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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 MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Dated best by 12/05.

Pours a color that's borderline between dark brown and black. Mild cream colored head that fades with some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly sweet of roasted grains and some caramel undertones.

Nice sweet roasted maltiness upfront with some hints of chocolate and caramel. Finishes sweet with a nice lingering roastedness. Let this one warm up to really bring out the flavor.

Body seems quite thin for an imperial stout. This girl could use some more junk in the trunk.

Nice easy drinking beer. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of carln26
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown to black and was topped by a thick tan head that showed great retention. The aroma has light espresso and a little chocolate. Some funky esters there too. Not sure what it is, but it’s giving it a little bit of a berry character. Taste seems very thin. Citrus orange, that funky fruit flavor and just a bit of espresso, no real chocolate in the flavor. As I already said, the mouth feel seems very thin, decent drinakbility.

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Photo of FirstMan
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, I was stuck on a fairly boring business trip down to McLean, Virginia, and decided to do what I always try to do when I'm away from home - look for local beer. I picked this one up at a Whole Foods in the area that had a pretty impressive selection. Since Massachusetts doesn't sell beer in grocery stores (stupid, stupid, stupid), I was delighted.

Anyway, I have to say that in appearance, this beer is pretty underwhelming. It's quite a bit lighter than I would hope of an imperial stout. Clear as well. I can't see through it, but when the light hits it, you can see distinct light brown tones that seem more "Brown" than "Stout."

The nose is better. Sweet toasty malt is predominent with almost no hops to speak of. Roasted coffee comes through lightly as well as an underlying hint of smokiness.

Well, the look belies the taste, I'm afraid. This is pretty weak for an imperial stout. Sweet, somewhat smoky on the front, but lacking a real middle to speak of. There's a bit of a gamey taste throughout, possibly the water. I've encountered this before in beer from cities near the coast, but not sure if that's it. It's not all that bad, just not terribly interesting for the style.

Mouthfeel is one of the better qualities. Slick and full, sort of expanding when it gets in your mouth.

A bit of a disappointment overall. Not terrible, but could stand some improvement.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with little head that faded quickly and let a bit of light through so it was above average as a stout. It smelled rather bland, with nothing to grab my senses. A little alcohol smell and some of the malt scent, not much else. Mouth was very good, rich, very much the taste of the malts and alcohol took place. Rich chocolate and coffee flavors but it seemed a little thin in taste to me. It had very little aftertaste and didn't make a stong imperial image to me. Lots of other stouts out there, this one was good, but didn't rise above the pack.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Peg Leg Imperial Stout. I wasn’t familiar with Clipper City/ Heavy Seas before this beer, and was eager to try. It poured like an Imperial Stout, dark black and opaque. Little to no head on it, and what head it did have faded quickly, leaving mediocre lacing.
It had a typical aroma, coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, maybe a little caramel. The first thing I noticed about it was its mouthfeel and consistency. I was hoping for something a little creamier; this felt watery and weak. It was bitter and left a very strong aftertaste of bitter chocolate.
It was pretty drinkable, but disappointing as an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of mntlover
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black some deep red showing thru sporting a tan head that falls to a ring, not much lace.

Aroma is light roasted malt lots of chocolate with some light coffee mixed in and a good supply of hops, nice smelling.

Taste is light on rasted malt some coffee and chocolate coming out. Finishes with a dose of citrus/piney hop flavor and a light lingering bitterness. Overall flavor not up to Impy Stout fullness more like a big Porter. Not bad really just not big full enough.

Mouthfell is little more then medium it is smooth but not really creamy.

Drinkability is OK not a bad dark beer just not a great Impy Stout. If your looking for a good Impy Stout I would look somewhere else.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean brown beer with a lot of ruby highlights. Has a small creamy beige head. The aroma starts with a roasted malt character but a very nice nutlike note takes charge with hints of licorice in the background. The flavor begins with that nutlike character and slowly moves to a bit of chocolate. The finish is a roasted malt bitterness with a hint of licorice in the background.

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Photo of claytri
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While helping one of my companions to the Maryland Oktoberfest find a nice regular beer (Clipper City Gold) I saw this and got a glass.

The beer poured a solid black with a nice tan head. The aroma was of dark fruits. The taste was a warming mix of malt and dark fruits. The feel was surypy and thick. This is what I look for most in an Imperial Stout, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. I will be picking some up in the near future.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dry Imperial eh? Pours nearly black with a wispy beige head and very little lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and nuts, as well as a bit of chocolate. Medium-bodied with more of a Porter character than an Imperial Stout. Hops, raisins and malt flavors, with a bitter coffee aftertaste. Dry finish that is reminiscent of espresso. A decent beer but falls short in the category.

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Photo of unknownlamer
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer has an average appearance with the standard brown head and black body, but not quite a complete black hole like a lot of the other Imperial Stouts I've had before. My nose was hit with a nice roasty grain smell (my nose isn't the best so I can't really discern all of those subtle smells other people seem to be able to smell). The smell led into a delicious taste, but with a thin (for an imperial stout) mouthfeel. I'd say this was only ever so slightly thicker than a Guiness. The flavor was of roasted malt with a definite toffee flavor jumping out at me. It left a faintly chocolately aftertaste, and as I went through the glass the alcohol warmth slowly filled my stomach.

