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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of big chocolate, bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, and a touch of mint. It pours a dark brown with a faint orange glow around the edges. It has a two finger beige head with good retention. There is some minimal thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate milk chocolate and light caramel. The finish has light-moderate maple syrup, bourbon, oak, light vanilla, and a touch of mint. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is damn good. Iíll say itís one of the better values out there ($7.99/bomber).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thorongil2 (1667) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
(tap) clear dark borwn colour with a small brown head; aromas of chocolate, vanilla; clean, balanced flavour; creamy palate; very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Bottle. Hints of chocolate and raisin. Deep chocolate covered raisin flavor. Really good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle from Wineworks shared with my buds. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, toffee, oak, and whoppers malt. Pours deep brown with medium fluffy white head. Taste is delicious with caramel chocolate, malty goodness. bourbon oak, and marshmallow. Very thin mouthfeel is the only thing keeping this from being world class. Great tasting brew. Gonna pick up another bottle if itís still there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a short khaki head, the head dissipates into a soft coating with a tall ring on the edges.
Aroma: The aroma is complex and mildly sweet. I pick up chocolate, coconut and bourbon, but all are very well balanced, incredibly enjoyable but a bit weak in strength. What a shame!
Taste: Wow, what a complex and balanced stout. Chocolate and coconut are the big flavors I get here, like an almond joy. Thereís a light overlying creamer/vanilla flavor and a subtle roasted coffee and a mild spice prickle presence on the finish. Very well done, this is a very nicely balanced barrel aged stout.
Palate: Thick and mildly carbonated.
Overall: This is one of the best bourbon barrel stouts that Iíve had. Lots of nuances and great balance. This is truly a treat!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matthewjk (978) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Hmm...well Iím back for the updated version. I have to say, Iím not overwhelmed; I wanted to be blown away by this oak-aged stout, but there is something unfortunate going on--it doesnít meld well. The flavors donít harmoniously blend, but exist as distinct, separate elements. Not a horrible ale--yet--didnít meet my relatively high expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2939) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Pours a thick black with bubbly cream colored head. Nose of bourbon barrel vanilla sweetness and chocolate malts. Taste follows, slightly boozy with tannic wood masked by sweetness. Solid but was kind of hoping for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vlan1 (213) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle pours a rich velvety black that allows precisely zero light through with a big frothy tan head. Light roast coffee notes with hints of cocoa and coconut. Not much bourbon on the nose. Taste is smooth roasty coffee light cocoa notes with faint coconut. Bourbon is a bit more present in the taste. Need to get another bottle and let it sit for a year a so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2392) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 5, 2014
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Opaque black-mahogany with a large tan head and good lacing. Aroma of molasses, chocolate, caramel, toffee and black raspberries. Taste of molasses, roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Medium/full body and and low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfc514 (81) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours black with one finger of bubbly beige head into a snifter. No light comes through, even when held up to the light. Chocolate, bourbon and fig are all present in the nose. Quite nice. Bourbon hits first, with bittersweet chocolate strongly riding in the background throughout. Boozy at the end. Slick mouthfeel, not super carbonated. Pretty good stout.

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