Peg Leg Imperial Stout | Heavy Seas Beer

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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.

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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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Photo of elgiacomo
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from variety pack, best by Apr 2010. Pours dark brown, thin for the style, with a small light brown head. Diminishes to a small ring, very little lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts and dark fruits including cherries, a little chocolate, pretty mild.

Flavor is stronger than the aroma, kind of sweet, dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts. Overall this smells and tastes a lot like Cherry Coke.

Mouthfeel is thin for an imperial stout, oily, low carbonation.

Pretty weak for an imperial stout. More like a strong sweet stout, or foreign stout, maybe.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label promises that this beer "won't send you to Davy Jones' Locker..." Whatever that means. Anyway, the bottle pours a thick foam that settles more rapid than need be into a moderately froth of beige. The lacing is minimal; this is not a characteristic of previous RI stouts that I've had.

The nose can detect some hint of malt; the palate gets some arbitrary hint of cocoa powder. Aside from a short hit of alcohol, there is not a lot going on. Taste buds, smoke'em if you got em. It is very smooth with a surprisingly light body, the latter being a criteria not expected from this style. Nice stout, but nyet to the Russian.

This was my 125th beer reveiw. {Yaaaay]

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

Poured a very dark, coffee like pour.
Can not see any light through the glass with a very very small head.

Smells of rich coffee, roasted nuts and chocolate.

Taste, definatley a roasty coffee essance to it with a nice hint of roasted nuts and maltyness.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, leaves a nice dry finish in the mouth.

It is an excellent stout and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark brown/black with a nice thick and firm medium dark tan head.

Relatively simple one dimensional nose of sweet dark chocolate. Nice, fresh but simple.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Mouthfeel of carbonated coffee.

Flavors are of artificially sweetened medium bodied black coffee.

Finish is sweet coffee character all around. A bit coffee soda like in many respects. Can't really see this one with any food. Just out of balance in all respects and too artificially sweet with no other redeeming characteristics.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, with a nice label, and the best-by date clearly marked

Appearance: Dark brown, with hints of red when held up to the light; this is a bit lighter than expected for a RIS and shows a thin cream head with mediocre retention.

Smell: This is a touch sharp and boozy at first, but as it warms this recedes a bit. There are light aromas of roasted barley, dark chocolate, and hints of generic dark fruit. Overall, the alcohol is still a bit much, and the other aromas are too weak by far.

Taste: Boozy and overly simple. This is almost like a weak chocolate/bourbon vanilla liqueur with some generic dark red fruit thrown in.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Too simple, and a bit sharp. Just kind of unsorted.

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Photo of cnjohn19
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this beer up to check out more from the brewery which produces one of my faves loose cannon...

the appearance is exceptional: pours a heavy black with a thick fluffy tan head...lacing is perfect throughout and great building carbonation at the start...smells of dark fruit, molasses, and weak only real hit against this beer is the lack of true character to the nose...

taste is rich and complex...clipper city really did a nice job with giving this stout a distinct character...the yeasts tend to dominate with a dark chocolate aftertaste...the high alcohol gives a warming finish you're sure to enjoy...

overall, my notes on this one are quite positive...glad i have another one in the fridge to enjoy next weekend...enjoyed this one listening to the who's "amazing journey" on a sunday night watching college basketball...

as always...cheers!

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Photo of afausser
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Beer Run in Charlottesville

A: Pours a light and bubbly dark brown with really interesting carbonation. A nice, bubbly light brown head with about half of the ten ounce glass down filled with visible bubbles rushing up.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and cream.

T: The cream is again present here, along with some vanilla. More dominant are milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Slightly bready and nutty.

M: Very nice, though probably partly due to being on cask. Creamy yet bubbly, and very smooth.

D: Could drink this all night--in fact, I went and had this two nights in a row. I'm glad I came across it.

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Photo of emerge077
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BBD: MAR 10 "8257" on bottom of bottle... produced August '08 i'm guessing. This probably needs to be dated "best by" a year past production, not 1.5 yrs. past production.

Poured into a kbs glass, this beer had a slight head of tan foam. The foam started dissipating slowly, into a fuzzy network of bubble islands, and a more consistent ring at the edge. Some textured lace results from the first few sips.

First impression of the aroma was fruity, then it's all harsh metallic grain in the glass, with a smear of alcohol. Ugh. This has no redeeming value.

Flavor is similarly thin with some harsh roasted malt and and alcoholic aftertaste. Very vague chocolate in the aftertaste, but that's a stretch. Astringent feel that's thin and sour/bitter. Not right. They need to go back to the drawing board with this, it's awful.


B- / 3.35
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | drink: 3.5
rDev: -7.5%

Thanks to brewcrew76 for this one!
Label is marked "Purchase before month notched: Jan 08"...not "consume by" which is a little odd. Maybe purchasing implies immediate consumption?

