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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Ratings: 1,461 |  Reviews: 714
Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Dark brown/black in color with a big foamy oatmeal-like tan head
Aroma-Coffee and chocolate
Taste-Milk chocolate and roasted coffee, creamy and drinkable for the strength
Overall, tasted more like a standard stout than an Imperial-very smooth and creamy but not very complex. Still, very enjoyable.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a glass

A: This stout pours a dark, jet black that is completely opaque. The head is tan and recedes very quickly.

S: Strong roasted maltiness, with hints of coffee and chocolate, like mocha. Caramel sweetness detectable.

T: Intense roasted and rich malts with toasted bread, medium malty-sweetness. Lingering roasty notes, like drinking cuban coffee (but no bitter or unpleasant sharpness).

M: Reminiscent of port in its full-bodied-ness and alcohol warmth. Smooth and carbonated. Not viscose enough, watery. A bit of excessive sweetness gives it a syrupy feel.

D: Not bad, but could have been better

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. Its complexity is a joy to explore.

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

Very dark brown in color, minimal head and lacing. Smell is a mild roast coffee and cocoa with some burnt notes to it. Taste follows the smell with the roasted coffe, cocoa and burnt flavors with some booze on the back end. Missing are the dark fruit notes i usually associate with a RIS. Medium bodied, less sticky than your typical RIS. Overall and ok beer, but not a very good interpretation of an RIS.

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Photo of thesyko56
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Solid black with a one finger dark brown head.

S: Smells of roasted malt and hints of chocolate.

T: Very strong malt taste. Coffee and chocolate also present.

M: Heavy but not overwhelming.

D: For an imperial stout it is pretty easily drinkable.

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Photo of mbudner
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A- 2-finger tan head, which initially looked pretty invited, but dissipated more quickly than it appeared.

S- To be honest, not getting a whole lot from the nose (especially for an RIS). Predominant flavor is roasted malts with muted coffee in the backdrop. Also, slight trace of chocolate (but that could be my mind playing tricks on me with what it expects from an RIS.)

T- Flavors are not too complex in this one. Roasted coffee hits first, but is fleeting at best. The best way that I could explain the finish is a buttery coffee lingering on the rear of my palate. I can't say I have experienced this odd combination in another RIS or that I would want to, but it is not entirely unwelcome. I find myself wanting to identify more flavors, but am unable to do so. Just very boring, not bad, just boring.

M- I must confess that I am HUGE on mouthfeel and found this entirely too thin and carbonated for an RIS. Definitely had an effect on my overall interpretation of the beer. I just like them chewier, I guess.

D- I could definitely have more than one of these, which is a lot to say for an RIS (could be positive or negative.)

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Photo of Lerxst
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark, dark brown with a thin head that faded fast and left a bit of lacing.

S-A bit of coffee and chocolate, but not much. Some roasted malt, but not much else. Not bad, but not much for the nose here.

T-A very tame stout, with some coffee/chocolate notes, and not much else. A bit disappointing.

M-A bit thin for the style. It doesn't have the body an RIS should have.

D-It'll do over a BMC brew, but I have many other stouts I'd rather have.

Not a bad beer, but not a great one either. Very average.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is of caramel and malts. Taste malty and a little sweet, slight bitterness. Feels creamy in the mouth. Not really a beer I could drink to many of. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a deep chocolate brown that lets no light through. Light brown sugar head dissipates to a film and retains there.

Smells of molasses and roasted coffee beans along with a hint of a buttery smell.

The taste is mildly smokey and a bit buttery with a dark brown sugar maltiness to it.

Feels full and smooth with a bit of carbonation in the swallow.

Pretty darn good. Hides the abv well. Not the best RIS but considering the style, even a moderately good RIS is a fantastic beer to me, so I'd drink this again in a heart beat.

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Photo of njmoons
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

Poured a think black with a thin head.

Aroma was very malty with fruit, plum apricot.

Taste was very malty on the front end with quite a bit of sweetness. I would say slightly too sweet, but I still enjoyed it. The hops and bitterness we very mild, which may have added to the slightly too sweet impression I had.

I would of gladly had another if I had another to drink. Peg Leg is pretty drinkable for a Imperial Stout.

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Photo of kegger22
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with a modest head that reduced rapidly to a collar. The aroma was coffee and a little chocolate. The taste was mild for a stout; not real sweet, burned (some call it roasted), coffee beans. Feel is heavy with medium carbonation. The drinkability is good for it's type.

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Photo of DooMMonkey
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Its got a real nice appearance to it, really dark chocolate brown with a hardly noticeable head.

S- The smell is damn good, definitely notice the chocolatyness (thats not even a word) with a hint of cherries, a dash of coffee, possibly some roasted barley thrown in the mix.

T- A kind dark flavor, a hint of sweet chocolate, and a light aftertaste of coffee, very nice.

M- Kind of creamy, not a lot of carbonation, also has a dark, heavy texture that matches the tasty awesomeness.

D- Not too strong especially for the 8% ABV and it retains a nice alcohol warmth going down. I could drink it just about all day.

