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

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BA SCORE
92
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406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 39
Gots: 83 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-17-2011

Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very glad to pick this up for just 9 bucks at the giant eagle on RT 8. ALSO my 1,600th review!

A - Head has now a thick lace ring but I did get a solid inch of deep mocha head upon pouring Color is a pitch black brown with no light even escaping at the base of my pub glass.
S - I could tell the bourbon aging has greatly crippled the intense chocolate smells of the base of the beer but the bourbon is faint which is appreciated since these guys can somewhat overdo the bourbon aspect. Caramel and toffee sweetness with a distinct vanilla character is noted along side of just faint cocoa nibs.
T - Just enough barrel to make an impact and it really does cut the edge of the fudgey chocolate sweetness the base beer had. Not sure if I liked this better but it's balanced enough to taste oak, vanilla, and some caramel flavors from the barrel. Has enough roast to keep it in balance, A pretty tasty stout.
M - Has a medium to heavy body not too bozzy to inhibit sipping so this is a very easy going stout.

Overall I do love a good balanced beer and appreciate the work that went into this but I think I prefer the sweeter chocolate imperial stout base beer for intense cocoa nib flavor.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Rast
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber as the Michigan Wolverines assert themselves against No. 1 Louisville in the 75th NCAA men's basketball championship.

Let's begin with the description on the bottle: "Imperial Stout Brewed with Chocolate and aged in Bourbon Barrels." Questionable capitalization, but certainly a description tailor-made for the tastes and standards of the average Beer Advocate reviewer, among whom I'm counted. No disappointment here: pours a deep, tootsie-roll brown with a thick head and lovely lacing. Nose is chocolate love and roasty stout coffee yum. Tastes wonderful, not overwhelmingly chocolate like some stouts I've sipped. Rich, rich, rich malt blends well with the chocolate roastiness. Smooth rich mouthfeel.

As inviting as the "sirens" who used to invite us over to their haus after men's Bible study in college. Heavy Seas may have found their niche in the outstanding stout universe.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Meerkey
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Thin, beige head. Very dark umber/black. Nice.

S: Delicious -- coffee and chocolate and smooth vanilla. Roasted malts. Little hint of bourbon. Very velvety smell.

T: Tasty, though not super interesting. A lot of coffee and chocolate notes. Taste echoes the smell pretty well. Hint of bitterness in aftertaste.

M: Nice, though a tad lackluster. Smooth, some carbonation, but doesn't pack a punch.

O: Based on appearance and smell I thought this would be better. It's good, but there's definitely something missing in the taste and mouthfeel to really make it stand out. Very smooth, but kind of boring. I'm not sure if I'd buy another.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This came highly recommended by Sammi at Saveon. It lives up to the expectation - a beer that is like an aperitif. This beer has a lot of good going on.

It opens with a bit of aroma and a dark color that yields not enough head. It sits there though and continues to produce a few very fine bubbles.

The taste is immediately big. It is sweet and very chocolaty. Under that is a bunch of bitter too, so it is like dark chocolate.

The aftertaste is very pleasant. Again, sweet chocolate is up front. The boozy taste comes a little after, but it is extremely well disguised.

I would consider this again, but it is pretty darn sweet.

Photo of Chrysostom
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As always, I review (mostly) to style (ala BJCP), modified (a bit, not too much) by personal taste (contra BJCP), or else certain beers, which are excellent exemplars of styles I do not prefer, would receive consistently lower marks than beers which are poor exemplars of my favourite styles.

I know nothing about the company that brewed this. I've never heard of them before. I know nothing about the beer. I thought it was a stout, didn't know it was chocolate.

As always, this beer is reviewed live, and not from notes.

Without further ado, a review.

Presentation: 22 fl oz crown capped bottle, vintage 2013, poured in to a Samuel Adams' nonic imperial pint glass with some tulip characteristics. Price was something like $8 or $9, the bottle didn't have a label on it (I got it straight from a case after a beer tasting). Poured at 45ºF. I got distracted: it's at least 60ºF now that I'm drinking it and reviewing it.

A: Pitch black engine oil without even the hint of highlights. Dark even for an Imperial Stout. Three-finger head, fluffy and slightly rocky, which recedes pretty slowly to leave a cap upon the face of the beer, leaving a trail of thick, heavy lacing in its wake (not as much as Young's Double Chocolate, but lots of lace nevertheless).

S: Roast coffee beans, chocolate and vanilla, some alcohol and bourbon, which gives some odd dark-fruit smells which are weirdly reminiscent of a Trappist or Belgian Strong Dark. The bourbon, chocolate, and roast aromas pull together well, and achieve a very nice balance. Good smell for the Imperial Chocolate Stout style, a bit sweet-smelling for Imperial Stout.

T: Heavy roasted flavours, quite sweet, with a notable note of powdered bitter baker's chocolate/cocoa (which is definitely present, especially on the finish, but not overpowering, like the chocolate is in Rogue's Chocolate and Double Chocolate stouts). This still savours of beer, and not of alcoholic chocolate drink like Rogue's beverages. As the beer achieves room temperature, the is a very noticeable but subdued flavour of bourbon present from front-palate to the finish. Strong malt backbone, some bitter roasted and hop character is asserted in the finish along with the baker's chocolate. No alcohol, or very little alcohol, is present upon the palate.

M: Medium-bodied, which is surprising. It pours, tastes, and smells thicker than it is. Low carbonation, which, again, is surprising, given the large head on my initial pour. Quite creamy, as is to be expected from a low-carbonation imperial stout.

D: Low, for me. Too sweet and chocolaty.

O: A good beer which is an excellent example of the Imperial Chocolate Stout. If you like Chocolate Stouts, try this - you'll think of it more highly than I did. It's still good, but, as mentioned above, too sweet for my tastes - I'm not a fan of beers brewed with chocolate/coffee (I absolutely refuse to drink coffee, ever, in any situation, like a twelve-stepper avoids alcohol, and don't eat chocolate outside of Reese Peanut Butter Cup candies) - but some are. If you are, you're in for a treat.

To Imperial Stout style: 72/100

To Imperial Chocolate Stout style: 96/100

To taste: 59/100.

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.79/5  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 -2.9%
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%
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.

Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
92 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.