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

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Ratings: 360
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. The pour is very dark, not too viscous, has low carbonation, and produces a thin tan head. The nose is quite faint. I get some chocolate, some roasty notes, and a bit of vanilla.

The beer has a full body and the flavor is nicely balanced between sweet and roasty, though the feel is a bit thin. Flavors of brown bread and toffee up front with hints of baker's chocolate. Drinks like a nice porter. Creamy, nutty, and vanilla-like at mid-palate with some distinct alcohols arriving at the finish along with some oak, molasses, and sarsaparilla. Goes down sweet, smooth, woody, and warming. Easy drinking and not overly complex. The flavors here all seem to work well together. Nothing clashes.

I tried this beer at a beer tasting recently and decided to pick up a bottle and spend a bit more time with it. I'm glad I did, though I'm not as fond of it as I remember being at the tasting. Still, an enjoyable beer on an unseasonably cold spring afternoon. Good value at under $9 per bomber.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Lugenbeast
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of reitzbrewing
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, 2013 vintage
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours pitch black in color. Only about a collar of head, light tan head. Thought I would see more carbonation as it's not that high in ABV. Some alcohol feet. No lacing bits. Still a pretty beer for the style.

S: Nice nose on this one. Caramel and vanilla. Chocolate notes. Touch of coffee. Really getting in there some tobacco notes as well. Predominately chocolate forward as you would expect.

T: Dark chocolate bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then you get that nice meshing with the barrel character, adding some vanilla and caramel/toffee flavors into the fold. Turns it into almost a chocolate cake like flavor. Nice long finish here. Don't taste the booze, but you start to feel it during the sip.

M: Full bodied. Almost creamy and thinner than I planned.

For the $7.99 bomber price in my area, you can't beat a BA stout for that. Especially with these flavors. Good stuff.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of chubby2u
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of itchytasty
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of argock
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. 2013 printed on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Black with short 1/2-1 finger beige head with good height but average retention and pretty skimpy lacing.

S: Strong chocolate syrup aroma with a hint of bourbon and some fig/date fruitiness.

T: The flavor is not bad, but the chocolate flavor component is very strong and almost chemical-like in its intensity and character. The chocolate has a super-charged cocoa character but it lasts way too long and fades to a chalky finish. The dark malt fruitiness is balanced pretty well with the roast components. The bourbon barrel treatment is barely perceptible.

M: Pretty smooth except for the artificial chemical nature of the chocolate which lends a thinner quality to the body. The alcohol is definitely there but blends in pretty well. Medium body and the carbonation is on target.

O: A beer that is too chocolatey to the point of seemingly artificially bolstered. Maybe I am sensitive to this because my wife loved this beer. The base beer could use more character, and a touch more roast. All in all, not bad but sounds better than it is.

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ramblinwreck101
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of davey101
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 batch. 22 oz bomber purchased for an extremely reasonable $5.49. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a deep dark black body with three fingers worth of dense light tan foam. Fades away gradually but leaves behind excellent lacing with some seriously long retention. Looks great!

S - Milk chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa powder. Not getting any bourbon notes but it does smell like a nice chocolate stout.

T - Smooth milk chocolate, slightly robust malts, and a lingering sweet vanilla. Like the nose this has little to no bourbon presence...really just a faint nod towards oak on the finish. It is quite tasty though.

M - Light to medium bodied, just a tad below being creamy. Carbonation is about spot on.

O - "...aged in bourbon barrels" is the killer here. I'm getting so little bourbon presence that I'd swear its just the base beer. However this is a damn tasty and affordable stout albeit its a bit on the thin side.

Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of cheefdaddy1
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 57md
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark chocolate brown with a very thin layer of head. There is not much of a nose to this at all. The taste is definitely bourbon forward with hints of roast and chocolate. I definitely did not get the overly-chocolate notes that are described in other reviews. There is sweetness along with a touch of alcohol bite on the finish.

A good effort, but not even close to being great.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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