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

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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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Photo of brewtus


4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter
A- pours black with a nice half finger dense tan head
S- Dark chocolate, bourbon, some dark fruit, slightly boozy, some cinnomon
T-/M starts with a milky chocolate, leads into very well balanced oakey bourbon, finishes with dark chocolate notes, some vanilla, just slightly sweet.texture is perfect. Alcohol is hidden very well.
O- sooo delicious, a great desert beer, no one flavor dominates, they all work together so well. Ill have to grab another one of these while I can find them.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:20:01 | More by brewtus
Photo of HarryPotHead


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

ST - from 22 oz bomber into Nonic pint glass.

A - opaque and nearly jet black with a 2 finger khaki head and sticky lace to the bottom of the glass.

S - expected something much bigger / stronger, but it just wasn't there. Not bad....definitely not off putting, just not strong enough.

T - nice chocolate and smokey coffee overtones with hints of raspberry currant. I've not had the chance to enjoy many chocolate stouts but there is more chocolate in this one than any of the others I've had. #justright

M - I tend to judge mouthfeel "through the head" and this was terrific! Thick and frothy up front but smooth and silky going down. #awesome

O - by the time I polished this off I had a nice buzz on! High ABV is masked so well I was able to down this bomber in no time. This is a fine offering from Heavy Seas. Very drinkable with tons of flavor. Not overly complex, but no slouch ether. Cheers [ii]D

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:22:16 | More by HarryPotHead
Photo of pathman


4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-16-2013 19:28:06 | More by pathman
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-16-2013 18:42:56 | More by osupuck19
Photo of larryi86


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, 2013, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger light khaki head.

S- Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts.

T- Follows the nose and even a little better. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, some roasted coffee, some oak, good balance not too sweet or too hot.

M- Smooth, medium body, kind of creamy.

O- At under $9 a bottle this is worth picking up. A good amount of bourbon, but can be slightly harsh at times.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 04:01:57 | More by larryi86
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013

A: Pours into the glass appearing black with a 1.5 finger light khaki head. Leaves some thick lacing. Light gets through about 1/8".

S: Dark fruits seem to dominate the aroma. Some vanilla from the barrel. Does have metallic qualities to it. Of course there is bourbon, dont worry :-) Does have a nice sweet character of vanilla as it warms then when swirled more of the dark fruit comes out.

T: Very balanced and mellow brew considering the flavor profile. It doesnt overpower you but still has strong bourbon, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Dark fruits get through as well. Alcohol comes through on the backend.

M: Very smooth velvety mouthfeel. Really creamy and pleasant to sip on. Certainly a warming beer but overall not too hot.

Overall another great barrel aged brew from Heavy Seas. These guys know how to do it right, this may be one of the more mild variants but still a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:53:11 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 23:02:24 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


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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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black with a small brown head fading quickly. Little to no lacing.

Big chocolate aroma with a little bit of vanilla creating a milk chocolate smell. A little oak and bourbon but it's in the background.

Big on chocolate flavor as well. Not a ton of roast in this one as it's on the sweeter side which is nicely balanced by the barrel. Not a ton of bourbon presence, but enough to cut the sweetness and add some good vanilla notes to the beer. Had a piece of Dove dark chocolate with this and it was the perfect pairing.

Medium bodied with low carbonation levels.

Pleasantly surprised by this. I prefer my barrel aged stouts to have a little more bourbon presence and the carbonation was a bit low even for the style. Despite those minor issues still a good beer and at only $8.49 for a bomber, a great price point as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 19:04:34 | More by jmarsh123
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-14-2013 02:32:08 | More by GrindFatherBob
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-14-2013 01:18:27 | More by CGMLS3
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - dark like a stout should be and the pour wells up a thin light brown head that disappears quickly

S - chocolate is the first aroma to hit, a deeper inhalation reveals vanilla oakiness, some bourbon in the finish

T - exquisite chocolate, big milk chocolate flavors. The finish is a bit forced, a flash of bourbon around some lactic sourness and a smooth vanilla finish

M&D&O - smooth start and finish, with a harsh middle, overall a decent beer, but not among the best bourbon barrel aged stouts, its no KtG or Dark Lord, but it holds its own

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 23:20:04 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of dbc5


3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

02-13-2013 20:50:42 | More by dbc5
Photo of Bung


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:38:10 | More by Bung
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-12-2013 21:54:41 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

02-12-2013 02:41:58 | More by Mattyb79
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-11-2013 03:48:17 | More by runner440
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

02-11-2013 03:09:56 | More by DangerDawg
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: very dark brown. Ruby highlights show up when the glass is put to direct light.Light mocha head and sparse lacing.
smell: wow, chocolate to be sure, but a lot more happening. The added vanilla beans make a nice showing. As the HS site says, the Mt. Hood hops give it a fruity addition.
taste: All the tastes the nose has. Not quite the wow factor but quite good.
mouthfeel: just a bit thin for an imp stout.
overall: As a whole this is an exceptional brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:06:30 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-10-2013 03:23:16 | More by HamGlade10
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-10-2013 00:48:47 | More by PEIhop
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-09-2013 23:40:11 | More by napier51
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-09-2013 03:24:26 | More by MordorMongo
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