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

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 462
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 34
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 Jeffreysan
4.94/5  rDev +33.9%
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! (1,151 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
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 (1,790 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of mfphil01
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
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!! (396 characters)

Photo of BeeGinner
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
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., (495 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured dark brown with hardly any head
S: There are faint aromas of roasted, burnt malt
T: There are mild chocolate flavors with only a slight amount of bitterness
M: It's medium-bodied with some creaminess
D: It would be very easy to drink more than one of these in a single sitting (290 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of dark roasted malts. Chocolately aroma with coffee highlights. Moderate earthy hop bitterness.

Appearance: Dark shoe leather brown pour with a firm tan head that retains well. Lacing is moderate and leaves nice legs on the glass.

Flavor: More coffee and chocolate notes. Nice roasted grain profile. Earthy hop bitterness balances all the roasted malt character. Finish is clean, bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. A moderate coffee-like astringency is noted. It is pleasant and appropriate.

Overall impression: A nice coffee and chocolate flavored beer. It is nice to have a beer that has a chocolate/coffee profile that is due to the grains and not artifical/extra flavorings. I really enjoyed this beer. Nicely done!!! (775 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Not finding the words today (damn headaches), so it's a brief return to the old, overly-straightforward review style:

Pours a deeply opaque jet black with a little whisp of a head that dissipates quickly. The chocolate is pretty heavy in the nose, with molasses, brown sugar, figs, dark malts, and a tinge of coffee hanging around as well. The taste generally follows, though the chocolate has shifted into the powdered cocoa realm. A fair amount of sweetness is balanced by the subtly bitter coffee in the background. Though lighter than I would have expected, the light carbonation and the velvety feel (technically, I think velvet feels like this), combined with the tastiness, make for a very drinkable brew. (748 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No enjoy by date; but, this is an 8% beer. I have had it for two months, I don't know how long it sat on the shelf before I purchased it.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: There is no head. The brew is a very dark brown and opaque. This is a very dark beer.

S: The aroma is strong chocolate and sweet malt of maybe sugar and honey. There is also a fruit aroma of sweet cherry and dried fruit of prunes, currants, and raisins.

M: The body is on the heavier side of medium. It is not as heavy as the dark color would imply. There is just a little bit of carbonation.

T: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Lots of chocolate. The is also plenty of fruit flavor of some cherry, and other dried fruits of prunes, currants, and raisins.

O: This is a really good chocolate stout; and, it would be a very good desert beer. The alcohal heat is completely hidden. This is a great blend of chocolate and fruit flavors. (925 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversize wine glass. The label is different than the one pictured on this site, and so is the abv (9.5) . This is part of the 2013 uncharted series, and if I find an alternate listing I'll move this review to that one. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- pours an opaque black body with a 1" mocha head that reduces quickly and leaves some uniform lacing.

S- I get chocolate covered raisins and coffee beans, with some slight vanilla bourbon in the background. Subtle aroma

T- Huge vanilla notes upfront, progresses into cocoa, dark chocolate, and a nice roasty flavor that stays on the tongue for a bit. The bourbon flavor is minimal, so -.25 for that. slight booze

M- thick and robust, just how I like a good imperial stout. Medium carbonation

I really enjoyed this brew - not much bourbon character, but rating it as an imperial stout it's pretty impressive. (897 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a

A: Great head, creamy and thick. Black and opaque.

S: It smells like a goddamn chocolate bar. Like actual dark chocolate. And nothing else. Unbelievable.

T: Uhh...it TASTES like alcoholic hot chocolate (that's cold). Paired with real chocolate and -- honestly -- I can't tell the difference. Perhaps some hop bitterness? Not much else to say; very one-dimensional, which is the only reason I'm not rating Taste higher.

M: The carbonation and (relative?) thinness detracts from the utter, irrevocable chocolateyness.

O: If you didn't get it from the above review, this is a beer that only tastes like chocolate. If you like that, move heaven and earth to get it. If not, stay far far away. I realise I've rated it highly, but I'm considering style...and the sheer, unadulterated chocolate flavours.

