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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%


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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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, light bourbon, herbal, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, chocolate, and moderate barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, light dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, light dark fruit, herbal, and roast/oaky earthiness. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, chocolate, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, chocolate, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 01:03:12 | More by superspak
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BB1313

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
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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ThrewRedButter

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a khaki head

S - Milk chocolate and oak. The bourbon is very slight which is disappointing.

T - Same as the smell. It's like they melted a milk chocolate bar and added a drop of bourbon. I will say that it is very smooth with no alcohol sting.

M - Not very thick for an imperial stout

O - Enjoyable. While it is a smooth-drinking stout, I wished there was more bourbon barrel character to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:03:26 | More by ThrewRedButter
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
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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hodsongolf

Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 18:31:40 | More by hodsongolf
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2014.

A pour of deep mahogany out of the bottle and filling up produces a good but short lived one finger head. Head is a good cocoa brown, and thin bubbled but falls to a simple populated collar and very thin puck. Quite dark body, black walnut and with a little bit of transparency and red edges.

Pretty nice and good but not wow nose. Very soft silky chocolate notes, and soft roasted grains. Nice and a bit husky and chewy too it seems. Chocolate forward more than anything else, but not much barrel sensing character here though.

Interesting on first sip. This is a very rich and luxurious palate feel, with silky chocolate qualities and a playful sense of carbonation surprisingly. It's slightly jarring but not too bad but it makes for some fun play in the mouth. It's the first thing I notice. Then the chocolate of dark quality comes with a good mix of fudge dense thick flavors. Some nice char and carbon on the finish as well, and some more fruit astringent character too.

It seems more of a very decent imperial stout, there's some complexity going on in the palate a bit too, but I really don't get the big round feel, and oak aromas and flavors coming out of this unfortunately. Still a decent brew though, but kind of tough to score surprisingly, 3.75 seems slightly generous overall, 4 too much, and 3.5 way too low.. let's call it 3.6999 and we'll be happy.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 23:04:46 | More by smakawhat
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black in color, capped with one finger of khaki foam. The head doesn't stick around for long but does stick to the glass to leave some lacing. Aromas lent by barrel-aging are dominant -- lots of oaky vanilla, more alcohol than one would like. The base stout aromas are a bit hidden. Notes of char and roasted barley come through.

Plenty more oaky vanilla in the flavor profile. There's some fusel alcohol present, too, but I'm more tolerant of that as long as it isn't over the top, which it isn't here. There's some dark chocolate / cocoa mingled in with the vanilla. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and soft, but I have to ding the score on the account of it being too thin. It's not viscous enough for an imperial stout, more like a 5% ABV porter.

While this isn't an amazing barrel-aged stout, I give it a bump for being a good value. I've had imperial stouts, barrel-aged or otherwise, that were more expensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:15:52 | More by gr0g
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BumpyAZ

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/black, light brown on the edges when held up to the light. 1 finger of light coffee cream colored head which quickly dissapates.

S: Bourbon and chocolate predominate with vanilla and hints of coffee and dark fruit

T: Bourbon hits heavy upfront. As it slowly fades, tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla come through

M: Slightly thick to thick but not chewy

Overall a very good BA stout for the price. Can't go wrong with putting this one in your regular rotation (unless you have the access to and money to buy the heavy hitters on a regular basis). The bourbon does hit the tongue a bit hot, would be nice if it was a bit better balanced. Think I'll put one or two in the basement and see how they age.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:03:23 | More by BumpyAZ
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Powerfully sweet and heavily reliant on bourbon flavor and spice, Heavy Seas Siren Noire sets the stage by holding true to its name- it screams dark!

Its brazen cola color is opaque, seemingly black at its center. But those deep garnet low-lights at its edges suggest otherwise. As its initial foam structures settle, the beer seems to simmer with its khaki-tan head skirting the surface like coffee creme. Slight on retention, I get the impression that the beer's booze and barrel limits what its froth can do.

Bourbon-soaked aromas come alive with the barrel, spice, vanilla and rich caramel. Rivaling the roast elements, this ale isn't shy with any bourbon influence. But its underpinning of dark-roast coffee, burnt toffee, charred toast, roasted walnut and dark chocolate are all alive and well underneath.