It pours a deep black tone into a pint glass, a chestnut brown in the light as it's poured. Foam has sticky lace, and it remains for a good while. Slight lactic aroma.

Flavor has some roast and hop bitterness, but it's way too muted. A little bit vegetal (whole hop?) and astringent like a homebrew. Very thin for an imperial stout, it comes off more like a weak porter. Slight lactic creaminess that doesn't hold up without more body and carbonation. Definitely not a favorite, won't seek it out.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notched August 2007

Pours a very dark brown/nearly black, fizzy head that fades really fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell is roasted malt with hints of dark fruit, something else in the background that I can't quite place but isn't entirely pleasing.

Taste has an odd roasted malt/dark fruit presence, actually it seems like a bit of soy sauce was added to the bottle, not enough to take over the taste but just enough to ruin what might have been a good imperial stout.

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Photo of billab914
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours nearly black with a small tan head that
quickly disappeared completely. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with caramel, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Taste is similar to the nose, caramel
and dark chocolate with roasted grains. Pretty sweet taste as well without much bitterness in the finish at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. This seems to be one of the
lighter & sweeter imperial stouts I have had, but it drank pretty easy.

Overall not a bad beer but not one of the better imperial stouts in my opinion. It lacked any sort of head retention
or lacing and just didn't have all the complex flavors some of the best ones have. It was also a little too sweet for me.
Pretty easy drinking and not bad if having a few but wouldn't be my choice when I'm in the mood for an imperial stout.

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

I used to work at a liquor store and a person I was talking to was telling me how awesome peg leg was and how it kicked the shit out of old heathen.

I know now that our tastes are wildly different.

While peg leg is not bad, it is awfully average. taste wide it really does not deliver as the beer never truly feels "complete". While flavors of chocolate and coffee are there, they come through just barely enough to hold the stout together. However, for 8% ABV it is extremely smooth and drinkable, which is clearly its strongest point.

I am not sure if I would buy this again, but I was not impressed by the overall package. If you like Russian imperial stouts, there are many better offerings. This beer only survives by its excellent drinkability, otherwise it is very average.

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Photo of tanousa
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice and thick black color with little tan foam head that quickly disapears.
S- Molasses, coffe and chocolate, also malts there to enjoy.
T- Mostly coffee, on the bitter side, not much more here.
M- ok mouthfeel , decent carbonation.
D-Overall decent beer from a good brewery, you can share a couple with your friends.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. Has a medium-sized foamy tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a slight chocolate smell to it cut of a strong smell of alcohol.

Taste: Starts bitter but finishes extremely sweet. Ends with flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Has a bit of an alcohol bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for a stout but nothing major.

Drinkability: A kind of ho-hum stout. Nothing about it really stands out. Not bad, but certainly not great.

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Photo of Terp96
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vigorous pour into a pint glass yields a thick, black beer with a one finger thick, tan head. Head disappears fairly quickly with no lacing.

Smells very malty and spicy. Not sure if that comes from a healthy dose of hops or just a slight alcohol burn in the nose. Not unpleasant.

Taste is average at best. None of the coffee, chocolate overtones the bottle claims. All malt. Very sweet. Not much in the way of hop bitterness either.

Mouthfeel is average as well. Thick on the tongue but none of the prickliness you would expect from a RIS.

Drinkability is average. There are much better representations of RIS out there for the price. Bigger beers too. Probably wouldn't go out of my way for this again.

Clipper City does make some great beers but this is not one of them.

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Photo of MrStark
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is dark brown with a one-finger foamy tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin cap that also disappears after a short while. Not any real lacing to speak of.

Smell is of roasted malt and not much else. There is a whiff of the alcohol. Not particularly complex.

Taste seams pretty light for the style and somewhat bland. Its fairly sweet and heavy with malts. But I don't really pick up much of the usual coffee or chocolate flavors you would expect from the style. Nothing too impressive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is just ok. It goes down easy but there isn't any complexity to speak of in my opinion. That is my overall impression of it, its drinkable, but there is nothing here to make me want to have this brew again.

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Photo of jampics2
2.44/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cask from the Beer Engine.

A great looking snifter brought to the table. Dark black liquid waits beneath a nice white head.

Smell throws me off. I swear that this smells like garbage. The hops and chocolate combine to make a smell that really can only be imagined as a black plastic bag baking in the hot sun. Not good so far :(

Taste follows the smell. Sure, I can see where they were going with this one. But there's something about the combination of the dank, stinky hops and the chocolate malt that reminds me of a garbage bag. Not that I've ever eaten that kind of thing.

The mouthfeel was the best part of this beer. Can't comment on the carb as this was a cask, but the thickness of the beer is really spot on.

Drinkability suffers tremendously. If your name is Oscar the Grouch, this may remind you of home. But anyone else should know - this is one to be avoided (on cask at the very least).

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Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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