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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

333 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 33
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

CGMLS3, Feb 14, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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

sinstaineddemon, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

dbc5, Feb 13, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Bung, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

TrickkyGangsta, Feb 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Mattyb79, Feb 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

runner440, Feb 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

DangerDawg, Feb 11, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Feb 10, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Maxwell, Feb 02, 2013
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Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
92 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.