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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 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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Photo of RazorbackGT
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great imperial stout. Big fan of the style. Very smoky / roasted flavor and very heavy overall as.a stout should be. Definitely not a session but perfect for cold winter days at home.

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

Roast malt, sweet cocoa, coffee grounds, and a hint of soy form the rich, malt dominant aroma.

Flavor reveals roast malt and coffee at the base, with a fairly sweet toasted, chocolatey malt backbone, finishing a touch bitter. There's a bit of an acrid character, which kills the goodness. Dark cherry emerges as it warms.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 2/10/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light licorice, light char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light licorice, light char, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial stout style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 edition 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with almost no head what-so-ever, except an extremely thin halo of caramel-colored foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: I’m stuffed up at the moment (I know that being in that condition is not ideal for reviewing a beer) so I’m not getting much out of the aroma, but other reviewers have noted aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, toffee, molasses, burnt sugar, and hints of tobacco and coffee.

Taste: Even though I’m stuffed up, my taste buds aren’t messed up and this beer tastes really, really good! It’s very malty up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted bread, flowed by some molasses, a touch of cinnamon, a touch of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, and some chocolate. There is no hops what-so-ever, which makes sense as the beer’s label mentions that it is an English-style imperial stout, rather than an American-style. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and very, very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.0%, I’m surprised at how little alcohol is present on the palate.

Overall: This is a very solid, very well-made, English-style imperial stout. Very nice, solid flavors of malt and molasses. Very, very drinkable. I’d certainly get it again!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a snifter, it's pitch black with about a finger head which is retained for a decent amount of time.

Smell: Very nice! Dark chocolates with coffee. A very roasty sweet smelling stout!

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate is very up front with a touch of coffee. Very malty.

Feel: Could have more body for such a robust taste and aroma. But not bad.

Overall: Much better than I expected! Mixed sweet and bitter very nicely.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honestly, I really like this beer, but I think it's more like a "standard" stout, than an imperial. I get that the percentage makes it lean towards imperial, but the complexity just isn't there.

Once again, I really like this beer, but perhaps just not the classification.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle marked Best by FEB 1015, into a 12 oz Sam Adam's glass. Deep dark Brown, almost black, no light getting thru, one finger tan head small bubbles little to spotty lacing.

Aroma had hints of chocolate/cocoa, some malt, there is a spice there that I can't place.

Taste is very good, Sweet malt, with a bitter finish, reminds me of dark chocolate…the sweetness is not cloying.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, heavy with a definite alcohol warmth…carbonation reminds me of Guinness Extra Stout.

Overall, I liked this, but I can't see a drastic difference between this style and any other stout, (Guinness Foreign Extra Stout seemed very similar to me)… I would definitely try this again and others from this type, as I like stouts in general. First beer from Heavy Seas, seems like high quality, and I like the freshness label being easy to read.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque thick jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy mocha colored head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark chocolate, dark fruits (alcohol soaked figs & prunes), roasted malts, and coffee. Hints of anise/licorice are present as well.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of dark roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by the moderate flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of dark fruits (alcohol soaked fig + prunes) with a light amount of sweetness. Hints of anise and minimal amounts of bitterness are present towards the finish. Light notes of alcohol/booziness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Relatively easy to drink and enjoyable with notes of both RIS and BSDA flavors/aromas. Alcohol is pretty well hidden though this one is more of a sipping beer.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Aggressive pour yields a 2 1/2 finger head of uniform bubbles. The head is tan and does not retreat quickly. The beer is dark black with ruby red edges in the light.

S: I smell coffee and vanilla. Maybe some boozy smells also.

T: The front is coffee. The midpalate has some boozy flavors to it. Then I get a mix of the 2 in the finish.

M: Slightly higher than expected carbonation. Still relatively smooth and creamy.

O: I think the alcohol could be hidden a little better at 8.2%. That is drowning out a little of the other flavors. I expected a little more vanilla or roasted malt flavors to accompany the light coffee taste. Overall this is a middle of the road beer. Would not seek it out - but would not turn it down either.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With all the fixations on alcohol, sweetness and roast to carry the taste of trendy imperial stout, its refreshing to see a beer that's rooted in British rounded complexity even if its taste is savory, sipping and robust.

Clipper City's big boy of a stout starts with dark mahogany brown that's just off of opaque. As it stews in the glass like dark roast coffee, its roasted aromas follow suit with its own dark chocolate, walnut and cold-pressed blends. Its decadent seared sugars underneath take on a toffee and molasses tone but evading the viscous texture of either.

Across the middle, the strong ale really opens up by saturating the palate with equal parts bittersweet chocolate, nutty coffee blends and a toasty-peppery bit. The starchy sweetness that floats beneath carries with it the fruity sweetness of grilled currant, blackberry and a tinge of licorice.

