Peg Leg Imperial Stout | Heavy Seas Beer

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Peg Leg Imperial StoutPeg Leg Imperial Stout
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Peg Leg Imperial StoutPeg 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 hossua34
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, cherry wood brown. A small head, quickly becoming a layer of bubbles. Little to no lacing.

S - A strong blast of alcohol up front. Black cherry, chocolate and a hint of coffee.

T - Black cherry and chocolate with a burnt toast aftertaste. The high alcohol content is warming, but too apparent. A strange berry-like tartness.

M - "Hot". Mouthfeel hurt by the poorly-hidden alcohol.

D - Heavy and strong, a brew for pirates judging by its name and bottle. Not something I can see myself having more than a couple of.

This bottle was purchased past its freshness date, so I might owe this one another shot. My biggest beef with it was the heavy alcohol taste, and the aftertase of sliced black cherries on a piece of charred toast.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with a freshness date of Aug 09', into a pint glass beer is a deep brown on the pour but appears jet black in the glass and has a milky, thick, cappuccino colored head. The nose is not overwhelming but is of roasty malt notes; bittersweet chocolate and lightly burnt coffee along with sweet caramel and a touch of vanilla. The flavor is perfectly balanced, malty sweet yet not sickeningly so due to the appropriate balance of hops. The alcohol is only noticeable in a burning effect after a swig, but is not present in the taste at all. The mouthfeel is not quite as full as I had expected but the carbonation is right on at minimal. The beer has a dry finish due in part to the astringency of the darker malts and in part to the 8% ABV. Overall, decent drinkability but not one I could drink all night long. A straight forward but satisfying RIS.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black with a thin rimming of tan head.
Smell has roasted malt, some chocolate and hints of coffee.
Taste is heavy with coffee and roast. Like a roasted latte taste with some chocolate twinges.
Finish is a bit muddy, with a noticeable but kind of fleeting roasted after-taste.
Drinks very smooth. Has a lighter body than most imperial stouts and the 8% isn't there in taste at all.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with a smallish tan head that quickly settles into a light ring. The aroma is of roasted malt, peat, and charred wood. The taste is of roasted malt, some bitter chocolate and charred wood. The wood taste is a nice touch. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, a bit light for a RIS and not as smooth but the carbonation helps the drinkability. A fairly light RIS but easier to drink. I like the charred wood flavor but as a whole the flavors are subdued. Still a decent brew.

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Photo of magine
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark; almost black brew with some ruby red at parts. Has a tan head that doesnt stay for long. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of roasted malt; chocolate and some tart sweet smells. Some coffee smells through.

The brew tastes of roasted malts, some bitterness. The coffee, chocolate taste is in there - it is a bit over taken by the alcohol presence in the taste. Has a warming effect.

This brew is good - not special by any means. Has a presence of alcohol in there that has been better masked by other breweries for this style. Has a nice roasted malt flavor - and is drinkable. Just not in the tops I have had for this style. Have a few and move to a different brew.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle

A: Very dark, nearly pure black wih just the faintest hint of amber undertones.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, chicory, mildly alcoholic, very faint hops and maybe some earthy fruit.

T: Roasted malts up front, chocolate and a nice coffee bitterness that leaves a clean, dry finish. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium bodied, mild carbonation...

D: Overall a good imperial stout and one that is pretty drinkable in spite of the abv, which does warm the belly, but can be deceptively easy to drink.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a perfect pint

Pours a dark brown, somewhat clear. Supprised you could see through it, wanted something thicker. thin head no lace.

smells like a standard mix of chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. tastes bitter chocolate with a weaker flavor of coffee and a hint of fruits. didn;t feel thick enough for me and wasn't that great to drink

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Photo of bbeane
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler. Small chocolatey colored froth that disappates quickly. The beer is black, and lets no light escape when held up to the ceiling

S- Gives off a strong coffee aroma with a hint of malt sweetness

T- Pretty well rounded taste. Seems like you get equal notes from the malt, coffee, and chocolate... with a lingering coffee taste after you swallow.

M- Medium bodied... slightly lighter than I expected. Very low carbonation.

D- I'd drink more. Not the greatest Imperial stout, but decent.


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Photo of damienblack
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a seemingly thin dark brown. Thin head that leaves almost nil retention, some sloppy backwash-like lacing. Smell is faint malt, but it's almost devoid of any sort of smell at all. The taste and mouthfeel... this can't be an imperial stout, no way. It's very thin, lacks the body of even some regular dry stout's I've had. It's like I'm tasting a less flavorful version of something like Young's or Guiness (except without the rampant carbonation). Lots of coffee flavor, that much is apparent, but that's it. No roasty punch, or anything of the sort. Pretty weak and watered down in my opinion. Sure, it's drinkable, but that doesn't mean much. A huge letdown for me.

