Peg Leg Imperial Stout | Heavy Seas Beer

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 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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Photo of BigBry
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle brought back from Raleigh, in a build-your-own 6 pack. Label as pictured above, date notched in bottom of label.
Pours a very, dark brown, basically black. Rich, creamy tan colored head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, with some chocolate and coffee coming through.
Taste has the same characteristics, full of flavor. Slightly sweet, cocoa and coffee also upfront. The dark malts give a nice roasted finish. Slightest alcohol warmth at the end.
Medium to full body, low carbonation level. Very smooth and creamy, actually quite easy to drink for an RIS.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, cola-like with a tan head that shrunk quite readily leaving bit of lace and a ring. Some minute suspended yeast but not much considering that I emptied the whole bottle-conditioned bottle. Burnt toast, roast malt smell on opening that mysteriously disappeared within a few minutes leaving very little aroma at all.

First impression was wonderful with smooth texture, good body and density, just a bit syrupy. Nice evenly balanced taste of sweet coffee, touch of bitter, sweet follow through ... almost like a dessert beer. Alcohol hardly noticeable, kudos for that. Low astringency. While this was certainly tasty, it didn't seem to have the stature I expected from an Imperial Stout, more like a porter really. In that respect, its' strength was its' weakness; tasty but not necessarily the stuff found in the King's Courtyard; with warming, it got a bit too sweet and syrupy. Heck, I enjoyed this and I'll pick up a bottle again in the future, but I can't say it's all that true to the style.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very, very dark brown. I'd have no problem calling this black. Three fingers of rich, creamy mocha head. Decent retention. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is of caramel, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee. An unpleasant boozy scent drops this from a 4 to a 3.5.

Taste basically follows the nose, although luckily the alcohol does not shine through. Starts out pretty sweet, then the chocolate and coffee jump out. The roasted malts lay underneath the other flavors, and there's a bit of a roasty finish. The flavor doesn't really scream RIS to me, however, it does make for a very tasty stout.

Medium-full body. Very smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated, which is appropriate. Pretty easy drinker for a big stout. Not bad. I'll keep an eye out for this on draft.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark, amber brown color, nearly black, with cola-like highlights. There was a disappointing amount of foam and lacing, but there was a little bit of a ring along the edge for most of the brew.

S: Smells of cocoa, coffee, chicory and rubbing alcohol.

T: Interestingly enough, this has a lot of zesty hop flavor to it for an imperial stout. There is a good deal of bittersweet chocolate malts and roasted coal flavors. Finish is a bit sticky sweet and burning with hops and alcohol.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and like an oil slick.

D: Good for an after dinner stout or to down at the witching hour, but not the most well-crafted imperial stout I've had. Roasted flavors were a little weak and it seemed the focus was on the hopping and alcohol content.

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

A: Dark. black. Dark as the soul of ((insert name here)) with a nice caramel colored head. Soft, and luscious, but dissipates rather quickly.

S: Malty. Smells like those chocolate sticks that have that funky fruit gel stuff inside.. Why? No idea.. Slight coffee as well..

T: Lots of flavor up front, then.. where does it go? Malty, with a slight fruit taste... raisons or something... little bit of yeast..

M: ehhh?

D: Not so much for me.. good, but if I was at a bar I would change it up, rather than get a second one.. I have seen this on the shelves a lot, but decided to try it this time.. I guess it was worth it, but I am not picking up a sixer.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Poured a red coffee color with an ample brown creamy head and good lacing.

S.Coffee, roasted malt,

T. Bitter-sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, alcohol

M. Full bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy

D. A good imperial stout lots of coffe and dark chocolate flavor

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Photo of mpyle
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App - Very nearly opaque, but shoes some red hue under fairly bright lights. Pours a decent tan head, creamy and with good retention.

Smell - Dark fruit (raisin) and some chocolate. Roasty with a bit of alcohol. Rich, clean aroma.

Taste - Chocolate and coffee tinged roasty malts dominate the early flavor. Finishes roasty bitter with a slight lingering chocolate sweetness. Some alcohol flavor, but it is complimentary and secondary, and well within the style.

MF - Med-full body, medium carbonation, no astringency, but a very nice gentle level of alcohol warming.

D'ability - Being on the low end of ABV for an Imp Stout, and tasting like a big stout rather than a cartoonish huge beer makes it eminently drinkable. Finds the sweet spot between big and flavorful and overpowering.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12 ounce bottle with a freshness date marked stating - drink before May of 2009. Got this in a variety 12 pack, so let's see how it drinks... Consumed 4/1/2009.

Pours into my over-sized cab glass a dark, clear brown, but as it sits in the glass, I can't see through it. 1/2 inch, average, medium tan head with average retention.

Smells of light cardboard, sweet, malty coffee flavors. The nose is rather light overall, on this one - especially for it being a RIS...

Like the nose, a big wave of sweet malts starts in and follows with a medium rush of coffee flavors. The coffee flavor is average... In other words, it's not screaming fresh, burnt or coffee grinds. There are hints of chocolate in the mix, but it is in no way a dominant flavor.

Nice and easy drinker, but a weaker example for its' style. Can't beat the price - worth a try...

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Photo of drink1121
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think stouts are def one of the best looking beers, especially when made right. I was extremely disappointed with this beer overall and it started from the moment I poured it.

A- Very disappointing. The only thing it had going for it was nice lacing. The head poured to about 1 finger and disappeared immediately.

S - Nothing here really. Light coffee.

T - Coffee here for sure. Light toffee.

M - Doesnt feel like a RIS at all, more like a everyday ale.

D - WIth no big flavor or creaminess, its easy to drink, maybe i will play beer pong with it.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single bottle poured into a unlabeled pint glass.

