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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

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

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3.86
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23.32%
 
 
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Photo of hops202
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage bottle poured into an ommegang snifter.

Pours a deep black with khaki head - not incredibly viscous. Smell is good, but nothing too overpowering - certainly smells tasty but nothing striking here. Taste is good as well. I was pleasantly surprised by this - lots of chocolate, roast, creamy mouthfeel even at the low ABV (for a BBA stout). Not too much bourbon, would have preffered a little more. Roast and slight bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Mad Fox snifter glass, unknown brewing/bottling date but 2014 vintage, drank over more than an hour

A: 3/3 - jet black, know light passes through, initially frothy khaki head gives way to a 1/4 finger glass lacing, moderate-to-high carbonation with tight tannish bubbles most notable around the lacing, moderate-to-large alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - intense bourbon-barrel notes - vanilla, coconut and stone fruit; in ordered of subsequent intensity, there is cacao/chocolate, roasted malts, earthy but subtle hops and alcohols

T: 18/20 - the flavors match the taste perfectly - on the front of the tongue, there is an admixture of barrel-aged qualities and cacao/chocolate character; as the flavor profile develops, there is an intense roasted malt sweetness with figs, dates, raisins and stone fruit; finishes slightly sweet with a residual alcohols but not at all cloying

M: 4/5 - medium body, creamy, slightly higher than desired carbonation for style; alcohol and hop bite on the tongue provides additional fullness

O: 9/10 - wow, this beer totally took me by surprise; to be frank, it's one of the best barrel-aged stouts that I've had in recently memory and I've had a few good ones, e.g. Westbrook's Cap'N Skoon's Ballistic Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged); this beer just fires on all cylinders with intense barrel qualities, cacao/chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol yet not one aspect is out of balance; it's truly a delight to drink, and the only reason that I can envision why this beer doesn't have more hype surrounding it is because it's from a relatively overlooked Baltimore-based brewery; if it came of out CA or VT, people would be clamoring for it;, and you should be; the price point is also very reasonable at ~$10/22 oz. bottle

TOTAL - 44/50

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Photo of BB1313
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with some brown hues and light getting through; small tan head that fades very fast and leaves solid retention and little lacing. Smells good. The aromas are loaded with dark chocolate and bourbon. Some toffee and and butterscotch along with some dark fruits. Some vanilla giving it a chocolate chip cookie vibe. Cocoa and caramel malts are there. Some oak/wood. The aromas aren't aggressive, but they're very enjoyable. The flavors start off intense, but really mellow out the more you drink it. It starts off with tons of bitter dark chocolate. Lots of coffee too adding to the bitterness. Very roasty. I'm picking up the raisins. The oak/wood is present. The bourbon is clearly there, but it's not over the top. There is an extremely subtle warmth in the finish. The alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Just a kiss of booze. It's pretty easy to drink. The mouthfeel is pretty light and has a ton of carbonation, maybe too much. It's still pretty smooth and is easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid BBA stout. It's not something that blew me away, but it was pretty fun to drink. It feels flawed at times, but still remains enjoyable.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a khaki head

S - Milk chocolate and oak. The bourbon is very slight which is disappointing.

T - Same as the smell. It's like they melted a milk chocolate bar and added a drop of bourbon. I will say that it is very smooth with no alcohol sting.

M - Not very thick for an imperial stout

O - Enjoyable. While it is a smooth-drinking stout, I wished there was more bourbon barrel character to it.

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Photo of hodsongolf
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

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Photo of Ego
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of gr0g
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BumpyAZ
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of illeagle05
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hops, Greensboro NC

A- pours pitch black with a small creamy light tan head that reduces to a small layer

S- chocolaty malt with a touch of caramel, oaky vanilla with some light bourbon

T-sweet chocolaty malt mixed with nice oaky barrel notes, just enough bourbon but doesn't overpower the chocolaty notes. Barrel juice on the linger with more chocolate

M- medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, alcohol warmth at the end

O- well balanced with bourbon notes that doesn't overpower the base beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates.

Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roast malt form the initial aroma, with nutty, toasted malt and figs adding intrigue. Malted milk balls and oak surface late.

Bourbon dominates the flavor, which becomes roasty, chocolatey, and slightly coffee bitter in the finish. Fairly sweet throughout, it's a very decadent beer that's balanced nicely in the toasty, dry finish. Dark fruit notes of dates and prunes emerge.

Body is full, with minimal carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Bourbon is a little over the top, but the chocolatey notes make the base beer more pleasing to my palate than the typical roast dominant stout.

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Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't see a date but this says 2014 on it so it can't be that old. Just released last week.

A: Very dark brown pour. Tall, dense medium brown head. Head fades out slowly with great and expansive lacing. Excellent islands of foam too.

S: That's a lotta chocolate. Sweet milk chocolate and lots of it. Not picking up a ton of bourbon, get some toasted sugar and marshmallow somewhat. Very sweet and decadent.

T: Again, loads of sweet milk chocolate. Not as sweet as the aroma though. The sweetness also fades quickly, leaving a bittersweet baker's chocolate within a second or two. Toasted marshmallows kick in shortly after, into the finish and aftertaste. Some oak and a little mild toffee in the finish with lingering bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium-heavy with a lower carbonation. Nice and smooth.

O: A nice chocolate stout. Barely any sign of bourbon, could certainly stand a little extended aging I think to add lots more complexity. It's still nice, I'm just making suggestions to a brewer that will probably never read this (and certainly not care anyway).

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Photo of jgran737
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark. Black. Beautiful mocha head.

S: Two smells: chocolate and bourbon.

