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

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 468
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 46
Gots: 102 | FT: 3
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 08-17-2011

Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.
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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle 2013 vintage

Appearance - dark mahogany color with tan head

Smell - coconut, chocolate

Taste - chocolate, coconut, vanilla, molasses,oak, bourbon

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, flavors linger for a bit on the aftertaste, sticky, not much booziness is present at all

Overall - Solid, affordable barrel aged stout. Worth a shot if you see it

Price point - $5.89/22 oz bottle (407 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.86/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary snifter glass. Liquid comes out a cola brown during the pour and a dark brown that approaches black when it pools its way into the glass. Dark tan colored head with for the most part pretty small bubbles, thick head that will erupt over the glass if you're not careful. Head stays around for a little bit but eventually leaves a thin ring around the edge of the glass. A little lacing, but not a ton.

Smell is a few steps beyond outstanding. Not very complex, pretty mud straight to the point. Heavy notes of more sweet than bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Well balanced and meshed together nice. Nothing not to like about this.

Taste is perfect, and like the smell, it doesn't disguise anything, it's again right to the point. Again it's slightly more sweet than bitter. Chocolate comes out, somewhere between a dark milk chocolate and a dark cocoa flavor. There's also some nice earthy oak, huge hints of vanilla, some sweet yet sharp bourbon and then some caramel that was slightly burned in a saucepan. Really great tasting beers, one of the best barrel aged stouts on the market.

Mouthfeel is really good, the flavor lingers, so full bodied in my opinion. It's got a decent carbonation level. Not too smooth, but smooth enough while maintaining an earthy after bite. However, the after bite isn't too bad and even though it's barrel aged, the bourbon isn't too hot here, more of a steady mild. Nice and drinkable, a nice sipper, bot goes away pretty quickly. Worth sharing but any stout lover can polish this one off in an evening. A great beer.

My buddy and I loved this at the Extreme Beer Fest a few years ago. Loved it on tap then and love it in the bottle now. Great beer all around. (1,770 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AtlCarl for this excellent-looking extra, & one I hadn't even heard of. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife in pre-Friday celebration. Bottle dated 2013.

The pour is black, low carbonation, excellent profile. Roast is the most prominent feature coming off the surface, with meek chocolate & bourbon notes. Really might have missed the bourbon if it weren't on the label.

Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged does a passable imitation of a liquid bar of chocolate. Dipped in bourbon; ain't nuttin' wrong wi' dat. Huge sweet malts up front come with a subtle blast - no, that's not an oxymoron - of barrel, which is more a vanilla hit & echo of heat than an overt taste of the bourbon. Chocolate is mixed in with the malts & ends up subdued as well. Finish is where the roast finally arrives, along with an blunt edge of bitterness. Lovely creaminess. Really drinkable; this one wouldn't last through a single Kobe Tai scene.

This beer is wrong. In a scene with chuck-a-brick-through-your-window barrel-aged stouts, this one oozes dignity, restraint, & quiet. Unfortunately, I like a good row. Nonetheless, a worthy stout & very good beer. (1,172 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S: Big, milk chocolate notes, faint hints of bourbon, touch of oak, some roasty

L: Jet black, viscous, tan creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Chocolate sweetness up front with some slight coffee notes. Medium low bitterness with some bourbon oak following.Not super malty, chocolate dominates. Touch of coffee roastiness into the finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation.

Not bad, great nose, but taste lacks. Fairly low body and not malty at all. (465 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/10/13 at Doherty’s East Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, some chocolate, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Then a very hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very faint but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid flavorful stout to drink for a long time. (827 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 7.99. 2013 release that I've been sitting on since January, I think. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours black with almost two fingers of dense pale tan head that lingers. Head eventually settles to a halo and wispy clouds on the surface that leave small islands of lace on the glass.

Smells sweet and rich with milk chocolate, vanilla and creamed coffee.

Taste is quite nice. A rich, smooth blend of chocolate, vanilla, soft but flavorful bourbon, roast malts, oak, burnt caramel and molasses. A little booze bite towards the end but it is quite well integrated within those layers of flavor.

Medium full and creamy body with subtle yet present carbonation. Sweet bourbon chocolate truffle finish.

