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Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Siren Noire isn’t your father’s chocolate stout. We’ve used almost 3 pounds of Belgian coco nibs per barrel. We’ve aged it for five weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans added. A mix of dark malts gives Siren Noire a well-rounded body that is decidedly chocolatey—but without being extraordinarily sweet. Brewers Gold hops contribute an earthy spiciness, with notes of black current.

Added by oberon on 02-20-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
289
Ratings:
944
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
72
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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet at about 45F.

Essentially black and opaque body with red-brown highlights at the edges. Weak head; only a few spots of lacing.

Aroma: bourbon, wood,and chocolate, with hints of dark dried fruits, fruit cake, smoke and vanilla.

Flavor: Like the aroma, the flavor is lightly sweet, has some wood. vanilla and more bourbon. However, the bourbon barrel has less effect here, and there's a solid dark roasted grain base. A bit boozy. The chocolate is mostly hidden until the finish and aftertaste when cold, but becomes more obvious with some warming.

Feel: smooth, full body seems just a touch under-carbonated. The 9.5% ABV is partially hidden but mostly evident; the

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 14298 at 42 degrees into snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees
$ 9.99/bomber at Consumer
Aroma – actually not detecting any
Head small (Two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing typical of bourbon barrel aged brews – poor. Few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor starts sweet with dates, shifts to slightly bitter chocolate with an after burn of alcohol. No hints of bourbon or oak barrels. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate full, somewhat syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of Omnium
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber > tulip glass
A - Pitch black viscous pour with a two finger dense tan head with medium lacing
S - Aroma isnt too strong, but you definitely get the chocolate, and the bourbon is awesome, some slight woody tones, some roasted malts.
T - Flavor is awesome, this is exactly what youd want a beer of this variety to taste like. Rich bourbon, some toasted caramel, smooth chocolate, not overly sweet, light wood tones in the back.
M - Smooth velvety rich, and full, but not cloying, or too sticky.
O - What an outsttanding beer, Heavy seas is really making some awesome beers these days.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin viscosity. Smells of cocoa and small amount of bourbon. Taste starts like I am drinking hot chocolate that finishes with a small oaky bourbon taste. Has a thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, I guess I enjoyed drinking this beer but I did find it to be really sweet and sugary. I was rather surprised by it's drinkability on a warm late summer afternoon though. The chocolate seemed to dominate the nose and taste but came off as a overpowering additive. The bourbon barrel aging was a subtle touch and possibly could have used a little bit more time aging to smooth out the rough chocolate edges. I'm no expert though . . . just my thoughts on a ok beer. As one last though I think it's well worth the cost considering what some will pay for a barrel aged stout.

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Photo of bobhits
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bourbon with a stout mixed into it. This is a straight up barrel aged beast. I really can't get much beyond bourbon and chocolate finishing notes. A bit of toffee and a few other light flavors. The nose is the same as well.

This is some good stuff but if you don't want your beer "ruined" by bourbon then this is a total no go.

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Photo of Rammed96
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible full body, full smell and full taste
Wonderful chocolate and vanilla taste. One of the best aged beers I have had. Not over powering and very smooth.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one surprised me, 9 bucks for a pint from beverage plus in floral park ny. took a chance on it as i love bourbon aged stouts and this one was one of the best. the strong chocolate taste just made this beer delicious,honestly one of the tastiest stouts ive ever tried.will be going back and grabbing a couple of these to age.superb.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really good dessert beer. Taste is big oak, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and light dark chocolate. The flavors combine really well. One to sit with, but one of the better Heavy Seas beers I have had.

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Photo of Slack
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep deep brown and opaque. A quarter inch of head with light brown (moderate) lacing.

Smell is strong malt mixed with a sweet note of chocolate, and more milder notes in bourbon and vanilla. The oak is present as well but only came through (for me) as the beer warmed.

Taste is surprising with bourbon up front and the chocolate and coffee in the middle. Sweetness is intertwined throughout. Am also getting some vanilla mixed with oak and booziness but only as the beer warmed up.