To taste, the beer's high sweetness is caramel, maple, honey and simple syrup. But here comes the roast as the foundation of stout comes forth- espresso, bittersweet chocolate, walnut, toast char and a light campfire notion rises from the center. Its finish of bourbon-soaked oak, wood spice and vanilla return to a sweet and lingering finish. Echoes of fennel and oak return to the palate long after the beer has closed.

Full bodied, yet there's a certain lightness to the beer as its sweetness seems thin, perhaps being dissected by the alcohol and tannin. Its gentle creamy-sweetness give impressions of marshmallow, even as its warm and spicy finish treks onward across the palate.

The balance of this Imperial Stout is completely lost. The bourbon takes too much of a command, and much of the same happens with its sheer sweetness. But its balance is disrupted in the most wonderful of ways- allowing me to forget (or not care) about the supportive stout underneath.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 17:03:38 | More by BEERchitect
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 23:46:35 | More by skivtjerry
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 bottle with “13687” printed on the back label.

A: Shining black body with a half-inch head of beige bubbles. The thin head dissipates almost immediately, though, leaving nothing but a ring of retention along the outside. No lasting lace.

S: Rich dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla cake batter are the highlights, creating a dense, decadent character. That profile is juxtaposed with toasted coconut and wet oak – barrel tones that surround the dessert scents on all sides – which just makes this a deeper and more enjoyable nose.

T: This beer has an instant “wow” factor, pulling you in with a complex, immersive palate on first sip. Starts heavy with the taste of gourmet cocoa and caramelized brown sugar. Slowly, these expand into sweet, nuanced barrel flavors of toasted marshmallow, anise, coconut, and sweet bourbon. Some dark fruit notes begin to appear soon after – fig, mainly – marking a transition into a layer of herbal bitterness, which is where this beer ends. Finishes with catty juniper, green tea, and a bit of soapiness from hops, along with some barrel smoke and a sharp cola acidity; in other words, dry and slightly acrid.

M: Low carbonation and a light-to-medium body makes for silky – but not thick/milky – drink. It would help the dryness if there was more heft to the body, but it’s good for what it is.

O: An intense beer. As you start nearing 12 ounces down, though, the acidic nature comes out in force and diminishes the palate’s high points (that’s always a possibility with a big beer like this, unfortunately). However, the whole experience is still a net positive: with an inviting nose and a rich, expansive palate, it’s hard not to like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 22:57:24 | More by BarryMFBurton
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illeagle05

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 (13867) bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pitch black with a foamy, latte colored head that seems to linger forever. Nice lacing and head retention.

S: Milk chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla

T: Definitely hot with the bourbon starting off... sweet chocolate maltiness with some hops? bitterness with a note of vanilla in there

M: Medium to full bodied, but a bit thinner than I'm used to for this style (but not overly syrupy which I like). I like booziness but this one is a bit boozy compared to the body for my taste. Mildly carbonated.

O: Has its flaws in regards to balance of flavors, but a very good BA IS for the price. I would buy this one again as long as the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 22:42:28 | More by illeagle05
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't see a date but this says 2014 on it so it can't be that old. Just released last week.

A: Very dark brown pour. Tall, dense medium brown head. Head fades out slowly with great and expansive lacing. Excellent islands of foam too.

S: That's a lotta chocolate. Sweet milk chocolate and lots of it. Not picking up a ton of bourbon, get some toasted sugar and marshmallow somewhat. Very sweet and decadent.

T: Again, loads of sweet milk chocolate. Not as sweet as the aroma though. The sweetness also fades quickly, leaving a bittersweet baker's chocolate within a second or two. Toasted marshmallows kick in shortly after, into the finish and aftertaste. Some oak and a little mild toffee in the finish with lingering bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium-heavy with a lower carbonation. Nice and smooth.

O: A nice chocolate stout. Barely any sign of bourbon, could certainly stand a little extended aging I think to add lots more complexity. It's still nice, I'm just making suggestions to a brewer that will probably never read this (and certainly not care anyway).

