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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

318 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 33
Gots: 62 | 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:
Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-17-2011)
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wmickdds32

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -35.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 03:59:00 | More by wmickdds32
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russwbeck

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -34.6%
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

Serving type: cask

08-18-2011 17:10:58 | More by russwbeck
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StoutSlut

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

09-15-2013 22:33:37 | More by StoutSlut
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MADPolo

Alabama

3/5  rDev -27.4%

02-19-2013 02:55:26 | More by MADPolo
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -27.4%

07-21-2013 14:44:16 | More by mwbrady12
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.4%

03-27-2013 02:44:58 | More by mportnoy
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Jakep2021

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -27.4%

02-28-2014 21:09:00 | More by Jakep2021
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 03:49:11 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 09:23:13 | More by corby112
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

02-24-2013 02:31:38 | More by fehrminator
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

03-02-2014 15:37:32 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Meerkey

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 23:53:26 | More by Meerkey
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

02-27-2014 16:06:27 | More by doremite
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

02-08-2014 06:07:36 | More by ohiobeer29
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

07-23-2014 04:56:23 | More by GRG1313
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

03-19-2013 22:03:22 | More by Rhettroactive
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

05-12-2013 14:07:39 | More by bostonryan
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

07-13-2014 13:44:33 | More by thebigredone
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

02-26-2012 17:57:38 | More by brez8791
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MRAnderson

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

08-02-2013 20:26:21 | More by MRAnderson
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flyersfan900

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

02-21-2013 22:36:33 | More by flyersfan900
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bum732

Lesotho

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S: Big, milk chocolate notes, faint hints of bourbon, touch of oak, some roasty

L: Jet black, viscous, tan creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Chocolate sweetness up front with some slight coffee notes. Medium low bitterness with some bourbon oak following.Not super malty, chocolate dominates. Touch of coffee roastiness into the finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

Not bad, great nose, but taste lacks. Fairly low body and not malty at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:26:57 | More by bum732
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BB1313

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with some brown hues and light getting through; small tan head that fades very fast and leaves solid retention and little lacing. Smells good. The aromas are loaded with dark chocolate and bourbon. Some toffee and and butterscotch along with some dark fruits. Some vanilla giving it a chocolate chip cookie vibe. Cocoa and caramel malts are there. Some oak/wood. The aromas aren't aggressive, but they're very enjoyable. The flavors start off intense, but really mellow out the more you drink it. It starts off with tons of bitter dark chocolate. Lots of coffee too adding to the bitterness. Very roasty. I'm picking up the raisins. The oak/wood is present. The bourbon is clearly there, but it's not over the top. There is an extremely subtle warmth in the finish. The alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Just a kiss of booze. It's pretty easy to drink. The mouthfeel is pretty light and has a ton of carbonation, maybe too much. It's still pretty smooth and is easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid BBA stout. It's not something that blew me away, but it was pretty fun to drink. It feels flawed at times, but still remains enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 00:55:14 | More by BB1313
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Ned's.

Appearance: Its black, but pours a little thin, and has some ruby highlughts. The head and lacing are decent.

Smell: Lots of rich chocolate aroma and bourbony vanilla notes. Very sweet, with minimal roasty aromas. No detectable alcohol-- none.

Taste: Again, lots of chocolate and vanilla. There is a bit more roasty flavor than smell with some coffee-like flavors and a touch of bitterness near the end, which actually identifies this as a stout instead of a melted hot fudge sundae.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and smooth, but a bit on the thin side. It could use a bit more carbonation too.

Overall: This is OK. Its a really sweet, chocolatey beverage, but its not much like a beer, and very little like an imperial stout. Less chocolate, more roast, more bourbon please.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:13:15 | More by rapidsequence
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Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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