Saturday, November 14, 2009

Heavy Seas Peg Leg (Imperial Stout)

Heavy Seas
Peg Leg (Imperial Stout)

Brewed by:
Clipper City Brewery
Baltimore, Maryland

Russian Imperial Stout

8.00% ABV

Pours a very dark brown with no light showing through the glass. It poured with an small tan head and the head diminished fairly quickly. I probably could have gotten a larger head with a more aggressive pour.

Rich roasted malts on the nose with some chocolate and coffee notes.

There is a malty sweetness up front then a drying or bittering effect toward the back end and you are left with that classic roasted malts that just coat you mouth, very rich and creamy. The final after taste is rich in coffee and dark chocolate.

All and all I’m pretty surprised how good this beer is. I did have it at a tasting almost 2 years ago and liked it but I didn’t realize till now how good it really is. This beer does also have a very pleasant warming effect from the alcohol. You can’t really taste it but you can feel it in the chest. Well, lets see what happens as it warms a little.

Well, we are at 62 degrees now. It is still a pretty smooth beer but it is picking up some more unpleasantness. There is definitely a harshness that was not there when it was colder. If I let this beer warm up any more I won’t want to finish it. Sad to say but this stout just fell apart as it warmed up.

So, not a bad stout; I was actually impressed at the beginning. But it just didn’t hold up like other well crafted stouts do. I don’t know what to do for a final grade since it was a very good tasting stout until it warmed up. I do know that I can not recommend this stout there are too many more superior Imperial Russian stouts out there to try.


  1. I think this must be designed for the typical American Drinker -- or maybe Midwest. As you know they don't sell any beers out here that aren't refrigerated. Maybe Clipper City just expects their beer to stay cold?

  2. Not having much of a choice for "Winter" beers, I picked up Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown...It smelled great. There were some caramel malts and a hint of hazelnut on the nose. That's where it stopped. The taste was ho-hum. There was no carbonation after about 5 minutes and really not good. I'm not sure that this beer would be useful in a bread recipe. Don't spend money trying this one!

  3. Hey Ken,
    The peg leg isn't bad a long as it's cold.

    Thanks for the warning about Leinenkugel. I had a bottle of their Autumn Amber or something like that but it disappeared from my frig.

    I saw a lot of Christmas and winter beers at the store of Friday. I'll keep you posted, there has to be something out your way.