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

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 31
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
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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 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.

argock, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

xdefeatsy, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of ramblinwreck101
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ramblinwreck101, Mar 11, 2013
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.

oberon, Mar 08, 2013
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.

DavoleBomb, Mar 08, 2013
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.

davey101, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

UNCCTDawg, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Lynn, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of cheefdaddy1
4/5  rDev -3.4%

cheefdaddy1, Mar 05, 2013
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.

57md, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mdaschaf, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jjcote, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Maltmaiden
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: very dark brown. Thin head that keeps a ring til the end.

S: Lots of chocolate right off the bat. Warm burbon coming through, not too much though. Roasted malt. light fig. light alcohol.

T: Really big milk chocolate. The bourbon just rounds out the sweetness and deepens the flavor. Very well balanced. Delicious. Like chocolate milk with bourbon...or bailey's. Very round taste.

M: It looked deceptively when I poured it because it definitely has a creamy body. Velvety.

O: Holy shit this is delicious. I will buy more of this for sure and will definitely look for it on tap. Must have!

Maltmaiden, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

CaptDavyJones, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Rekrule, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of roywilliams
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

roywilliams, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

duceswild, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thecheapies, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of fehrminator
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

fehrminator, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

ThisWangsChung, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mscudder, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of CManuel
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

CManuel, Feb 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

flyersfan900, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Axnjxn, Feb 21, 2013
Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
92 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.