It's not the absolute best but it's one of the better imperial stouts out there.

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Photo of Tomas77
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Deep black. Opaque. Off-white tannish head with good foam lace.
Aroma-Mild coffee and chocolate with hints of orange and dark cherry in the middle. Alcohol is there also but not hot. Little hop aroma.
Flavor-Again a mild and subtle malt presense with coffee and chocolate with some vanilla mixed in as well. Alcohol strong but smooth. Candy background and a slight woody, citrusy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel-Full body. Creamy texture with medium carbonation and a good amount of alcohol warmth.

Good brew.

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Photo of schmitter
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown but I could see some light through it. Slight head, smelled smokey, chocolatey, and a strong presence of roasted malt.

The taste again was an amazing roasted malt, bitter chocolate.

This is a fairly standard russian stout, not the best but enjoyable.

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Photo of number1bum
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, not quite black, of medium density for a big stout, with two plus fingers of dark tan head. Head settles to just a thin lace, leaving a splash of stick or two on the sides as well.

Smell has some chocolate and dark caramel notes as well as some fruity hops, but conspicuously absent is much of any roasted malt. There is a bit of coffee in the nose, as well, and it gets a bit richer as it warms, but I'd like to see more roasted malt and depth to the nose.

Taste is a bit on the thin side but actually delivers a decent amount of flavor. Lots of chocolate malt and coffee in particular, and maybe the coffee is contributing to it but I feel like I'm getting more roasted flavor than was apparent in the nose. I'll dock the body in the mouthfeel because this has enough flavor to make it interesting, and it's pretty tasty actually. It's on the hoppy side as well, with a good deal of citrus fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is downright thin for any style of imperial stout. It's a medium body at best but feels quite watery. Still, has a decent creaminess to it and is relatively smooth, but needs more body.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in my Duvel tulip.

A: Deep, inky black/brown pour, murky and opaque; not much head to speak of - it dissipates instantly to just a wispy ring of sandy/khaki colored foam on the surface; sheets of lacing

S: Nose seems fairly dull at first, probably because I served it a tad too cold; getting hints of dark fruits, anise, coffee and some cocoa; a bit of leather and some earthy notes as well; once the glass warms the nose begins to liven, but a medicinal alcohol note begins to creep out and take control of the aroma.

T: The taste is much better than the aroma first suggests as the dark fruits and chocolate/cocoa notes are more pronounced; mid sip, the malts show through with a sweet bready flavor, some caramel and toffee notes, a kiss of black licorice and a faint, nutty coffee note that lingers well into the finish. Not overly complex, but the flavors integrate well with one another.

M: Slightly slick but not nearly as thick or creamy as many other RIS.

D: Drinkability is good - interestingly, the alcohol is most prominent on the nose but doesn't kick so hard in the taste.

In sum, the Peg Leg is decidedly a middle-of-the-road RIS - good, but does not attain greatness; pleasant flavors, but not overly complex. Not bad by any stretch, but not really close to many other easily-attainable 12oz RIS offerings (i.e. Old Rasputin, Yeti, Expedition).

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Photo of TheViolator666
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into stout glass.

A: Pours black with a very thin off-white cap. Nothing special.

S: Doesn't have a very forward smell. Hint of burnt coffee malt.

T: Taste presents a subtle yet rich dark coffee flavor. Nothing huge, but there is a presence of alcohol towards the end as well as bitterness.

M/D: Great body. This one goes down extremely creamy and velvety smooth. Great amount of carbonation.

Overall, not bad. I would get this one again.

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

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter glass. Label indicates that this one is a couple months past its prime, but this is a style that should age well for at least a short period. Served at cellar temperature, 45 degrees F.

Pours pitch black and opaque, with a thick head of creamy mocha foam that falls away a little too quickly, settling down to a crown that leaves behind a bit of patchy lace on the walls of the glass.

Nose is quite pleasant, full of rich dark chocolate, mocha, a bit of espresso, and just a slight bit of boozy alcohol.

Rich and creamy in body and mouthfeel; level of carbonation is low, creating a bit of a chewy, smooth and slick brew. Roasty and a tad sweet, with a hint of caramel, dark and milk chocolate up front, moving into a mild bitterness in the middle with a bit of mild metallic twang; a touch of booze melds with the hop bitterness to create a dry, bittersweet finish with a lingering malt sweetness.

A bit heavy on the head, and with too much sweetness lingering on the palate, making this not the greatest drinker; regardless, it is a mostly well-crafted Imperial Stout and quite tasty, if not quite as complex or delectable overall as some other examples of the style. Certainly a decent nightcap and dessert beer.

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - deep brown with a fluffy, tan head...pockets of larger bubbles...good lacing and head retention

S - cocoa powder...molasses...brown sugar...some bitter coffee

T - coffee up front...dry peppery bite near the back of the throat...a little bit of booze note as it warms...

M - fairly light carbonation...slightly bitter finish...little warming near the end

D - easy to get through...lighter than average, but good as a summer RIS

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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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