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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 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
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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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Photo of qchic
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not that it matters much, but this used to be an imperial porter, and now it's an imperial stout. Either way, there are better examples of either. Still drinkable, with hints of quality for not that much money.

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Photo of tlema1
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: nice but quickly dissipating tan head
S: dark fruit
T: boozy for an 8 percenter
F: medium body, coats the tongue nicely
O: I was disappointed, had a bit of a Belgian strong dark ale quality, but not what I was hoping for

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Photo of Tilly
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour with an amazing coloured coffee head that goes away quick and leaves a wonderful beige lace on the glass.
Aromas of coffee, chocolate, malt and a hint of smoke.
This baby is all chocolate and smoke but has a lingering alcohol taste.
Clean mouth feel, some creaminess with perfect carbonation.
Not bad!

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

Pleasantly surprised. I'd say this one is actually a bit of a "tweener" between an imperial and a regular stout. Very nice upfront sweetness. Not an over-the-top-head or lacing, but suffices. Decent mouthfeel, with a touch--but not an overpowering-- bitter coffee finish. Very nicely balanced overall, with the 8% ABV being fairly buried in the mix. (Did feel "the 8" a tad post taste however.) Note: I did find this beer very filling, but maybe the pork and fries I paired were partly to blame. All and all a really decent stout that I would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a inky black with a gorgeous khaki head. Head is good at 1 inch, but lacing is almost non-existent.

Smell 4.25: Great bouquet on this brew. Coffee, smoked grains, bourbon, chocolate...just beautiful.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet, but very smooth with a hint of smoke. Middle is silky smooth, with low-level smoke and a very nice chocolate overtone. Finish is a great melange of smoke, coffee, wood and brown liquor. Aftertaste is long and satisfying and fades away with a lovely smoothness. No taste of booze whatsoever.

Mouthfeel 4.5: Just perfect for this style: smooth, creamy and wonderful.

Overall 4.25: Heavy Seas brewery has a winner with this one. Smooth, creamy, but still a big and satisfying Imperial Stout. Would be great with food or a good sessioner. However, I think you might want to session this baby on a non-work night.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An ever present favorite, this imperial stout pours a thick black with some dark brown highlights on the sides, a moderate tan head of dissipating foam that settles to a very thin layer and spotty lacing. Nose of cocoa, coffee, charred smoky goodness, deeply roasted malts, dash of licorice, and some faint dark fruits. Flavors are pronounced with roasted malts, coffee, and dark bakers chocolate on all sides. Nicely coating chewy texture, with some dark fruit notes and charred smoke notes on the back. Finish is lightly dry with coffee and cocoa on the aftertaste. Warming and satisfying, even though the alcohol is well hidden. Smooth mouth feel, mild carbonation. A stout lovers enjoyment.


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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 ThaneMcC
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

App: pours deep dark brown with substantial tan head that resolves quickly to fine lacing
Smell: roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and a tad smoky
Taste: malt forward, bittersweet cocoa, a hint of salt at mid taste with a smoked/leathery endnote and clean finish
Mouthfeel: medium to full body, hint of carbonation keeps the malt from becoming syrupy, palate cleansing
Overall: for the price point, this is one of the best imperial stouts. Another hit from Heavy Seas – I’ll definitely add to my rotation of winter libations!

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Photo of car2052
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter

A: Black, with a small brown head.
S: Chocolate, milky coffee, and some banana- maybe Belgian yeast?
T: Sweet dark chocolate, with banana. Ends with some roasted coffee.
M: Medium
O: Not a bad Russian Imperial. I've had better.

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