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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

329 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 32
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-12-2013 21:54:41 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-12-2013 02:41:58 | More by Mattyb79
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runner440

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-11-2013 03:48:17 | More by runner440
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-11-2013 03:09:56 | More by DangerDawg
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

02-10-2013 23:06:30 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-10-2013 03:23:16 | More by HamGlade10
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-10-2013 00:48:47 | More by PEIhop
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napier51

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-09-2013 23:40:11 | More by napier51
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-09-2013 13:41:14 | More by BeerThursdays
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MordorMongo


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-09-2013 03:24:26 | More by MordorMongo
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Colosdog

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-08-2013 03:52:34 | More by Colosdog
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-03-2013 06:24:16 | More by aasher
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jsteele

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2013 22:40:11 | More by jsteele
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

The beer pours a big old stout black with a nice little sand dune tan head that whiffs away quickly to leave a scrim. The lacing that the beer leaves is thin but sheet-like and wide spread, leaving a nice sticky webbing on the glass, and the beer does leave faint legs when it is swirled up the sides of the glass. The beer’s body is practically impenetrable to the eye, though there are lighter brown patches on the side of the glass that remind me of light roast coffee. The black color of the beer is a tad lighter than other imperial stouts, but the beer seems free of particles. On the nose, this beer smells big, but well balanced and controlled. Boozy sweet bourbon is there in the nose, but is not oppressive like some other bourbon barrel-aged beers can be. The chocolate is rich and complex, hinting at cocoa then milk chocolate and then back to cocoa. There is very little in terms of roasted malt character in the nose, though some light caramel notes do come through. The chocolate, however, is the star of the smell, and is rich and layered, which says very good things about what this beer has to offer. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly of cocoa and milk chocolate with a nice light touch of boozy bourbon and roasted malt. The beer begins with slightly bitter chocolate, which mellows and molds into cocoa powder and milk chocolate as it oozes through the mouth followed by light notes of vanilla from the wood, and then the sweet cloying bourbon makes a light peak in flavor, before being bumped aside by late blooming roasted malts that were not present in the nose, and give a nice light note of char. The aftertaste is light with vanilla and faint hints of chocolate. On the mouth the beer is velvety smooth, sitting on the tongue as medium to heavy in the body. The mouth is left clean with just a little bit of dryness from the roast, and some saliva along the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a beautifully delicious chocolate beer. It is lighter in the bourbon barrel notes, though still quite strong with vanilla, but I think this works excellently in this beer. The chocolate and vanilla are the big flavors here, and everything else is on the lighter side, but it works beautifully. This beer is delicious. Try it.

02-02-2013 03:15:50 | More by Maxwell
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-01-2013 18:42:25 | More by AngusOg
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-01-2013 01:00:15 | More by randylangford
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-31-2013 23:57:16 | More by Imstillthegman
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yeti123

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-28-2013 02:49:17 | More by yeti123
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Lob

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-28-2013 01:46:23 | More by Lob
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-26-2013 06:41:23 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-26-2013 02:33:24 | More by mendvicdog
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours dark black, small amount of tan head. After letting it warm for 15 or so minutes, chocolate was the dominate aroma. I know its weird, but I actually didnt want to stop smelling this beer as other notes were really trying to break out. You could smell the alcohol after a while, with slight vanilla presence. Alcohol was fairly well hidden and the taste was once again mostly chocolate. Bourbon barrel presence is light, but still there, and I would say that this is more complex than the regular Siren Noire. Probably wont have any more this year, but will buy one to see how it does after a year. Even if there is no change, this is still an enjoyable beer.

01-26-2013 02:26:12 | More by ericlawton007
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chuckdye


5/5  rDev +20.8%

04-24-2012 17:32:20 | More by chuckdye
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-26-2012 17:57:38 | More by brez8791
Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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