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

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Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutHeavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout
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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by oberon on 02-20-2010

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Reviews: 282 | Ratings: 915
Photo of Rammed96
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible full body, full smell and full taste
Wonderful chocolate and vanilla taste. One of the best aged beers I have had. Not over powering and very smooth.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.94/5  rDev +28%
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 ghirsh
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite BA stout so far.

A: Dark brown with a bit of brown and red showing at the edges. A bit of head initially that dissipates with time.

S: Slight bourbon, a bit roasty with coffee, caramel, toffee, and chocolate

T: Chocolate and vanilla up front with some bourbon but not quite as much as most BA stouts.

M: Not quite as thick as it could be, but still pretty good.

Overall, this beer is almost perfect.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.86/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary snifter glass. Liquid comes out a cola brown during the pour and a dark brown that approaches black when it pools its way into the glass. Dark tan colored head with for the most part pretty small bubbles, thick head that will erupt over the glass if you're not careful. Head stays around for a little bit but eventually leaves a thin ring around the edge of the glass. A little lacing, but not a ton.

Smell is a few steps beyond outstanding. Not very complex, pretty mud straight to the point. Heavy notes of more sweet than bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Well balanced and meshed together nice. Nothing not to like about this.

Taste is perfect, and like the smell, it doesn't disguise anything, it's again right to the point. Again it's slightly more sweet than bitter. Chocolate comes out, somewhere between a dark milk chocolate and a dark cocoa flavor. There's also some nice earthy oak, huge hints of vanilla, some sweet yet sharp bourbon and then some caramel that was slightly burned in a saucepan. Really great tasting beers, one of the best barrel aged stouts on the market.

Mouthfeel is really good, the flavor lingers, so full bodied in my opinion. It's got a decent carbonation level. Not too smooth, but smooth enough while maintaining an earthy after bite. However, the after bite isn't too bad and even though it's barrel aged, the bourbon isn't too hot here, more of a steady mild. Nice and drinkable, a nice sipper, bot goes away pretty quickly. Worth sharing but any stout lover can polish this one off in an evening. A great beer.

My buddy and I loved this at the Extreme Beer Fest a few years ago. Loved it on tap then and love it in the bottle now. Great beer all around.

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Photo of JayReq
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I will admit that I like my beers dark and heavy ("like my women," my grandfather used to say), and if there is a beer that hits that button, Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas mashes it hard. I have not a such an enjoyable imperial-anything in a long time, so it is a pleasure to leave a review for this awesome (but rare at this point) brew,

Serving it from a bottle kept in a dark cabinet, I drank this beauty from a small tasting cup.

Appearance: Pouring it out, it is a beautiful pitch black with a small hint of molasses in the light. Dark brown head, very light and foamy, with enough body to it that it leaves behind a bit of a lattice.

Smell: Strangely enough the bourbon barreling has yield only the vanilla and the chocolate, as I don't smell the charcoal that usually pervades bourbon-barreled brews. Nice hint of brown sugar behind the vanilla and the chocolate. It smells just like the bottles says it should taste, which leads me to...

Taste: Basically the same thing, but this time you get the small bite of the bourbon right on the bed of the tongue after the chocolate and vanilla work their magic. Very strong and very sugary, it definitely reminds me of old molasses.

Mouthfeel: Starts off gentle with the vanilla under the robust dark chocolate. Not flat at all, which is a risk any time you barrel a beer. Maybe there was some secondary fermentation? Couldn't find any esters at the bottom of the bottle. Right in the middle of the tongue you get that small bite of whiskey, as previously mentioned, and it finished with a tiny bit of smoke, a very nice finish coupled with one last smattering of burnt sugar.

Overall I am regretting I did not buy more of these bottles. A great Imperial Stout with wonderful chocolate and bourbon expressions. This is how a beer in this style is supposed to be done.

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Photo of WallingBrew
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - As it should - dark mahogany to black like the souls it has devoured
Smell - definitely pick up some vanilla and booze
Taste - like an adult version of a dark chocolate milk shake
Feel - like silk and velvet had a baby on your tongue
Overall - Others have said it best hard to beat at $7.99
WORLD CLASS and actually available!

