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.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep, dark brown body; a touch of crimson in the mocha head; head pours about 1 finger thick and rapidly dissipates

S: Chocolate, toffee, malt and fruity spices; almost smells mildly of mulling spices

T: Coffee and sweet toffee blend explodes with the first taste; bitterness makes its way in the middle; finally, the alcohol makes its presence known at the finish of the taste

M: Heavy and alcoholy; a little oily and thick at the same time; actually, I kind of like it, as it goes with the style of beer

D: Definitely wouldn't pound this one, but not hard to put one away; fairly drinkable

Overall, a decent Russian Imperial. Definitely not the best though.

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Photo of JT2875
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark almost black color with a two finger head that quickly fades. Mild lacing.

S-Chocolate and coffee.

T-Same as the smell Chocolate coffee and a carmel tone. Quite nice.

M-I was expecting a creaminess but not so much. Very mild carbonation and silkiness.

D-Goes down smooth and clean. A dessert beer but one that is not heavy so you can enjoy a few back to back. I had this at 55 degrees and think a warmer temperature would suit this beer better.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My in-town trading partner, tone77, came through with some Heavy Seas beers recently and I am finding them very pleasant, especially in the face of so many AmeriCAN Adjunct Lagers in support of The CANQuest (TM). I am anxious to see how this stacks up.

From the bottle: "Our Peg Leg Imperial Stout is done in the English style - focused on malt rather than hops. Devilishly dark yet surprisingly smooth. Luxurious with notes of coffee and dark chocolate."; "Clean Water Fund [-] A portion of the proceeds from each case of beer we sell goes to help, a national organization dedicated to protecting the quality of the water we drink and the water we use to brew. Can't make great beer without clean water! Finds from the sale of this beer go back to the region where it was purchased."

My (probably) over-aggressive pour brought the head right up to the edge of the glass and I am sure that my Physics colleague would tell me that surface tension or some such was all that kept it from foaming over. It also set up what almost looked like a cascading action before settling into just over a finger of mocha-tan head with great retention. Color was an inky black with ZERO light penetration. It did not matter how I held this one up to the light, nothing was getting through. Nose was rich and roasty, like coffee and dark chocolate combined. The neck label mentioned "... notes of coffee and dark chocolate" also. I agree. Mouthfeel was smooth, not quite creamy, but very reminiscent of an N2 pour. The chocolatiness was prevalent on the tongue and in the mouth, but it was not as bitter as the nose led me to expect. Instead, it had a mild smokiness to it in combination with the chocolate. Finish was very smooth, initially with a dark chocolate flavor but giving 'way to a light roastiness. A very pleasant beer and one that would be excellent as a dessert beer.

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Photo of AllFineThings
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a half inch head which stays at about an eighth of an inch to a wisp high and has the aroma of chocolate and coffee.

Has a very slight molasses coating, but may be just a bit over-carbonated which may dull that effect.

Tastes somewhere between a bitter stout and a sweet porter--overall has a very good taste and at $10.99 for a sixer you can't go wrong at all.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 12/13/2010:

A: This pours an absolutely black color with an inch of light khaki head that does not last but laces okay.

S: The nose shows aromas of chocolate, caramel, and sweet dark fruits. This is actually similar to desserty chocolate stouts.

T: It shows notes of chocolate, mild roastiness, caramel, and more sweet dark fruits.

M: The body is medium-light and finishes in sweet stickiness.

D: This is tasty, relatively light, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A - pours a deep dark hue with some ruby highlights when backlit. A fairly large bubbly kakhi head. Dissipates quick.

S - a very rich dark chocolate aroma with some hints of coffee and some mild dark fruit.

T - intense dark chocolate flavor, semi sweet, balanced by the coffee bitterness of roasted Malta and herbal hops. Yeast gives a dark fruit flavor as well.

M - a little thin, but but still fairly smooth. Medium carb.

D - very tasty and drinkable ale.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Removing the cap on this one and I got a prune and raisin aroma right off the bat. Promising, but the pour was a bit lack luster. Dark ruby, but light didn't have a problem seeping through. Head was minimal, as was the lacing. Hmmpf.

