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 zadams1
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at Ginger Man - South Norwalk, CT

A - Poured dark black into a snifer with a nice 3/4" thick tan head.

S - Smells of rich chocolate, oak and bitter coffee.

T - For an Imperial Stout, simple...and there's nothing wrong with that. Everything about it was understated and balanced. Light hoppiness and smooth maltiness mixed with chocolate, vanilla, anise and dark roasted coffee.

M - The best thing about this beer (or at least when had off a well operated cask)! Amazing stuff - carbonated just as it should, not too much and more importantly not too little. A lot of cask operators struggle with the latter. A nice cellar temperature brought out some great flavors and it was an unmistakably smooth beer.

D - Enjoyed one before I had to go but could have very well had another. Again, off cask I'm sure this beer changed shape quite a bit and made it a real pleasure.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Unibroue tulip.

A - Black with half a finger of bubbly light brown head. Some visible carbonation.

S - Roasted malts. Some coffee and dark chocolate. There is also a sweetness in the nose - molasses and dark fruit.

T - Coffee is dominant on the palate with roasted malts and a very slight alcohol taste. I find this to be too heavily carbonated, which takes away from the palate a little with every sip.

M - Too much carbonation is all that comes to mind for the mouth feel. The body is lighter than expected for an IS - wouldn't even call it medium body and no chew at all. The carbonation hinders the silky texture that often comes in an IS from coming through at all.

D - A good IS. I could easily drink one or two of these, but there are other IS that I would much rather buy than this one. Likely would not buy this again. Will be interesting to see how the 2 remaining bottles that I have age.

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Photo of Dodt
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

last trip to the six pack store i decided to pick up a couple of beers from maryland .
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance : ebony in color with tan colored head
Smell of roasted coffee and dark chocolate
mouthfeel creamy but also slightly sweet

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Photo of rawthar
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From my birthday beer run, from the bottle to my Brooklyn tulip.

A- Thick jet black color, with a tall bubbly head of off white. Lots of tiny bubbles in my glass as the head dissipates into a sea brine of film.

S- Coffee, chocolate, and sweet caramel aromas merge into a complex conglomerate with a subtle hint of booze and the slightest trace of hops. Overall character of scent is a bit sticky and sweet.

T- Coffee is the dominant force here, but it isn't an extreme java flavor. A few complex flavors make what seem like cameo appearances on the tongue hiding slightly under the coffee. A slight bit of tartness on the backend, and a weird bit of funky sour. Lacks a bit of body and seems a bit watered down.

M- A little thin for the RIS style.

D- The thinness and watered-down qualities that detract from the taste and mouthfeel actually help out in the drinkability department, and I think I'll give the brewers the benefit of the doubt that they were going for that.

Not the best RIS for a real afficianado of the style, but I think High Seas did a nice job creating an RIS for the masses.

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Photo of kwjd
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown colour with a light tan head. Small amount of lacing down the glass. It smells of coffee and roasted malt. The taste is a bit sour, which I didn't expect at all. It has the roasted malt flavour with coffee too. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. I think this is fine, I just don't think this is a great beer because of the sourness.

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Photo of mjw2808
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my samuel smiths pint glass. Very dark color, almost black with a tan head. The head was about one inch and didnt leave a whole lot of lacing. The smell is very very very sweet, with dark chocolate, coffee, some fruitiness and slight alcohol. The taste is sweet but not nearly as sweet as the nose. The coffee and dark chocolate blend together well. Slight alcohol as it goes down, but not too overpowering. Very nice mouthfeel and drinkable. Not the best imperial stout ive had but nicely done and i'll definitely be buying this again.

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

Pours a deep dark, almost black color. There is an inch of crema like head that falls fast to a ring with little lacing.

The aromas are subdued with hints of coffee, coco, it is sweet and cake like, there is a sweet, fruity, alcohol presence. Nice, but a little light and too fruity for the style.