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 06:54:19 | More by Dope
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 04:31:10 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says 2014.

A- Pours a fully opaque motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Heavy dark roast that's mildly sweet smelling. Notes of molasses, vanilla and dark chocolate.

T- Big rush of chocolate strikes the palate along with some caramel and vanilla. Eventually some astringent oak is detected but it's quite mild compared to some other BBA beers I've had. The alcohol is also very well-hidden.

M- Thick and chewy with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- I'm glad I didn't cellar this one since it's just fine right where it is. I've been wanting to try both this and the base beer for a while and this one did not disappoint. Though the barrel presence is quite toned down, so is the booze and I'd rather it be that way than on the other side of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:57:17 | More by Immortale25
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ksimons

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-almost black with a thick tan colored head

S-roasted malt, lots of chocolate, molasses , and sweet bourbon

T-taste is full of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and lightly roasted malt finish

M-a little on the thin side, medium carbonation, dry roasted finish

Overall a little too thin, but still very enjoyable with a delicious smell

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 22:56:56 | More by ksimons
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Greywulfken

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: translucent dark brown pour, black body in the glass; vigorous pour will kick up a few fingers of cappuccino foam

S: wet dark roasted malts and bourbon barrels; chocolate and vanilla

T: following nose deeper into roasty, chocolaty malt, more vapor of dry oak and bourbon, some caramel-edged sweetness; hints of vanilla and vague char

M: thinner than I usually like in an Imperial stout; airiness of oak barrels; slightly drying and lightening effect; smooth and slick

O: once I got past the thin body, I was really digging this beer. A very affordable bourbon barrel stout most definitely worth a buy.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 12:21:30 | More by Greywulfken
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:18:46 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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JohannBock

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter 1.5 finger, tan head. Black and opaque, no light getting through even on the edges of the glass. Not a ton of lacing throughout.

S: Super complex nose. Woody bourbon smell upfront that mixes with strong bittersweet chocolate and hints of dark fruits, raisins and figs maybe. Small whiffs of roasted malt as well.

T: Very smooth chocolate right away that stays like velvet until the finish. Followed closely by roasted malt lending a slight coffee characteristic. The end is dominated by woody, bourbon flavor and a slight alcohol sting

M: Smooth but not overly heavy. Easy to sip but if you wanted to quaff a little you could.

O: Good imperial stout, not the GOAT but still very enjoyable. Definitely recommended and a nice example of the style. Fun to see Heavy Seas getting into things like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 02:02:27 | More by JohannBock
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Shumania

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:37:45 | More by Shumania
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Brenden

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 20:41:12 | More by Brenden
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keithmurray

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle 2013 vintage

Appearance - dark mahogany color with tan head

Smell - coconut, chocolate

Taste - chocolate, coconut, vanilla, molasses,oak, bourbon

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, flavors linger for a bit on the aftertaste, sticky, not much booziness is present at all

Overall - Solid, affordable barrel aged stout. Worth a shot if you see it

Price point - $5.89/22 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 22:18:55 | More by keithmurray
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:00:38 | More by AndyAvalanche
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AtlCarl for this excellent-looking extra, & one I hadn't even heard of. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife in pre-Friday celebration. Bottle dated 2013.

The pour is black, low carbonation, excellent profile. Roast is the most prominent feature coming off the surface, with meek chocolate & bourbon notes. Really might have missed the bourbon if it weren't on the label.

Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged does a passable imitation of a liquid bar of chocolate. Dipped in bourbon; ain't nuttin' wrong wi' dat. Huge sweet malts up front come with a subtle blast - no, that's not an oxymoron - of barrel, which is more a vanilla hit & echo of heat than an overt taste of the bourbon. Chocolate is mixed in with the malts & ends up subdued as well. Finish is where the roast finally arrives, along with an blunt edge of bitterness. Lovely creaminess. Really drinkable; this one wouldn't last through a single Kobe Tai scene.

This beer is wrong. In a scene with chuck-a-brick-through-your-window barrel-aged stouts, this one oozes dignity, restraint, & quiet. Unfortunately, I like a good row. Nonetheless, a worthy stout & very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 02:35:01 | More by maximum12
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Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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