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Photo of beerman207
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had Clipper City brews for the first time while visiting Baltimore so I looked for the brews in my favorite party store. What do you know? They carry the line!

A - Dark as an RIS should be. A nice tan head gives way to some decent lacing in the glass. Better than expected.

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruits like figs coming through

T - The taste is all chocolate and coffee.

M - Very nice body. Just the right amount of carbonation and chunkiness to it.

D - I am not sure how many of these I could have in a session. It's a pretty heavy brew.

Nice offering from Clipper City.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black pour with a thin coco colored head . Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee, and a hint of charcoal. Flavor is sweet and roasty, some chocolate,caramel coffee , darkfuits and maybe a hint of smoke ,. Body is a bit thin for and IMP Stout ,smooth mouthfeel , soft carbonation . A pretty good dinker and quite tasty overall.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Rock Creek Pale Ale glass. Bottle says to enjoy by April 09 - I'm 2 months past that... but this is an Imperial Stout, right?

A - Pours near black with a wispy ring of lace that doesn't stick around

S - roast chocolate malts, no discernable hop aroma

T - not hoppy, not particularly malty, get a lot of tannic bitterness from the roasted malts but not much else

M - very thin for a RIS

D - It hides the 8% ABV reasonably well, but there is just nothing compelling about this beer that keeps me coming back for more.

Pass on this one, there are much better RIS out there. Stick to the Clipper City Loose Cannon.

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Photo of thekanna
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring, MD.

A: Black with some light that shines through when held up to light. Barely noticeable head.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, malts, toffee, dark chocolate. Nice and sweet but not cloying, with a great roasted malt backing.

T: Heavy Seas has really made an imperial stout to compare with the best. Roasted coffee, malts, and dark chocolate biscuit shine through. Dark fruits are readily present: blackcurrants, blueberries, and blackberries come to mind. This is one delicious brew.

M: Decent body; not too heavy, but has gravity. Creaminess is also prominent, imbuing a chewy feel.

D: Great drinkability. It's nice to see a local brewery near where I live producing something this world-class.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Not quite pitch black. Caramel fizzy head that fades into nothing pretty quickly. Some lacing though.

S - Dark fruits like blueberry and chocolate. Deep maltiness amongst fairly strong alcohol aroma.

T/M - Fizzy, alcohol comes through immediately. Aftertaste has an biting bitterness that tastes like 100% dark chocolate. Feels thin overall. Dark malts and some earthy hops make their way through, but not much.

D - Not terribly tasty, and high alcohol, but it's easy enough to drink one of. Wouldn't have another.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours an almost opaque black beer, it does show some attractive burgundy hues around the edge. The light mocha head does a good job of leaving nice lacy foam patterns on the glass.

Aroma - darkly roasted grain,a touch smoky with faint notes of coffee.

Taste - the roasted malts come into play immediately with a fair amount of espresso character in support. The swallow brings on even more roastiness with notes of dark chocolate. A long finish to this, the flavor just hangs around, leaving a lengthy chocolatey ending. The flavor strengths are more along the line of a stout than an imperial, but they still are tasty.

Mouthfeel - a smooth feel with subdued carbonation; a sturdy body.

Drinkability - a great fireside beer. Enjoy sipping this with some chocolate, some sliced strawberries, or just by itself.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at cellar temp pored into an oversized wine glass. pours very close to opaque black, slight brownish/reddish hue when held up to the light. about one finger head off of a vigourous pour that faded very quickly to a thin ring around the glass. light tan colored head. minimal lacing, poor head retention.

the aroma is full of burnt roasted malts, roasted coffee, a slight bit of dark chocolate and a touch of alcohol. not much going on other than the burnt roasty toastyness going on.

unfortunately the taste is not much better. you get some roasted burnt malts that almost taste like burnt plastic. some coffee and a touch of chocolate. a slight hop bitterness. finishs a touch dry with a little lingering roasted bitterness. kind of dissappointing for a ris. pretty good for a regular american stout.

disappointing mouthfeel for the style. medium body, a little too much carbonation. definately not very meaty or chewy like the style suggests. no real offensive flavors going on, just lacks the the big flavors and big mouthfeel of a RIS. i was looking forward to trying this one as ive enjoyed most of the heavy seas beers in the past, and this is one of my favorite styles but this disappoints. this and the holy sheet belgian ale both kinda suck. but the winter storm and their ipa are some of my favorite beers.

