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

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BA SCORE
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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 34
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-17-2011)
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Photo of wmickdds32
2.68/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a 7 oz. beer fest glass.
Coal black and inky with a dark tan head, quickly dissapating in to lacing that lasted down the glass.
With a chocolate stout--bourbon barrell aged--I expected a great deal of chocolate, coffee and booze...I got nuttin' but stout....no chocolate....no coffee....no booze....I was seriously disappointed.
The taste was pretty much like the smell...decent imperial stout...but my expectations of a chocolate imperial bourbon barrell aged stout are high
In my mouth...nothing spectacular

Overall...Meh!
I won't buy again....too many good chocolate stouts out there to waste my dollars, time, and experience. Think Southern Tier Choklat Stout and Dragon's Breath!

Photo of russwbeck
2.7/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On cask at Churchkey DC for #DCBW11

A: Black pour with a wispy bubbly white head. Not a lot of retention or lacing 3.5

S: Very light, the bourbon is certainly notable. Problem is that's all
I get. No roastiness or stout characteristics. Perhaps some vanilla 3

T: Follows the smell. Vanilla, bourbon..water. Not a lot going on 2

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation. 3

O: Disappointed. Just not enough taste 2

Photo of StoutSlut
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of MADPolo
3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours black with a finger of dense tan head. This is about as light as it can get and still be considered black instead of brown.

S: Milk chocolate, malted milk balls, toffee, and bourbon with a touch of butterscotch.

T: Very chocolate-y, lots of milk chocolate and cocoa - like candy, not chocolate malts. I get lots of toffee here, too. Bourbon is very well integrated into the flavor, but I get a bit of butterscotch here too. Tastes fake.

M: A bit thin, creamy carbonation.

O: I love chocolate forward stouts, but this just tastes fake. It tastes like I mixed hot cocoa into an imperial stout and added a splash of bourbon. It's not terrible, but the 4.19 RAvg this beer had when I reviewed it is just laughable.

Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, light beige head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Very good retention, especially for the style and ABV. Takes a while to settle, leaving streaks of soapy lacing in it's path.

Inviting aroma with a strong chocolate/cocoa presence and a subtle bourbon barrel character that's nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Some damp earth and toasted oak along with sweet and spicy bourbon, vanilla bean and toasted count but the wood and spirit notes aren't overpowering. Just the slightest bit of toothpick character and delicate bourbon followed by silky sweet chocolate, subtle roast and dark fruit. Hints of coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal but the sweeter, dessert-like notes really stand out. I'm picking up some baker's chocolate, fudge, molasses and flourless chocolate cake. There could be a bit more bourbon/barrel presence for me but it's a nice change of pace to smell a bourbon barrel aged beer that isn't a complete booze bomb.

On the fuller end of medium body with stronger bourbon barrel and roasted malt character than the nose suggests. Dry, bitter and nearly acrid with strong burnt wood and toothpick flavor. The oak us more prominent than expected but the bourbon presence is still subtle. There's some spicy, boozy sweetness but unfortunately, most of the silkier barrel notes found in the aroma are missing. Bourbon flavor isn't bad but it's somewhat weak and overpowered by the wood and heavy roast. The sweeter dessert-like chocolate notes seem to get lost a bit was well. The malts taste smoker and somewhat burnt with hints of charcoal, toast, bitter dark cacao, oatmeal and ash. Mist of the lighter chocolate sweetness is masked, only shoeing up toward the finish. Still, the high ABV is well masked and although it appeared harsh at first, this beer is relatively easy to drink. Decent but not something I would want to try again.

Photo of fehrminator
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Meerkey
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Thin, beige head. Very dark umber/black. Nice.

S: Delicious -- coffee and chocolate and smooth vanilla. Roasted malts. Little hint of bourbon. Very velvety smell.

T: Tasty, though not super interesting. A lot of coffee and chocolate notes. Taste echoes the smell pretty well. Hint of bitterness in aftertaste.

M: Nice, though a tad lackluster. Smooth, some carbonation, but doesn't pack a punch.

O: Based on appearance and smell I thought this would be better. It's good, but there's definitely something missing in the taste and mouthfeel to really make it stand out. Very smooth, but kind of boring. I'm not sure if I'd buy another.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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