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Peg Leg Imperial Stout | Heavy Seas Beer

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Peg Leg Imperial StoutPeg Leg Imperial Stout
1,434 Ratings
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: 1,434 |  Reviews: 706
Photo of stckhndlr
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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 +5.2%
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 -10.9%
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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of russwbeck
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of weizenbob
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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 -1.6%
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 +13.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +9.3%
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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Photo of yankeej13
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy Clipper City so when they bring a new product of theirs into my liquor store always love trying it.

A- Dark as night with a very thin lace of a brownish foam. Little to no carbonation.

S- Has a nice bold coffee flavor smell with a back up of chocolate.

T- The taste is exactly bold as the smell. Fantastic coffe smell. It has a really sweet chocolate finish.

M- Good drinkability, really smooth flavor and a nice sweet finish.

Overall- Really impressed with this beer. CC did a great job, will def be buying it again. Cheers

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Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a virtual black color with a nice head that fades to lacing.

S: Aroma of chocolate, some coffee and spice.

T: Taste of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee and a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a sticky malt finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy.

O: Nice stout, but doesn't really seem too imperial

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black w/ little head on the beer. Minimal carbonation or lacing on this beer. Definitely mediocre for the style. Nose is that of chocolate, some fruit, hops, and coffee. I could really use more malt on this beer- it really needs it. Taste is slightly better, but it doesn't have the full, velvety taste of the best RIS brews. Mouthfeel is a little flat, and somewhat dry. Overall, this was a disappointment- it doesn't live up to the other beers I've had from Clipper City. Probably won't look for this again.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an opaque black into a DFH signature glass and when held up to the light the skinnier parts of the glass give off some ruby tints. There is a solid finger of dark tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: the first thing to hit the nose is a wallop of cinnamon and sweet chocolate. Some beautiful smoke and dark chocolate with a nice coffee and caramel note.

T: wonderful dark chocolate bitter/sweet right off the bat. Nice medium roast coffee and more sweet chocolate with some spicy under notes. There are some great dark fruits; figs, dates and prunes.

MF: a good heavy body, slight effervescence keeps it a tad viscous and smooth.

O: a great, easy to find, affordable and some brilliant undertones mixed with a well balanced core style.

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Photo of ElmerBruisery
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Light brown fizzy head that quickly rises and falls even faster leaving  no lacing nor cap. Right now it actually looks just like a glass of Coke. Dark dark brown almost black.

Nose consists of black licorice, mild notes of coffee, dark chocolate and dark fruity yeast.

Taste very similar to nose with licorice, coffee, and dark dried fruit. 

Body is light for a RIS. Fizzy carbonation. On a good note the 8% Abv is well hidden. The body is just very weak for the style.

Overall it's a good drinkable beer, but doesn't seem to be a RIS. Too weak all around for an imperial stout.

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Photo of Guden
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep black with a solid one finger brown head. No lacing but still looks beautiful.

S- Bourbon and coffee with a bit of burnt toast. It's a nice blend with the alcohol showing through in a good way.

T- Similar to the nose, coffee and toast, but the bourbon alcohol character gives way to a licorice component which I really enjoy. A bit of bitterness on the tail end add up to a great beer.

M- A bit thinner than I would like in my stouts and missing the creaminess or carbonation levels I expect but still a bit of chewy character and the flavors do fill the mouth well.

D- Intense flavors and high alcohol (both in terms of the taste and the effects) keep this one from being a super easy drinker but it sure is tasty and will bring me back again. Once again Heavy Seas comes through, not sure why they don't get more credit for their great beers from top to bottom.

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Photo of McNealc31
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

he color is right on, but the head doesn't compare to most others of the style. Very smooth. Might be the lightest bodied imperial stout I've had. There's a hint of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and some dark fruit. Late bitterness from the hops.

It's not bad, but it's just not doing anything for me. Very tame and I wanted something more audacious

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Photo of ONUMello
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Jet black, but next to no head whatsoever.
S: Some coffee and also that wet after-rain smell.
T: Coffee and toffee, not really picking up much else.
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat viscous. Average for the style.
O: In general I enjoy Clipper City's beer, especially the Loose Cannon. In general I enjoy imperial stouts. But this one just isn't doing it for me. Nothing bad about it, just very average.

