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

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 468
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 46
Gots: 103 | FT: 3
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-17-2011

Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.
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Photo of Rammed96
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible full body, full smell and full taste
Wonderful chocolate and vanilla taste. One of the best aged beers I have had. Not over powering and very smooth. (160 characters)

Photo of ghirsh
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite BA stout so far.

A: Dark brown with a bit of brown and red showing at the edges. A bit of head initially that dissipates with time.

S: Slight bourbon, a bit roasty with coffee, caramel, toffee, and chocolate

T: Chocolate and vanilla up front with some bourbon but not quite as much as most BA stouts.

M: Not quite as thick as it could be, but still pretty good.

Overall, this beer is almost perfect. (432 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary snifter glass. Liquid comes out a cola brown during the pour and a dark brown that approaches black when it pools its way into the glass. Dark tan colored head with for the most part pretty small bubbles, thick head that will erupt over the glass if you're not careful. Head stays around for a little bit but eventually leaves a thin ring around the edge of the glass. A little lacing, but not a ton.

Smell is a few steps beyond outstanding. Not very complex, pretty mud straight to the point. Heavy notes of more sweet than bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Well balanced and meshed together nice. Nothing not to like about this.

Taste is perfect, and like the smell, it doesn't disguise anything, it's again right to the point. Again it's slightly more sweet than bitter. Chocolate comes out, somewhere between a dark milk chocolate and a dark cocoa flavor. There's also some nice earthy oak, huge hints of vanilla, some sweet yet sharp bourbon and then some caramel that was slightly burned in a saucepan. Really great tasting beers, one of the best barrel aged stouts on the market.

Mouthfeel is really good, the flavor lingers, so full bodied in my opinion. It's got a decent carbonation level. Not too smooth, but smooth enough while maintaining an earthy after bite. However, the after bite isn't too bad and even though it's barrel aged, the bourbon isn't too hot here, more of a steady mild. Nice and drinkable, a nice sipper, bot goes away pretty quickly. Worth sharing but any stout lover can polish this one off in an evening. A great beer.

My buddy and I loved this at the Extreme Beer Fest a few years ago. Loved it on tap then and love it in the bottle now. Great beer all around. (1,770 characters)

Photo of JayReq
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I will admit that I like my beers dark and heavy ("like my women," my grandfather used to say), and if there is a beer that hits that button, Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas mashes it hard. I have not a such an enjoyable imperial-anything in a long time, so it is a pleasure to leave a review for this awesome (but rare at this point) brew,

Serving it from a bottle kept in a dark cabinet, I drank this beauty from a small tasting cup.

Appearance: Pouring it out, it is a beautiful pitch black with a small hint of molasses in the light. Dark brown head, very light and foamy, with enough body to it that it leaves behind a bit of a lattice.

Smell: Strangely enough the bourbon barreling has yield only the vanilla and the chocolate, as I don't smell the charcoal that usually pervades bourbon-barreled brews. Nice hint of brown sugar behind the vanilla and the chocolate. It smells just like the bottles says it should taste, which leads me to...

Taste: Basically the same thing, but this time you get the small bite of the bourbon right on the bed of the tongue after the chocolate and vanilla work their magic. Very strong and very sugary, it definitely reminds me of old molasses.

Mouthfeel: Starts off gentle with the vanilla under the robust dark chocolate. Not flat at all, which is a risk any time you barrel a beer. Maybe there was some secondary fermentation? Couldn't find any esters at the bottom of the bottle. Right in the middle of the tongue you get that small bite of whiskey, as previously mentioned, and it finished with a tiny bit of smoke, a very nice finish coupled with one last smattering of burnt sugar.

Overall I am regretting I did not buy more of these bottles. A great Imperial Stout with wonderful chocolate and bourbon expressions. This is how a beer in this style is supposed to be done. (1,846 characters)

Photo of Maltmaiden
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: very dark brown. Thin head that keeps a ring til the end.

S: Lots of chocolate right off the bat. Warm burbon coming through, not too much though. Roasted malt. light fig. light alcohol.

T: Really big milk chocolate. The bourbon just rounds out the sweetness and deepens the flavor. Very well balanced. Delicious. Like chocolate milk with bourbon...or bailey's. Very round taste.

