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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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Guden
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of deebo
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Bike2work
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of amstokesdb9
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of degerbah
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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 mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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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Photo of J-Riddle
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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