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

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 473
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 47
Gots: 105 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of Omnium
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber > tulip glass
A - Pitch black viscous pour with a two finger dense tan head with medium lacing
S - Aroma isnt too strong, but you definitely get the chocolate, and the bourbon is awesome, some slight woody tones, some roasted malts.
T - Flavor is awesome, this is exactly what youd want a beer of this variety to taste like. Rich bourbon, some toasted caramel, smooth chocolate, not overly sweet, light wood tones in the back.
M - Smooth velvety rich, and full, but not cloying, or too sticky.
O - What an outsttanding beer, Heavy seas is really making some awesome beers these days.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin viscosity. Smells of cocoa and small amount of bourbon. Taste starts like I am drinking hot chocolate that finishes with a small oaky bourbon taste. Has a thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, I guess I enjoyed drinking this beer but I did find it to be really sweet and sugary. I was rather surprised by it's drinkability on a warm late summer afternoon though. The chocolate seemed to dominate the nose and taste but came off as a overpowering additive. The bourbon barrel aging was a subtle touch and possibly could have used a little bit more time aging to smooth out the rough chocolate edges. I'm no expert though . . . just my thoughts on a ok beer. As one last though I think it's well worth the cost considering what some will pay for a barrel aged stout.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The chocolate in this beer tastes like cheap cocoa powder. The artificial, chalky taste dominates the mouthfeel and aftertaste. I would like to try this beer again if I found out they used decent chocolate or cacao nibs.

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Photo of bobhits
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bourbon with a stout mixed into it. This is a straight up barrel aged beast. I really can't get much beyond bourbon and chocolate finishing notes. A bit of toffee and a few other light flavors. The nose is the same as well.

This is some good stuff but if you don't want your beer "ruined" by bourbon then this is a total no go.

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Photo of Rammed96
5/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like subtle roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with a little oak and toasted coconut.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some oak and toasted coconut. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice BB stout with simple but enjoyable scent and taste. The body was a little weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Would probably age well, but pretty good fresh.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Slack
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black in color with a generously thick, toffee colored creamy lacing ring, swirl the beer and it sticks with nice legs as it falls back into the glass.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, some oak, and cocoa.

T - Follows the nose as the palate is dominated with chocolate, fudge, and bourbon with slight booziness warming on the way down.

M - Thick, full bodied, slippery, velvety, creamy, and sticky.

O - A really nice beer, the bourbon and chocolate play well together.

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Photo of skiking70
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ghirsh
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of BikeChef
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of LanguedocRocks
4.17/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black, opaque in color. Pours a half finger thick khaki, light mocha colored head, fairly soapy and bubbly. Lower to moderate amounts of lacing on glass.
Aroma- Sweet milk chocolates combined with darker cocoa-like notes. Complimented by a nutty, almost peanut butter like aroma, some roasted malts too. More woody, oaky than bourbon smelling.
Taste- Blend of sweet chocolates and darker bittersweet cocoa. Vanilla, caramel creaminess, nutty on the taste as well, hazelnut. Oak notes on the finish, w/ just some hints of sweet bourbon.
Feel- Bordering on a thinner to medium mouthfeel, flavors would be enhanced by a thicker feel. Lower carbonation fine for this beer.
Overall- Such a depth of flavors, chocolates, vanilla, caramel, peanuts, hazelnut, oak, bourbon, its got it all. Very surprised by the nuttiness, but the chocolate flavors came as advertised, very decadent and rich. Slightly held back by the mouthfeel and lack of barrel presence, do get some oak flavors but not much bourbon. Can tell it didnt spend too much time in the barrels.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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.


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Photo of BrewUSA
4.54/5  rDev +11%
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~

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Photo of Bstrickler
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 2014 bottle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours opaque black with a 1-finger dark tan head. Very good lacing.

S-Aroma of vanilla from the wood, with a mild note of chocolate and bourbon beneath.

T-Flavor of coffee with chocolate, and maybe some raisin underneath, before the vanilla and some light heat from the bourbon come through in the finish.

M-Body is full, but a touch watery, with a light bourbon in the finish.

O-Overall a great stout, could get ride of that water down mouthfeel. Was glad to have found this one.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage - 22 oz. bottle

A - pitch black

S - mild chocolate notes, not much bourbon

T - pretty nice bourbon and chocolate notes

M - too thin for a stout this big

O - A good effort and a solid brew, but they have a ways to go to catch up to the best BB stouts available

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Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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