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Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 42
Gots: 96 | FT: 2
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-17-2011

Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 437 | Reviews: 100
Reviews by BB1313:
Photo of BB1313
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with some brown hues and light getting through; small tan head that fades very fast and leaves solid retention and little lacing. Smells good. The aromas are loaded with dark chocolate and bourbon. Some toffee and and butterscotch along with some dark fruits. Some vanilla giving it a chocolate chip cookie vibe. Cocoa and caramel malts are there. Some oak/wood. The aromas aren't aggressive, but they're very enjoyable. The flavors start off intense, but really mellow out the more you drink it. It starts off with tons of bitter dark chocolate. Lots of coffee too adding to the bitterness. Very roasty. I'm picking up the raisins. The oak/wood is present. The bourbon is clearly there, but it's not over the top. There is an extremely subtle warmth in the finish. The alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Just a kiss of booze. It's pretty easy to drink. The mouthfeel is pretty light and has a ton of carbonation, maybe too much. It's still pretty smooth and is easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid BBA stout. It's not something that blew me away, but it was pretty fun to drink. It feels flawed at times, but still remains enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chrismattlin
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At $8.00 for a bomber, this is the gold standard for BBA Imperial Stouts when it comes to value.

A yeoman's beer.

Photo of BuccoFan
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into snifter. 2015 version. Not much head, but one forms on the sides and it stays. The aroma is mostly roast, despite the variety of ingredients, but pretty inviting for a stout. Initial taste includes bourbon and vanilla--pretty tasty. As it goes on, the bourbon and vanilla fade a little and the chocolate becomes more prominent. Overall, it's a solid, silky stout. IMO, its shortcoming is a little in the body. It's not weak, but not hearty either.

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this beer. Bottled in January, which means it was probably brewed sometime in late November with the 5 week aging period. At $9.99 for a Barrel Aged bomber, you can't go wrong.

A: Dark chocolate. No light gets through. Slight head fades to a nice lacing.

S: Cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, molasses, raisins and bourbon.

T: Holy crap! Tons of vanilla backed up by a good chocolate, roasted backbone that does not overpower. Slight molasses and raisin towards the end. Bourbon flavor is perfectly subdued. Present, but not overpowering, and lets the vanilla and chocolate come to the forefront without any distractions.

M: Decently heavy, light carbonation. Thick and silky.

O: Very, very surprised by this beer. I am a fan of Heavy Seas but never have I had a beer from them that has made me go "Wow" after every sip. The short period spent in bourbon barrels seems to have been the perfect stay, as the bourbon does not overpower the base beer but lends a perfect compliment to make this beer very balanced and full of flavor. I am a huge fan of vanilla in my stouts, and this beer does not disappoint. The vanilla beans and bourbon barrels the beer is aged on lends the perfect vanilla nuance to balance the strong chocolate flavor. And at $10 for a bomber, and at 9.5% ABV, its something I could see myself drinking more often than not. Big fan of BBA Stouts, but most of them cost an arm and a leg and are often very high in alcohol that its hard to consume them on an occasional basis. It's almost like drinking a bourbon milkshake. Going to pick up another bottle tomorrow to age.

Recommended.

Photo of LanguedocRocks
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great price point for a Bourbon Barrel Stout at $10 a bottle. The chocolate is very pleasant and goes great with chocolate cake. Personally, this is a desert beer for me. Would like the bourbon flavors to come out more, but they are there.

Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured nearly jet black except for a tinge reddish brown at the bottom of the glass when held to the light,a thin deep tan head atop.Chocolate stands out most in the nose along with dark roast coffee,the bourbon is much more low key and is not ove rbearing like way to many barrel aged stouts.Smooth with light carbonation in the mouth,it's way to easy and smooth going down.Chocolate and dark roast coffee start out the flavor profile,a nice drying earthiness stands out as well,the bourbon again is only one component that stands out instead of a dominating flavor presence.This is a nice barrel aged imperial stout,smooth and just enough flavor,nice job.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a tulip glass this beer was a black color with a minimal amount of hesd. There were specks of lace.