T: A lot of chocolate up front that lingers for quite a bit. You have to really search for the vanilla and bourbon, but it's there.

M: Oily and thick just how it should be.

O: Pleasantly surprised by this. Not something I'd go out and search for, but it was tasty. I'm glad I picked this up.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY for 8.50. Served into a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Pours black. Not the darkest black I've ever seen, but close to opaque. Laces well down the glass.

Smells like hot chocolate mixed with a little bit of bourbon. Chocolate is far and away the overwhelming smell. Maybe a bit of oak, too.

Tastes amazing. The best use of chocolate I've had in a beer yet. I'm more a coffee guy when it comes to big stouts, but this has convinced me chocolate can play with the big boys too. Strong cocoa powder taste in the front, followed by bourbon-soaked fudge brownies. Bit of oak in the back end, with a slight bitterness. Strong and full mouthfeel is nice. Given the price, I expected it to be a bit thin.

One of the best BA stouts on the market, IMHO. The bourbon is mild, and subtle- a mere supporting actor to the big star- chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Great value for a great stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says 2014.

A- Pours a fully opaque motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Heavy dark roast that's mildly sweet smelling. Notes of molasses, vanilla and dark chocolate.

T- Big rush of chocolate strikes the palate along with some caramel and vanilla. Eventually some astringent oak is detected but it's quite mild compared to some other BBA beers I've had. The alcohol is also very well-hidden.

M- Thick and chewy with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- I'm glad I didn't cellar this one since it's just fine right where it is. I've been wanting to try both this and the base beer for a while and this one did not disappoint. Though the barrel presence is quite toned down, so is the booze and I'd rather it be that way than on the other side of the spectrum.

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Photo of ksimons
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-almost black with a thick tan colored head

S-roasted malt, lots of chocolate, molasses , and sweet bourbon

T-taste is full of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and lightly roasted malt finish

M-a little on the thin side, medium carbonation, dry roasted finish

Overall a little too thin, but still very enjoyable with a delicious smell

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

On tap in a snifter at Track 84, Warwick RI

A: dark as expected; light lacing

S: Sweet, almost to the point of having me not drink it (not a sweet beer fan)

T: Glad I ignored the nose. Sweet chocolate at first, and Heavy Seas' oak came through, but all subtler than the smell indicated. Slight bitter after taste, but only slight.

M: good carbonation, hit some unexpected parts of the tongue

O: Very drinkable stout. ABV creeps up. Wish it was available more than just on a seasonal basis.,

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: translucent dark brown pour, black body in the glass; vigorous pour will kick up a few fingers of cappuccino foam

S: wet dark roasted malts and bourbon barrels; chocolate and vanilla

T: following nose deeper into roasty, chocolaty malt, more vapor of dry oak and bourbon, some caramel-edged sweetness; hints of vanilla and vague char

M: thinner than I usually like in an Imperial stout; airiness of oak barrels; slightly drying and lightening effect; smooth and slick

O: once I got past the thin body, I was really digging this beer. A very affordable bourbon barrel stout most definitely worth a buy.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*22 oz. bottle* Ok, first I like the label on this brew. The old Siren's song to misguide the sailors at sea. Well, back to what really matters.. The Beer! This poured a black body with a light khaki soapy head. I go in for the whiff, and it doesn't disappoint! Huge chocolate notes that dominate. The subtle hints of oak and vanilla are appreciated. This beer's aroma is pretty simple but it is intense in your face with this fragrance. lets get this in my belly! First I picked up well rounded charred oak. Chocolate and vanilla seem to meld together brilliantly. There is hints of smoke and roasted malt and some tart fruits. Alcohol is present adds a dryness to the brew so its not cloying at all. This brew finishes bitter but not DIPA abrasive bitterness. Aftertaste is of chocolate and vanilla. The feel of this beer is Medium-light body with tight bubbly carbonation.

Overall: This beer is delicious. I am glad I can go down to the brewery and pick this up when it comes out again. This is not as complex as some others I've had but some times simplicity is all you need if executed correctly. Actually, I am glad this came out of Baltimore. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of JohannBock
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter 1.5 finger, tan head. Black and opaque, no light getting through even on the edges of the glass. Not a ton of lacing throughout.

S: Super complex nose. Woody bourbon smell upfront that mixes with strong bittersweet chocolate and hints of dark fruits, raisins and figs maybe. Small whiffs of roasted malt as well.

T: Very smooth chocolate right away that stays like velvet until the finish. Followed closely by roasted malt lending a slight coffee characteristic. The end is dominated by woody, bourbon flavor and a slight alcohol sting

M: Smooth but not overly heavy. Easy to sip but if you wanted to quaff a little you could.

O: Good imperial stout, not the GOAT but still very enjoyable. Definitely recommended and a nice example of the style. Fun to see Heavy Seas getting into things like this.

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Photo of Shumania
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

A: dark, no light getting through this beer. 2 inch fluffy tan head

S: sweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, lactose

T: similar to the smell, milk chocolate, slight bitterness, lactose, vanilla, and finishes with a bourbon warming taste with slight alcohol

M: full body but not overly sweet/syrupy. You should sip this, but it could go down pretty fast

This is a very good BA imperial stout. It's not the most complex, but perfect for a snowy night.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a modest mocha head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Chocolate forward with oak and vanilla elements

Taste: A lot of chocolate, up front, with with the oak and vanilla adding another aspect in the middle; the Bourbon is very subtle but blends in nicely in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Enjoyable to drink, nicely balanced but not a mind-blower; on the other hand, it is nice to taste these kind of flavors without a massively high ABV

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Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
3.86 out of 5 based on 927 ratings.
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