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

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BA SCORE
92
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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 32
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-17-2011)
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Reviews by Icedogs:
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Icedogs

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-24-2014 21:23:36 | More by Icedogs
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

03-08-2013 22:28:03 | More by oberon
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-22-2013 00:52:59 | More by DanGeo
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Spaten454

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-14-2014 20:54:49 | More by Spaten454
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-28-2014 21:11:04 | More by sabitu
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

02-15-2013 23:02:24 | More by lordofthewiens
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-25-2014 00:34:37 | More by JakerLou
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mctizzz

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

08-18-2013 20:24:30 | More by mctizzz
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-19-2013 01:33:28 | More by reitzbrewing
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-11-2013 17:28:18 | More by xdefeatsy
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-09-2013 23:14:36 | More by Mantooth
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

02-25-2014 23:46:35 | More by skivtjerry
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-27-2014 16:06:27 | More by doremite
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

03-25-2014 03:22:52 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Brenden

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

11-26-2013 20:41:12 | More by Brenden
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-26-2013 14:26:58 | More by ltdantheman
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CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

02-16-2013 01:53:11 | More by CloudStrife
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Mtooman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-03-2013 01:25:30 | More by Mtooman
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-02-2013 19:14:03 | More by mdaschaf
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MADPolo

Alabama

3/5  rDev -27.5%

02-19-2013 02:55:26 | More by MADPolo
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-22-2014 22:16:22 | More by Damian74Shensky
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-20-2013 00:32:25 | More by qcbrewer
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tclipse

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-09-2014 14:29:13 | More by tclipse
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.8%

05-28-2013 23:32:30 | More by troegaarden
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HuntDaddy540

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-08-2014 16:00:39 | More by HuntDaddy540
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Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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