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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Ratings: 1,428 |  Reviews: 702
Photo of engagechad
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - tulip

Pours very dark, not black with not much head and not much lacing. Smells malty with a little bit of spicey chocolate coffee nose but nothing real good. Taste follows, just above average. Feels kinda stingy.. for an 8% it's a bit boozy (as opposed to the 11% choklat.. man that stuff is smooth)

Not something I would buy again, but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a deep dark black color with a thick tan head that stays around for a little bit and leaves a bit of a lace around the glass. I like the look of this beer.

S-A dark chocolate aroma with a malty twist. Dark roasted coffee is also there as well.

T-The taste was a bit hard for me to distinguish. A bit malt, a bit dark chocolate, and a bit dark roasted coffee, but none of the three jumps out at me. A bit disappointed since it is billed as an imperial stout.

M-Thick, creamy, and chewy.

O-Overall this is just OK. I was expecting much more from this one, especially since it is listed under the imperial stout style.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Imperial Stout poured out as a thin looking black liquid with a thin brown head on top. There wasn't much lacing at all here. The smell was of roasted malts and grains. The taste was bitter with some burnt flavors and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel was just too watery for this to be an Imperial in my opinion. The beer is a decent one to try. But I just don't think it should be classified as an imperial stout.

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Photo of sccala
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle (with a cartoon pirate scene on it...Arrrrggghhh) into a standard pint glass.

A- Color is, if not black, the closest thing to it. Poured a half finger head that immediately disappeared except for ring which lined the inside of the glass. Some decent lacing though.

S- Smells of deeply roasted grains. And kind of a syrupy sweetness too.

T- Just how it smells. Pretty standard for this style. Very roasty, a bit of charcoal, slight caramel, chewy.

M- The "tinglyness" in the aftertaste is a suprise since there was no head, leading me to believe that carbonation was minimal. Leaves a good coating in the mouth that lasts a good minute or so.

O- A pretty good brew. Slightly above average. Not one of Clipper City's best though. On a personal note, it is sort of filling. I don't think I could have more than 2 and still enjoy myself

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Photo of dtivp
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very deep dark brown, almost black with a half finger tan head which quickly dissipates into a ring, moderate lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt and dark bold coffee.

Taste followed the nose with dark roasted malr, black coffee and a slight hint of bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel was the light side of medium body, little carbonation.

Overall this beer is a little thin to be an RIS, at best I would say it is a good stout.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GallowsTheif for the extra!
Best before Sep. 2011

This one pours a very dark brown with red highlights and ends up black. When held to the light, cola colored edging shows. A fingers worth of light tan head has decent retention and leaves very little lacing.

The nose is full of boozy chocolate, and miniscule amount of coffe and hop. Really sweet smelling.

The taste is quite similar to the nose. The chocolate notes are bitter-sweet and make way for some molasses and a bit of coffee and smoke is noticed towards the finish. The booze hasnt really mellowed after a year or so but its not too hot.

The mouthfeel is sticky and thick. Creamy with a bit of heat felt. A light amount of carbonation is fitting.

Overall, I think this brew is quite underrated. Maybe it is the 1yr + of age on it. I havent had it fresh but I think its tasting mighty fine about now.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours into a tulip with a head that rushes to fill the glass. A mix of dense, creamy foam and large, loose bubbles. Head is light brown, body is a dark, dark brown. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Coffee and roasty aromas. A little cracker. Maybe I'm imagining it from the name, but I'm catching a hint of the sea.

T: Toasted with some creamy notes. A little chocolate, just a hint of raisin. A little bit of unwelcome sourness.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This one originally had about a 1/2 finger head or so. However, I was impressed by the fact that it retained it's retention for about 30 minutes while I was waiting for the abnormally cold brew to warm up. This was pitch black in color by the way...

S: Mild coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. This was definitely not a fruity IS.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate (by default... even though I honestly don't believe that was one of the ingredients), and a tinge of

M: Low carbonation, and kinda thin actually. Moderate to thin lacing.

O: I wish this were better since it's local, but it was nothing special.

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Photo of warnerry
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by May 2011; consumed 4/27/11

Pours dakr brown/black with one finger of light brown head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma seems very subtle, but consists of some chocolate and some roasted malts. There is also an off aroma that I can't quite pick out.

Chocolate seems to dominate the taste, followed by some coffee and roasted malts. Decent flavor profile, but reminds me more of an inferior version of Hoppin' Frog Silk Porter than an RIS.

Mouthfeel seems thin for the style.

Certainly nothing offensive about this, but it doesn't stand out in any particular way a

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Photo of fank2788
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter
Opaque black in the glass, starts out with a finger of khaki head which falls to a thin film of bubbles on the top and around the rim of the beer. The smell of black coffee and dark chocolate with some toasted breads. Maybe a bit weak without the required dimension of a good imperial stout, more reminiscent of a classic dry or american stout. The taste follows the nose, with the chocolate and coffee really dominating beyond that there is a touch of dark fruit but not too much else. I find the hops to be a delicate addition rather than a major player. The note on the bottle says they are targeting the more British end of this style but it may fall short of that mark as well, using Sam Smith Imperial Stout as the benchmark. Mouthfeel may be on the thin side the finish is slightly sweet but too clean and overall the body is a bit on the light side. The alcohol is well masked for a beer of it's strength which does add to the drinkability. So I'm not entirely impressed overall, this is a very tough style as it is done so often and so well by a number of breweries that anything short of good doesn't seem to be worth one's time.