Taste really good, but not what I think of for this style. There are faint coco, and coffee flavors, but they are overpowered by the sweet, dark fruity flavors, there are also faint hints of spice, and licorice.

The mouthfeel is sticky, but not thick. There isnt a lot of carbonation but something still pricks the tongue and throat.

This is a good drinkable beer; not sure that its an RIS though. I would drink this beer again.

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

Enjoyed from the cask at Gingerman in South Norwalk.

Pours a dark oil slick black with a huge head - that disappears almost immediately. Very little lacing. Nose is quite mild, but with just a hint of sweetness. Nothing really special here, but nothkg bad.

Taste is overtly creamy, surprisingly so. Quite a bit sweet, and with a little bit of pear, maybe even a little bit of subtle citrus. Malty and full bodied, a little toasted, but not as much as I expected. Mouthfeel is so thick and creamy, almost like a dessert drink. Fairly easy to drink, but the fullness makes this very heavy. This sucker is pretty big and flavorful, but just doesn't have the balance and subtleties you'd hope for.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cappuccino colored, 2 finger head. Body is pitch black. Head retention and lacing are almost non existent

Smell is of lightly roasted malt and chocolate. Not much else is smelled, pretty underwhelming.

Taste is unusually tart. Similar to Bells cherry stout and New Belgium Frambozen. At first I thought the sourness was due to infection but after looking at lots of reviews it seems this is intentional. Roasted malt is present but the damn tart flavors are really distracting the fact that this is an Imperial stout. Hops are light and so is alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very light for a stout, especially an imperial one. Carbonation is way too much, very fizzy. Head contributed nothing to the beer

Drinkability was slightly above average. The only thing this beer has going is the fact that the alcohol isn't very much present. Was looking forward to an Imperial Stout tonight and instead I got a weird lambic/fruit stout. Wouldnt buy this beer again

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

Picked this up for St. Patricks day, it wasn't quite what I had expected. It tastes ok, although not as strong a flavor as I would expect from an imperial stout. Smell is smoky and malty. Taste is kind of like chocolate and coffee with a chicory finish. Mouthfeel is kind of bubly, not any more alcohol burn then regular guiness extra stout. The taste is refreshing enough though to go back for more.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 12 oz poured into a chalice

A: Black with a thin head that does not last, leaving a swirl of white in the middle and a ring of white on the edges. When held to the light, brown splashes stagger throughout the beer and some carbonation can be seen.

S: A faint smell, some coffee, some roasted malt, and some dark sugar.

T: Starts with sweet malt and dark sugar that builds into coffee and finishes with slight smoke on the finish.

M: Heavy and a bit creamy though ample carbonation prevents it from becoming to heavy and syrupy. At the finish, it does become heavy and has a slight syrup as it coats the back of the throat.

D: High alcohol and heavier taste does not make this beer have a high drinkability.

Overall: A solid representative from Clipper City, or Heavy Seas as they are now moving towards. It is balanced well, has nice flavor, carbonation stops it from becoming food, and the alcohol level will keep you warm during the colder times of the year. With that said, there are some other imperial stouts out there that are better for the price.

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Photo of nukem5
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew Bud came over and as we were brewing we took a break and this was sampled...

A: black as night and nice frothy head about 1/2 inch.

S: Coffee and dark fruit fill the nose.

T: As expected coffee and dark cherries fill the buds with a nice light hoppy after taste at the very back end I think is a molases comes out biting.

M: smooth and rich, silky and slips around the toungue waking all the pallate.

D: Very drinkable and will definitly seek this one out this week as I travel to Baltimore, Maybe a tour if I have enough time after working!

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Photo of afordney
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very inky black, but not much head or lacing going on.

deep roasted malt aroma, a little bit of milk and a slight sour aroma in the finish.

Good milky roasted malt flavor.

Oily thick mouthfeel, good balance between bitterness and malty sweetness.

Pretty good stout.

