Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.1/5 rDev -1%
2013 Siren Noire. Poured into snifters.
Pours black with no other color. The head formed about 1/3". Foam is dark tan in color. Sputtered away in less than a minute. Looked nice coming out of the bottle.
Dark chocolate notes are liquory and semi-sweet. A sweeter bourbon note penetrates right after. Light corn whiskey with hints of butterscotch. Malts are pretty roasty, but I'm not picking up on any real imposing bitterness or char just yet. Light coffee aromas, too.
In the taste, the cocoa is sweeter and decadent and the whiskey is drier and woodier. A lot of oak pouring through on the palate with dark chocolate bar, vanilla extract, and roast bitterness. The char is here, too, and implies a very light smokiness just beneath the surface. Slight surge of alcohol spice emerges, and then falls gently. It's a humble reminder that I'm drinking a big stout. In the vain of bourbon barrel-aged stouts, it's a tad attenuated. Still very delicious with milky notes that an imperial milk stout would reveal. Not super complex, but the subtleness and lightly smoky quality of the whiskey impresses. A semi-woody and very "black chocolate" imperial stout without the staunchness of dark grain or breadiness or estery fruits. Just a dose of warming oomph, decadent chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla, and sweeter American oakiness.
Drinks nearly full-bodied with some spicy afterburn accentuated by a medium sudsy carbonation. Certaintly, well-contained in strength, seemingly.
Not knock-out good, but damn fine in its own right. Probably the best beer I've tasted from Heavy Seas. I'm snagging another bottle upon next opportunity.
02-25-2013 04:43:48 | More by thecheapies
3.81/5 rDev -8%
22 oz bottle poured into a plastic cup. Yeah. Keep in mind I had this one JUST after sampling some BCBS.
A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color that isn't particularly thick looking. The head is a less-than-one finger khaki shade. Obviously the retention won't be particularly good, but it at least tries to leave nice lacing on the cup.
S: Whilst it's very good, it's not as gorgeously rich as I expected. There's some subtle chocolate, mocha, licorice, and vanilla. One has to REALLY concentrate to find the bourbon - but it's there...I suppose.
T: Quite sweet. I like the dark chocolate in the midtaste, before it becomes a combination of mocha and bittersweet vanilla. I didn't expect much depth, but there is a nice bit of subtle complexity to it.
M: This seems a bit thin to me. The aftertaste is a little less sweet than I expected (but, it's still dessert in a glass) and almost comes off like an imperial porter due to the lack of creamy and roasty qualities. It's carbonated finely.
O: It's a damn shame this had to follow BCBS, because this is still quite good as a dessert beer. I'd compare it favorably to Ballast Point's Victory at Sea - a sweet, vanilla-and-chocolate laden offering that fits the cold, nasty Maryland day to a tee. It could have really used more bourbon presence, though.
02-23-2013 20:04:13 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
02-23-2013 17:34:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.14/5 rDev 0%
Pours a deep black with a minimal head, some ruby highlights present. Aroma is strong bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Chocolate is the most present flavor to me, followed by bourbon and vanilla notes. Not a bad beer at all. It's not really all that complex, and I admire it for that. Solid!
02-22-2013 02:47:34 | More by CManuel
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
22 oz bottle from Ned's.
Appearance: Its black, but pours a little thin, and has some ruby highlughts. The head and lacing are decent.
Smell: Lots of rich chocolate aroma and bourbony vanilla notes. Very sweet, with minimal roasty aromas. No detectable alcohol-- none.
Taste: Again, lots of chocolate and vanilla. There is a bit more roasty flavor than smell with some coffee-like flavors and a touch of bitterness near the end, which actually identifies this as a stout instead of a melted hot fudge sundae.
Mouthfeel: Very soft and smooth, but a bit on the thin side. It could use a bit more carbonation too.
Overall: This is OK. Its a really sweet, chocolatey beverage, but its not much like a beer, and very little like an imperial stout. Less chocolate, more roast, more bourbon please.
02-21-2013 02:13:15 | More by rapidsequence
4.64/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
02-17-2013 03:20:01 | More by brewtus
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
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
02-17-2013 00:22:16 | More by HarryPotHead
4.18/5 rDev +1%
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.
02-16-2013 04:01:57 | More by larryi86
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
02-16-2013 01:53:11 | More by CloudStrife
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
02-15-2013 23:02:24 | More by lordofthewiens
3.03/5 rDev -26.8%
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.
02-15-2013 03:49:11 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3.85/5 rDev -7%
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.
02-14-2013 19:04:34 | More by jmarsh123
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
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
02-13-2013 23:20:04 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
02-13-2013 02:38:10 | More by Bung
Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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