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

A - Pours with half a finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque black body with amber highlights. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Light chocolate notes with a big caramel backbone and some spicy red apple yeast notes.

T - Dark sugar notes of molasses and burnt caramel. Some cinnamon and red apple comes out in the middle. Smoky chocolate in the finish with more molasses and moderate bitterness.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - This one is a bit lacking in dark malt character for the style. It has a good dose of dark sugary complexity but only hint of chocolate and smoke with no real roast character. This leaves it a bit cloying despite the reasonably dry finish.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peg Leg begins with a good Imperial Stout aroma, heavy with malts and smelling of coffee, toffee, peat, dark chocolate, and caramelized brown sugar. The coffee aroma is lighter than on many Imperial Stouts, and the beer lacks the thick ash scent that is typical of the style.

On the tongue, the initial flavors are coffee, ash (which is present in the taste, strangely), caramelized sugars, and darker fruit esters, such as fig and black cherry. Chocolate malts come through strongly in the second half of the mouthful, and last well into the aftertaste. The beer has a strong alcohol buzz (8% ABV) which does tickle the soft palate. Mouthfeel is medium (which I found thin for an Imperial Stout), and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a decent stout, but the flavors are lighter that would be expected for an Imperial. Still, the flavors are present in good quantities, and are finely nuanced; they simply lack the extra punch of a good Imperial. But because of this, the beer is a little more drinkable to newcomers, and so makes good introductory fare.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving was from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour produced a light head that was not overly persistent. There is a nice malt aroma along with some light roastiness and hop characteristics. The aroma doesn't fully indicate the flavors present.

The taste is decent with malt and roast presence along with a sort of baked raisin (think like a dessert type thing) flavor. There is also a lightly hopped finish which is unexpected but not unpleasant. The finish also includes some lingering malt character.

The feel is fairly smooth with an okay finish overall. However, it is VERY thin for an Imperial.

This is still a drinkable beer, although not very style consistent. It would be more appropriate to be called a regular or American Stout, rather than Imperial. It's alcohol content isn't overly obvious, either - which is a surprise given the overall thinness of the beer otherwise. Further, it really doesn't have the strong flavors one expects in an Imperial. I would certainly drink this one again, but won't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of sholland119
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my boss for bringing this back from MD and not caring for it. And then giving it to me.

A-Looking good. Dark brown, opaque, a thin mocha head leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

S-Brown sugar, roasted coffee and some bittersweet chocolate.

T-Raisiny with dark fruit and a lighter than expected roast. Some light bittersweet chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, bitterness is more apparent on the tongue than in the taste.

O-Nice. A bit behind the times for today's RIS but would have been a nice one 15 years ago.


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Photo of wvsabbath
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black, 1/2 creamy head, some lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, alcohol, dark fruits like plum and rasin. Coffee, Smoke, Oak, alot of smell.

Taste - Mellow coffee and chocolate start this stout beer off. Rather mild for a r.i.s and 8% alcohol. Malts are roasted and tasty. Not much hop presence.Some minor vanilla and some sugars round this out.

Mouthfeel - Rather palette friendly for being a r.i.s. Tounge is coated with sweet chocolate and malts, but doesnt last long really.Aftertaste is weak and forgetable.

Overall - This would be a fine stout, not a r.i.s. Way to mild and watered down. Decent flavor but really lacking what all the other greats pack. Its ok, but i wouldnt recommend since theres tons of better beers of this style out there.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Part of the mix 12 pack. Best Before Date notched at Aug. Pours a dark brown color with an inch of tan, frothy head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, and some chocolate. Smells sweet. Taste is vanilla, light and sweet coffee, with hints of chocolate. Slightly bitter finish. A bit malty. Some dark fruit flavor as well. Nicely carbonated. Very little, if any, alcohol taste. As a beer in a mix pack it works, but I wouldn't buy it on its own. A decent enough RIS, however I can think of a bunch of other ones I'd rather buy.

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Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,434 ratings
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