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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

319 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
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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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

02-27-2014 16:06:27 | More by doremite
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-27-2014 14:59:30 | More by beergorrilla
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WesMantooth

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-27-2014 14:30:32 | More by WesMantooth
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-27-2014 14:20:46 | More by Zaphog
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:15:52 | More by gr0g
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BumpyAZ

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:03:23 | More by BumpyAZ
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 17:03:38 | More by BEERchitect
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bleeps

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-26-2014 04:54:06 | More by bleeps
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 23:46:35 | More by skivtjerry
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-25-2014 01:42:18 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-25-2014 00:34:37 | More by JakerLou
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Ysgard

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-24-2014 16:50:11 | More by Ysgard
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northstar23

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-24-2014 02:08:58 | More by northstar23
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 bottle with “13687” printed on the back label.

A: Shining black body with a half-inch head of beige bubbles. The thin head dissipates almost immediately, though, leaving nothing but a ring of retention along the outside. No lasting lace.

S: Rich dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla cake batter are the highlights, creating a dense, decadent character. That profile is juxtaposed with toasted coconut and wet oak – barrel tones that surround the dessert scents on all sides – which just makes this a deeper and more enjoyable nose.

T: This beer has an instant “wow” factor, pulling you in with a complex, immersive palate on first sip. Starts heavy with the taste of gourmet cocoa and caramelized brown sugar. Slowly, these expand into sweet, nuanced barrel flavors of toasted marshmallow, anise, coconut, and sweet bourbon. Some dark fruit notes begin to appear soon after – fig, mainly – marking a transition into a layer of herbal bitterness, which is where this beer ends. Finishes with catty juniper, green tea, and a bit of soapiness from hops, along with some barrel smoke and a sharp cola acidity; in other words, dry and slightly acrid.

M: Low carbonation and a light-to-medium body makes for silky – but not thick/milky – drink. It would help the dryness if there was more heft to the body, but it’s good for what it is.

O: An intense beer. As you start nearing 12 ounces down, though, the acidic nature comes out in force and diminishes the palate’s high points (that’s always a possibility with a big beer like this, unfortunately). However, the whole experience is still a net positive: with an inviting nose and a rich, expansive palate, it’s hard not to like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 22:57:24 | More by BarryMFBurton
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kell50

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-23-2014 22:03:33 | More by kell50
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nohopsnothanks

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

02-23-2014 17:50:16 | More by nohopsnothanks
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EnthusedAboutBeer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

02-23-2014 06:03:08 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
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MattGrimley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-23-2014 03:17:10 | More by MattGrimley
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illeagle05

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 (13867) bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pitch black with a foamy, latte colored head that seems to linger forever. Nice lacing and head retention.

S: Milk chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla

T: Definitely hot with the bourbon starting off... sweet chocolate maltiness with some hops? bitterness with a note of vanilla in there

M: Medium to full bodied, but a bit thinner than I'm used to for this style (but not overly syrupy which I like). I like booziness but this one is a bit boozy compared to the body for my taste. Mildly carbonated.

O: Has its flaws in regards to balance of flavors, but a very good BA IS for the price. I would buy this one again as long as the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 22:42:28 | More by illeagle05
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-22-2014 16:30:23 | More by rfgetz
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Rogorama

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-20-2014 20:37:41 | More by Rogorama
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PaulsBrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-20-2014 18:15:36 | More by PaulsBrew
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dunlap926

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-19-2014 01:51:31 | More by dunlap926
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earlholman

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-18-2014 15:24:01 | More by earlholman
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, light beige head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Very good retention, especially for the style and ABV. Takes a while to settle, leaving streaks of soapy lacing in it's path.

Inviting aroma with a strong chocolate/cocoa presence and a subtle bourbon barrel character that's nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Some damp earth and toasted oak along with sweet and spicy bourbon, vanilla bean and toasted count but the wood and spirit notes aren't overpowering. Just the slightest bit of toothpick character and delicate bourbon followed by silky sweet chocolate, subtle roast and dark fruit. Hints of coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal but the sweeter, dessert-like notes really stand out. I'm picking up some baker's chocolate, fudge, molasses and flourless chocolate cake. There could be a bit more bourbon/barrel presence for me but it's a nice change of pace to smell a bourbon barrel aged beer that isn't a complete booze bomb.

On the fuller end of medium body with stronger bourbon barrel and roasted malt character than the nose suggests. Dry, bitter and nearly acrid with strong burnt wood and toothpick flavor. The oak us more prominent than expected but the bourbon presence is still subtle. There's some spicy, boozy sweetness but unfortunately, most of the silkier barrel notes found in the aroma are missing. Bourbon flavor isn't bad but it's somewhat weak and overpowered by the wood and heavy roast. The sweeter dessert-like chocolate notes seem to get lost a bit was well. The malts taste smoker and somewhat burnt with hints of charcoal, toast, bitter dark cacao, oatmeal and ash. Mist of the lighter chocolate sweetness is masked, only shoeing up toward the finish. Still, the high ABV is well masked and although it appeared harsh at first, this beer is relatively easy to drink. Decent but not something I would want to try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 09:23:13 | More by corby112
Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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