Mostly a roasted malt aroma. A lot of coffee. Some dark fruit.

Nice taste. Coffee and chocolate. Raisin. A little vanilla.

Very smooth and drinkable. You can't detect the alcohol.

Nice beer.

Photo of skivtjerry
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost opaque black, just a little red highlight around the edge of the glass. Brown head that doesn't last long.

S: Chocolate and bourbon right up front and powerful. More sniffing reveals coffee and burnt coffee, a hint of vanilla and some raisinish dark fruit.

T: Like the smell. Bourbon is dominant but chocolate is up there too. Other flavors mainly appear upon swallowing. *Plenty* of alcohol.

M: Alcohol is a little hot and this diminishes mouthfeel somewhat, making it seem a little thinner than it is. The mouthfeel does invite another sip though.

O: A great stout with minor flaws, mostly hot alcohol and some burnt aroma that is not inviting. Should age very well... my wife bought 5 bottles so we will find out.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 22oz snifter; black as night with a small fizzy tan head that fades quickly leaving some patchy foam on top.
Smells like a good BBA stout; bourbon, coffee, chocolate, toffee/caramel sweetness.
Tastes pretty standard; a bit unbalanced though. The bourbon flavor keeps thinning out into an odd fake vanilla flavor at the end, and there isn't really much coffee/chocolate in the malt to support anything. Might be too cold yet...it does get better as it warms. The coffee and chocolate come out a lot better, but there's still no avoiding that sickly-sweet weird faux-vanilla aftertaste. Eh well. 20oz to go...
Mouthfeel is big and slick.
Overall, besides the off flavor, this is a pretty good BA stout. Nothing amazing, bit unbalanced, but pretty good.

Photo of Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looking much the same as the original, this beer is a fairly thick dark brown. I did get more of a head, hefty enough and well-maintained. It leaves a stiff band of tan lacing at the top of the glass with some thinner rings wherever it settles and spotting between.
There's lots of creamy cocoa really complemented by the light warmth of bourbon. This beer is brewed in such a way that it's warm rather than hot, and it works as it imparts the softer, sweeter and more complex notes rather than just smashing the palate with alcohol. It's subtle but firm in its account of this brew's ingredients and handling. Very well-integrated notes of oak and vanilla from the barrel rest against a substantial roast, while the barrel aging really serves well to round out the edges and take out some of the tang and harsher notes of the base beer. Chocolate lingers overtop all the way seemingly in a mix of cocoa powder, chocolate sauce, and bittersweet cocoa nibs, ultimately ending up somewhere between milk and dark chocolate.
Nice, deep and smooth with a robust body, this beer flows very pleasantly. It coats the tongue with a certain kind of thickness. It's not syrupy, per se, but almost. A light crispness keeps that at bay and pulls it together well.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013

A: Pours into the glass appearing black with a 1.5 finger light khaki head. Leaves some thick lacing. Light gets through about 1/8".

S: Dark fruits seem to dominate the aroma. Some vanilla from the barrel. Does have metallic qualities to it. Of course there is bourbon, dont worry :-) Does have a nice sweet character of vanilla as it warms then when swirled more of the dark fruit comes out.

T: Very balanced and mellow brew considering the flavor profile. It doesnt overpower you but still has strong bourbon, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Dark fruits get through as well. Alcohol comes through on the backend.

M: Very smooth velvety mouthfeel. Really creamy and pleasant to sip on. Certainly a warming beer but overall not too hot.

Overall another great barrel aged brew from Heavy Seas. These guys know how to do it right, this may be one of the more mild variants but still a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very, very dark brew, topped with a slight, dark tan head. Decent retention.