M: It looked deceptively when I poured it because it definitely has a creamy body. Velvety.

O: Holy shit this is delicious. I will buy more of this for sure and will definitely look for it on tap. Must have! (594 characters)

Photo of Slack
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep deep brown and opaque. A quarter inch of head with light brown (moderate) lacing.

Smell is strong malt mixed with a sweet note of chocolate, and more milder notes in bourbon and vanilla. The oak is present as well but only came through (for me) as the beer warmed.

Taste is surprising with bourbon up front and the chocolate and coffee in the middle. Sweetness is intertwined throughout. Am also getting some vanilla mixed with oak and booziness but only as the beer warmed up.

Mouthful is medium to heavy on the thicker side of things with lighter carbonation.

Overall this was an excellent stout with the mix of bourbon and chocolate - they paired exceptionally well in this beer. The sweetness was not overpowering and it is easily drinkable. I am definitely going to try this one again with a cigar. (818 characters)

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this one surprised me, 9 bucks for a pint from beverage plus in floral park ny. took a chance on it as i love bourbon aged stouts and this one was one of the best. the strong chocolate taste just made this beer delicious,honestly one of the tastiest stouts ive ever tried.will be going back and grabbing a couple of these to age.superb. (336 characters)

Photo of hodsongolf
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was delicious & thanks to tien @ Mekong for turning me on to this one. Great taste and even better finish. Hint - Pour and let breath at room temp for about 10 minutes before you get absolutely blown away @ your first sip. OMG the smell - they should make car fresheners :) The only reason i don't rate this as perfect is because it gives me a reason not to open the 2 bottles that i was able to find next year to review/score again! (438 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter
A- pours black with a nice half finger dense tan head
S- Dark chocolate, bourbon, some dark fruit, slightly boozy, some cinnomon
T-/M starts with a milky chocolate, leads into very well balanced oakey bourbon, finishes with dark chocolate notes, some vanilla, just slightly sweet.texture is perfect. Alcohol is hidden very well.
O- sooo delicious, a great desert beer, no one flavor dominates, they all work together so well. Ill have to grab another one of these while I can find them. (506 characters)

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,622 characters)

Photo of Rast
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber as the Michigan Wolverines assert themselves against No. 1 Louisville in the 75th NCAA men's basketball championship.

Let's begin with the description on the bottle: "Imperial Stout Brewed with Chocolate and aged in Bourbon Barrels." Questionable capitalization, but certainly a description tailor-made for the tastes and standards of the average Beer Advocate reviewer, among whom I'm counted. No disappointment here: pours a deep, tootsie-roll brown with a thick head and lovely lacing. Nose is chocolate love and roasty stout coffee yum. Tastes wonderful, not overwhelmingly chocolate like some stouts I've sipped. Rich, rich, rich malt blends well with the chocolate roastiness. Smooth rich mouthfeel.

As inviting as the "sirens" who used to invite us over to their haus after men's Bible study in college. Heavy Seas may have found their niche in the outstanding stout universe. (892 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
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~ (587 characters)

Photo of Bstrickler
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a big fan of chocolate to start with, but this is an amazing beer!great taste, mouthfeel. If you're a fan of imperial stouts, this is one not to miss! This is truly a diamond in the rough, let it age for a month or 3 and savor every drop. Found this in the "dump bin" and very glad I tried it! (297 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of BikeChef
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage. Nose of cocoa, roast and bourbon; palate starts with chocolate
and the vanilla-y bourbon comes in behind. Love that the sweetness is kept in check compared to most BBL stouts. This is nicely balanced and reasonably priced-- buy it if you see it! (262 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,250 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger mocha colored head that slowly settles
S: Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon. Very complex and smells great
T: Matches the smell. Like liquid chocolate with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Nice roasted malt, a bit of burnt caramel & just a kiss of hops. Very comples & tasty
M: Medium to full-bodied, smooth
O: This is a very well made, tasty beer; I wish I had more than one bottle (457 characters)

Photo of Shumania
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

A: dark, no light getting through this beer. 2 inch fluffy tan head

S: sweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, lactose

T: similar to the smell, milk chocolate, slight bitterness, lactose, vanilla, and finishes with a bourbon warming taste with slight alcohol

M: full body but not overly sweet/syrupy. You should sip this, but it could go down pretty fast

This is a very good BA imperial stout. It's not the most complex, but perfect for a snowy night. (484 characters)

Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bomber bottles and am enjoying one which is about 9 months old. Poured this beauty into a snifter. Opaque black with a half inch of coffee cream colored head. Smell is burnt chocolate and light bourbon.

