Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
02-27-2014 04:15:52 | More by gr0g
3.96/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
02-27-2014 04:03:23 | More by BumpyAZ
4.06/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
02-26-2014 17:03:38 | More by BEERchitect
4.06/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
02-25-2014 23:46:35 | More by skivtjerry
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
02-23-2014 22:57:24 | More by BarryMFBurton
Heavy Seas - Bourbon Barrel Aged Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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