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Photo of jsanford
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

A - Pours a dark black with slight brownish highlights and a 1-inch, khaki-colored head that fades to a slight haze, leaving just the tiniest bit of lacing.
S - Fairly typical Stout aromas of dark malt, coffee, and chocolate, with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Nice, but safe.
T - Same safe Stout flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Not much hop character, in fact the finish just kinda drops off, leaving a bit to be desired in the flavor department. Not bad, but nothing memorable.
M - Moderately creamy, with a medium body and mouth-feel, and low carbonation.
O - While there's nothing wrong with this one in particular, it's just a typical, safe offering in a sea of much better Stouts. Heh, I made a nautical reference while reviewing a Heavy Seas beer.

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Photo of KajII
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour non-transparent jet black with a large (2-3 finger) medium brown frothy head that diminished rapidly, leaving just a little residue floating on top which allowed for a some fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a mild burnt chocolate malt and a leathery yeast with hints of dark chocolate, molasses and a dark roasted coffee.

The taste I thought was a bit on the light side for an Imperial Stout at first, and had a mildly sweet roasty mocha coffee note which lingered throughout. But then matured into a bitter-sweet dark malted coffee flavor with a big note of dark chocolate and a mild alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a little longer than average in duration following the swallow, with a mildly bitter coffee roastiness left behind.

Mouthfeel was somewhat dry in texture and quite full in body with the carbonation being rather flat.

Overall this was a very tasty Imperial Stout that did a great job of concealing the high ABV, while allowing a smooth roastiness to settle in for the long hall, which in turn created a superb drinkability...

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Photo of DannyDan
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brownish black body with a large tan head that goes away rather quickly. The retention is very good, but has ok lacing and moderate carbonation. The smell is a nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with more dark chocolate. The taste starts out with some creamy coffee followed by some dark chocolate and roasted malts. The back of the mouth has a little bitterness to it, but overall the taste is well balanced. the mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy and silky feel in the mouth. This is a really really great beer to enjoy. Doesn't seem to be as full bodied as other Imperial Stouts I have tried, but still satisfying after one, even though two is always nice when it comes to a great tasting beer.This is going on my must have stout list, and I recommend anyone that likes stouts or imperial stouts to try this.

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Photo of stageseven
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap - pretty much no head. Black and pretty much opaque. Doesn't really cling to the glass like the thicker Russian imperial stouts tend to.

Ar - nice and strong roasted and dark chocolate aroma. Maybe a but of alcohol but not much.

T - tons of roast up front with bitter dark chocolate mixed in. Actually a little silky. Not overwhelming, but balanced bitterness in the back. Could use some more coffee and bitter flavors but there's definitely nothing objectionable.

M - moderately heavy body, on the slightly more carbonated side. A bit warming but not too much. Some coating in the mouth.

D - good flavor. Not a huge RIS but all the flavors blend well. Kind of an every day RIS. Easy to drink, and goes well with food without being too filling.

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

12 oz bottle, notched with purchase by date of July 2011.

black, with brown highlights when held to the light. thin head that fades fast to just a thin covering.

aroma is roasty, with notes of chocolate and maybe a touch of hops. taste follows, although I pick up more coffee in the taste.

body is a bit thin for the style, with medium carbonation.

overall, a decent beer, but it just doesn't match up to most of it's peers.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a nice dark brown, sits very dark in glass. A nice dense layer of mocha head sits for a little before fading.

S- Roasted and light burn notes of iced coffee, choc, dark malts. Some booze detected in smell.

T- Sweet and roasted tones. A light bitterness. Semi-sweet chocolate. A solid backbone with a slight tang. mild overall.

M- nice, smooth. wet. Medium bodied. Lingers well.

O/D- A very nice and smooth stout, I'm not convinced it fits the
RIS bill. Easy to drink. Good creamy chocolate. At 8% right in between styles. Good.

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Photo of patreely12
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a cask at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - very dark brown, near black. some ruby highlights. mocha head with nice retention. too opaque to see any carbonation.

S - dark roasted coffee and chocolate. maybe some vanilla and molasses. very rich.

T/M - the flavors of this beer are very rich. roasted coffee and dark, bittersweet chocolate. very malty. earthy hops take an almost unnoticeable backseat in this one. there is something off-putting in the flavor, i want to say oak or something else wooden. I don't know if it's the cask or what. in another stouts this works nicely but it just doesn't seem to work in this recipe. heavier in body and slick. pretty moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a good stout with a strong ABV. I wouldn't be putting down many of these back to back. I'd like to try this again in bottle form to seem if the taste was thrown off by the cask.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass. Good till May 2011 we roll!