Ok on to the taste. The prune and raisin come through quite well, but the hints of chocolate and coffee seem to be begging for attention. Not sure what's going on here. Don't get me wrong, the flavors are good, just not outstanding.

Smooth feel to it, and this makes it very easy drinking. A little bite on the end, but seems a bit flat.

Nice stout...imperial I'm not sure about.

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

Pours a deep dark black color with a thick brown russet head and tons of lacing. Smells of roasted malts, burnt brown sugar, smoke, coffee, and some chocolate. Tastes of roasted malts, burnt brown sugar, black coffee and a tiny amount of chocolate. Feels very thick and very nice with a mild carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of dismal
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up a while ago and kind of forgot I had. It's a few months past the brewery fresh date but no worries it's a big stout so maybe it helped. Pours black with red/ruby highlights around the edges. Has a one finger light tan head that goes away almost as soon as the pour is done. The smell was roasted malts, chocolate, almost a hint of some alcohol. These smells were pretty dominate, nothing else seemed to be there to me except maybe a very small hint of coffee. The taste was very sweet, mainly some roasted malts and chocolate. Like in the smell a small hint of alcohol. Didn't seem very complex but I think that's good. I don't know if it was so sweet because it sat so long or if it's like that fresh as well. Mouthfeel was slightly above average. Upon the pour it looked to be thin but it was actually a little thick which surprised me but it was nice. At 8% ABV there was only a slight hint of alcohol and in no way did it take away anything from the beer, very well hidden. Overall a pretty good beer. It might not contend with the big RIS' but it's definitely something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark dark...almost opaque.... 1" head that fizzled fairly soon.

Nose: average... hints of chocolate....nice and sweet.

Taste: not a powerhouse. Not bad.... average.... chocolate.... coffee.... woodsy flavors....

Feel... a little on the thin side... not as big as an IMPERIAL stout should be.

Drinkability: not gonna knock you out.... a weaker IMPERIAL stout.

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

A - Pours a jet black color and a conservative colored caramel thin lacing around the top.

S - Charcoal, caramel, coffee, oak, and vanilla dominate the nose with a slight bit of cocoa.

T - Tastes of wet cotton, vanilla, very small traces of caramel, woody and oaky, coffee, dark roasted malt, some bourbon traces, slight charcoal, and boozy.

M - Too thin for an Imperial Stout (in my opinion). Watery body, smooth, but finishes fairly clean. Wet finish.

D - Decent. This is the first Imperial Stout I would have no problem drinking from the bottle.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours black in color, but not extremely dark. A nice one finger tan head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Nice roasted malts. Get some mocha and a little bit of bitter chocolate as well a a little coffee. A slight alcohol tinge at the end.

T: Much more chocolate here. Also a slight smokiness. Transitions into a burnt/toasted flavor along with a little espresso/coffee.

M/D: Medium bodied, but thinner than most in this style. Carbonation was right on. Overall not bad. With the low abv I could drink a few of these. The price helps make it slightly higher in my book.

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

Clipper City's take on the Impy Stout pours the typical nice deep black color with an inch of tan head, a few minutes of retention and some decent lacing around the glass. A pretty good start to the experience.

The beer goes downhill a bit in the aromatic department. Many of the best RIS's have a fragrant, complex nose, and this falls well short of that standard. You have to search a bit for the scent and once you find it it's just OK. Some dark roasted malt and bit of coffee in there, but I can't pick much else out. Spice it up a little folks!!!!

Same thing with the taste really. Not bad, but not great, either. This tastes more like a regular stout rather than something that bears the title "IMPERIAL". The mouthfeel doesn't help matters. Fairly thin and wispy with moderate carbonation, it kind of complements the light roasted malt, caramel, and brown sugar flavor you get from the beer, but not in a good way. Again, this wouldn't be that bad in a regular stout, but this isn't an Impy Stout in my opinion. The biggest problem I have with the beer is the mouthfeel... I love thick, almost syrupy stouts, not thin, just-above-watery stouts.

I'm a bit disappointed by this beer. I've had some really enjoyable beers from Clipper City before, but this is probably the worst thing I've had from them. Just average all around, and it really tastes more like a stout than a Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Stoneyrok
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: this pours black and since am color blind to red, I will take others word it has a ruby hue. Not much head, but nice lacing, in fact impressive lacing.

