumed: 11/12/2009

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Photo of Higravity
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The only stinker in the Heavy Sea's line. A pathetic Imperial stout that should either be discontinued or reformulated. Yes very dark beer with a slightly off-white head and some lace. Smell was unimpressive as it had some markings of roasted malt and little else. The taste was like a middle of the road stout with a gelatin coating in my mouth. Some alcohol in the finish. Mostly this beer becomes like porter but its still too thin. Could I drink more sure, but would I pay a premium for this next year hoping it gets better? I can't give up on the locals but I refuse to support bad beers.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown, red hues, but almost no head. Okay lacing.

S: Sour fruit, maybe some cocoa, very odd for a RIS.

T: I tried my best to like this beer, and I just couldn't. Starts off incredibly sour with dark fruit, and another odd fruit I can't point out. Finishes off slightly chocolaty. Simply not a pleasant taste.

M: Really thin, hard to put down. The ABV is masked, but with such a bad taste.

D: I'm sorry, Heavy Seas, but this is the worst RIS I have ever had.

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Photo of marksto
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours opaque black with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has hints of roast and some plum-like fruitiness. Flavor has an unappealing mixture of brown sugar and jammy sweetness with light roast. Hop character is nil. Body is very light for the style, and carbonation is rather low.

Overall, a thin, one dimensional example of style. Not recommended.

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Photo of MrStark
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is dark brown with a one-finger foamy tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin cap that also disappears after a short while. Not any real lacing to speak of.

Smell is of roasted malt and not much else. There is a whiff of the alcohol. Not particularly complex.

Taste seams pretty light for the style and somewhat bland. Its fairly sweet and heavy with malts. But I don't really pick up much of the usual coffee or chocolate flavors you would expect from the style. Nothing too impressive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is just ok. It goes down easy but there isn't any complexity to speak of in my opinion. That is my overall impression of it, its drinkable, but there is nothing here to make me want to have this brew again.

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Photo of roadhouse
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. single that I got for $1 into a pint glass.

Appears dark black with some red highlights and a one inch tan head that disappears to some bubbles and a ring. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is roasty, with some coffee and dark fruit that come across as slightly tart. Almost reminds me of an Irish Dry Stout.

The taste is the same. It has lots of tart fruity flavors with some coffee-like roastiness and alcohol warmth on the finish. Nothing special here.

Mouthfeel is medium but too much on the light side that it seems to be watery and the carbonation level seems to be too high.

Not one I would recommend. In short, it kind of sucks as an RIS. This tastes like Guinness Extra Stout with more alcohol burn.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.69/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Heavy Seas Peg Leg a couple days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I remember being impressed by Heavy Seas's Wiezenbock so I thought I would give their Imperial Stout a try to see if that impresses me also. It was notched May 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label on this beers looks ok, if the image was as big a the font they used then this beer might actually stick out a little bit. It poured a typical deep dark black color with three fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and left some nice rings of lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with lots of deeply roasted dark malts. The malts have a moderate sweetness to them and they impart some dark chocolate and black coffee aromas. The aroma is nice but I expect a more robust aroma from a RIS.

T- The taste seems to mirror the aroma. It starts of with those roasted malts that retain most of the sweetness from aroma, I wish that was toned down a little. There are some chocolate and coffee flavors that I expect from a RIS but they are much lighter and subtle then most RIS's. There is no hop presence and the finish is sweet with a little presence of alcohol.

M- It was medium light bodied and that was just too watery for a proper RIS, they should be thick and chewy and this one wasn't. Surprisingly it had better carbonation then most RIS's but that doesn't make up for the poor body of this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty average RIS that I wasn't that into. It looked pretty good but the aroma and taste were a little lackluster and the majority of the mouthfeel wasn't good. When I think of RIS's I think of a thick, roasty, and robust brew and this beer just didn't live up to that. It wasn't robust enough for an RIS and the watery mouthfeel didn't match up either, I find this beer to be closer to a normal stout then a RIS. The price of this beer was pretty good, but unfortunately everything else about this beer wasn't. I don't think I would buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody since it just doesn't do a good job at representing what an RIS is. This beer just didn't do it for me and i'll chalk it up as a disappointment.

