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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

333 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 33
Gots: 62 | 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 Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a big old stout black with a nice little sand dune tan head that whiffs away quickly to leave a scrim. The lacing that the beer leaves is thin but sheet-like and wide spread, leaving a nice sticky webbing on the glass, and the beer does leave faint legs when it is swirled up the sides of the glass. The beer’s body is practically impenetrable to the eye, though there are lighter brown patches on the side of the glass that remind me of light roast coffee. The black color of the beer is a tad lighter than other imperial stouts, but the beer seems free of particles. On the nose, this beer smells big, but well balanced and controlled. Boozy sweet bourbon is there in the nose, but is not oppressive like some other bourbon barrel-aged beers can be. The chocolate is rich and complex, hinting at cocoa then milk chocolate and then back to cocoa. There is very little in terms of roasted malt character in the nose, though some light caramel notes do come through. The chocolate, however, is the star of the smell, and is rich and layered, which says very good things about what this beer has to offer. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly of cocoa and milk chocolate with a nice light touch of boozy bourbon and roasted malt. The beer begins with slightly bitter chocolate, which mellows and molds into cocoa powder and milk chocolate as it oozes through the mouth followed by light notes of vanilla from the wood, and then the sweet cloying bourbon makes a light peak in flavor, before being bumped aside by late blooming roasted malts that were not present in the nose, and give a nice light note of char. The aftertaste is light with vanilla and faint hints of chocolate. On the mouth the beer is velvety smooth, sitting on the tongue as medium to heavy in the body. The mouth is left clean with just a little bit of dryness from the roast, and some saliva along the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a beautifully delicious chocolate beer. It is lighter in the bourbon barrel notes, though still quite strong with vanilla, but I think this works excellently in this beer. The chocolate and vanilla are the big flavors here, and everything else is on the lighter side, but it works beautifully. This beer is delicious. Try it.

Maxwell, Feb 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

oberon, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

DanGeo, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

sabitu, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

lordofthewiens, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JakerLou, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev -3.4%

mctizzz, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of reitzbrewing
5/5  rDev +20.8%

reitzbrewing, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

xdefeatsy, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Mantooth, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of skivtjerry
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

skivtjerry, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

doremite, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Brenden
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Brenden, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ltdantheman, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

CloudStrife, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Mtooman, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mdaschaf, Mar 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

MADPolo, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Damian74Shensky, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

qcbrewer, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

tclipse, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +20.8%

troegaarden, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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