Yarrr me mateys, this be a brew for a pirate. It's a good stout, but a bit weak for an imperial stout. I think this isn't a huge deal because it is a good bit easier to drink than most imperial stouts are which might be seen as a problem given its alcohol content.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 12oz. bottle with a notched in best by date of Jan 06, the beer poured way too thin and light brown for an Imperial stout. Didn’t look bad in the glass sideways, but the short lived, thin, fizzy, brown head, and a lack of viscosity made for a rather puny looking Imperial Stout. The aroma was nicely hoppy and chocolaty, but not very roasty at all. The taste also continued along the same theme, with sweet toffee, pine sap, and chocolate fudge flavors, which made for a very interesting and drinkable beer. As tasty as it was, the lack of a chewy body just kept reminding me how far off style this was. More of an Imperial Porter, it is hard to dislike this sincere attempt at a big, dark, beer. I would keep drinking it, despite the mischaracterization on the label. A big plus is the complete lack of alcohol burn and a well hidden 8 percent strength by volume. Drinks easier than many regular Stouts. As an Imperial Stout, this has barely one leg to stand on.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peg Leg pours from the bottle a charcoal black with a nice head of tan foam that lingers atop the brew. Aromas of dark roasty malts mesh with black currants, raisins and cocoa. Fairly mellow overall with a touch of smokiness.

First sip brings dark, roasted malts upfront with some caramel and chocolate. Flows into some dark fruits with notes of black currants. A slight hint of hops shows up in the finish. Fairly sweet overall. Roastiness lingers on after each sip.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and full carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth and fills the mouth nicely. Still...this falls more along the lines of a standard stout to me. I could have a few in a sitting, but it's not one I'd really seek out. Thanks to goodbyeohio for the opportunity!

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Fells Point Festival this year. Served in a 16 oz. plastic cup. I had just been disappointed with the new Loose Cannon, and I realized that I had never reviewed the Peg Leg. Poured a nice black with subdued carbonation on the side. Excellent retention and lacing from the dark tan head. Starbucks mocha aroma.

Medium bodied brew, dominated by coffee, but with some sweet malts and chocolate coming through. The 8% is well hidden. There is just a touch of hops and caramel coming through on the back end.

Most drinkable impy stout I've had thus far.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notched label that tells me I should enjoy by the 3rd week of January '06...works for me.

Apperance: Pours midnight black with a thick tan head. The head dwindles to a nice looking tan "scum" all across the top of the beer.

Smell: Yipes...not much going on here. I think I pick up a faint stale yeast smell and a touch of black patent malt. I may be stretching it a bit.

Taste: Very chocolatey. Seems like the chocolate malts are pretty amped up here. A touch of dryness and an enjoying hop aftertaste. Kind of having an identity crisis here. I can't decide if I'm picking up the roastiness of the malts or the bitterness of the hops. It seems to alter back and forth between the two. Kind of cool...kind of annoying.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and slightly creamy.

Drinkability: I know this hasn't got great reviews but it works for me. It's definitely more along the porter end of things but it doesn't matter to me. I like stouts and porters both. I like the hop bitterness that I get here and there but I have to disagree with the brewer...certainly not an Imperial stout. Enjoyable none the less for me.

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Photo of merlin48
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours out a mahogany brown, but sits in the glass opaque and ebony. One finger khaki head retains well enough and leaves some minimal sheets of lace. Aroma is subdued, with a small measure of coffee, chocolate, and grassy hops. Mouthfeel begins creamy and full medium bodied, but thins way too much as the glass empties. Carbonation is crisp and moderately high for style. Taste is a bit jumbled. Mild notes of coffee and chocolate, but lacking dark roasty malt character, overall. Mild presence of grassy hops in the finish, but nothing substantial. Alcohol is concealed quite well, but this one just lacks any significant character to earn a decent score for drinkability. The USA produces the best imperial, or double, stouts in the world in my opinion. This one needs some recipe tweaking before it can aspire to any semblance of respectability.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the firkin at Capital Ale House's "Steal the Glass" night.

Moderate darkness. Not inky blackness. More of a chocolatey-caramel color with tinges of light at the sides. Thin layer of dark tan head. Sparse lacing. Nose is light. Hints of powdered chocolate drink mix and some caramel-vanilla. Flavor is very diluted. Nothing full-bodied at all. There's some dark chocolate mixed with a splash of coffee. Maybe a raisin as well? Very thin on the palate. Nothing here to suggest a hefty stout, let alone a double stout. ABV remains hidden the entire time, but this is still not very drinkable. Still falls far short of the American Double Stout category.

Notes: I sure hope afatty enjoys the glass this came in....that was the highlight of this beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My initial thought on tasting this beer a half-year or so ago was that although it was a very good beer, it didn't quite live up to the "Imperial Stout" designation. And that thought remains, but... I expect there will be a change in the recipe this year as there was with the Red Sky this last time around. Still, as it is...