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great imperial chocolate stout that has hints of coconut. It is a very well made beer. I will certainly pick up a few bottles next time I see them at the bottle shop.

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Photo of Slack
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep deep brown and opaque. A quarter inch of head with light brown (moderate) lacing.

Smell is strong malt mixed with a sweet note of chocolate, and more milder notes in bourbon and vanilla. The oak is present as well but only came through (for me) as the beer warmed.

Taste is surprising with bourbon up front and the chocolate and coffee in the middle. Sweetness is intertwined throughout. Am also getting some vanilla mixed with oak and booziness but only as the beer warmed up.

Mouthful is medium to heavy on the thicker side of things with lighter carbonation.

Overall this was an excellent stout with the mix of bourbon and chocolate - they paired exceptionally well in this beer. The sweetness was not overpowering and it is easily drinkable. I am definitely going to try this one again with a cigar.

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Photo of hodsongolf
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was delicious & thanks to tien @ Mekong for turning me on to this one. Great taste and even better finish. Hint - Pour and let breath at room temp for about 10 minutes before you get absolutely blown away @ your first sip. OMG the smell - they should make car fresheners :) The only reason i don't rate this as perfect is because it gives me a reason not to open the 2 bottles that i was able to find next year to review/score again!

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Photo of brewtus
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter
A- pours black with a nice half finger dense tan head
S- Dark chocolate, bourbon, some dark fruit, slightly boozy, some cinnomon
T-/M starts with a milky chocolate, leads into very well balanced oakey bourbon, finishes with dark chocolate notes, some vanilla, just slightly sweet.texture is perfect. Alcohol is hidden very well.
O- sooo delicious, a great desert beer, no one flavor dominates, they all work together so well. Ill have to grab another one of these while I can find them.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this beer. Bottled in January, which means it was probably brewed sometime in late November with the 5 week aging period. At $9.99 for a Barrel Aged bomber, you can't go wrong.

A: Dark chocolate. No light gets through. Slight head fades to a nice lacing.

S: Cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, molasses, raisins and bourbon.

T: Holy crap! Tons of vanilla backed up by a good chocolate, roasted backbone that does not overpower. Slight molasses and raisin towards the end. Bourbon flavor is perfectly subdued. Present, but not overpowering, and lets the vanilla and chocolate come to the forefront without any distractions.

M: Decently heavy, light carbonation. Thick and silky.

O: Very, very surprised by this beer. I am a fan of Heavy Seas but never have I had a beer from them that has made me go "Wow" after every sip. The short period spent in bourbon barrels seems to have been the perfect stay, as the bourbon does not overpower the base beer but lends a perfect compliment to make this beer very balanced and full of flavor. I am a huge fan of vanilla in my stouts, and this beer does not disappoint. The vanilla beans and bourbon barrels the beer is aged on lends the perfect vanilla nuance to balance the strong chocolate flavor. And at $10 for a bomber, and at 9.5% ABV, its something I could see myself drinking more often than not. Big fan of BBA Stouts, but most of them cost an arm and a leg and are often very high in alcohol that its hard to consume them on an occasional basis. It's almost like drinking a bourbon milkshake. Going to pick up another bottle tomorrow to age.

Recommended.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - 1 finger of tan head and lacing left on top of the brew. Pitch black, oil looking. Gorgeous

S - Chocolate and bourbon. 2 of human nature's vices. Vanilla present too. Beer aroma does not get much better than this

T - Chocolate, sweet, with a warming bourbon/booze feel at the end. Cocoa in the aftertaste

F - Full bodied, medium carbonation

O - This brew gets an A+, partially because of the $7.99 price. I've never had an imperial bourbon barrel aged stout for this price for this quality.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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 danielwoodrum
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

For the price this beer is way underrated for an 87%. I always respect Heavy Seas. This beer is just that, and they didn't rape you on hype and price.