Huge rich chocolate aroma from the pour; in the glass, chocolate is supplemented by bourbon and vanilla. Hint of coconut; as it slowly opens up, the bourbon starts to dominate more, bringing along oak. Really inviting aroma.

Waves and waves of chocolate. The bourbon is immediately present, but it takes a while for those flavors to come forward, with the bulk presenting on the back-end (including coconut, vanilla, and oak). But insane amounts of chocolate: chocolate malt and cacao nibs; semi-sweet and extra dark.

Surprisingly thick and creamy mouthfeel. A little hot, with noticeable sting, but pretty drinkable overall. Sticky, lingering finish.

This isn't quite a dessert beer, but the massive amount of chocolate is nearly overwhelming. Still, this is a very tasty beer, with the bourbon presence very well integrated, and the malts and cacao nibs the real heroes of the show. One of the better BBA beers I've had - in terms of letting the bourbon add to, vice dominate, the brew.

Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a fairly tight toasted khaki colored head. Settles quickly into a small cap.

The aroma is of a lovely caramel and vanilla. Candy bar quality. Nice chocolate from the nibs as well. A slight bourbon note. Seriously, nice candy bar aromas.

The taste is of a light roast with a big caramel sweetness that brings along some vanilla. Subtle milk chocolate flavors mix their way through. Some dark bitter chocolate as well. The bourbon is very subtle; hides itself well with the vanilla notes.

The feel is light to moderate, a bit underwhelming for a stout. The carbonation is a tad fizzy. Quite sweet on the palate but has enough of a roasty bitter offset. A touch sticky in the finish.

A very tasty stout. Not a bourbon bomb by any means; it is actually kind of light in that department. I really dig the chocolate, vanilla, and caramel notes. Not too strong and the play well together.

Photo of bum732
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S: Big, milk chocolate notes, faint hints of bourbon, touch of oak, some roasty

L: Jet black, viscous, tan creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Chocolate sweetness up front with some slight coffee notes. Medium low bitterness with some bourbon oak following.Not super malty, chocolate dominates. Touch of coffee roastiness into the finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

Not bad, great nose, but taste lacks. Fairly low body and not malty at all.

Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hops, Greensboro NC

A- pours pitch black with a small creamy light tan head that reduces to a small layer

S- chocolaty malt with a touch of caramel, oaky vanilla with some light bourbon

T-sweet chocolaty malt mixed with nice oaky barrel notes, just enough bourbon but doesn't overpower the chocolaty notes. Barrel juice on the linger with more chocolate

M- medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, alcohol warmth at the end

O- well balanced with bourbon notes that doesn't overpower the base beer.

Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. Your essentially black pour, thin layer of light tan head. Retained quite well.

Aroma, very large chocolate, descent roast malt. Some caramel and peat. Lighter anise and coffee.

Taste, Milk like chocolate, caramel and a nice bourbon barrel present up front. Some peat and heat. Light near burnt toffee, lighter coffee.

The carb is just a little high on this medium bodied stout. Also a little heat, but not overly so. A nice sipper. Worth trying.

Photo of MDHopster
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Last of four imperial stouts in my tasting last night. Reserved judgement until today when I drank the other half of the bottle - really nothing changed in my view of this brew. While no match for the BCBS I started with it was far superior to the Blue Point Sour Cherry and Black Harbor. Beautifully dark with little head but surprising lacing, the vanilla bourbon nose rounded out with cocoa was enticing. The flavor was excellently blended with cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and maltiness. Mouthfeel started smooth with little alchohol burn. Not velvety smooth or chewy, a bit thin as stouts go.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing were both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and some caramel. It tastes like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted and burnt/charred malt, bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. Taste is a little more bitter in comparison to the aroma which I thought was sweeter. The bourbon isn't overpowering at all, but still noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with good carbonation. I liked this brew, it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of vandemonian
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Siren Noire on Buffalo trace barrels is an imperial chocolate stout that smells fantastic and tastes pretty good.