Mouthful is medium to heavy on the thicker side of things with lighter carbonation.

Overall this was an excellent stout with the mix of bourbon and chocolate - they paired exceptionally well in this beer. The sweetness was not overpowering and it is easily drinkable. I am definitely going to try this one again with a cigar.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black in color with a generously thick, toffee colored creamy lacing ring, swirl the beer and it sticks with nice legs as it falls back into the glass.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, some oak, and cocoa.

T - Follows the nose as the palate is dominated with chocolate, fudge, and bourbon with slight booziness warming on the way down.

M - Thick, full bodied, slippery, velvety, creamy, and sticky.

O - A really nice beer, the bourbon and chocolate play well together.

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Photo of scotorum
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into an English nonick pint.

a: Opaque black with the barest hint of clear ruby at the bottom. Inch thick tan head receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mainly alcohol and sweet malt.

t; Bourbon up front followed by a moderate hop bite. Bitterness puckers the back of the mouth. Sweet, boozy and bitter finish. Chocolate emerges prominently later, battling the bourbon for the palate's attention. High ABV is not very well hidden, but you don't care. It adds punch to the flavors.

m; Medium to full, great body, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A fine BBA Impy stout, very tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of uvachief
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Pours dark black with 2 fingers of tan head that lingered. Only a little lacing throughout the drink. Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and toffee. Taste is much the same with coffee and roasted malts on the back end. Quite tasty with the proper fullness in the mouth. Little to no burn. Abv well hidden. Easy drinking and well made chocolate stout. Thank you sir! I'll take another!

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Photo of skiking70
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite offerings from Heavy Seas, this beer does not disappoint. The smell and taste are exceptional and in my opinion this beer is just slightly below the big name barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As inky black as the crushing deep of the sea with just a thin tan head that burns off leaving just a bit of oily soapy lacing. The aroma is rich malt, bourbon sweetness and just a hint of cocoa. The taste is all chocolate stout, both the food and the malt, tempered with a bit of the bourbon barrel and the vanilla. The body has a nice light slick feeling with just a little tingle from the alcohol.

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Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very, very dark brew, topped with a slight, dark tan head. Decent retention.

Huge rich chocolate aroma from the pour; in the glass, chocolate is supplemented by bourbon and vanilla. Hint of coconut; as it slowly opens up, the bourbon starts to dominate more, bringing along oak. Really inviting aroma.

Waves and waves of chocolate. The bourbon is immediately present, but it takes a while for those flavors to come forward, with the bulk presenting on the back-end (including coconut, vanilla, and oak). But insane amounts of chocolate: chocolate malt and cacao nibs; semi-sweet and extra dark.

Surprisingly thick and creamy mouthfeel. A little hot, with noticeable sting, but pretty drinkable overall. Sticky, lingering finish.

This isn't quite a dessert beer, but the massive amount of chocolate is nearly overwhelming. Still, this is a very tasty beer, with the bourbon presence very well integrated, and the malts and cacao nibs the real heroes of the show. One of the better BBA beers I've had - in terms of letting the bourbon add to, vice dominate, the brew.

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Photo of ghirsh
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite BA stout so far.

A: Dark brown with a bit of brown and red showing at the edges. A bit of head initially that dissipates with time.

S: Slight bourbon, a bit roasty with coffee, caramel, toffee, and chocolate

T: Chocolate and vanilla up front with some bourbon but not quite as much as most BA stouts.

M: Not quite as thick as it could be, but still pretty good.

Overall, this beer is almost perfect.

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Photo of BikeChef
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage. Nose of cocoa, roast and bourbon; palate starts with chocolate
and the vanilla-y bourbon comes in behind. Love that the sweetness is kept in check compared to most BBL stouts. This is nicely balanced and reasonably priced-- buy it if you see it!

