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

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458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 35
Gots: 36 | 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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Ratings: 458 | Reviews: 193
Reviews by bonbright7:
Photo of bonbright7
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed drinking this stout without a chill to it as I was hoping the nuances would come through in a greater way. The dark drown to black ale had an aroma of roasted nuts that enticed me to dig right into the cream head. The resulting taste reminded me of a few other American made stouts in a balanced approach.

Yes, there was a chocolate element to the enjoyment of this stout that I liked and I wondered what a milk stout version of this would be like.

It has a good drinkability without the hotness one might expect from an 8% ABV. I credit the brew masters for that element as the other ales Clipper City creates do the same thing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of mfphil01
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
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!!

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of degerbah
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.94/5  rDev +30.7%
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!

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bensbeers
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of Magpie14
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured thick and dark, with a nice light brown head. Aroma of chocolate dominated, and matched nicely with the dark appearance in the glass. Taste was almost all chocolate, with some very light alcohol and not too much sweetness. Lack of hops is very welcome and appropriate here. Soft feel makes for a nice drink. Not a top tier beer, but definitely holds its own. Overall a very good beer, just one per sitting.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finger and a half of light brown head, opaque dark brown body.

Nose is pure dark chocolate. Not cocoa. Not coffee. Chocolate.

Taste follows the nose, and in a good way. Mostly dark chocolate, rather syrupy. Sweet, but not cloying, as the chocolate is mostly dark. In that respect, there is little else other than some acid brought by carbonation (which is a bit out of place), but still quite solid.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich and carby, but the carbonic acid eats into the chocolate flavor.

Quite a nice chocolate imperial stout. One-dimensional, perhaps, but sometimes one is all you need.

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent black with a thumb of mocha colored head. Nice viscosity to this, zero head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, carob, roasted grain, raisins

T: Raisins, dryness & a touch of Baker's chocolate up front. More baker's choclate as this warms & prunes, ever so faint vanilla & woodyness. Finishes dry, woody with boozey raisins

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

An average take on the style, taste-wise & only slightly better & other aspects. A bit of a disappointment

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of dark mocha head. This maintains a thin creamy foaminess, leaving back a heavy cascade of spotty lace when swirled. The aroma smells like straight up chocolate syrup, with some additional cocoa powder accents behind it. There is a light earthy hop presence that is barely detectable underneath, as that chocolate flavor just totally dominates the nose.

This carries over to the taste, which feels like I’m drinking liquefied tootsie rolls. Thankfully there is more of a balance than there was in the aroma, with green bitter citrus and dark roast helping to counterbalance all of that chocolate sweetness. It’s actually the hops and roast that end up finishing this, with light char and pith sticking to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit fuller feeling, with a sharp and crisp feel to the carbonation down the center of the tongue. That 8% ABV is well hid here, basically just adding some extra fullness to this and that is about it.

It you like your Chocolate Stouts with extra chocolate; you’re probably going to dig this one. Unfortunately, it was a little too much for me at times but this certainly promises what is advertised. This is a good one to split with somebody.

Photo of hdofu
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chocolate brown with an irish cream colored head. Smelll isn't really discernible. Taste is sort of sweet though not as strong as I had hoped, tasted more like malt and coffee then chocolate. Mouthfeel was bubbly, the beer had a bit of alcohol burn though. The beer went down easy enough but didn't really have anyything draging me back for more.

Photo of nickthetick
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a opaque brown/black with a thin khaki head that leaves no lacing.

S: dark chocolate, dark roaster malt, very sweet nose.

T: the dark cocoa starts and is there for the entire experience, it provides both sweet and bitter notes. There is some smokey malt notes and it all covers the alcohol extremely well.

MF: sweet and warming, full bodied and bold.

D: I wish it was around all year but its not and its a little hard to find when it comes out.

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with brown highlights, smallish tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder and a light roasted malt. Not very strong I needed to pull to get the aromas. The main flavor is chocolate but it is not over the top. The flavor is of milk chocolate with a little bit of bitter chocolate, kind of a bready characteristic which seems strange for a stout and finishes with a nice roasted malt flavor. Full bodied, good carbonation - perfect for a stout, smooth, finishes with a nice balance, perhaps lightly bitter. A good stout, drinks easy, ABV well hidden but very light on flavor for an imperial stout. More sweet than roasty. I appreciate the sweeter flavor but does seem a bit weak for the style.

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