I've always enjoyed the base Siren Noire but this is so much better! Rich, smooth and creamy with very a satisfying blend of flavors. Heavy Seas has been doing a great job on the Uncharted Waters series this year. All three that I've tried so far have been an outstanding value (at under ten bucks for quality barrel aged beer) and certainly worth a try. It won't blow your mind but this is solid work. I wish I had a couple more. (1,181 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger mocha colored head that slowly settles
S: Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon. Very complex and smells great
T: Matches the smell. Like liquid chocolate with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Nice roasted malt, a bit of burnt caramel & just a kiss of hops. Very comples & tasty
M: Medium to full-bodied, smooth
O: This is a very well made, tasty beer; I wish I had more than one bottle (457 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing were both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and some caramel. It tastes like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted and burnt/charred malt, bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. Taste is a little more bitter in comparison to the aroma which I thought was sweeter. The bourbon isn't overpowering at all, but still noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with good carbonation. I liked this brew, it's definitely worth a try. (640 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas : Bourbon Barrel aged Siren Noire Chocolate Stout

LOOK: Pours a oil slick black with a dark brown cap. Appears like an imperial stout with some strength and deeply roasted malt behind it.

SMELL: Opens up softly with chocolate and oak induced vanilla. A bit of smoke comes out as well as some dry wood.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some cocoa upfront. Oaky with a pleasant mild smokey bourbon. Cocoa and char, bittersweet flavor with a barrel aged dryness. Hops are faint and earthy. diggin the finish of oak, bourbon, coffee, vanilla and of course chocolates. Pretty decent!

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, oaky and semi-dry. Not a bad feel but surprisingly light, given the strength.

OVERALL: I dug this beer. I kind of figured I would because who doesn't like imperial stouts, bourbon and chocolate? I would have this again sometime, along with a chocolate dessert. (885 characters)

Photo of wmickdds32
2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a 7 oz. beer fest glass.
Coal black and inky with a dark tan head, quickly dissapating in to lacing that lasted down the glass.
With a chocolate stout--bourbon barrell aged--I expected a great deal of chocolate, coffee and booze...I got nuttin' but stout....no chocolate....no coffee....no booze....I was seriously disappointed.
The taste was pretty much like the smell...decent imperial stout...but my expectations of a chocolate imperial bourbon barrell aged stout are high
In my mouth...nothing spectacular

Overall...Meh!
I won't buy again....too many good chocolate stouts out there to waste my dollars, time, and experience. Think Southern Tier Choklat Stout and Dragon's Breath! (711 characters)

Photo of JayReq
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I will admit that I like my beers dark and heavy ("like my women," my grandfather used to say), and if there is a beer that hits that button, Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas mashes it hard. I have not a such an enjoyable imperial-anything in a long time, so it is a pleasure to leave a review for this awesome (but rare at this point) brew,

Serving it from a bottle kept in a dark cabinet, I drank this beauty from a small tasting cup.

Appearance: Pouring it out, it is a beautiful pitch black with a small hint of molasses in the light. Dark brown head, very light and foamy, with enough body to it that it leaves behind a bit of a lattice.

Smell: Strangely enough the bourbon barreling has yield only the vanilla and the chocolate, as I don't smell the charcoal that usually pervades bourbon-barreled brews. Nice hint of brown sugar behind the vanilla and the chocolate. It smells just like the bottles says it should taste, which leads me to...

Taste: Basically the same thing, but this time you get the small bite of the bourbon right on the bed of the tongue after the chocolate and vanilla work their magic. Very strong and very sugary, it definitely reminds me of old molasses.

Mouthfeel: Starts off gentle with the vanilla under the robust dark chocolate. Not flat at all, which is a risk any time you barrel a beer. Maybe there was some secondary fermentation? Couldn't find any esters at the bottom of the bottle. Right in the middle of the tongue you get that small bite of whiskey, as previously mentioned, and it finished with a tiny bit of smoke, a very nice finish coupled with one last smattering of burnt sugar.

Overall I am regretting I did not buy more of these bottles. A great Imperial Stout with wonderful chocolate and bourbon expressions. This is how a beer in this style is supposed to be done. (1,846 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Rast
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Chrysostom
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (3,184 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, 2013 vintage
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours pitch black in color. Only about a collar of head, light tan head. Thought I would see more carbonation as it's not that high in ABV. Some alcohol feet. No lacing bits. Still a pretty beer for the style.

