Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by Maltmaiden:
3.94/5 rDev +6.8%
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!
02-14-2013 04:42:21 | More by Maltmaiden
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3.95/5 rDev +7%
The new "Mutiny Fleet" beer to the line.Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep but not opaque black,some ruby highlights came thru the light,almost no head to speak of even after a rigerous pour,thin and wispy with minimal lace.Nice mix of deep roast and chocolate in the nose,a tinge of dark fruit as well.Again highly roasted but with enough chocolate sweetness to keep it balanced and enjoyable.Outside of the pour this is really a really nice offering, its very balanced,as it warms the alcohol comes thru.
02-20-2010 23:16:33 | More by oberon
4.24/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
02-11-2013 02:04:22 | More by MadScientist
3.95/5 rDev +7%
In a tulip glass this beer was black with a medium-sized tan head that receded quickly. It had an aroma of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Milk chocolate and coffee taste. A pleasant enough stout, but I thought it was a little on the tepid side and lacked depth.
03-24-2010 11:45:41 | More by lordofthewiens
4.51/5 rDev +22.2%
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!!
05-01-2014 16:24:59 | More by mfphil01
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
Deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a low head of wispy beige foam. Low aroma of espresso and vanilla, some floral notes.
Flavors of cocoa and caramel, hints of smoke, root beer and leather. Some roasty malt tones. Wooden oakey notes linger. Subtle hoppy flavors ride beneath. Slight metallic note.
Slightly thin mouthfeel, but somewhat creamy. Average for the style.
03-12-2010 15:17:44 | More by far333
3.74/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-16-2013 02:24:55 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
First thoughts about the label, why do these mermaids look like trannies? Pours a dark black body with a khaki tan head fine even layers of lacing left behind. Aroma is cocoa powder malted milk balls and one dimensional chocolate, not a bad thing if you dig chocolate. Flavor is weird there's a wave of chocolate then some awkward fruitiness and a bit of strong booziness that shouldn't be around when your imperial chocolate stout is only 8% abv. Sharp sweet malted chocolae, hershey's syrup with an acrid dark roasted finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is pretty soft, this just a weird feeling. Hard to explain why each sip is rough around the edges. It doesn't pull of Choklat caliber chocolate beer but for the price it really is decent split it with a female they will probably enjoy this more than the average imperial stout drinker.
01-30-2011 06:39:11 | More by WVbeergeek
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
Bottle purchased from Sherlock's in Decatur, GA.
Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of lightly roasted malts with mild amounts of dark chocolate and even milder amounts of dark fruits. As the beer warms the dark fruits intensify but never do anything more than lurk in the background.
Tastes similar to how it smells although the chocolate notes are more robust. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip very light amounts of black malt flavors kick in and carry through to a mildly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I thought this was a very good chocolate-forward beer, although I have to say the taste is much bolder than the nose. Not quite in the same league as the major "chocolate beers" (Rogue and Southern Tier) but still worth a shot.
03-23-2010 01:51:22 | More by glid02
3.35/5 rDev -9.2%
Pours a motor oil black with very little head at all. What little head is laced thickly around the edge of the glass. The aroma is slightly coffee-like, and a lot of malt. The taste is malty and slightly sour. Not too sour, just a hint. Basically this is a substandard imperial stout. Heavy Seas has way better stuff available in pounders than this. Not worth the price of a bomber.
04-26-2010 00:27:55 | More by degerbah
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
This beer is a thick, dark brown. The head poured out extremely light, small and fizzy. I poured one bottle straight from the refrigerator and later poured a warmer bottle. Either way, there was very little head or lacing, though a slight remnant was always there.
There's a smoky bittersweet chocolate on the nose underneath a strong roasted malt with coffee and a hint of dark fruits.
The taste is a bit more muted, with much less of the chocolate coming through. In fact, chocolate is difficult to detect on the tongue at all. The strong roasted malts are there with the coffee and the dark fruits, and an odd tangy flavor lingers as well.
The mouthfeel is about par, a medium to full body with moderate carbonation making for a pleasant sip.
This one's a little tough to fully enjoy with the strange tangy flavor and lack of chocolate on the palate, but it's pretty good. A high ABV also makes for slightly less drinkability. All in all, I'd certainly drink it again. I've been told it's better off the tap (I'd have to assume I'd get a better head and a fuller flavor at least), and I'd like to be able to try it on tap.
07-06-2010 14:56:17 | More by Brenden
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
Review from notes. Consumed blind.
A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger mocha colored head. Decent retention and lacing.
S: Lots of milk chocolate and cocoa, can't recall a beer smelling more like chocolate in a very long time. Not much else comes through, as the chocolate dominates.
T: Similarly chocolate heavy, very creamy. Just chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
M: Maybe a touch on the thin side, moderate carbonation.
O: A definite surprise, pretty good. A little one dimensional, but its chocolate, so it doesn't really bother me. Would pair well with dessert.
03-05-2012 21:53:51 | More by mdaschaf
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
02-10-2013 04:21:48 | More by bensbeers
3.1/5 rDev -16%
Head is a super-creamy tan thing, which takes awhile to transform to a crown. Liquid is the expected opaque black, although not the most abyss-like dark black of some other imperial stouts.
Aroma is...not what I expected. Dusty cocoa, even Quik chocolate milk mix further back, maybe a little black licorice and some alcohol snapping at the nostril hairs...but by far, the most prominent smell is a mineral/creek-pebble sorta deal. Stony, stiff and literally quite rocky.
Flavor is little better than the aroma. Elements of sweet cream sneak in, and the chocolate is of the bittersweet dark/baking variety...still hampered by too much mineral. Lots of roast, like a so-so variety of dark-roasted coffee bean. Lacking the depth and gooey oomph of other stouts in this general category.
Texturally, this isn't helped by the too-present carbonation, although there's a slickness and something approaching roundness that I like. But it's not the stuff of truly great double/imperial stouts.
A letdown, especially as I've tended to enjoy Clipper City's Heavy Seas series. Just not what I want out of a double/imperial stout, chocolate or no chocolate, and the chocolate fails here as well. It's not a total disaster, and there are some things being done right, but for the money and calories, there are many better options...
08-27-2010 22:51:32 | More by Metalmonk
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
A: black, flat black with light brown edges. The inner workings have a deep brown moving about. Lacing and head formation are both satisfactory, nothing fancy. If anything lacing is a bit shy
S: big cocoa whiffs, roasted malts, and a mild roast of coffee. A milk chocolate bomb. Not very much to gather
T: large chocolate presence on the palate. Tastes to me like crystal and chocolate malt flavors are bustling. A whisper of caramel. Some bitterness gathers force near the end along with light dry fruit and cream-lactose notes. I am having a hard time nailing the hop presence but it is amidst the cocoa sweetness. find this interesting, unique, and delicious
M: carbonation is mild and body is rather thin for a imperial stout. A little on the light side
D: reasonable brew. This brew is just as the label claims a "chocolate stout" plenty of cocoa. Easy to drink and rather favorable
03-20-2010 21:01:04 | More by Magpie14
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks Jon. Not so much chocolate. sour aromas, more roast noticed as it warms. big thick opaque black lacey head. more coconut than signs of chocolate, with some chocolate and coffee taste.average mouthfeel, average drinkability, appropriate carbonation.Weak for the style.
08-10-2010 02:01:40 | More by Sammy
Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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