Notes: Paired with Marabou Daim (from Sweden). (889 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Appearance is ebony with a light brown head. Initial several-finger head dies down somewhat quickly. A bit of lacing. Nose is strong chocolate and roasted malt. Chocolate really pervades throughout, but has a nice presence. Taste is chocolate and a bit of roast. Good feel from the slightly-bitter chocolate. Drinks quite well and is one of the better chocolate beers I've had. (422 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely executed - somewhere in the American/Russian Imperial Stout middleground. Tarry black pour with distinct chocolate notes in the aroma. Semi to bittersweet chocolate flavor in well intertwined with a darkly roasted malt notes. Moderate sweetness compliments the chocolate, but bittering moves in toward the finish. Only detraction - why can't the brewery hire a real artist for the labels on this series? (410 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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. (427 characters)

Photo of nukem5
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: HOLY SMOKE, Beautiful black pour with loveley head of creamy foam which sadly lasted only half the beer.

S: Rich chocholate and coffee assualt nose on first contact traces of molases and lite nuttiness.

T: First sip was an awakening of senses, flavors lite up all over the tongue, massive amounts of coffee and chocolate.

M: nice full body light carbonation and thick

D: very drinkable if you like stouts you should love this one, from start to finish exelent beer. (472 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer on a whim, was looking for a high ABV bomber and this fit the bill.

Pours a jet black, nice brownish head. Smell is of strong cocoa flavors. Taste is nice and creamy, nice and heavy taste to it. Mouthfeel is delicious, feels good on the palette. The chocolate taste really comes through in this one, way more than most other 'chocolate ____' beers I've had. Solid beer, nice dessert beer or one to have on a nice cold night. Recommended for sure. (463 characters)

Photo of JMC_TM
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This American Imperial Chocolate Stout is the newest release in Heavy Seas "Mutiny Fleet". It pours a dark black with some dark brown highlights and a small tan head. The aroma gives off lots of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee, with a hint of cherries on the end. The flavor follows through pretty well on the promises of the aroma. This stout comes off pretty sweet as well, but has a nice spice in the background that along with a faint hop bitterness work to balance the sweetness from the malt and chocolate. This beer finishes nice and smooth with some residual chocolate and coffee lingering on your palate. Siren Noire is surprisingly easy to drink despite the 8.0% abv (676 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice pitch black leaving very little overall head with a very fine, and small amount of lacing on the surface which dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Smells of unsweetened chocolate with some maltiness, finishing with some coffee scents.

T: Initially tastes just like the smell. Unsweetened chocolate is definitely the most prominent followed by a slight amount of maltiness and like other reviewers have noted, a little like watered down iced coffee.

M: Medium amount of carbonation which sits nicely on the tongue. Finishes fairly crisply.

D: Very drinkable, would definitely have another. (603 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ebony with scarlet highlights when held to the light and a dense cocoa colored head. Rich and roasty with cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, star anise and coffee in the nose. Silky smooth cocoa and dark chocolate with black coffee and a touch of fennel. Full bodied with smooth carbonation. Another fine offering from the seemingly endless "Mutiny Fleet" of well priced bombers. (374 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Imperial Chocolate Stout is part of the Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet "Big Beer Series," whatever this portends. In any case, I purchased a bomber of this black beauty; it pours a thick beige froth, one that slowly subsides into a tar-black body wearing an imperial crown of foam.

There is a strikingly powerful miasma of cocoa powder that hits the nose; concurrently, the poor palate is beseiged by a chocolate syrup blanket imbedded with a sweet and toasty fade.

This is heavy as per the style - not so in comparison with Old Rasputin. Its complexity lies in the temperature. Do not drink it cold; let it warm up. Then do battle. Another fine presentation from the folks at Clipper City - ahem, Heavy Seas. (709 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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! (410 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014

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;). (553 characters)

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