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into snifter. 2015 version. Not much head, but one forms on the sides and it stays. The aroma is mostly roast, despite the variety of ingredients, but pretty inviting for a stout. Initial taste includes bourbon and vanilla--pretty tasty. As it goes on, the bourbon and vanilla fade a little and the chocolate becomes more prominent. Overall, it's a solid, silky stout. IMO, its shortcoming is a little in the body. It's not weak, but not hearty either.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Last of four imperial stouts in my tasting last night. Reserved judgement until today when I drank the other half of the bottle - really nothing changed in my view of this brew. While no match for the BCBS I started with it was far superior to the Blue Point Sour Cherry and Black Harbor. Beautifully dark with little head but surprising lacing, the vanilla bourbon nose rounded out with cocoa was enticing. The flavor was excellently blended with cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and maltiness. Mouthfeel started smooth with little alchohol burn. Not velvety smooth or chewy, a bit thin as stouts go.

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Photo of LanguedocRocks
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great price point for a Bourbon Barrel Stout at $10 a bottle. The chocolate is very pleasant and goes great with chocolate cake. Personally, this is a desert beer for me. Would like the bourbon flavors to come out more, but they are there.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this beer. Bottled in January, which means it was probably brewed sometime in late November with the 5 week aging period. At $9.99 for a Barrel Aged bomber, you can't go wrong.

A: Dark chocolate. No light gets through. Slight head fades to a nice lacing.

S: Cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, molasses, raisins and bourbon.

T: Holy crap! Tons of vanilla backed up by a good chocolate, roasted backbone that does not overpower. Slight molasses and raisin towards the end. Bourbon flavor is perfectly subdued. Present, but not overpowering, and lets the vanilla and chocolate come to the forefront without any distractions.

M: Decently heavy, light carbonation. Thick and silky.

O: Very, very surprised by this beer. I am a fan of Heavy Seas but never have I had a beer from them that has made me go "Wow" after every sip. The short period spent in bourbon barrels seems to have been the perfect stay, as the bourbon does not overpower the base beer but lends a perfect compliment to make this beer very balanced and full of flavor. I am a huge fan of vanilla in my stouts, and this beer does not disappoint. The vanilla beans and bourbon barrels the beer is aged on lends the perfect vanilla nuance to balance the strong chocolate flavor. And at $10 for a bomber, and at 9.5% ABV, its something I could see myself drinking more often than not. Big fan of BBA Stouts, but most of them cost an arm and a leg and are often very high in alcohol that its hard to consume them on an occasional basis. It's almost like drinking a bourbon milkshake. Going to pick up another bottle tomorrow to age.

Recommended.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.94/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with three full fingers of chocolate-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very nice!! Strong aromas of roasted malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses.

Taste: Wow! Actually, Holy Shit!! This is awesome!! Massive flavors of roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak and brown sugar-like sweetness. Awesome! The bourbon really comes through on this beer, much like New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk and Goose Island’s Bourbon Country Brand Stout. But so too does the chocolate, and the two flavors, the bourbon and the chocolate, blends together awesomely!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as silk, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.5%, there’s a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow!! What a beer!! One of the best bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts that I’ve had in fact! Strong, awesome, flavors of malt, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and bourbon. Fantastic!

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Photo of ClePaul
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 92/100

Super rich creamy chocolate taste gives way to a creamy sweet coffee after note... It's really sweet. As much as I enjoy it. I can't really pull strong Bourbon barrel notes. Which in fairness, many may be purchasing for. In fact, the beer is very enjoyable, yet misleading in a way. It's more sweet than Bourbon to me by a fair amount. Otherwise, very well balanced and goes down easy at 9.5%. Worth the cheap sticker price~

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03/20/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum.

After having 2 RnH fixtures recommend this, how cold I resist?

Nice balance. Unobtrusive taste & finish. The word maturity comes to mind. This brew shows off w/out being showy.

I get more of a dried fruit (think raisins or dates) than chocolate but that could be due to the use of nibs, the pre-processed chocolate.

The Heavy Seas brand seems to share my tastes & for that I thank you.

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