Finishing with an oddly light sense of palatability, the luscious beer isn't exactly built for quick drinking but it's surly not indicative of imperial strength. Its understated simmering warmth cuts through the beer's sweetness and mild viscosity with a finish of smoky chocolate and grilled fruit.

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Photo of Lucular
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Criminally underrated, this Russian Imperial Stout is a steal at a price point of $9-10 per six-pack. It may not be the most mind-blowing RIS out there but for what it tries to be it is solid.

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Photo of bcsbeer
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Best by date JUN 30-14
Aggressively poured in to a DHF signature glass.

A: Deep mahogany with a 1 finger tan head. No lacing to speak of. The head acted more like a soda than a Russian Imperial Stout, loudly fizzing away as quickly as it appeared.

S: Slightly metallic, roasted coffee with a hint of ash tray. Reminded me of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

T: Similar to the nose with the addition of dark fruit and stale Coke. Very flat
MF: Thin with a dry aftertaste, not encouraging me to take another sip.

O: This beer did not fit the category. It is lacking the weight and complexity or a RIS.
Heavy Seas makes some good beer, but I think they missed the mark with this one or Oskar Blues and Founders set the bar to high. Either way I hope Siren Noire treats me better. I have bottle waiting for me in the fridge.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near black color with a slight, slight hue of red. Very little head to speak of; leaves a slight trace of lacing along the glass as you finish. The smell is strongest with hints of chocolate, coffee, raisins; the taste is very sweet, slightly grainy, typical carbonation for a stout with this high a ABV. Very sweet finish. Overall, a good imperial stout for the price.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Heavy Seas never lets me down... unless I get an old batch of Hop3. This beer was exactly what I wanted at the time, a Malt bomb. I taste zero hops, and while that is normally a scary thing for me, it was actually quite nice. To call this an Impy Stout, is wrong IMO. Its more of a doppelbock. Reminded me of the malt character in Celebrator. Very caramely, very smooth, nice and chewy/thick. Hidden alcohol character could make you have a few too many before you realize it! Very little head, but thats how its sposed to be with impy stouts, which like I said, I dont think thats what they should call this. Its almost a brown in color, I expect a stout to be opaque and black. I could *almost* see through this one. All in all delicious caramel candy beer. If you want a malt bomb, get this one.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Black glass shows only the thinnest of ruby edges when back lit. Starts out with a frothy head, but dies down to trace cover. Thin halo of foam slows long legs as it slowly drips off the side of the glass.

Black strap molasses, burnt sugar with a heady plum liquor . Hints of tobacco, coffee, toffee, all things that are great, but not great for you. A bit of sin here.

Mild grape jam, sugary with little char or hop to bring it back to center. More fruity in the taste, some cherry flavor comes out.

Mouthfeel: A bit flat, medium body, almost watery texture.

Overall: Nice flavor, a bit heady and fruity, and not supported by enough Impy Stout flavor, the roasted barley character is very background leaving this more of a Barleywine.
Recommended. Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of RickS95
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour is a bit misleading, but still nice. It's extremely dark and produces a really nice, if minor, cascading brown head. Not a terribly thick beer, but the head is, at least for a brief time, gorgeous. However, it's short-lived because the retention isn't much. Spotty lace.

Coming up from the snifter, the smells are all subtle. Obviously, the malt bill shines. The smell is almost sweet, with caramel and toffee. Some chocolate in there as well, in addition to a splash of smoke. Something in there gives off a bubble gum scent. Can't put my finger on it.

The taste is kind of strange. Sweet chocolate starts off before giving way to an English stout-like earthy, roasted grain taste, almost like coffee. From mid sip on, a boozy taste is present.

This has layers. To begin, a milk stout feel presents. The sweet doesn't last long before the dry, bitterness overwhelms it. With the bitterness, the strongish alcohol feel is prominent. However, after the beer warms a bit, all the tastes and the feel meshes fairly well.

Overall, it's a good beer and I'm glad I've got several more. Had I let the beer warm a bit, it may have scored higher because it was much better to finish with that it was at the start. It's easy to drink and while the alcohol tapers off with the warming of the beer, it makes for a nice warmer .

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on cask at Heavy Seas tasting room. Poured well but with minimal head or lacing. But not unexpected with cask. However happily surprised that it did have a notable pleasant bntaural carbonation. Beer took off with rich aromas of nicely roasted malts; some dried fruit and smokiness, but just accents ...not dominant in any sense. Moved over into the taste very nicely. Here the dark malts let loose with hints of coffee, darker slightly bitter chocolate and the dried fruit aroma became a restrained sugariness more like molasses. The mouthfeel was "spot on"...decadent, rich and medium/medium full body. Great sipper. I thought this was one of the better casked ales I have had. Would get in line for this one. Also, regular Peg Leg is good, but this is absolutely the only way to really enjoy this beer. Cask really elevated the beer to top flight.

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