A: Black colour and head that fades to crappy lacing. 3.5

S: Chocolate deliciousness. 5

T: Liquor and chocolate into slightly muddy aftertaste. 4

M: A little thin. 4

O: Overal, yum. The smell was the best bit. 4

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Near black pour, tan head of a finger. Nice lace.

Heavy chocolate aroma with roast, light coffee, distant vanilla and bourbon.

Taste was heavy on the chocolate to. Distant as well of the barrel notes, and a nice roasted woody flavor.

Felt nice and creamy, full bodied.

Not heavy on the bourbon barrel, but its definitely a nice chocolate stout.

Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2014.

A pour of deep mahogany out of the bottle and filling up produces a good but short lived one finger head. Head is a good cocoa brown, and thin bubbled but falls to a simple populated collar and very thin puck. Quite dark body, black walnut and with a little bit of transparency and red edges.

Pretty nice and good but not wow nose. Very soft silky chocolate notes, and soft roasted grains. Nice and a bit husky and chewy too it seems. Chocolate forward more than anything else, but not much barrel sensing character here though.

Interesting on first sip. This is a very rich and luxurious palate feel, with silky chocolate qualities and a playful sense of carbonation surprisingly. It's slightly jarring but not too bad but it makes for some fun play in the mouth. It's the first thing I notice. Then the chocolate of dark quality comes with a good mix of fudge dense thick flavors. Some nice char and carbon on the finish as well, and some more fruit astringent character too.

It seems more of a very decent imperial stout, there's some complexity going on in the palate a bit too, but I really don't get the big round feel, and oak aromas and flavors coming out of this unfortunately. Still a decent brew though, but kind of tough to score surprisingly, 3.75 seems slightly generous overall, 4 too much, and 3.5 way too low.. let's call it 3.6999 and we'll be happy.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 92/100

Super rich creamy chocolate taste gives way to a creamy sweet coffee after note... It's really sweet. As much as I enjoy it. I can't really pull strong Bourbon barrel notes. Which in fairness, many may be purchasing for. In fact, the beer is very enjoyable, yet misleading in a way. It's more sweet than Bourbon to me by a fair amount. Otherwise, very well balanced and goes down easy at 9.5%. Worth the cheap sticker price~

Photo of Gregaroo
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spectacular aged Imperial Stout. Need to find a few more of these.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black with a small brown head fading quickly. Little to no lacing.

Big chocolate aroma with a little bit of vanilla creating a milk chocolate smell. A little oak and bourbon but it's in the background.

Big on chocolate flavor as well. Not a ton of roast in this one as it's on the sweeter side which is nicely balanced by the barrel. Not a ton of bourbon presence, but enough to cut the sweetness and add some good vanilla notes to the beer. Had a piece of Dove dark chocolate with this and it was the perfect pairing.

Medium bodied with low carbonation levels.

Pleasantly surprised by this. I prefer my barrel aged stouts to have a little more bourbon presence and the carbonation was a bit low even for the style. Despite those minor issues still a good beer and at only $8.49 for a bomber, a great price point as well.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY for 8.50. Served into a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Pours black. Not the darkest black I've ever seen, but close to opaque. Laces well down the glass.

Smells like hot chocolate mixed with a little bit of bourbon. Chocolate is far and away the overwhelming smell. Maybe a bit of oak, too.

Tastes amazing. The best use of chocolate I've had in a beer yet. I'm more a coffee guy when it comes to big stouts, but this has convinced me chocolate can play with the big boys too. Strong cocoa powder taste in the front, followed by bourbon-soaked fudge brownies. Bit of oak in the back end, with a slight bitterness. Strong and full mouthfeel is nice. Given the price, I expected it to be a bit thin.

One of the best BA stouts on the market, IMHO. The bourbon is mild, and subtle- a mere supporting actor to the big star- chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Great value for a great stout. Highly recommended.

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Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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