S: coffee, chocolate, aroma hops, sweetish hints

T: okay, others I think rate this low because of the name imperial, take out that word and let's rate the taste here. I love stouts and porters, and I have had many different brands, and have been disappointed with many due to lack of bold and aggressive flavors. This beer has a wonderful coffee hint but not too much like some. I can finally taste the hints of chocolate, it is full flavored, warming, medium lovely carbonation, smooth and very creamy. This is an alpha stout and I love it. It's one of this first stouts I had, then I sampled so many others thinking I would return to this and find the lack of quality, but I still appreciate this bold stout, and it is sweet, not dry like some other popular brands , not much hops here, but not bitter either.

M: smooth, creamy, slightly prickly carbonation.

D: okay, this is 8ABV and since it is heavy and somewhat sweet, I'd only have a few, but when I want a bold strong stout this will be one of the ones I go for. I will make sure there is always a few in the fridge.

Conclusion: maybe I am still an amateur beer reviewer, but taking the science out, and throwing in the taste and enjoyment. Of a strong stout, this is wonderful. Oddly I will always have a flying dog gonzo imperial stout available as well. Enjoy and give this a try.

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

Poured dark as night from a 12 oz bottle, ABV and freshness date on the label. Fairly thin head with little retention, laces though as you keep sipping. Aroma is predominantly roasted coffee and malt. Taste is also predominantly coffee with a hint of chocolate. The alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms up. Not as robust as I was expecting, but still a pretty solid Imperial stout. Pair it with a milk chocolate and the mouthfeel gets even better. Not as silky as I had envisioned it to be, but nevertheless doesn't disappoint. Definitely worth a try.

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

I have to consider what the brewery tags the beer-- that is- this is an IMPERIAL STOUT.

It's got a nice color and a lasing head.

A tiny nose-- mostly alcohol. Maybe my nose is getting old but try as I might I detect little action.

Flavor is ho-hum. After all Heavy Seas is branding this bear as an IMPERIAL STOUT and so far the imperial stouts I've tasted have been robust. Maybe my bottle or the batch was skunked.

It's got an ale-like character. There's some hops bitterness. Some hints of toasted malt and malt notes.. but this is a stout lite. It's really a very wimpy Imperial Stout.

It's a diminutive flavor profile-- just isn't much there.

Probably an excellent candidate for someone who is just learning to appreciate craft brews but might be scared off by a more substantial imperial stout.

Otherwise- if you're after a strong flavored juggernaut beer it's not this one.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Absolutely wonderful Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas.

I had this on tap and man was it delicious. Color resembles a Guinness or perhaps a tad darker, almost closer to drip coffee.

Smell is full of wonderful aromas, chocolate and coffee abundant.

Taste is smooth, rich and creamy.

Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle marked "Brewery Fresh by October 2009", so this one has about a year or so on it, let's see if the age has anything to this....

A-fittingly on Halloween, black as the inside of....(insert Lebowski reference), really dark, no head to speak of, no lacing either

S-very typical stout, roasted, toffee, malt again typical

T-pretty decent, the ABV starts to come through a bit more as it warms

M-a good warmness, perhaps the ABV?

D-not real high, this is ok, but there are better options in this category

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip.

A- Pours a black body with only a 1/2 finger of khaki head that quickly recedes to a spotty cap with lace being non-existant.

S- Chocolate and amaretto aromas up front follwed by black coffee with plum and raisins.

T- Chocolate and burnt coffee flavors. A little more of the dark fruit comes through towards the end, but not too much. The 8% abv doesn't really make it's presense known.

MF/D- Just a bit watery for an Imperial Stout, but it does coat the mouth nicely. Very drinkable in the fact that the abv doesn't show and, although weak, has some nice flavors.

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Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out into a glass tumbler. Deep brown. Coffee-like. Large puffy tan head. Nose is roasty but non-descript. Maybe some molasses.

Toasted malty flavors. Lingering sugars. Slightly acidic. Some ethanol on the end, especially on warming.

Foamy mouthfeel.

Decent, but not great.

