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

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 467
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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Photo of jcfdez
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even though I am not the biggest fan of choco stouts, I was very pleasantly surprised by Siren Noire. The chocolate flavor did not seem like an add-on (as with other choco stouts), but rather as an integral component of a more complex taste. The aroma was similarly complex, making the beer a truly complete experience.

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Photo of mwrecording
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to pick this up.

Poured a typical stout color, dark black.
Smell is very chocolately - sweet. It isn't an overpowering one, but a solid one.

Taste...first sip was a treat, the reviews of this aren't overwhelmingly positive, so I expected this to be a bit flat or light.
Big chocolate taste, big roasty malts taste. Not really any bite but I don't know that I should really be expecting it as this isn't a hoppier stout.

Mouthfeel is probably the only drawback of this, on one hand its nice that its easy to drink and eases you into doing more than sipping it but on the other hand its sort of...watery. real thin.

Drinkability - I could probably have 2 of these on a winter evening. Don't taste the 8%. Easy to drink.

For $5.50 a bomber, this is a solid beer.

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Photo of jgnam
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Rustico in Arlington, VA, and it was amazing. It may have the most refined chocolate flavor out there in a beer; it doesn't just taste like ANY chocolate, it has the distinct character of a belgian import. More importantly, I would argue that the flavor is well balanced for a brew of this sort; as undeniably prominent as the chocolate flavor is, it's not overwhelmingly sugary like Southern Tier's chocolate stouts, the alcohol bites a bit, and there are other notes in there.

I will admit that the nose is undeniably lacking in subtlety. It smells like chocolate, nothing else. However, the mouthfeel strikes a great balance; a malty, milky quality much greater than cheap swill stouts, but not so heavy it'll bowl you over.

If you prefer your chocolate flavors pushed further in the background, or you prefer more bitterness, you may take issue with Siren Noire, but I claim it superior to many popular chocolate stouts (Young's, Brooklyn Black) and among the best.

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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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with some reddish hues around the edges when held up to the light, smallish tan head, sticks around for a little while before fading fast away, not much lacing.

Wow, huge freakin' chocolate nose on this puppy, smells like chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate of the sweet variety, if this was served warm I'd think it was hot cocoa, touch of roasted malt behind the sweetness.

The chocolate follows up in the taste quite well when compared to the nose although the roasted malt plays a slightly larger role, not cloyingly sweet fortunately as its more of a cocoa nib flavor over Hershey's chocolate, strength is well hidden and not evident at all, nice creamy mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation that's soft.

Reminds me a lot of Southern Tier's Choklat with the one exception that this isn't as sweet.

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Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of chocolate, some malts. Taste is also chocolatey, roasyed malts, just a touch of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bit light for an imperial stout it kind of reminds me of Peg Leg since it has a bit of ruby hue at the base and it's a bit thin. Head is also minimal with only a 1/4 inch of mocha head that quickly turns to a light lace ring. Sticky though.

S - My gawd this smells of chocolate like fudgey chocolate also reminds me of the Belgium chocolate qualities of ST Chocolat. Sweet, Sweet dessert beer!

T - Definitely not as sweet as expected but that makes it more drinkable and more beer like. Sweet melted Belgium Chocolate but not overly sweet with mild roasts and a bit of hops in the finish. Pretty sweet beer.

M - Medium bodied it's not as thick as most imperial stouts but thats not a bad thing.

Overall I went into this expecting some level of Chocolat from Southern Tier and smell confirmed its chocolate strong and sweet. Taste is more beer like but still very sweet with a good body. Not bad just not worth a repeat visit for 8 bucks a bomber.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter. Pours very dark brown color with a dense 1 finger tan head with good retention. A thin lacing cap lingers for the remainder of the glass. Aromas of strong milk and dark chocolate; with some roasted malt and caramel as well. Not very complex here, but it sure smells damn good, like a tootsie roll. Taste of strong chocolate once again, with some roasted malts and caramel. Maybe a bit of dark fruits and coffee mixed in there as well. A very small amount of bitterness is present on the finish, but isn’t around for long. Lots of roasted and chocolate flavor lingers after the finish. No alcohol noticed in the taste at all, but a decent warming is present on the finish. Medium carbonation with a fairly full and creamy body. Very smooth drinking as well for the alcohol level. Overall, quite an tasty chocolate stout, nice smoothness and good balance.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Pours a medium black, relatively light as it pours. Deeper black once it fills the glass. A very late head forms about half a finger, darker tan...and it dissapates just as quickly. Light and fizzy/watery lacing.

