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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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Photo of hodsongolf
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was delicious & thanks to tien @ Mekong for turning me on to this one. Great taste and even better finish. Hint - Pour and let breath at room temp for about 10 minutes before you get absolutely blown away @ your first sip. OMG the smell - they should make car fresheners :) The only reason i don't rate this as perfect is because it gives me a reason not to open the 2 bottles that i was able to find next year to review/score again!

hodsongolf, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Ego
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
foamy bastard, to be fair I wasn't uber careful on the pour, so right now I am looking at an everest of foam, like a fist worth, ok, it is at normal size now, light cocoa hue head, great lacing of microbubbles forming delicate sheets down the glass, nearly pitch black, can't really
see if there is any carbonation going on but judging from the well fed head I would assume it so, a nice looking beer

nose...
holy bourbon barrels batman, this reeks of heavy bourbon booze, the chocolate takes some work to detect but it is there, this is all bourbon... all the time... so if you like bourbon, pony up slappy

taste etc...
boozy with the chocolate attempting to temper the booze hammer from smashing your face to the point that you look like OJ after he falls out of the stadium in Naked Gun 2 (boy I really stretched that one...), as you acclimate to this the chocolate component is more apparent and the barrel aging kind of lends a nice vanilla note to the finish with subtle bitterness in the background, nice and thick in the mouth, carbonation is there to hold your hand but not interfere, the flavor is really smoothed out, I thought this might get a bit too sweet after a while but it has held out well making you go back for another sip, smooth experience here, not big flavors but nice flavors, subtle chocolate and a decent booziness, the ABV definitely says hello

verdict?
a really smooth drinking brew, the barrel aging really does well here, the initial crazy boozy notes mellowed out and led this to being one tasty somnabeach

Ego, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of BEERschlitz
4/5  rDev -3.4%

BEERschlitz, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of kushlash23
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

kushlash23, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2014.

A pour of deep mahogany out of the bottle and filling up produces a good but short lived one finger head. Head is a good cocoa brown, and thin bubbled but falls to a simple populated collar and very thin puck. Quite dark body, black walnut and with a little bit of transparency and red edges.

Pretty nice and good but not wow nose. Very soft silky chocolate notes, and soft roasted grains. Nice and a bit husky and chewy too it seems. Chocolate forward more than anything else, but not much barrel sensing character here though.

Interesting on first sip. This is a very rich and luxurious palate feel, with silky chocolate qualities and a playful sense of carbonation surprisingly. It's slightly jarring but not too bad but it makes for some fun play in the mouth. It's the first thing I notice. Then the chocolate of dark quality comes with a good mix of fudge dense thick flavors. Some nice char and carbon on the finish as well, and some more fruit astringent character too.

It seems more of a very decent imperial stout, there's some complexity going on in the palate a bit too, but I really don't get the big round feel, and oak aromas and flavors coming out of this unfortunately. Still a decent brew though, but kind of tough to score surprisingly, 3.75 seems slightly generous overall, 4 too much, and 3.5 way too low.. let's call it 3.6999 and we'll be happy.

smakawhat, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of mjw1200
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mjw1200, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Kmlund, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Davepoolesque, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of dvmky
4/5  rDev -3.4%

dvmky, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

BeerForMuscle, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of georgiaboy8686
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

georgiaboy8686, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

starshockey9, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

sabitu, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Jakep2021
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Jakep2021, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

doremite, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -3.4%

beergorrilla, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

WesMantooth, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Zaphog, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of gr0g
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black in color, capped with one finger of khaki foam. The head doesn't stick around for long but does stick to the glass to leave some lacing. Aromas lent by barrel-aging are dominant -- lots of oaky vanilla, more alcohol than one would like. The base stout aromas are a bit hidden. Notes of char and roasted barley come through.

Plenty more oaky vanilla in the flavor profile. There's some fusel alcohol present, too, but I'm more tolerant of that as long as it isn't over the top, which it isn't here. There's some dark chocolate / cocoa mingled in with the vanilla. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and soft, but I have to ding the score on the account of it being too thin. It's not viscous enough for an imperial stout, more like a 5% ABV porter.

While this isn't an amazing barrel-aged stout, I give it a bump for being a good value. I've had imperial stouts, barrel-aged or otherwise, that were more expensive.

gr0g, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of BumpyAZ
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/black, light brown on the edges when held up to the light. 1 finger of light coffee cream colored head which quickly dissapates.

S: Bourbon and chocolate predominate with vanilla and hints of coffee and dark fruit

T: Bourbon hits heavy upfront. As it slowly fades, tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla come through

M: Slightly thick to thick but not chewy

Overall a very good BA stout for the price. Can't go wrong with putting this one in your regular rotation (unless you have the access to and money to buy the heavy hitters on a regular basis). The bourbon does hit the tongue a bit hot, would be nice if it was a bit better balanced. Think I'll put one or two in the basement and see how they age.

BumpyAZ, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Powerfully sweet and heavily reliant on bourbon flavor and spice, Heavy Seas Siren Noire sets the stage by holding true to its name- it screams dark!

Its brazen cola color is opaque, seemingly black at its center. But those deep garnet low-lights at its edges suggest otherwise. As its initial foam structures settle, the beer seems to simmer with its khaki-tan head skirting the surface like coffee creme. Slight on retention, I get the impression that the beer's booze and barrel limits what its froth can do.

Bourbon-soaked aromas come alive with the barrel, spice, vanilla and rich caramel. Rivaling the roast elements, this ale isn't shy with any bourbon influence. But its underpinning of dark-roast coffee, burnt toffee, charred toast, roasted walnut and dark chocolate are all alive and well underneath.

To taste, the beer's high sweetness is caramel, maple, honey and simple syrup. But here comes the roast as the foundation of stout comes forth- espresso, bittersweet chocolate, walnut, toast char and a light campfire notion rises from the center. Its finish of bourbon-soaked oak, wood spice and vanilla return to a sweet and lingering finish. Echoes of fennel and oak return to the palate long after the beer has closed.

Full bodied, yet there's a certain lightness to the beer as its sweetness seems thin, perhaps being dissected by the alcohol and tannin. Its gentle creamy-sweetness give impressions of marshmallow, even as its warm and spicy finish treks onward across the palate.

The balance of this Imperial Stout is completely lost. The bourbon takes too much of a command, and much of the same happens with its sheer sweetness. But its balance is disrupted in the most wonderful of ways- allowing me to forget (or not care) about the supportive stout underneath.

BEERchitect, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of bleeps
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bleeps, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of skivtjerry
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost opaque black, just a little red highlight around the edge of the glass. Brown head that doesn't last long.

S: Chocolate and bourbon right up front and powerful. More sniffing reveals coffee and burnt coffee, a hint of vanilla and some raisinish dark fruit.

T: Like the smell. Bourbon is dominant but chocolate is up there too. Other flavors mainly appear upon swallowing. *Plenty* of alcohol.

M: Alcohol is a little hot and this diminishes mouthfeel somewhat, making it seem a little thinner than it is. The mouthfeel does invite another sip though.

O: A great stout with minor flaws, mostly hot alcohol and some burnt aroma that is not inviting. Should age very well... my wife bought 5 bottles so we will find out.

skivtjerry, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JakerLou, Feb 25, 2014
Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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