Peg Leg Imperial Stout | Heavy Seas Beer

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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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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of whiterabbit
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 120z. bottle Black and "thick" in appearance, not a lot going on as far as smell goes, light nothing really standing out.
First sip as smooth as they come. Lighter than most stout, smooth as silk. I am liking this brew.
Chocolate. Not bitter, but you do taste the alcohol. Again, smoother and lighter than most. Really goes down easy.
This is good./ If you like the heavier, almost able to slice with a knife stout, this is not for you. If you like a very smooth, easy drinking, yet still very satisfying brew, your gonna like this one.

Most Heavy Seas are on the light side, but still retain the flavor. This is no exception. Will back again for more...

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of stckhndlr
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This looks like motor oil thats about 6 months overdue for a change. Light only gets through around the very very edges. Has a nice one finger tan head that sticks around for a few but not too long.

S- Caramel syrup malty smell. Has hints of coffee and plenty of chocolate.

T- Toasty coffee and chocolate. Love the chocolate malt. Not very bitter. Nice loooong finish.

M- Full body, frothy and a smooth finish going down.

O- I love this one. because the company has focused on the malt rather than the hops it makes this one very drinkable. Have to force yourself to drink it slowly or that 8% can creep up on you. Great beer.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Not much beige head, doesn't stick around very long. Very dark brown, black. Barest hint of lightness at edges.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. Smooth and rich. Very nice.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee grounds. A little bitter, but mostly sweetish and caramel malts.

M: Smooth but not too heavy - maybe a little thin, slight hint of carbonation.

O: Pretty good, but not my favorite stout. Not that interesting, but a pretty solid stout.

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Photo of haywire77
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pitch black body with dark brown edges and about 1" of khaki brown head with sporadic large bubbles that faded very quickly to a patchy cap.

Lightly roasted sweet malts dominate the smell if dominate is a word I want to use. Plums and raisins maybe and a little boozy smell. Not a heavy scent and rather lackluster for an imperial stout. Not at all unpleasant, however.

Just like the nose. Dark fruits and sweet malts with quite a bit of alcohol on the back end. Sweet for an imperial. Not what I was expecting. Refreshing, if a stout could actually be.

Mouthfeel is thin and rather dry with a bit too much carbonation. No viscosity to speak of and the only lingering effect I get is the bubbles on the back of my tongue.

Overall this beer is average to me at best. With other decent imperials in this low price range, I will probably not seek out this brew again. This is not to say that it's a bad beer, just not quite what I was looking for.

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

A-Pours black. Not much light getting through. Slight head. Leaves blotches along my glass. Looks pretty thick when poured.

S-Quite a chocolatey nose. Chocolate syrup. Hints of roasted coffee are detectable too. Booze comes off clearly in the nose. Slightly bitter. Pretty generic in the nose but nothing bad.

T-Chocolate syrup and booze mostly. Roasted coffee sneaks in as well. Alcohol is pretty blatant. Run of the mill Imperial Stout flavor. That is not really a bad thing however.

M-Not very thick in the feel. Medium bodied surprisingly. High carbonation for an Imperial Stout. Bland feel, but surprisingly easy to sip for a big beer.

O/D-Generic, but sometimes generic is not a bad thing. I wanted a few stouts to drink during a Sunday full of football. Far from great, but it will get the job done for today. $10 for a 6-pack is decent especially because six of this would get you going pretty good. Overall, solid. Won't complain.

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3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Modest cream head atop a rich stout

S - Not much going on. Some earthy smells

T - A dose of caramel and toffee english malts along with some cocoa, hint of roasted flavors and a dull dry finish. Little balance. No hops presence - ok for an english style. While there is pepper spice and evidence of the 8% ABV, this is an imperial by look alone.

M - Creamy smooth, and light carbonation.

O - Easy to drink, but little too appreciate. In a word, mild. Missing more than just a leg. Although maybe I'm spoiled by the American versions and the other good brews in this style.

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3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown to black pour with only a small light brown head. A ton of bubbles rush from the bottom of the glass.

S: The aroma is roasty, with hints of chocolate, but very subtle. Very average smell, nothing really stands out.

T: Like the smell, the taste is pretty average. This beer is fighting in a tough crowd though. Roasty, perhaps some slight hops, mixed in with chocolate. Pretty good considering it's relatively cheap. But certainly not on the same level as Old Rasputin or other similarly price RIS'.

MF: Medium to heavy body. Carbonated well. Dry finish. Only hints of booze, the alcohol is masked nicely.

O: Tastey and extremely drinkable. I enjoyed it, but this is nothing special.

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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at Jimmie Garant's in Alpena, MI and poured into a nonic pint glass. Full disclosure; this bottle is a year beyond its "purchase before" date. My impression of this beer is appears a bit more positive than the general consensus so I'm reviewing it anyway. Maybe it's just a beer that begs for some aging. An aggressive pour gives me three fingers of foamy mocha-brown head. Retention is good. Small patches of lacing stick around. This beer is very dark. A tiny amount of ruby can be seen near the bottom of the glass, but there is otherwise no translucence.

The aroma gives off rich Hershey Syrup-like chocolate notes. Malts give off a nice roasty fragrance. Alcohol is forward on the nose, even for a beer containing 8% ABV. It smells good, but there is nothing in the nose that helps this to break away from the imperial stout pack.

Boom! This is one of the most chocolaty stouts I've ever tasted. Forget complexity; this is a cocoa bomb. Roasted malts fill the nose after each swallow. Alcohol is manifest on the tongue, adding a little heat. It appears well-hopped with a bitter finish that does little to overcome the sweet, sticky chocolate. Dark chocolate lingers on the tongue.

This is a full bodied stout, with a nice creamy feel. The carbonation level is moderate and works well with the body. It is sweet to the point of being syrupy, but it is also bitter and alcoholic. I can't say that it's the easiest drinking imperial stout, but the intensely sweet chocolate impression makes it seem like it's going down easily. At a year past fresh, this is indeed a sturdy stout.


The Two-Schlitz Scale (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for year-old Peg Leg

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Photo of Crossmd
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured at 55 degrees into a dogfish head

Pours a opaque black-brown with no head.

Smells of some dry, powered cocoa, and a hint of ground coffee.

Tastes of a smooth, relatively generic chocolate tasting with a hint of coffee. Not much else here outside of that, unfortunately. Lightly effervescent mouthfeel with

Overall, relatively generic- not stellar, but a good offering and relatively inexpensive. Worth picking up, but many not necessarily revisiting.


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Photo of littlelorib
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black, with a head of about 1" which slowly dissipated leaving lacing on the glass and the surface of the beer. Floral smell quickly giving way to cinnamon and malt. Taste started off malty with chocolate and coffee following. Nice amount of carbonation with a bit of alcohol peeking through. Nice mouth feel showing substance and warmth.

Overall, it knocked my socks off. First stout that i've tried that i've liked. Definitely becoming a regular at my house.

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Photo of Casey10
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice stout that I really didin't look at until I started to look at any beer that I could try that I had before.

That being said gald I did while this is no rasputin not a bad beer at all. A nice chocolate taste with a bit of coffee. The beer looks nices and overall given the price at least worth a try.

A really nice stout and a great beer for the money.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark chocolate color with a slight coffee colored head.
S: Roasted dark malt, coffee beans, and alcohol giving it a decent twang to the aroma.
T: Very good rich roasted malt aroma with a huge presence of alcohol. Very warming and filling. Slight hop aftertaste. Great interpretation.
M/O: Good bodied stout. Very strong and warming.

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Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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