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

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 474
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

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-17-2011

Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Churchkey yesterday as part of their Heavy Seas event for DC Beer Week. Served in a snifter.

Poured a midnight black with a thin light mocha head and a nice collar throughout.

The nose brought a mild dosing of bourbon along with loads of chocolate. Bordering on Hershey syrup, though restrained by the bourbon and a bit of roast. The flavor was a letdown from there, as the bourbon didn't really come through at all. Instead, this was plenty of chocolate syrup and a touch of roasted malt. The mouthfeel made things better, with a smooth chocolate character and a bit of bourbon heat in the background. Slightly-dry finish after a full body.

Pretty well done. Something I'd certainly drink again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured nearly jet black except for a tinge reddish brown at the bottom of the glass when held to the light,a thin deep tan head atop.Chocolate stands out most in the nose along with dark roast coffee,the bourbon is much more low key and is not ove rbearing like way to many barrel aged stouts.Smooth with light carbonation in the mouth,it's way to easy and smooth going down.Chocolate and dark roast coffee start out the flavor profile,a nice drying earthiness stands out as well,the bourbon again is only one component that stands out instead of a dominating flavor presence.This is a nice barrel aged imperial stout,smooth and just enough flavor,nice job.

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

11 ounce pour - Taco Mac in East Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a near black body with a lasting half-inch of tan-hued foam.

Smell: Presents a nice scent of chocolate milk atop well-behaved roasted notes (and some underlying charry toast). Slight fruit hints. Decent bourbon barrel character adding to the festivities.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts presents a taste of black coffee dosed with a dollop of rich, melted semi-sweet chocolates and cocoa powder. Medium sweetness overall. A fruitiness, hinting at raspberry, slips in with a small sip of prune juice. The roastiness receives a noted bump midway and joins in with slight bitterness. Hint of alcohol warmth, then it’s off to the semi-dry, halfway chocolaty, halfway roasty finish, with that small dark fruitiness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-carbonation.

Overall: Fairly nice. I thought Siren Noire was one of their better beers, so, giving it a bourbon barrel edge to it was a welcome addition.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/10/13 at Doherty’s East Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, some chocolate, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Then a very hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very faint but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful stout to drink for a long time.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at CK for Heavy Seas night.

Pours a watery black with a thin, bubbly mocha head. Aroma is highlight of the beer, a rich, unique blend of dark fruit, bourbon, chocolate syrup and light roast. Flavor is a lot less complex, throughout the body only chocolate syrup and light malt are present but the finish begins to dry out and have a subtle warming and lingering bourbon burn. Mouthfeel is light on carbonation, smooth and thick with some bourbon warmth. One of the better Heavy Seas treatments and they've somehow managed to salvage a base beer I typically deplore with a passion.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas : Bourbon Barrel aged Siren Noire Chocolate Stout

LOOK: Pours a oil slick black with a dark brown cap. Appears like an imperial stout with some strength and deeply roasted malt behind it.

SMELL: Opens up softly with chocolate and oak induced vanilla. A bit of smoke comes out as well as some dry wood.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some cocoa upfront. Oaky with a pleasant mild smokey bourbon. Cocoa and char, bittersweet flavor with a barrel aged dryness. Hops are faint and earthy. diggin the finish of oak, bourbon, coffee, vanilla and of course chocolates. Pretty decent!

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, oaky and semi-dry. Not a bad feel but surprisingly light, given the strength.

OVERALL: I dug this beer. I kind of figured I would because who doesn't like imperial stouts, bourbon and chocolate? I would have this again sometime, along with a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of corby112
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep dark brown almost black with a nice one finger mocha head that fades to leave a light blanket and thin halo.

S - Nice aromas of caramel, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and faint bourbon. Alcohol is hidden nicely, light chocolate malt too.

T - Like the nose nice caramel and vanilla notes here. Good barrel as well. Bourbon is faint but clear and distinct. Well rounded chocolate as well, not too sweet. Very tasty.

M - A bit on the thinner side. Only weakness of this beer is the lack of a full, thick, chewy mouthfeel.