S: Nice nose on this one. Caramel and vanilla. Chocolate notes. Touch of coffee. Really getting in there some tobacco notes as well. Predominately chocolate forward as you would expect.

T: Dark chocolate bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then you get that nice meshing with the barrel character, adding some vanilla and caramel/toffee flavors into the fold. Turns it into almost a chocolate cake like flavor. Nice long finish here. Don't taste the booze, but you start to feel it during the sip.

M: Full bodied. Almost creamy and thinner than I planned.

For the $7.99 bomber price in my area, you can't beat a BA stout for that. Especially with these flavors. Good stuff. (928 characters)

Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. 2013 printed on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Black with short 1/2-1 finger beige head with good height but average retention and pretty skimpy lacing.

S: Strong chocolate syrup aroma with a hint of bourbon and some fig/date fruitiness.

T: The flavor is not bad, but the chocolate flavor component is very strong and almost chemical-like in its intensity and character. The chocolate has a super-charged cocoa character but it lasts way too long and fades to a chalky finish. The dark malt fruitiness is balanced pretty well with the roast components. The bourbon barrel treatment is barely perceptible.

M: Pretty smooth except for the artificial chemical nature of the chocolate which lends a thinner quality to the body. The alcohol is definitely there but blends in pretty well. Medium body and the carbonation is on target.

O: A beer that is too chocolatey to the point of seemingly artificially bolstered. Maybe I am sensitive to this because my wife loved this beer. The base beer could use more character, and a touch more roast. All in all, not bad but sounds better than it is. (1,194 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured nearly jet black except for a tinge reddish brown at the bottom of the glass when held to the light,a thin deep tan head atop.Chocolate stands out most in the nose along with dark roast coffee,the bourbon is much more low key and is not ove rbearing like way to many barrel aged stouts.Smooth with light carbonation in the mouth,it's way to easy and smooth going down.Chocolate and dark roast coffee start out the flavor profile,a nice drying earthiness stands out as well,the bourbon again is only one component that stands out instead of a dominating flavor presence.This is a nice barrel aged imperial stout,smooth and just enough flavor,nice job. (657 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured inot a perfect pint. $7.99 for a bourbon barrel aged brew is one hell of a deal, especially given the $10 non-barrel stout I had a few hours ago. 2013 vintage.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is about average for the ABV and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

4.5 S: The bourbon isn't very strong in this one, but it's no problem. In fact, it's wonderful the way it is. Plentiful cocoa nibs and vanilla run the show. I'm really surprised at how much vanilla came out of the barrels. I read the bottle text to discover that no vanilla beans were used. There's a light leathery bourbon underneath which cannot be considered anything but complementary. Mild supple roastiness with a faint booziness, caramel, and coffee.

3.75 T: Taste is like the nose, but it isn't as vibrant. Still, it's a damn tasty beer. Chocolate and vanilla are out front again. Coffee, caramel, roast come next. Lightly boozy with leathery bourbon.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate caronation. Lightly creamy and supremely smooth.

3.75 D: Good beer that is cheap enough to buy many times. (1,141 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 batch. 22 oz bomber purchased for an extremely reasonable $5.49. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a deep dark black body with three fingers worth of dense light tan foam. Fades away gradually but leaves behind excellent lacing with some seriously long retention. Looks great!

S - Milk chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa powder. Not getting any bourbon notes but it does smell like a nice chocolate stout.

T - Smooth milk chocolate, slightly robust malts, and a lingering sweet vanilla. Like the nose this has little to no bourbon presence...really just a faint nod towards oak on the finish. It is quite tasty though.

M - Light to medium bodied, just a tad below being creamy. Carbonation is about spot on.

O - "...aged in bourbon barrels" is the killer here. I'm getting so little bourbon presence that I'd swear its just the base beer. However this is a damn tasty and affordable stout albeit its a bit on the thin side. (940 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a dark chocolate brown with a very thin layer of head. There is not much of a nose to this at all. The taste is definitely bourbon forward with hints of roast and chocolate. I definitely did not get the overly-chocolate notes that are described in other reviews. There is sweetness along with a touch of alcohol bite on the finish.

A good effort, but not even close to being great. (397 characters)

Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.