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Photo of Thads324
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep black with a super thick tan head that looks ultra sticky. superior lacing and retention. smells like a big booze and little bit of charcoal like coffee. sweet vanilla hints towards the end.

the brew starts with an astringent like feel with a very sweet and sugary coffee flavor. roasted malts, a bit of toffee and some coffee but not much. A good solid hop bitterness sits right in the middle and does a great job breaking up the sweetness, but the sweetness just returns. The mouthfeel is pretty solid and full bodied, boozy with a wet finish.

A lot of booze and sugar and not enough balance with the malt. The appearance and use of hops are the best part of this brew that isn't going to be sought out anytime soon...

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Photo of Reaper16
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a rich, dark brown. Nearly black; it looks like burnt Coca-Cola. I know, that doesn't make any sense, but it's what came to mind. It doesn't appear to have much viscosity. I worry about the mouthfeel. One finger of khaki head forms but it goes away pretty fast. I'd like to see more foam given the relatively low (for the style) ABV of 8%. The lacing is good, at least.

Lots of weak, stale, old Folgers coffee grounds hit my nose first. A light roast component, like burnt toast. I can smell some nutty English malts in this, which is unusual; those subtle malt smells are usually dominated by the more aggressive dark malts. There's also a strange note on the initial burst of aroma that reminds me of, unfortunately, garbage left out in the sun. It's a very quick note, though. Beyond that, there isn't anything else to the nose. No fruits, no hops.

This is an Imperial Stout? If so, it's underwhelming. This tastes remarkably like Mr. Pibb. I little bit of plum, but lots of sugary, dark malts. A little dusting of char, a bit of generic coffee grounds. A bit of indistinguishable hop character comes through with warmth. The finish is very weak. It tastes briefly of tannic berry skin before fading to water. It'd be an alright export stout. But it doesn't come close to cutting it in today's Imperial Stout landscape.

The mouthfeel is far, far too thin for the Imperial Stout style. Peg Leg seriously goes down like water. No chew, no heft. It's even too carbonated. The drinkability is darn good considering how close it is to a stout-flavored pop. It's simplicity both earns it a high score in drinkability and also prevents it from earning a great score.

Don't buy this beer. It's a complete waste of time, and one of the worst attempts at an Imperial Stout that I've had in a long time.

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Photo of bishopdc0
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my British pint, black with a pretty big head and small bubbles.

The aroma is subtle chocolate and roasted malts dominate. A coffee sweetness comes through.

The taste is less then average for a Imp. Stout. I was surprised at the lack of roast, though it does come at the end. the first flavors are all sweet and chocolate, this taste lingers to slowly reveal a hint of roasted malts overall its not impressive.

There isnt any carbonation on the mouth but a dry roasted feel and alcohol ends

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Photo of tubeboy
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours pitch black with less than 1/2" of head that drops quickly. I smell burnt coffee and dried prunes with a hint of alcohol too. This beer is sweet for a stout and has an acidic aftertaste that may be due to it's high gravity. I'd prefer this guy kept it's head longer to smooth out the feel. It seems a little thin to me. Imperial stouts are tough to brew and I think these guys can take this to a higher level if they want to. Locally at least, Heavy Seas is a nice go to brew. Cheers!

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Photo of FrognutUnl
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep cola in color with a single finger tan head that leaves a little lacing on its way down. The aroma is of toasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Initial taste yields a fair amount of "roastiness", and an alcohol astringency. The other flavors found in the nose seem to fade in and out of the finish. Mouthfeel is thin for the style, struggling to keep medium body with little carbonation. Overall, it is not a terrible imperial stout, but the thinness of it just can't be overlooked. I might be persuaded to pick it up again for a change of pace, but certainly not any time soon.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: 1 finger head/ caramel color, deep cloudy black,
S: hint of chocolate, hoppy, earthy almost like dirt
T: huge flavor, a lot of hops but no strong bite, a bland bitter taste, medicine, sore after taste
M: warm feeling, heavy, thick
D: not so good, couldn't finish it

My first Imperial Stout.
Not something I'll reach for anytime soon.

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Photo of winomark
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown; quite light for an Imperial Stout as it is advertised. Light, sticky light brown head. Lots of chocolate malt on the nose. Very mild coffee tones. No hops. More coffee on the palate, along with chocolate. High carbonation adds to a bitter and dry finish. Mouthfeel is very light for this style. Light, dry and bitter. An OK beer, but I would call this false advertising. This is a stout, but there is nothing imperial about it. No need to waste money on this one.

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