Clipper City's Peg Leg pours a very dark mahogany with chestnut highlights beneath a creamy head of tan foam that holds fairly well but leaves little more than tiny spots and wider splashes of lace about the glass.

The nose is caramelish and mocha-like, with a hint of coffee-liquor.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation that lends a gentle caress to the palate.

The flavor is delicately sweet but coffee-ish with a caramelish side, and reveals an underlying touch of yeasty fruitiness as well as some background grassy and spruce-like (?) hops. The alcohol is well-cloaked throughout and it finishes with a mild touch of roastiness, some yeasty fruitiness, some delicate caramel, a slap of fruity/leafy/grassy/piney hops, and a spritz of alcohol.

Overall, it's not a bad beer... but it needs a lot of work to become an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This sample via Pezoids and Secret Santa '04. Many thanks.

Aroma shows mildly heavy dark malts with hints of caramel, coffee, roast. Nothing heavy or full, but pleasant enough.
As it pours it looks thin for style. Big full head that recedes slowly. Dark black with re/mahogany hues. Looks clear. Head has a thick quality that I like.
Flavors shows roasted malt that is slightly rich and slightly fruity, but not near cloy. Bitterness kicks in the middle and stays until the end, but is rather mild. Fairly long dryness at finish. Not very complex.
Rather thin, especially for style. Makes it an easier drinker, not a slow sipper. Nice and firm carbonation.
This is kind of an easy drinking stout (oxymoron?), that has good features, just not that much of an what I usually think of for style. I really like the heaviness of the head and I enjoyed the nice roast flavors.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown appearance. Thin brown head that is a bit fizzy. Lacing is moderate. Nose of dry cocao, chalk and coffee bean. The flavor is a weak concoction of roasted malt, dark coffee bean and dry, chalky cocoa. Bitterness is minimal and hop contributions are negligible. Where's the beef?? Body is medium at best, though I doubt that even. Fizzy carbonation present in the mouth.

It's not black. It's not full bodied. It's not full flavored. It's a travesty to call this an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of maxpower
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark brown with lots of particles floating around, small foamy tan head that leaves a some lacing in my glass, I can see through the glass when held up a light, never seen this in an Imperial Stout before. Roasty nutty-bready aromas. Nutty, chocolate, coffee flavors, finishes on the dry side ( wtf? ) Is this really an Imperial? Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel makes this very drinkable, this would be decent for a porter or dry stout, misleading.

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Photo of Gavage
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown / deep ruby in color, with a 1" tan head. Little lacing develops. Aroma is very lacking for a imperial stout, as barley a whiff of roasted malts are detectable. Overall flavor is very mild and somewhat weak - roasted malt, bitter chocolate, licorice, caramel, mild bitterness, and some alcohol. Not a bad flavor, but quite a letdown when an imperial stout was expected.

Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy. Medium / heavy in body. The aftertaste has licorice and chocolate lasting briefly on the tongue. Drinkability is a touch above average on the scale, but not a brew I will be looking to try anytime soon.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cola color with a thick light brown head. Out of the cask, this beer was pretty good. Let's see how the bottle pairs up. It has some noble roasty characteristics with a fair amount of chocolate, coffee, and tree bark. Faintly hoppy, only in whiffs nearer the finish. Residual sweetness rather chocolatey, moreso carob. Hop bitterness at a good level to achieve a good effect in the drinking experience, dry but not aggressive. A good, hefty stout, but not flawless.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured nearly black, with some hues of red getting through. Had nice tan head that took a bit to fall and left clumps of lace on the glass. Had a mild scent of coffee, roasted malts and some chocolate, it takes a few deep sniffs to get the effect. The taste is of a bit of dark chocolate, and some roasted coffee and some hops at the end, but the flavor is not as strong as I would like. The mouthfeel was lacking a bit, but it was still smooth and creamy. I would say that this is a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of stingo
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice opaque black - but with little to no carbonation/lacing, save for a dusting close to the end of the pour. The nose has dark chocolate, mocha, and just a hint of an almost raisiny/port wine edge to it which is appealing. These flavors, except for that sweetness come out in the drinking, with an agreeable aftertaste. The mouthfeel runs a bit on the thin side, which I am guessing is rather the norm for a dry stout which is something I'm still getting used to. A well made session beer, and one I would consider putting on tap at home.

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Photo of shapudding
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tab dated Feb. '05. Poured out a deep dark bottle brown with a thick khaki head that settled as a light creamy layer with puffy little islands. Scents of chocolate, coffee and warm alcohol. Surprising amount of carbination gets you with the first sip, it foams up in your mouth. But the body is alot less than I was expecting... not think, just mostly carbination on top of a thin to medium body..? Dark tastes of espresso, burnt toast, bit of merlot or house red wine that comes out at the end. The flavors linger on your tongue, mainly at the back sides. Not really what I would have picked out as being an impy if I was blindfolded. This is an easy drinker though, the flavors are not too intense, but still decent.
Thanks to Blitheringidiot for shoving this bottle into my fridge!

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