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Photo of Rast
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber as the Michigan Wolverines assert themselves against No. 1 Louisville in the 75th NCAA men's basketball championship.

Let's begin with the description on the bottle: "Imperial Stout Brewed with Chocolate and aged in Bourbon Barrels." Questionable capitalization, but certainly a description tailor-made for the tastes and standards of the average Beer Advocate reviewer, among whom I'm counted. No disappointment here: pours a deep, tootsie-roll brown with a thick head and lovely lacing. Nose is chocolate love and roasty stout coffee yum. Tastes wonderful, not overwhelmingly chocolate like some stouts I've sipped. Rich, rich, rich malt blends well with the chocolate roastiness. Smooth rich mouthfeel.

As inviting as the "sirens" who used to invite us over to their haus after men's Bible study in college. Heavy Seas may have found their niche in the outstanding stout universe.

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Photo of DannyV
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is what I look for and what I wish every bourbon barrel aged stout was like. Deep, dark with hints of red and only slight carbonation, this smells AND tastes chocolaty. Malty, sweet amd roasty. Slight hints of coffee but not too much at all. I enjoy coffee stouts but its nice to taste one of this kind that doesnt overpower the chocolatiness wth the coffee. Great with desserts. I had mine with chocolate covered pretzels. F@&$kin yummy.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 92/100

Super rich creamy chocolate taste gives way to a creamy sweet coffee after note... It's really sweet. As much as I enjoy it. I can't really pull strong Bourbon barrel notes. Which in fairness, many may be purchasing for. In fact, the beer is very enjoyable, yet misleading in a way. It's more sweet than Bourbon to me by a fair amount. Otherwise, very well balanced and goes down easy at 9.5%. Worth the cheap sticker price~

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Photo of Omnium
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber > tulip glass
A - Pitch black viscous pour with a two finger dense tan head with medium lacing
S - Aroma isnt too strong, but you definitely get the chocolate, and the bourbon is awesome, some slight woody tones, some roasted malts.
T - Flavor is awesome, this is exactly what youd want a beer of this variety to taste like. Rich bourbon, some toasted caramel, smooth chocolate, not overly sweet, light wood tones in the back.
M - Smooth velvety rich, and full, but not cloying, or too sticky.
O - What an outsttanding beer, Heavy seas is really making some awesome beers these days.

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Photo of Bstrickler
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a big fan of chocolate to start with, but this is an amazing beer!great taste, mouthfeel. If you're a fan of imperial stouts, this is one not to miss! This is truly a diamond in the rough, let it age for a month or 3 and savor every drop. Found this in the "dump bin" and very glad I tried it!

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one surprised me, 9 bucks for a pint from beverage plus in floral park ny. took a chance on it as i love bourbon aged stouts and this one was one of the best. the strong chocolate taste just made this beer delicious,honestly one of the tastiest stouts ive ever tried.will be going back and grabbing a couple of these to age.superb.

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Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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 mfphil01
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY for 8.50. Served into a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Pours black. Not the darkest black I've ever seen, but close to opaque. Laces well down the glass.

Smells like hot chocolate mixed with a little bit of bourbon. Chocolate is far and away the overwhelming smell. Maybe a bit of oak, too.

Tastes amazing. The best use of chocolate I've had in a beer yet. I'm more a coffee guy when it comes to big stouts, but this has convinced me chocolate can play with the big boys too. Strong cocoa powder taste in the front, followed by bourbon-soaked fudge brownies. Bit of oak in the back end, with a slight bitterness. Strong and full mouthfeel is nice. Given the price, I expected it to be a bit thin.

One of the best BA stouts on the market, IMHO. The bourbon is mild, and subtle- a mere supporting actor to the big star- chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Great value for a great stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeeGinner
4.44/5  rDev +15%
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 BikeChef
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage. Nose of cocoa, roast and bourbon; palate starts with chocolate
and the vanilla-y bourbon comes in behind. Love that the sweetness is kept in check compared to most BBL stouts. This is nicely balanced and reasonably priced-- buy it if you see it!

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