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Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 468
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 21.77%
Wants: 35
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 02-20-2010

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.
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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 scotorum
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
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 +12.4%
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 delta490
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Jeffreysan
4.94/5  rDev +32.8%
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 seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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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Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 9.5% and there is a short description of the beer as well.

Appearance: The body has a very dark brown, motor oil like pour. In the glass it looks black as night and opaque with a small tan head. It's head holds on well and makes lots of nice slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I get notes of chocolate, caramel, fresh baked bread, molasses and raison.

Taste / Palate: The flavor brings all of the wonderful notes from its aroma to the tongue on a big full and smooth palate. In the background there is a very light sweetness and mellow vanilla undertone.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Very dark ebony color yields a thick creamy head of dense foam.

The chocolate is so strong I had to look at the label. The vanilla from the barrel is well mixed with the chocolate as it holds a slight bourbon aroma.

The flavor is chocolate forward but it melds well with the oakey vanilla. The bourbon certainly takes a back seat but it's evident. The finish is malty, maybe caramel, and is never cloying.

The feel is appropriately thick with very little carbonated touch.

This was so good and I shared it with a friend. Kinda wish I hadn't;).

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Photo of mfphil01
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smooth character and chocolate taste. Normally I like Guiness but this stout is an outstanding substitute. My first taste was in Williamsburg, VA at the Greenleafe Cafe. Good location with a plethora of beers on tap.

This stout offers a good head, a chocolate bouquet, smooth drink and a mild, sweet finish. Not bitter and definitely drinkable. It would be excellent as a dessert all by itself!!

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
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 jgran737
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BeeGinner
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
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 brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/20/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a huge flavor of milk chocolate that completely dominates. Then a hearty roasted malt character quickly follows. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent big stout to sip on for a long time.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown/black as a stout should be. Lacking a creamy head, perhaps due ABV.
S: chocolate malt, with a little roasted nuttiness, almost get a little Reese's PB cup.
T/M: starts with a roast notes tending more towards coffee than chocolate, but more quickly than desired turns a little bitter, maybe even tart. Some cherry notes in that tartness, the chocolate tones are subdued in the background, but present. Alcohol is evident but not overpowering. The taste lingers in a mildly oily coating sense.
O: loved he smell, but it didn't match the taste. If the bitterness were less prevalent, I think I'd rate it close to half a point higher. This seems to be a factor of the alcohol, which didn't work with me on this tasting, but my expectations might have been better set. On the other side, I didn't notice much chocolate in the taste, either.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into DFH signature glass (closest thing to the snifter I'd normally use on hand). Pours thick, oily black with a nice tan head that rises, fizzes, and fades to a thick puck of foam on top of the beer. Smell has notes of caramel, burnt sugar, toffee, vanilla, oak, and what might be bourbon but is probably just the alcohol melding with the sweet scents, but the overarching scent is sweet milk chocolate. I hope it doesn't taste as sweet as it smells, because it'll be a cloying mess if it does. [Turbid memories of ST Creme Brulee are resurfacing; I push them down and continue.] At first taste, I fear my prediction was true; it starts out with sweet milk chocolate, like a hershey bar, but quickly my worries are quelled as it moves into dark, bitter roasted malt and coffee. Not really any hint of bourbon in the flavor; nowhere on the bottle does it mention barrel-aging, and thus I'm pretty sure that entry in the Notes section of this beer belongs on the page for the BA version of this beer. Anyways, mouthfeel starts out pretty thick but seems to thin out a bit as it's swallowed. Overall not bad, but still a bit too sweet for my taste. It would be interesting to try the BA version sometime, maybe the flavors would be better balanced.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from cask into goblit at pizza plant in buffalo ny. Great looking oily black color with a finger of tan head. Nice roasted malt and sweet bourbon woody notes. Taste is sweet chocolate with a bitter roasted coffee finish. Super smooth. The abv is very well hidden.
Its a good brew but something is lacking. Good..not amazing.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 didn’t 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. There’s a lot of vanilla on the palate and a little cola too and the flavors don’t quite come together but remain separate. It’s without depth. There is some roast and some pretty oily bitter in the dry finish. There’s an oaky bourbon like quality and it even has a vinous aspect. The malt is weak and that is this beer’s downfall. It starts with a seductive nose but there’s that vegetal quality and then it’s not really full.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in 2012

A- Pours a dark brown that settles into a near-black body. No transparency in this one, but not motor oil dark. Started with a big frothy mocha-colored head that leaves a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S- Chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, chocolate malt, not much roastiness.