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Photo of animal69
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a near impenetrable reddish-black w/ a fizzy light brown head which dissaptes quickly leaving a modest lacing in my goblet
S- smell is of burnt toast, wood & hot, vinous alcohol, not the piney roasted coffee RIS type smell i'm used to, yet there is some underlying hop notes (chinooks?)
T- a mild initial hop bitterness, more toasty, smoky and vinous in the taste, a weird sorta burnt plastic & almost soy-sauce-like undertone midway, kinda thin flavor overall, a bit "meaty" and mineral in the finish
M- a med. body on this one, moderate co2, again a bit too thin for this style
D- overall drinkability is fair, not a sipper like most RIS's, in fact, you'd prob. want to quaff this one quick as it is not a good RIS at all

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Photo of matt062286
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours straight black. Never have I seen a beer this dark; held up to a light it still is opaque. Huge chocolate mousse colored head. Some good head retention and moderate lacing.

Smell - Chocolate and dark roasted malts immediately come to mind. Faint hops and dark fruits as well.

Taste - I taste black coffee, bitter chocolate, and booze. The malt profile also sticks out.

Mouthfeel - Disappointingly light despite how dark the beer is. Very low carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good for an imperial stout, probably due to the fact that it has a light body.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in hue this beer shows ruby when held to the light. A thin tan head quickly drops to a ring.

Scent is milk chocolate, molasses, strong cold coffee.

Taste is sweet milk chocolate and molasses. Vanilla. Coffee. Caramel. Not a lot of complexity.

Mouth is unfortunately rather watery.

Drinkability is good in that this beer hides its abv well and is easy to consume.

A pleasant beer to be sure, but there are far better RIS's to be had.

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Photo of carp420
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz->imperial pint glass

dark black brew with two finger tan head that didn't last but laced nicely and capped it somewhat all the way down

a slight coffee aroma, sugary roasted malts , maybe some brown sugar. milk chocolate, smells pretty sweet for an IRS.

a sweet IRS for sure, lots of malt with some hop backbone but mainly dominated with chocolate, sweet malts, and not so strong coffee

nice creamy feel, not too thick, or thin, pretty good

drinkability is low, esp at 8%, maybe a few nightcappers on a colder night but when it's hot it's gonna be one and done

i probably wouldn't buy this on a regular basis, but it comes with the heavy seas set that has some really good beers in it so, i guess as long as i can get the sampler, i guess i get the peg leg.

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Photo of BZero007
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recieved in a trade from bmanning Thanks!

Poured from the bottle in to my Portsmouth Tulip glass. Pours a very nice black color with avg head. Poured straight in to glass and formed a perfect head. The aroma was of roasted coffee, Dark Fruits, and chocolate. The taste was interesting as the stout was actually pretty light and not a heavy drink, which was weird for me. With the body style it felt more like a dark belgium style but with a strong coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit flavor. The carbonation to me was a bit muchfor this particular drink. As this drink was light for it's type but carried way more than needed carbonation. Drinkability would be lowerd some for the carbonation level. Still a good beer and would not turn it down in the future.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears a deep dark brown color topper off by about a finger of lingering ecru foam. Smells and tastes of roasted grains, sweet malts, a touch of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder and a little bit of alcohol coming through as the beer warms. Medium in both body and carbonation. Worth a try if you see it around.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other night. Listed as the peg leg with oak chips added.

The beer pours a dark blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The blend of aromas is interesting in this beer, consisting of some dark fruits, coffee and chocolate, but really dominiated by a strong licorice component. I do like licorice, but this might be too much of a good thing in this beer. On the palate the flavor profile is (thankfully) dominated by chocolate and coffee, with just a hint of vanilla and licorice. The mouthfeel on this beer is its best feature (IMHO), as the beer is soft, long and very creamy. Alcohol is noticeable in this beer, but it's not at all obtrusive. It's noticeable, but it really doesn't interfere with the flavor profile.

Have had this beer many times on gas and was not all that impressed. On cask the beer is much, much better. Not bad at all.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Black, with decent, tan-colored head. Okay retention. Pretty nice lace.

Smell- Dominated by malty aromas. Dry, yet sweet. Chocolate and some coffee. Toasty. Faint hops.

Taste- Well balanced. Tasty cocoa and toasty malt dominate. Sweet. Alcohol-induced warmth. Little hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Great carbonation helps build a fuller feel and a slight tingle.

Drinkability- Pretty good for an Imperial Stout. After savoring three, however, I'm ready to switch to water.

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Photo of drtth
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours out dark brown with a few reddish highlights. The tan head fades quickly to a small ring around the glass, leaving a few small trails of lacing and a patch of foam in the center of the liquid.

Smell: The aroma has some coffee notes and dark caramel notes but is otherwise not very complex. But there is no showing of the alcohol so it is well concealed.

Taste: The flavor shows a touch of chocolate and coffee from the dark roasted malts, along with a touch of dark caramel. I don't really find much in the way of hops or alcohol in here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the thin side and there is little carbonation. The medium length finish trails off with the bitterness of roasted malt.

Drinkability: This is OK for drinkability but thin and it doesn't have the intensity of many imperial stouts. There are others I'd like to revisit much more, so I'll probably not go out of my way for this one in the future.

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Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,443 ratings