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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Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -1.6%
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 -2.2%
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 -15.8%
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 +9.3%
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 +11.5%
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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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A small, hazelnut-colored head appeared, and it went away quickly. No lacing present, and the beer was the color of dark chocolate.

Smells of nuts, malts, chocolate-covered strawberries, and booze floated up.

The taste is fine on the front: coffee ice-cream, mixed nuts, and caramel malts are the dominant notes. On the swallow, the alcohol flavor comes in but it leaves your mouth with the taste of chocolate, so it's overall quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a touch syrupy, but overall good considering the 8.0abv.

This is a tasty brew, but too many will do you it for certain. Still, for an imperial stout the drinkability is decent.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a tasting glass, viscous pour, scant half inch of head fades quick, looks like a glass of coke.

s- deep nice roast, dark chocolate, lots of roasted caramel sweetness, all a bit muted though.

t- smooth, not really strong, molasses, touch of alcohol, dark, bitter chocolate, with just a hint of hops in the finish.

m- medium body, a bit thin for the style.

d- okay, not the worst beer but i thought it was a bit muted all around, wish it had a bit more of a kick.

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

This beer poured a jet black color with a one finger high, light brown head, which quickly dissipated. The initial smell of the beer was Barley and Malts. This threw off the beer and was not characteristic of the style. The initial taste of the beer was superior to the smell, burnt barley, light coffee, topped with a nice dark chocolate flavor. The beer finished with an alcohol presence, which did not take away from the residing flavors. The brew had a medium body with light carbonation.

Overall, this was an ok Russian Imperial Stout. Can't say I was a fan of the smell it gave off, but the taste made up for that let down. I don't think I'll come back to this beer, but I wouldn't mind trying what else Clipper City offers.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from firkin into a Heavy Seas imperial pint. This was the second glass poured off the firkin. Pour was pitch black with a tan two finger head that subsided slowly to one finger leaving a nice lacing as it went down. The brew maintained phenomonal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, hops, subtle coffee bean, and cream. The flavor was of malt, coffee, caramel, with a subtle hop followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. Only downside was that it had a very light feel on the palate compared to what I would have expected. Definitely loved the firkin version however. This one was quite tasty and enjoyable for sure. This is a definite must try out of a cask or firkin.

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

I was surprised by the alcohol on the nose, but it is not overwhelming in the taste. The first sip is greeted by a malty coffee taste which is followed by dry fruit and finishes with a slight dryness. It is somewhat lacking in body and not quite as powerful as I was expecting for a RIS, but a decent after dinner drink.

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Photo of BeerMasterD
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

'08 from bottle into snifter in 2010.

A- Poured and uber dark brown, almost black color. 2 finger light brown head that left spotty lace.
S- Aromas of molasses and tobacco, prune and other dark fruits.
T- Chocolate covered raisins are what i get at first, faint coffee and unsweetened chocolate on end.
M- Mellow carbonation, med-full body with a dry finish.
O- Totally delicious, aged nicely.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a dark black color that produced a good tan colored head.

(S)- A nice mellow roasted profile with raisin and molasses.

(T)- Same as the smell. A big raisin and molasses profile.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth, with a fitting profile of roasted flavors.

(D)- A fine stout with a smooth feel. If it was offered to me, I would not turn it down.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clipper City Peg Leg Imperial Stout on cask at the one and only Brews Cafe in Granville, Ohio.

Appearance: Black! No question about it. Huge frothy head, but no lacing at all (perhaps an improper pour?)

Smell: Incredibly light. Some spice, smoke, liquorice.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon... like a Jack Daniels-infused stout. Some back bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, somewhat disappointing. Looks thick, but it tastes smooth. Almost no carbonation. Too thin/watery.

Drinkability: High! Disappoints for an Imperial Stout... but it is perfectly chuggable.

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Photo of bamadog
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review is from notes taken on 9/24/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is deep dark brown/near black like fresh brewed coffee and starts with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades immediately to nothing other than a thin ring and one thin strand-like wisp in the center; body looks pretty thin on the pour for what's supposed to be a Russian Imperial Stout, but I guess we'll see; body is entirely opaque; a few spots of the tan lacing are left behind; if it looked a little thicker on the pour, it would have scored a 4.

Smell: Some dark roastiness that's got a bit of burnt/charred woody aspects to it; faint bittersweet chocolate; not huge and robust, but not too bad either - about what I would expect from a good porter, but not quite what I think of when I think of an RIS.

Taste: Not too shabby here - it's got some nice burnt and roasty maltiness; like in the nose, there is some faint bittersweet chocolate; very light cola-like sweetness and a bit if a dark cherry aspect.

Mouthfeel: Thin and weak in terms of body -- why, oh why, can't RISs come across thick like they're supposed to? Strong carbonation in the thinner body actually comes across as a bit sharp; a fairly sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth and the gums are left tingly from the carbonation and the belly is left just a little warm from the 8% ABV.

Drinkability: Meh. Not something I'll be seeking out again. I have actually enjoyed the other Heavy Seas offerings I've had thus far though, so I will continue to try other beers that they put out, just won't be going back to this one.