A nice clear dark walnut brown with red hue body. A simple cap of about one and a half fingers sits on tap which ts about tan color. Head falls pretty normally. Minimal lacing

Smell is quite muted. Some faint malt and roast, very small, but also a few hints of chocolate in the background.

Taste is quite surprising. From the nose the beer would feel a bit weak, but a goof malt chocolaty front comes forth that is slightly silky. It's a bit carbonated though however feeling like a milk stout and it's a bit soda like in feel which doesn't appeal to me.

Overall this isn't too bad but it has some things about it that don't quite appeal to me very much.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
My first time having a Clipper City brew. Pretty average looking. Typical near-black color with a foamy off-white head. Very little lacing. Smells very nice and roasty. Lots of roasted coffee aroma with a healthy dose of hops. Palate is balanced and delicious but rather mild for a RIS. Roasted malt flavors with a nice earthy hop flavor. Not a bit of alcohol in the mix. Mouthfeel is pretty fluid and rather thin. Overall this is a very good stout, just doesn't seem like a RIS.

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Photo of bishopdc0
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my British pint, black with a pretty big head and small bubbles.

The aroma is subtle chocolate and roasted malts dominate. A coffee sweetness comes through.

The taste is less then average for a Imp. Stout. I was surprised at the lack of roast, though it does come at the end. the first flavors are all sweet and chocolate, this taste lingers to slowly reveal a hint of roasted malts overall its not impressive.

There isnt any carbonation on the mouth but a dry roasted feel and alcohol ends

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a very dark brown with a two fingers width tan head translucent on the edges which is surprising for an Imperial stout.

S-smells of coffee and not much else maybe slight roasted malt.

T- Coffee and roasted malts slight ashiness..

M-Nice and refreshing mouthfeel slightly drying effect.this is medium bodied slightly thin for an imperial stout.

D-This is weird for an imperial stout you would expect a sipper one to savor and maybe have one of..but the light body of this beer invites one to have more than one.


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Photo of BB1313
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before April, 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep black with an off-white head and nice lacing. Nice aromas, I'm picking up chocolate and some roasty notes. As the beer warms up, the aromas become even better. It also smells like sweet milk. The taste seems pretty basic for the style. More chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Tastes slightly burnt with some sweetness. Mouthfeel is average, pretty fizzy. I don't like my stouts to be over-carbonated. Drinkability isn't bad, alcohol is undetected. Pretty easy to enjoy.

Middle of the pack Imperial Stout, maybe even better than I expected. Although I wouldn't really recommend it, but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear black with a head that transitions from dark brown to almost white, but disappears as time progresses. Standard traditional porter smell with nothing that jumps out. Taste is what you would expect from a strong porter, nice toasty maltiness with a hint of chocolate and a satisfying lack of cliche Ameri-hops. Smooth beer, and easy to drink, especially with the balanced malt and easy carbonation.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a rich, dark brown. Nearly black; it looks like burnt Coca-Cola. I know, that doesn't make any sense, but it's what came to mind. It doesn't appear to have much viscosity. I worry about the mouthfeel. One finger of khaki head forms but it goes away pretty fast. I'd like to see more foam given the relatively low (for the style) ABV of 8%. The lacing is good, at least.

Lots of weak, stale, old Folgers coffee grounds hit my nose first. A light roast component, like burnt toast. I can smell some nutty English malts in this, which is unusual; those subtle malt smells are usually dominated by the more aggressive dark malts. There's also a strange note on the initial burst of aroma that reminds me of, unfortunately, garbage left out in the sun. It's a very quick note, though. Beyond that, there isn't anything else to the nose. No fruits, no hops.

This is an Imperial Stout? If so, it's underwhelming. This tastes remarkably like Mr. Pibb. I little bit of plum, but lots of sugary, dark malts. A little dusting of char, a bit of generic coffee grounds. A bit of indistinguishable hop character comes through with warmth. The finish is very weak. It tastes briefly of tannic berry skin before fading to water. It'd be an alright export stout. But it doesn't come close to cutting it in today's Imperial Stout landscape.

The mouthfeel is far, far too thin for the Imperial Stout style. Peg Leg seriously goes down like water. No chew, no heft. It's even too carbonated. The drinkability is darn good considering how close it is to a stout-flavored pop. It's simplicity both earns it a high score in drinkability and also prevents it from earning a great score.

Don't buy this beer. It's a complete waste of time, and one of the worst attempts at an Imperial Stout that I've had in a long time.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay chalice.

A: pours black, maybe a little thinner than the average imperial stout, thin head, decent amount of lacing, opaque

S: aroma is a tad muted, it features notes of coffee, roasted grains, oats, and chocolate. Smells like it is fairly mellow for the style.

T: roasted malts up front with some molasses sweetness, hints of licorice, slightly bitter on the finish. Like the nose, this brew is pretty mellow on the palate. Decent balance, however there is a bit of heat on the end.

MF: as noted in the appearance, the body is a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout. Carbonation is a touch high as well.

D: Nice beer. Nothing really stands out about it, but what you have here is a somewhat tame and well balanced imperial stout. Definitely a good value beer.

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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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