This beer has come a long way in a few months. Very tasty and a beautiful balance of chocolate and bourbon. I don't like too strong of a barrel presence and this stout delivers. The bourbon flavors are there but it does not take away from the the solid chocolate stout base. This beer was a very unexpected treat!,

I have one bottle left which I will try an age another year. I can't imagine it could get better but we will see. (653 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (2,253 characters)

Photo of skiking70
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite offerings from Heavy Seas, this beer does not disappoint. The smell and taste are exceptional and in my opinion this beer is just slightly below the big name barrel aged stouts. (197 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 7.99. 2013 release that I've been sitting on since January, I think. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours black with almost two fingers of dense pale tan head that lingers. Head eventually settles to a halo and wispy clouds on the surface that leave small islands of lace on the glass.

Smells sweet and rich with milk chocolate, vanilla and creamed coffee.

Taste is quite nice. A rich, smooth blend of chocolate, vanilla, soft but flavorful bourbon, roast malts, oak, burnt caramel and molasses. A little booze bite towards the end but it is quite well integrated within those layers of flavor.

Medium full and creamy body with subtle yet present carbonation. Sweet bourbon chocolate truffle finish.

I've always enjoyed the base Siren Noire but this is so much better! Rich, smooth and creamy with very a satisfying blend of flavors. Heavy Seas has been doing a great job on the Uncharted Waters series this year. All three that I've tried so far have been an outstanding value (at under ten bucks for quality barrel aged beer) and certainly worth a try. It won't blow your mind but this is solid work. I wish I had a couple more. (1,181 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*22 oz. bottle* Ok, first I like the label on this brew. The old Siren's song to misguide the sailors at sea. Well, back to what really matters.. The Beer! This poured a black body with a light khaki soapy head. I go in for the whiff, and it doesn't disappoint! Huge chocolate notes that dominate. The subtle hints of oak and vanilla are appreciated. This beer's aroma is pretty simple but it is intense in your face with this fragrance. lets get this in my belly! First I picked up well rounded charred oak. Chocolate and vanilla seem to meld together brilliantly. There is hints of smoke and roasted malt and some tart fruits. Alcohol is present adds a dryness to the brew so its not cloying at all. This brew finishes bitter but not DIPA abrasive bitterness. Aftertaste is of chocolate and vanilla. The feel of this beer is Medium-light body with tight bubbly carbonation.

Overall: This beer is delicious. I am glad I can go down to the brewery and pick this up when it comes out again. This is not as complex as some others I've had but some times simplicity is all you need if executed correctly. Actually, I am glad this came out of Baltimore. This brew is Recommended. (1,177 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: very dark brown. Ruby highlights show up when the glass is put to direct light.Light mocha head and sparse lacing.
smell: wow, chocolate to be sure, but a lot more happening. The added vanilla beans make a nice showing. As the HS site says, the Mt. Hood hops give it a fruity addition.
taste: All the tastes the nose has. Not quite the wow factor but quite good.
mouthfeel: just a bit thin for an imp stout.
overall: As a whole this is an exceptional brew. (469 characters)

Photo of HarryPotHead
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

ST - from 22 oz bomber into Nonic pint glass.

A - opaque and nearly jet black with a 2 finger khaki head and sticky lace to the bottom of the glass.

S - expected something much bigger / stronger, but it just wasn't there. Not bad....definitely not off putting, just not strong enough.

T - nice chocolate and smokey coffee overtones with hints of raspberry currant. I've not had the chance to enjoy many chocolate stouts but there is more chocolate in this one than any of the others I've had. #justright

M - I tend to judge mouthfeel "through the head" and this was terrific! Thick and frothy up front but smooth and silky going down. #awesome

O - by the time I polished this off I had a nice buzz on! High ABV is masked so well I was able to down this bomber in no time. This is a fine offering from Heavy Seas. Very drinkable with tons of flavor. Not overly complex, but no slouch ether. Cheers [ii]D (907 characters)

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