T- The chocolate flavors are there up front, but the flavor fades quickly into some weak malt flavors in the middle. The end has a cocoa powder presence, but is not quite full-flavored either.

M- Surpisingly thin, medium carbonation, not the smoothness you would expect in an imperial stout.

O- Decent beer, but not great for the style. They revamped this one for 2013, so I will be interested to see if it improved.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 edition poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 1/2-finger tan head that settles fairly quickly
S: Smooth with coffee, cocoa, cream, dark malt, and just a kiss of bitterness
T: Coffee, vanilla cream, toffee, malt.
M: Medium to full bodied, smooth
O: I hadn't read the brewery's notes on the label before tasting this, but they match almost perfectly. It took me a bit to realize how much the bourbon barrel aging adds to the beer. I liked it.

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Photo of davey101
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2011 vintage, 22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. Opens with a very loud pop.

A - Pours a jet black body, Two fingers of light mocha foam with some pretty impressive lacing and retention. Stuff just clings on for dear life.

S - Oh no. Ohhhh no. Bittersweet chocolate, plastic, roasted malts, burnt coffee and some vegetal qualities. This is bad, real bad.

T - I'd rather not try this, but I must. Bitter chocolate fades into wet cigarettes, weird red fruits, and an underlying plasticy element. This isn't an infection, its just a beer that probably saw some less than ideal living conditions during its two year stay on the store shelf. I can't finish this. Ugh...mouthfeel is medium and coating and lasts for a long time, which does NOT help.

O - Chock it up to a bottle past its prime, but this is just undrinkable. BA Siren Noire was a bit average but a hell of a bargain. I was hoping that the base beer would be similar. Note to self, buy this beer fresh.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three finger tan head with excellent lacing on a jet black body. Aroma of dark chocolate earthy hops, run, oak and hint if espresso. Flavor has lots of dark chocolate, oak, whiskey, hint of roasted malt, earthy hops and burnt caramel. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Full flavored and complex. One if the better brews from this brewery. Well balanced with jus the right amount of chocolate.

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Photo of Maltmaiden
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with no light coming through. thin head that sticks around till the end. good amt of carbonation bubbles.

S: roasted malts. Metallic phenols and quite a bit of alcohol. Dark chocolate. Not a very complex bouquet. Could do without such strong alcohol.

T: Wow! A lot sweeter and chocolatier (more like milk chocolate) than I was expecting after the smell. Roasted but not bitter malts. Some alcohol but not nearly what the smell suggested. Good amt of bourbon to it. Not overkill. very well balanced. Seems like there is lactose in it?...

M: Very smooth and thick. The mouthfeel in combination with the taste really make me think I'm having a really strong milk stout. Very light aftertaste.

O: I was disappointed with the smell and worried that I was going to be drinking liquid nickel mixed with alcohol but the taste was great. Would love to have a chance to have it on tap!

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Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: black with a deep garnet showing on the edge. The persistent head is a half finger of medium-brown, compact bubbles.

S: It smells like brownies with a shot of chocolate liqueur and a splash of Bourbon. There is a moderate malt sweetness with moderate coffee and roast. A moderately-strong chocolate aroma is complemented and given depth from a moderate vanilla that the oak barrel brought to the party. A s

T: A blend of moderately-strong chocolate and bourbon flavors with a moderate oak barrel character that brings a vanilla flavor. A moderate hops bitterness and not much in the way of hops flavor maybe just a touch of citrus hops flavor. Moderately-strong malt sweetness making for a balance that is slightly towards the sweet. The finish is medium with an aftertaste of chocolate and roasted malt flavors with some hops bitterness.

M: A smooth, somewhat cream medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a light bit of alcohol warmth.

O: A well balanced beer where the three primary flavors of roasty Imperial Stout, chocolate and bourbon barrel aging complement each other. The smell has a lot of depth and complexity and is really impressive.

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Photo of bensbeers
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a dogfish head snifter. A deep velvet black; as dark as night with a head the color of espresso; not too thick, but it lingered long enough. Nose is mostly chocolatey and boozy; a hint of coffee beans and dried fruits-cherries, apricots. Taste follows the nose - mostly boozy and chocolatey; flavors are a bit overpowering; wish I was able to taste more of the fundamental elements of the beer - roasted malts, yeast, bitterness of hops. Mouthfeel wasn't too bad; mediumish body with a nice finish; for as boozy as it was, it didn't linger too long.

Heavy seas has done better. I think they tried too hard on this one, and it just didn't work out. I wish there was a stronger malt profile. It was present, but totally overpowered by the sweet taste of chocolate. Worth trying, but don't recommend if you're trying to impress someone. Cheers.

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