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

12oz Fall 08' Vintage into a DFH Snifter

A- Poures a solid black with a very small tan head that leaves little lacing on the way down.

S- Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate up front with a slight coffee in the backround. Slight achohol as it warms. Also kind of getting a slight woody smell but might just be me.

T- Once again the roasted malts hit you up front combined with a sweet dark chocolate and slight coffee finish. That woody flavor comes out alot when it warms as well as a bit of alcohol.

M- Amazing, really smooth with little to no carbonation and a slight bitterness from the chocolate. I could drink this all day, a session Imperial if there was one haha.

Overall this is a pretty decent imperial overtime. I recommend aging one because when I first had it, it was fresh and it wasn't nearly this good. More flavors have come out and the mouthfeel is perfect. If you can, throw one in your cellar for a year and I think you'll be happier with it.


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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of the Heavy Seas lineup, this comes as a letdown. Malt flavors not nearly bold enough to satsify either the RIS category or carry the abv. Flavor profile is flat, one-dimensional, with hopping that falls short at the finish. Not on par with the brewer's other offerings.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a color somewhere between the darkest brown imaginable and a sun-kissed obsidian: not quite jet, but close. The head is only a creamy ring 'round the surface's edge and doesn't lace much at all. The smell is roasted with coffee, deep smoke, and...I'm not sure how else tp out it, so...roasted potatoes. The taste brings forth some dark malts, a good helping of rich coffee, some, make that chocolate-covered figs. (I've never had chocolate-covered figs, but the two flavors here are not as mutually exclusive as elsewhere.) The body is on the heavier side of medium, and is generally pretty smooth, but there is an off-putting bite of roasted carbonation at the end. Overall, somewhat drinkable, but not to much of a high degree.

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Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish/brown in color, clear, with no head

Smell: chocolate and cream

Taste: chocolate, cream, and some sugar

Mouthfeel: very light for the style, moderate carbonation, sweet

Drinkability: This drinks more like a milk stout than a RIS. I do not get a big jolt of coffee that I associate with the style. I was surprised by the 8% ABV which is well hidden. That being said, it is tasty and I will pick up more than a single next time.

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Photo of stewart124
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin centimeter of tan head.

Slight roasted character and noble hops seem subdued. Slightly less than expected.

Silky smooth and still the hops are mellow. Hints of the alcohol and roasted characters are mellow. Much more mellow overall than most imperial stouts. Sweet caramel notes with some raisin and prune to help fill out the toffee and roasted characters. There is an underlying bitterness but floral and spice is subdued.

Mouthfeel is still very smooth and chewy. Interesting caramel characters develope as this warms.

Mellow would be the word for this imperial stout. Solid and tasty but doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of therica
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 April 2011 I've had this beer numerous times over the past 3-5 years and it really seems to be improving as time goes by. That's a good sign of a creative and energetic brewer!

A= dark dark chestnut-black, little head, small rim and modest lacing throughout.

S= roasted dry malts, dark chocolate, strong hops florals, coffee, occasional modest whiffs of liquor. Up-front there's the nose of burning autumn leaves or roasting nuts. Interesting floral hops. Very creative.

T= a bit dry, dark dry chocolate, some hops bitters separate from the dark chocolate dry-malt bitters, some coffee. Modest carbonation which I appreciate.

M= dry, some chocolate lingering, some hops florals shining through, some dry chocolate and bitters. A whole lot going on in the lingering residuals, almost too much for me since it's rather dry. A little liquor but not overbalanced.

D= a bit dry for more than a few but definitely worth a few. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of tuckevalastin
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a short lasting tan head

S: Toasted malts with a chocolate/fruit sweetness. Mild for the style.

T: Surprisingly sour. Toasted malt flavor comes through but very mildly. Not much of the coffee flavor carries through.

M: Little heat and not much spice. Light for the style. No bitterness.