A- Clipper City Peg Leg comes out of the bottle dirty brown and once settled in the glass it has a black look to it although it really is a dark brown color. A nice inch tan/beige head graced the top with good retention, ok lacing.

S- Reminds me of a much lighter version of Brooklyn BCS with roasted malts, grains and chocolate. Not getting any coffee and the hops have died down. The smell while not powerful is nice to sniff.

T- Peg Leg is just ok right out of the fridge but some warming made me see the light. Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, cocco and no bitterness at all. While others have noted coffee I just don't pick up on it. Creamy smooth milk chocolate esque.

M- Very smooth and goes down all to easy, medium bodied with light carbonation. One of the smoothest stouts that i've had the pleasure to drink in a while. The flavors come and then quickly dissapear.

D- When warm I could of literally drank the entire beer with ease quickly, although I probably would of took a nap afterwards with the 8%. Not complex enough to be classified as a RIS and it's bordering on not being imperial in my mind but close enough. In fact this is a nice change of pace from the big daddy stouts I find myself drinking all to often.

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Photo of Yesac
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date on bottle says Feb. 08 (13 months old)

A - Solid black.. thin tan head

S - Sweet over all, roasted malts, dark fruits. Not a typical stout aroma. Almost like a barleywine.

T - chocolate and roasted malt. mild spice.

M - Medium bodied. Frothy mouthfeel.

D - Smooth and fairly complex. Price and taste make this one easier to drink.

Solid stout, and seems to age well.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchase before notched dat of APR '?? (Can't see the year notch but I believe it is '09)

A: Pours black with no visible light showing when held up to or directly over light. Slim tan head with minimal lacing.

S: Very mild roasted aroma with a hint of dark chocolate.

T & M: Very mild and not much of a taste at first. However, the more I sip the better it gets. Over the course of the beer I get more of an after taste of dark chocolate. It has a consistent, minimal roasted coffee flavor, but hidden behind the mild dark chocolate taste.
Medium to light bodied.

Not my favorite stout and definitely not good if categorized as 'imperial' but it is very good if you are a regular beer/ale person and enjoy a mildly flavored drink.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by: March '09.

Pours an opaque black. A heavy dark tan head forms and falls within a few minutes. A light bit of stick foam here and there.
Aroma is heavy, dark fruit, chocolate. Slight and hard to find hop aroma as well as a bit of alcohol.
Taste is big, malty, and roasted. This gives way to a balanced moderate bitterness. Finish is gently bitter with some remaining chocolate. Surprisingly clear flavor for a RIS. I enjoy it.
Very low carbonation which does lend to a bit of a watery feel. But otherwise very smooth and silky.

This isn't the biggest RIS. But it's a solid one. One of the few I'd drink more than one of in an evening.

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Photo of becktone
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 2-12-09

Done horizontally with Yeti Imperial Stout

Eye: To begin with this one poured very nicely, black in color with a nice tan head. However the head has collapsed to a fairly thick blanket-1/3 finger. The texture of the head also is not as appetizing as the Yeti...this one is closer to soapy in appearance with some spotty lacing, well after taking a few sips there is no lacing, and this is out of a glass that always givs me good formation, retention, and lacing. Formation was nice, but retention needs work.

Nose: Big aroma fills the room once the bottle is opened and even moreso once it is decanted. At about a foot away I can get huge dark malt character and some chocolate tones. On closer inspection there is some dark fruit in there as well...plums. Also some coffee tones and roasted tones but both these are more in the background. I also get some lactose in here, like a cold glass of milk smells. When compared side to side with Yeti, this one pales in comparison. Its hops and burnt characteristics come through more clearly when side to side and seem out of place. The aroma was initially stronger when poured, it filled the room but after getting Yeti's aroma, this one is much less robust. The more I smell it the less I like it, the more it pales in comparison to Yeti.

Tongue: One of my first impressions is this is a bit watery. Big coffee notes follow that as well as big/heavily roasted/burnt flavors. Malt sweetness is akin to that of malt balls. This one leads toward the sweeter side of the specturm, those coffee notes playing off the malt sweetness. After coming back to it, this one definitely seems to have some lactose in it. It is really playing towards the malty side, not enough bitterness or roasted grain to balance it out in my opinion.

Feel and Drinkability: Low carbonation hurts this beer. I think that it should be a bit higher, it would help to offset the sweetness of this one, yet at the same time it would take away from the creamy milky feel I get here. The body on this is full yet it feels a bit thin all the same. Flavor is fairly long lasting, that malt sweetness being the dominant flavor in the aftertaste balanced by some bitterness from roasted grains and black malt. Coffee is there in the aftertaste as well to lend some balance. This is one I'd consider drinking again, yet I think I'll prolly be going for the Yeti in the future when it comes to these two. Feel is overall lacking, and I think it has something to do with the overtly sweet charcter of this beer, there's not enough roasted grain bitterness, the style should have more. At first I could find it, but after drinking Yeti, I can't even place it, that's how low in character that roasted grain and black malt bitterness is. Again I feel that there is some creamy milkiness in here, and yes it works well with the sweetness. However, I'm begining to find this one much more difficult to drink, it just doesn't hit me right.

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Photo of kbeals
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out relatively thick with a deep black appearance with virtually no head and no lacing whatsoever. There is a bit of a brown-sugar colored crown, but that's it. Smell was of roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolates. Also a bit of an aromatic, almost fruity smell. Taste was very roasted, a bit of sweetness and booziness to it. Finishes off a little bitter from the dark chocolate. This beer was very smooth with not much carbonation. Had a medium body at best. It wasn't my favorite stout, but it is relatively drinkable even at 8% ABV. I hardly felt the alcohol after one.

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Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 48.3% out of 100 with 1,428 ratings
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