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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This yearís Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout has been revamped. Weíve aged it for three weeks in bourbon barrels, which gives the beer darker notes of raisin and fig. Weíve also tripled the amount of chocolate nibs and added vanilla bean. A mix of dark malts gives Siren Noire a well-rounded body that is decidedly chocolateyóbut without being extraordinarily sweet. Mt. Hood hops contribute a fruity hop profile, with notes of black currant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2013 Thanks to Bert for this beautiful bottle from Maryland. Poured black, completely opaque and with a very thin head that fell immediately to a thin ring. Some lace. Nose is sweet, creamy chocolate. Coffee, roast and toffee malt. There was a brief hint of dark fruits but that disappeared fast. As it warmed there was a little toast, a lot of vanilla, a bit of cola and the alcohol crept in. First sip gave me a strong shot of something more vegetable than fruit, A cooked taste that I really didnít like. Then the chocolate took over mid palate. It wants to be deeply sweet and creamy but the mouthfeel is thin and a little watery. Thereís a lot of vanilla on the palate and a little cola too and the flavors donít quite come together but remain separate. Itís without depth. There is some roast and some pretty oily bitter in the dry finish. Thereís an oaky bourbon like quality and it even has a vinous aspect. The malt is weak and that is this beerís downfall. It starts with a seductive nose but thereís that vegetal quality and then itís not really full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Big roasted malt and bourbon sweetness in the aroma. Lots of chocolate as well. Flavor is loaded with chocolate, roasted malt and coffee flavors and and really smooth bourbon vanilla finish. Some slight sweetness at the finish but not overpoweringly so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1676) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing were both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and some caramel. It tastes like milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted and burnt/charred malt, bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. Taste is a little more bitter in comparison to the aroma which I thought was sweeter. The bourbon isnít overpowering at all, but still noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and slick with good carbonation. I liked this brew, itís definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of vanilla, sweet chocolate, roasted chocolate malt, molasses, fudge, maple, leather and bourbon barrel. Body on the lighter side of medium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Poured inot a perfect pint. $7.99 for a bourbon barrel aged brew is one hell of a deal, especially given the $10 non-barrel stout I had a few hours ago. 2013 vintage. 3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is about average for the ABV and a moderate amount of lacing is left. 4.5 S: The bourbon isnít very strong in this one, but itís no problem. In fact, itís wonderful the way it is. Plentiful cocoa nibs and vanilla run the show. Iím really surprised at how much vanilla came out of the barrels. I read the bottle text to discover that no vanilla beans were used. Thereís a light leathery bourbon underneath which cannot be considered anything but complementary. Mild supple roastiness with a faint booziness, caramel, and coffee. 3.75 T: Taste is like the nose, but it isnít as vibrant. Still, itís a damn tasty beer. Chocolate and vanilla are out front again. Coffee, caramel, roast come next. Lightly boozy with leathery bourbon. 3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate caronation. Lightly creamy and supremely smooth. 3.75 D: Good beer that is cheap enough to buy many times. Serving type: bottle 03-08-2013 03:06:09

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Pours dark opaque brown with a small head of brown bubbles. Aroma is chocolate, cherry and bourbon. Thick in body with just enough carbonation. Flavor is books and complex with chocolate, a touch of wood and a greatness that is very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (4035) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle from the brewery. Pours opaque dark brown with a thin tan head. Tastes sweet like syrup and chocolate. Smells like chocolate and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours a very dark brown color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of strong whisky, chocolate, wood, vanilla, earthy hops. The taste is roasted malts, whisky, citrus hops, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla. Medium bodied. Solid, but slightly off-balance and a tad bit cloying in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4270) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
Had this one on draught today. Pours a near-black color with a moderate tan head. Nose has only small amounts of bourbon in it with some good roasting and an almost sour note. Taste had a little more of the bourbon, but was malt dominant. Pretty good brew.
Earlier Rating: 2/3/2013 Total Score: 4.5
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a moderate tan head. Nose has a whiskey note to it with some underlying roasting. Taste is easy and very slightly woody with some excellent roasting. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
Overall though this is a damn fine barrel aged stout. Iíve seen this on the shelves locally and at $9 or so bucks for the bomber its a damn good purchase. Very well executed.

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