O - Overall though this is a damn fine barrel aged stout. I've seen this on the shelves locally and at $9 or so bucks for the bomber its a damn good purchase. Very well executed.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing were both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and some caramel. It tastes like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted and burnt/charred malt, bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. Taste is a little more bitter in comparison to the aroma which I thought was sweeter. The bourbon isn't overpowering at all, but still noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with good carbonation. I liked this brew, it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very glad to pick this up for just 9 bucks at the giant eagle on RT 8. ALSO my 1,600th review!

A - Head has now a thick lace ring but I did get a solid inch of deep mocha head upon pouring Color is a pitch black brown with no light even escaping at the base of my pub glass.
S - I could tell the bourbon aging has greatly crippled the intense chocolate smells of the base of the beer but the bourbon is faint which is appreciated since these guys can somewhat overdo the bourbon aspect. Caramel and toffee sweetness with a distinct vanilla character is noted along side of just faint cocoa nibs.
T - Just enough barrel to make an impact and it really does cut the edge of the fudgey chocolate sweetness the base beer had. Not sure if I liked this better but it's balanced enough to taste oak, vanilla, and some caramel flavors from the barrel. Has enough roast to keep it in balance, A pretty tasty stout.
M - Has a medium to heavy body not too bozzy to inhibit sipping so this is a very easy going stout.

Overall I do love a good balanced beer and appreciate the work that went into this but I think I prefer the sweeter chocolate imperial stout base beer for intense cocoa nib flavor.

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

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates.

Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roast malt form the initial aroma, with nutty, toasted malt and figs adding intrigue. Malted milk balls and oak surface late.

Bourbon dominates the flavor, which becomes roasty, chocolatey, and slightly coffee bitter in the finish. Fairly sweet throughout, it's a very decadent beer that's balanced nicely in the toasty, dry finish. Dark fruit notes of dates and prunes emerge.

Body is full, with minimal carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Bourbon is a little over the top, but the chocolatey notes make the base beer more pleasing to my palate than the typical roast dominant stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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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 Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  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.

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Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. Your essentially black pour, thin layer of light tan head. Retained quite well.

Aroma, very large chocolate, descent roast malt. Some caramel and peat. Lighter anise and coffee.

Taste, Milk like chocolate, caramel and a nice bourbon barrel present up front. Some peat and heat. Light near burnt toffee, lighter coffee.

The carb is just a little high on this medium bodied stout. Also a little heat, but not overly so. A nice sipper. Worth trying.

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

In a tulip glass this beer was a black color with a minimal amount of hesd. There were specks of lace.

Mostly a roasted malt aroma. A lot of coffee. Some dark fruit.

Nice taste. Coffee and chocolate. Raisin. A little vanilla.

Very smooth and drinkable. You can't detect the alcohol.

Nice beer.

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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 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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Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Near black pour, tan head of a finger. Nice lace.

Heavy chocolate aroma with roast, light coffee, distant vanilla and bourbon.

Taste was heavy on the chocolate to. Distant as well of the barrel notes, and a nice roasted woody flavor.

Felt nice and creamy, full bodied.

Not heavy on the bourbon barrel, but its definitely a nice chocolate stout.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured inot a perfect pint. $7.99 for a bourbon barrel aged brew is one hell of a deal, especially given the $10 non-barrel stout I had a few hours ago. 2013 vintage.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is about average for the ABV and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

4.5 S: The bourbon isn't very strong in this one, but it's no problem. In fact, it's wonderful the way it is. Plentiful cocoa nibs and vanilla run the show. I'm really surprised at how much vanilla came out of the barrels. I read the bottle text to discover that no vanilla beans were used. There's a light leathery bourbon underneath which cannot be considered anything but complementary. Mild supple roastiness with a faint booziness, caramel, and coffee.

3.75 T: Taste is like the nose, but it isn't as vibrant. Still, it's a damn tasty beer. Chocolate and vanilla are out front again. Coffee, caramel, roast come next. Lightly boozy with leathery bourbon.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate caronation. Lightly creamy and supremely smooth.

3.75 D: Good beer that is cheap enough to buy many times.

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