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

The bottle has a "drink before" notice on it, but it is blank on the date that should drink before.
Pours a dark brown Coke color with a little bit of head.
I smell of chocolate defiantly comes through and you get some of it in the taste too.
You can taste the alcohol a bit, but for an imperial my first thought was that this tasted a little watered down compared to others I've had. It is easy to drink and I can't really say anything bad about it, but I can't say anything good either. It's a normal stout.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a Chimay Chalice.

A: Almost no head, I blame the glassware. Pours a very VERY dark brown, but not quite black. If you hold it up to the light you can see the brown around the edges.

S: Heavy on the dark roasted malts, and moderate on the coffee scents.

T: This stout tastes, like it's smell, heavy on the roasted malts and coffee is more pronounced on the palate than olfactory instruments. There is a short lasting, but sharp bitterness on the finish.

M: This beer is thick, not so much that you can chew it, but enough to make you happy. High carbonation helps scrape the palate clean after each sip.

D: You can taste the 8% ABV, but that wouldn't stop me from drinking a few of these. This beer is really good, and has a moderate drinkability.

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Photo of ahking
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like you, I have sampled hundreds of craft beers. There is just something about Heavy Seas brews that I just really like. Maybe it's the yeast, I don't know, but the Peg Leg Imperial Stout is a darn good stout with enough of a alcohol bite to be a double.

Pours like a good stout, nice and dark, opaque, tan head that laces down the glass nicely.

Toasty, sweet fruit, and smokey aromas permeate.

Taste is raisin/black cherry sweetness upfront dries up slightly in the middle but finishes sweeter with a good amount of roasted malt goodness.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black liquid flows out of the bottle producing a big, fluffy head that drops to 1/2" within 60 seconds.
Smell is toasted malt, hops, coffee and smoke.
Taste is malt, a slight vinegar note, alcohol, coffee, vanilla and molasses.
Watery, lightly effervescent, smooth. A light-to-medium body. Warming throat to stomach. Decent stuff but not great deal of complexity and little body.

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

pours the standard stout brownish black with a small half-fingered head that quickly recedes and leaves little lace.

aroma has a tiny bit of roast, chocolate, and coffee, but is mostly of molasses, and is rather faint.

taste is exceedingly more roasty, with unsweetened baker's chocolate, a good amount of nuttiness, some burnt black coffee, molasses, some piney hops, a bit of pepper and spice. decent.

mouthfeel is rather light and prickly with a drying charred finish.

its goes down ok. kind of "meh" for a style that likes to bring in lots of robust flavors and textures. with the nuttiness and the rather light body, this would be a decent nut brown ale. falls a bit short overall, though.

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

A nice stout that pours with a good flow. The deep smell is one of its best attributes. It had a nice lingering flavor that was very unique and worthy of exploring the other beers from this brewery. Overall, it was a good beer that fit our meal really well.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Churchkey in DC, on a special Heavy Seas cask night.

A: beautiful, thick, rich head; dark copper color; lacing on the empty glass was a sight to behold
S: wafts of roast banana, sweet and abundant
T: very peculiar stout--it's not just the smoke, but the multiple layers of flavor that terminate in a grassy/hopped flavor.
M: rich and thick

This was one of the more interesting Heavy Seas beers I've tried, mainly for its complexity.

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Photo of droomyster
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle pours into the snifter black as night with a small brown head that lasts about a minute. The nose is a let down. Rather than intense, big aromas of roastiness and chocolate, I mostly get alcohol and a whiff of something burned. The taste, however, is not bad, lots of roastiness and milk chocolate, dark chocolate and alcohol; it's a bit too sweet and milk stouty to be a good imperial. My overall impression is that this beer suffers from an overabundance of sugar and alcohol.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle marked best by Nov. 2010 into a standard pint.

A- Black with a massive tan head that recedes into a solid finger with considerable lacing

S- Roasted malts with dark chocolate and coffee notes.

T- Starts with a malty sweetness followed by a rich, smoky bitterness with chocolate, coffee, and maybe a bit of vanilla in the background. Finishes sweet as well.

M- A little thin, but creamy. Holds up nicely.

D- Drinks like a regular stout, no sign of 8% ABV here.

A truly underrated brew in my opinion. An excellent, highly drinkable RIS, and another solid brew from Clipper City/Heavy Seas.

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Photo of Bonis
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a thin tan head, maybe 1/3 inch.. Decent retention and lacing. This one is black but not as dark as most RIS's. Looks more like a porter to me.

S - I'm getting a lot of sweet mocha aromas. Some roasted malts, a little alcohol, but it is sweet smelling overall.

T - Rich dark roasted chocolate malts mix with alcohol to produce a faint smoked flavor. A somewhat bitter alcohol finish, but not overpowering. This one tastes a good bit different than most RIS's i've tried, but definitely good.

M - Medium bodied but definitely very thin for an imperial stout. Carbonation seems just about right. This one is pretty smooth.

D - Actually, this one is excellent for an imperial stout. The alcohol can creep on you, but I would easily drink 3 or 4 of these in a night... And I couldn't do that with most imperial stouts. That being said, I really don't think Peg Leg is a true imperial stout. However, this is a good beer overall and definitely recommended if you like dark beers. Also, it is decently priced.

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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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