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

Brewed by:
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: 1,451 |  Reviews: 711
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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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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Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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