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

CCBC's Imperial Stout pours up a with just enough carbonation to create a modest tan colored head that tops the deep brown-blackish body. The aroma is lightly roasted with a burnt espresso & chicory character that shows just a hint of herbal (minty) hops hidden underneath. Slightly vinous with a touch of oxidation detected. The flavor starts off fruity with a blackstrap molasses/burnt sugary sweetness that rolls into the dark chocolate, charred-roasted finish marked by a moderate bitterness. Hint of oatmeal oilyness & some alcohol warmth is also noted. This smooth roasted stout is more reminiscent of an oatmeal stout or maybe an "extra" stout rather than an imperial stout. Nevertheless, it's a solid seasonal offering from the crew at CCBC that's worth walkin' the plank with a peg leg!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Thanks to my fellow OKBA russpowell for the opportunity!

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

A: Deep dark black color with no light whatsoever passing through. There's a small half inch or so of tan colored head.

S: Sweet malty notes are first. There is a hint of coffee and chocolate present as well as some notes of dark fruits

T: In line with the smell the flavor is sweet at first, caramal like, with a slight coffee-like bitterness coming though after. Overall the flavor is a little sweeter than I expected

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. The feel is rich and creamy.

D: It's a little sweet for my taste but it is very enjoyable in its own right.

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Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Redo, left the old review below for contrast, but here is a new fresh review. Best before April 11th.

Pours a small fizzy but darker colored head that fades almost instantly, almost pitch black coca cola colored beer.

Nose brings a bit of earthy dark roasty malts, light black patent, light caramel, bitter stout aromas, fairly light overall, light malts, not a very big nose, and a slight musty dark fruit.

Taste starts lighter than I expected, some light roast and black patent, burnt coffee grinds, acidic and acrid, charred flavors, burnt caramel, bit of a tinny flavor too, boozy, a bit sticky, some over ripe dark fruits too. Finishes a bit boozy, little bitter, more acrid burnt coffee, and a bit of sticky syrupy flavors.

Mouth is a bit thick but watery at teh same time, lower carbonation.

Drink is meh, fairly boozy, sticky finish, lots of burnt flavors and acrid coffee grinds, a slight tinny flavor too.

Old review:

This being an imp stout at 8% I assume it can age well, and this has date best before Jan 2009, so it's got some age.

A thick creamy but bubbly head rises to about a finger but fades quicker than my pour to nothing, not even a head covering. Way too fizzy for a good imp stout! The beer is basically jet black with the slightest hints of light coming through in thinning area, but it looks watery in those area.

The nose has some malty aromas, somewhat syrupy with a little boozy like syrupy extract aromas, some very light roasted malt, and aromas of burnt malts. A slight sweet sugary aroma and some light bitterness.

Taste very bland and bleh, not much stout at all. It has some sweet malty flavors, syrupy light sweet extract flavors, corn syrup, some burnt toffee and burnt malts, little roast and coffee, some light bitterness from the burnt malts, and some weird fruits. Finishing with lingering burnt coffee grinds with some acidity, a boozy taste, and some sweetness but not sticky.

Mouth is pretty watery and not so thick or rich like I expected, with almost no carbonation.

Drinkability is meh at best, with some boozy tastes, a sweet finish, and lots of lingering burnt acidic coffee grinds, but at least it's not sticky. It could have helped with some more carbonation too.

This is probably the worst beer Heavy Seas makes IMO. Seeing how this has a fairly low rating, I'm not surprised how much I didn't really like it. However, my review will most likely be significantly less than that, so I'll ahve to give this a try again when it's fresh. First drain pour in a while, I just can't.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is a lot of roasted malt as well as some chocolate and dark fruit. The flavor is big on the chocolate and roasted malt, but I also get a little bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, solid imperial stout.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a very dark brown, almost black with a dark head, which is creamy, but does not stick arround very long. Lacing is good.
The smell does not really hint the quality of the aromas and is therefore just ok.
The taste on the other hand will surprise, it is rich with coffee, chocolate , plum. Very earthy quality.
Mouthfeel is very syrupy ,low carbonation and smooth.
Drinkability is good and improves with consumption, just like it is expected from a pirate beer.

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Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,422 ratings.
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