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

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329 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 32
Gots: 61 | 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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Ultra-Plinian

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-08-2013 23:03:50 | More by Ultra-Plinian
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Brenden

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

11-26-2013 20:41:12 | More by Brenden
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tweezer159

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-25-2013 04:24:27 | More by tweezer159
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-24-2013 22:53:52 | More by Chugs13
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-24-2013 19:55:09 | More by BillRoth
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keithmurray

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-12-2013 22:16:26 | More by Sonofalime
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Keffa

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-07-2013 02:31:32 | More by Keffa
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-03-2013 22:37:06 | More by woodchip
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

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

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

10-04-2013 02:35:01 | More by maximum12
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AirborneBeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-29-2013 03:48:55 | More by AirborneBeer
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bum732

Lesotho

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

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

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-28-2013 13:42:06 | More by jacewg
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jriggins6

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-19-2013 13:42:56 | More by jriggins6
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apasternak

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-16-2013 00:11:27 | More by apasternak
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StoutSlut

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-15-2013 22:33:30 | More by bcrossan
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-13-2013 05:09:46 | More by gillagorilla
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-12-2013 06:49:21 | More by DmanGTR
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redfox405

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-01-2013 03:58:50 | More by redfox405
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BrkfstOfChmpns

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

08-27-2013 22:24:34 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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SGToliver

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

08-22-2013 17:10:10 | More by SGToliver
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-20-2013 00:32:25 | More by qcbrewer
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mctizzz

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

08-18-2013 20:24:30 | More by mctizzz
Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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