Peg Leg Imperial Stout | Heavy Seas Beer

Peg Leg Imperial StoutPeg Leg Imperial Stout
1,430 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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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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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a variety pack, brown bottle with a label split between white text on brown background above a drawing of a pirate, shark, and other pirate and shark related stuff. "For brewery fresh taste, purchase before Dec '10" (notched).

Pours completely black with a moderate mocha head. Aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Incredibly smooth, rich roasted malt body, backed up by a bit of coffee and chocolate (both more smooth than bitter), with a somewhat bitter finish. Bottle fermentation provides a bit of extra tang from the yeast and carbonation. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but adds a bit of bitterness and bite at the end from all three primary components of the taste and the carbonation. Extremely drinkable, but almost not powerful enough for the heavy flavor.

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Photo of Amalak
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had off the cask at Blind Tiger in New York.
A- Very, very black. Solid tan head that leaves a good deal of lace.
S- Very nice cinnamon scent.
T- So intense. Sour, chocolate, but high in alcohol. Way too much alcohol. Tastes like a Scotch barrel aged beer. Sort of like an Innis and Ginn. Very acidic.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black into a sampling glass, with a very thin tan head, little retention, and decent lacing. Big coffee, mocha, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate hints in the nose. The taste immediately made me think of a mocha-cino; nicely-blended cocoa/chocolate and coffee, to a semi-sweet coffee finish. Full-bodied, modestly carbonated, and very smooth. Very tasty sipping brew.

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham during a Heavy Seas tasting event served in a Heavy Seas curved pint glass a nice opaque black with a very frothy light tan head that lasts and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of roasted malts and mild coffee. The taste is a nice amount of smooth roasted malts with nice cocoa and coffee accents. The beer is very smooth and easy drinking from the cask conditioning. This is a beer very well suited for its cask, even enjoyable, almost quaffable, on a hot Summer afternoon.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a light skim of a head. No remaining head, or lacing.

Tons of coffee and molasses, dark charred aromas. Good.

A bit unbalanced. Sweet notes take this too far, with coffee and almost a milk stout quality. Some cocoa and vanilla. Good bitterness popping up, and alcohol is hidden well. All the parts, it does just can't mesh. Very very close to being terrific, but just off.

Fuller bodied, light carbonation.

Overall, because a bit cloying at the end. Went down ok, but not great. Nothing off or ugly, just missing out.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A very dark brown color bordering on black, although you can see the light come through on the brown edges. A little bit of lacing off of the very light tan head.

S - Brown sugar, roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of dark fruit sweetness. Pretty standard stuff, but that's not a bad thing.

T - This is a solid RIS, but nothing special. Very roasted, coffee and bitter cocoa dominate, nice malt backbone. Bitter on the end.

M - Little less full than I would like, moderate carbonation.

D - Pretty solid RIS, I'd drink it again without complaining but nothing that I would seek out. For the alcohol and style it's about average drinkability.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep brown, near black, with a one finger tan head. Moderate spider web lacing and a good amount of yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass.

Dark roasted malt, sugary sweetness, dark chocolate and mildly roasted coffee. Nothing over the top, but delivers the essentials.

A heavy roast with bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee beans. There is a lactose sweetness that comes through in the middle, before a bitter kick in the finish. The flavors are all there in moderation, but it lacks fullness.

A little thin for the style, a light medium body with adequate carbonation.

Considering the style, this is pretty drinkable, but it lacks a ton of flavor that would make me want to keep coming back for more.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from 5/25.

The deep dark brown of this beer is very characteristic until held up to the light, revealing just a slight translucence somewhat atypical of an RIS. A brown foam forms at about a finger and sticks around, leaving light lacing behind.
There's definitely a roasted coffee aroma in here, just bitter enough without the acidity. Dark fruits are just noticeable. Chocolate is also as evident as it should be, and roasted barley malts are definitely the backbone. Standard RIS stuff with an earthy touch.
The taste is the same with a touch of hops for balance. What this really lacks that makes the style great is the huge robustness of the flavor and the massive complexity.
The mouthfeel is medium to full, which is also a bit off, given that the mouthfeel is also one of those things whose massiveness is characteristic of the style. This one's quite bold and robust, but not exceedingly. There is an exceptional silky smooth creaminess to this one, though.
I'd have this again, but with so much RIS love giving way to more options, I can manage to acquire something more satisfying.
Just as a by the by, this would be an A- in my book if it was released as a stout.

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

A - Walnut black that is a bit translucent with big tan head that laces poorly and recedes fairly quickly.

S - A lot of malt. Subtle hints of coffee, toffee, and alcohol.

T - Pretty good. All the malt is there and the alcohol is less tasteable than you'd think from the aroma. The coffee and toffee flavors are there, albeit mellowly and not as fresh and vibrant as they could be, and a little roasted and buttery. Kind of dull tasting overall, though.

