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

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 33
Gots: 62 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

RummyRedbeard, May 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Monkeypuker, May 03, 2014
Photo of Gmann
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a fairly tight toasted khaki colored head. Settles quickly into a small cap.

The aroma is of a lovely caramel and vanilla. Candy bar quality. Nice chocolate from the nibs as well. A slight bourbon note. Seriously, nice candy bar aromas.

The taste is of a light roast with a big caramel sweetness that brings along some vanilla. Subtle milk chocolate flavors mix their way through. Some dark bitter chocolate as well. The bourbon is very subtle; hides itself well with the vanilla notes.

The feel is light to moderate, a bit underwhelming for a stout. The carbonation is a tad fizzy. Quite sweet on the palate but has enough of a roasty bitter offset. A touch sticky in the finish.

A very tasty stout. Not a bourbon bomb by any means; it is actually kind of light in that department. I really dig the chocolate, vanilla, and caramel notes. Not too strong and the play well together.

Gmann, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of hops202
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage bottle poured into an ommegang snifter.

Pours a deep black with khaki head - not incredibly viscous. Smell is good, but nothing too overpowering - certainly smells tasty but nothing striking here. Taste is good as well. I was pleasantly surprised by this - lots of chocolate, roast, creamy mouthfeel even at the low ABV (for a BBA stout). Not too much bourbon, would have preffered a little more. Roast and slight bitterness on the finish.

hops202, Apr 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

cackalacky, Apr 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Shnanign, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Sarge3130, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bcsbeer, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Gregvg, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JimmyFlatRock, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, light bourbon, herbal, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, chocolate, and moderate barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, light dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, light dark fruit, herbal, and roast/oaky earthiness. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, chocolate, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, chocolate, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

glf60, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Apr 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

lilsmizzul1225, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Blaze5445, Apr 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with some brown hues and light getting through; small tan head that fades very fast and leaves solid retention and little lacing. Smells good. The aromas are loaded with dark chocolate and bourbon. Some toffee and and butterscotch along with some dark fruits. Some vanilla giving it a chocolate chip cookie vibe. Cocoa and caramel malts are there. Some oak/wood. The aromas aren't aggressive, but they're very enjoyable. The flavors start off intense, but really mellow out the more you drink it. It starts off with tons of bitter dark chocolate. Lots of coffee too adding to the bitterness. Very roasty. I'm picking up the raisins. The oak/wood is present. The bourbon is clearly there, but it's not over the top. There is an extremely subtle warmth in the finish. The alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Just a kiss of booze. It's pretty easy to drink. The mouthfeel is pretty light and has a ton of carbonation, maybe too much. It's still pretty smooth and is easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid BBA stout. It's not something that blew me away, but it was pretty fun to drink. It feels flawed at times, but still remains enjoyable.

BB1313, Apr 01, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a khaki head

S - Milk chocolate and oak. The bourbon is very slight which is disappointing.

T - Same as the smell. It's like they melted a milk chocolate bar and added a drop of bourbon. I will say that it is very smooth with no alcohol sting.

M - Not very thick for an imperial stout

O - Enjoyable. While it is a smooth-drinking stout, I wished there was more bourbon barrel character to it.

ThrewRedButter, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

calcnerd, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 22oz snifter; black as night with a small fizzy tan head that fades quickly leaving some patchy foam on top.
Smells like a good BBA stout; bourbon, coffee, chocolate, toffee/caramel sweetness.
Tastes pretty standard; a bit unbalanced though. The bourbon flavor keeps thinning out into an odd fake vanilla flavor at the end, and there isn't really much coffee/chocolate in the malt to support anything. Might be too cold yet...it does get better as it warms. The coffee and chocolate come out a lot better, but there's still no avoiding that sickly-sweet weird faux-vanilla aftertaste. Eh well. 20oz to go...
Mouthfeel is big and slick.
Overall, besides the off flavor, this is a pretty good BA stout. Nothing amazing, bit unbalanced, but pretty good.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Mar 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Icedogs, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

mpayne5, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

CoachWOHS, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Rimbimhoot, Mar 22, 2014
Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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