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

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 34
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:15:50 | More by Maxwell
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Siren Noire on Buffalo trace barrels is an imperial chocolate stout that smells fantastic and tastes pretty good.

A: Black colour and head that fades to crappy lacing. 3.5

S: Chocolate deliciousness. 5

T: Liquor and chocolate into slightly muddy aftertaste. 4

M: A little thin. 4

O: Overal, yum. The smell was the best bit. 4

Serving type: cask

08-24-2011 02:54:32 | More by vandemonian
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District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at CK for Heavy Seas night.

Pours a watery black with a thin, bubbly mocha head. Aroma is highlight of the beer, a rich, unique blend of dark fruit, bourbon, chocolate syrup and light roast. Flavor is a lot less complex, throughout the body only chocolate syrup and light malt are present but the finish begins to dry out and have a subtle warming and lingering bourbon burn. Mouthfeel is light on carbonation, smooth and thick with some bourbon warmth. One of the better Heavy Seas treatments and they've somehow managed to salvage a base beer I typically deplore with a passion.

Serving type: cask

08-18-2011 20:49:07 | More by yourefragile
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2.7/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On cask at Churchkey DC for #DCBW11

A: Black pour with a wispy bubbly white head. Not a lot of retention or lacing 3.5

S: Very light, the bourbon is certainly notable. Problem is that's all
I get. No roastiness or stout characteristics. Perhaps some vanilla 3

T: Follows the smell. Vanilla, bourbon..water. Not a lot going on 2

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation. 3

O: Disappointed. Just not enough taste 2

Serving type: cask

08-18-2011 17:10:58 | More by russwbeck
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Churchkey yesterday as part of their Heavy Seas event for DC Beer Week. Served in a snifter.

Poured a midnight black with a thin light mocha head and a nice collar throughout.

The nose brought a mild dosing of bourbon along with loads of chocolate. Bordering on Hershey syrup, though restrained by the bourbon and a bit of roast. The flavor was a letdown from there, as the bourbon didn't really come through at all. Instead, this was plenty of chocolate syrup and a touch of roasted malt. The mouthfeel made things better, with a smooth chocolate character and a bit of bourbon heat in the background. Slightly-dry finish after a full body.

Pretty well done. Something I'd certainly drink again.

Serving type: cask

08-17-2011 14:10:27 | More by Thorpe429
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