D: Drinkable

Overall, this is not a great representation of the style. It's an ok beer I guess... emphasis on ok.

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Photo of wescj
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Color is very black, with maybe a touch of ruby around the edges. Head retention is poor.

Aroma is light for an Imperial Stout, though it covers its bases. Toasty notes along with some coffee. A bit average.

Taste is about as complex as you would expect after noting the aroma. Not much going on, but at least what's there is decent. Roasted flavors, kind of bland, but nothing's off.

Mouthfeel is a bit light, this brew leans towards a regular stout in that respect. All in all, this RIS is about what I'd expect, given the price for the 12 pack high-ravity mixer.

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Photo of JMD
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with small tan head that fades almost immediately. Very little lacing. This looks pretty flat for a RIS.

S: Toasted malt, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate and fresh cream. A little light.

T: Toasted malt, espresso,ripe raisins, and hints of tobacco. Also, some fresh cream and hints of vanilla that add a light sweetness.

M: Smooth with little carbonation. For an RIS, its on the watery side.

D: For the style, this is a watered down version of a Russian Imperial Stout. It doesn't have the big aroma, big flavors, and full bodied texture of some of it's counterparts. That said, I still found this enjoyable to drink. And for 8% ABV, I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of RppIII
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Pint Glass (best by date on bottle)

Appearance: Pours black with a thing two finger caramel brown head. Greatly resembles black coffee in viscosity, appearance, and lacing (which is almost non-existent).

Smell: Dark roasted malts, a hint of sweet chocolate covered cherries, and alcohol phenols waft from the glass. A rather mild aroma compared to other imperial stouts I have tried in the past.

Taste: Roasted malts and sweet cherry create a distinctive harmony of flavour to balance against an alcoholic and slightly bitter medicinal tasting beer.

Mouthful: Carbonation is thin as is the beer. Such a light body on Imperial Stout is interesting and something I would not expect from this style.

Drinkability: Simple, light and very drinkable but not in the style of an Imperial Stout. I enjoy that the higher alcohol content of this beer is masked relatively well and their attempt to create a Stout on the lighter side of this style. However, I don't know if lessening the body is necessarily the best way to go about developing this beer.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown, red hues, but almost no head. Okay lacing.

S: Sour fruit, maybe some cocoa, very odd for a RIS.

T: I tried my best to like this beer, and I just couldn't. Starts off incredibly sour with dark fruit, and another odd fruit I can't point out. Finishes off slightly chocolaty. Simply not a pleasant taste.

M: Really thin, hard to put down. The ABV is masked, but with such a bad taste.

D: I'm sorry, Heavy Seas, but this is the worst RIS I have ever had.

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Photo of sprucetip
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black, with just a little bit of light getting in around the edges when held directly to light. Very minimal tan head recedes hastily. It is quite active, with a thin film remaining. No significant lacing.

Smells of charred roastiness, with some black patent. There is something almost fruity to it, and the malty sweet body almost pokes through. Some booze comes in late.

This beer tastes mildly but distractingly sour through most of the swallow. There is also some kind of unidentifiable, to me, dark fruity influence. Kind of cough syruppy. Yuck. Some roastiness and malty sweetness are cowering beneath these influences. I almost get some chocolate, but it dies under the weight of the sour and artificial fruit flavor profile.

Some tingling and warming, medium side of full body, and a clean finish. I'd have scored it higher if I hadn't been distracted by the taste.

Thin and off tasting. Perhaps a bad bottle? I don't know. What's up with the sour taste? Is this typical, or an off flavor? In a word, this one was disappointing. This westerner has had great fun and good luck trying new (to me) eastern brews, mainly New England, so I tried some without doing research. This is the second night in a row I have been very underwhelmed, which is rare (southamptom imp porter last night). I can recall having some good Clipper City previously, an IPA, I think, so I won't give up on them. But I won't be reaching for this one again anytime soon.

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Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
3.63 out of 5 based on 1,413 ratings.
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