M - Fairly light for an imperial stout. Overcarbonated. A balanced sipper, though.

D - A bit dull for an imperial stout, but the lightness of it and relatively lower ABV compared to other imperials make it more drinkable. I actually bought it to session with and drank 5 in a night and had a good night. Dunno if I'd get it again, since the decision to session with an imperial was weird in the first place, and if I'm not sessioning, well, there are just better imperials out there.

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Photo of cnally
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Clip, man! Many good beers I have had from this brewery, and this is another one.

The appearance is a dark brown/mahogany to the point of black, but actually a little transparent around the edges, little tan head falls down quickly.

Aromas are mild, but you can sense a little smoke, burnt malt. Barely detectable.

Love the flavor. A blast of smoke and toasted walnut, charcoal malt and just deep...mucha coffee bitterness, super chocolate flavor underneath, just deep and awesome.

The feel is thin. Almost watery for an imperial stout. I see how people would hate it. I love it. I know it doesn't meet the typical qualifications of a stout, but catching me off guard with a crisply designed imperial stout is crazy.

Underrated. Majorly. They can slam a lot of flavor into a thin stout, the flavor doesn't match the feel, and it's the most refreshing and light stout I have ever had.

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Photo of beeragent
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown, forming a 1/2 inch creamy tan head with very light lace.

S - Strong roasted malts dominate the nose with the alcohol coming through slightly throughout.

T - Roasted malts and coffee coat the palate. The taste finishes with a coffee/cocoa bitterness to the end. No hops noticeable throughout the taste. Not as complex as some RIS, but still very full on flavor.

M - Heavy bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.

D - For not being as complex, this RIS still has a great flavor with an equally great body to go with it. The abv is high as usual, but not high enough to keep from enjoying one or two throughout the night. Overall, not an amzing RIS but still great enough to keep me going back.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, not quite black, hue with a tan two finger head, that once it diminishes, leaves moderate lacing. Pretty much what an Imp Stout should look like.

S: Hmmm. Malt and alcohol is all I can detect. The malt is faint, but the alcohol is right there. Ehhh.

T: Aromas can be deceving. Mild chocolate notes, burnt vanilla sugar, and slight coffee tones all linger around sort of at the same time. All of these attributes are mild and seem a bit watered down however. Which leads to a strange conundrum regarding the mouthfeel.

M: I don't know what's up with this one, but it's watered down and creamy at the same time. Moderate carbonation and that creamy texture lingers and coats the palate for a short while, along with a vague vanilla finish, then it's gone. Abruptly, I might add. Then there is this feeling that it's a bit watered down. Unusual. Makes this one less interesting than other Imp Stouts I've had, but doesn't detract from the drinkability, or the fact that this one is a pretty decent Imp Stout, just not pushing any boundaries. A safe brew.

D: Better drinkability than most Imp Stouts, but that's neither good nor bad since most really good stouts have less than stellar drinkability due to their heaviness. This one isn't as heavy as the really good ones. So it gets an extra half point in terms of drinkability. Other than an unusual alcohol prominent aroma, this one is decent, and worth a try.

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Photo of biglite351
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - slight Browning showing around the edges. Medium pop like tan head.

S - strong bitter scent. Some malt.

T - bland. Mild bitterness in the after taste.

M - mild coating with a high amount of tingle. Tingle around the body of the tongue and behind the bottom lip.

D - won't be buying unless running out of everything else.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours absolutely pitch black and opaque. Slight ruby tones on the edges when held to the light, but for the most part just black. One finger of coffee foam colored head that recedes quickly and leaves a thin ring of head. Very little lacing.

S - Overwhelmingly strong smell of coffee, molasses, chocolate, and roasted malts. Great smell, classic stout smell.

T - Similar taste to the smell. Carbonation takes the edge off a little bit, but strong malt taste takes over the tongue. Not much hop bitterness, but the malt flavor makes this a borderline sipper. Definitely a powerful beer that masks the 8% very well.

MF - A little more carbonation than expected from a stout. Milky and creamy. A little on the thin side.

D - Not too drinkable. A little too strong to have too much.

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Photo of bgildea
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark brown color, thick slightly tan head that fades slowly with slight lacing.

S: Good smell, notes of oak, coffee, and malts come across.

T: Great taste, very balanced. The coffee and chocolate come across nicely. There is also a nice lingering taste of roasted malts.

M: Decently thick. A nice level of chew to it.

D: Very drinkable. I could drink a couple of these in an evening. But be carefull, the 8% ABV might catch up to you later.

Overall: Overall, a good beer. Nice balance of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Has a great lingering flavor and packs a nice punch with the 8% ABV.

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Photo of zadams1
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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 -10.4%
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 +6.6%
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 -7.1%
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 -11.7%
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 +16.7%
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 +7.9%
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 -6.3%
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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