Aroma is light, but good. Sweet-chocolate mostly, and malty. Very faint booze smell.

Wow, this is an interesting stout. It starts off, when cold...very carbonated, fizzy...light in the flavor, but a definite under lying potential. I knew this would get better. Let this warm up quite a bit. The chocolate really takes a bigger part, and the carbonation really goes down(from what it seems). Very good beer! A little light for a stout, but by characteristic...it fits.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black body with a tan head leaving little lacing. The aroma is chocolate malts with bittersweet chocolate.
The flavor is a good bit of chocolate and roasted malts with enough bitterness to keep the malts in check. I didn't get much of any hop character in the flavor. The mouthfeel was somewhere between medium and full. I am don't care too much for imperial stouts with chocolate, but this one was something I could enjoy.

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Photo of JoePat
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown...not quite black with a thin tan head that dissipates almost instantly.
It smells like Coffee with a huge roasted aroma.
The flavor is a smeet, smooth, roasted, chocolate, coffee smoothness that is heaven.
Mouthfeel is light and creamy which only adds to the flavor.
This beer is very drinkable with the smooth creamy mouthfeel and the awsome flavors.
Not a huge fan of Clipper City but this is impressive beer No 2 I have tried...bring me some more!

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Photo of morebeergood
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at American Craft in Brookline. Served in an 11 oz glass. Dark brown color. Slight lacing. Great toasted malt smell. Taste was exceptional. Definitely had a roasted coffee flavor, but also a very pronounced dark chocolate aftertaste. Delicious. Mouthfeel was great, thick for a stout but smoother than normal. Only negative note is that it is very sweet for an imperial stout. Would not desire to drink a lot of this beer at one time, but would be an excellent after dinner beer or paired with a chocolate dessert. One of the better chocolate stouts I have tried.

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Photo of Xul
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost pitch black, capped by one finger of creamy pale beige head. Retention is moderate as it slowly recedes to scattered lacing atop the beer.

S: Cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate up front, followed by some roasted coffee and dark malts, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla. Aroma is very well integrated.

T: Cocoa up front again, with vanilla and some sweeter chocolate arriving on the mid-palate. Dark cherries and roasted malts come in near the backend, leading to a blend of coffee, semisweet chocolate, and dark fruits on the finish.

M: A little bit less than medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit too thin for the style. Still not bad per se, just not optimal.

D: Incredibly balanced and well-integrated, goes down far too easy for what it is.

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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brown head that did not fade.

S: A very nice milk chocolate aroma is coming off of the beer with a touch of roasted malt.

T: Now that is a chocolate beer. Tastes like a darker milk chocolate with an alcohol and slight hop bite. Just pure chocolate until the finish when the roasted malt flavors kick in. Also a very, very slight hint of ginger in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth and a little on the thin side. Still pretty good though.

O: Judging it purely on Imperial Stout style, it's OK. The aroma and flavor are one sided. But....this is a chocolate Imperial Stout. That being said, judging it with that in mind, it is one of the better chocolate Imp. Stouts I've had. A bit sweet, but the chocolate flavor is very up front, smooth and tasty. I think this beer gets a bad rap because everyone chills it to the point where they can't taste the chocolate. It should be 50+ degrees, that's when the chocolate flavors really come out.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is very nice, consisting of chocolate, coffee and cherry. It also doesn't smell particularly boozy, which is a relief. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet stout, though there's some underlying spice as well that is attractive. Also, I get a touch of hoppy bitterness in the finish, which helps to coutner the sweetness a bit. Mouthfeel is rich, full and pretty long. I'm thinking this beer will be fantastic on cask. Drinkability is also very good, with the 8% abv. well disguised.

Quite delicious. At least for me, this is by far and away the most enjoyable mutiny fleet beer I've had yet from Clipper City. Very nice.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin black with minimal head that died quickly. A heavy smell of dark chocolate and some roasted malts as well but more sweet than anything. Really smooth and creamy, a light stout that is pretty sweet a chocolate taste that overrides most of everything else. Some minor roasted malts for a balance of dryness and hints of something like dark fruit but mostly just a sweet stout. An enjoyable drink but I wouldn't call this a double.

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Photo of webjedi
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generally a good chocolate stout, on par with Rogue's. Initial flavors, outside of the dark chocolate was a bit of roasted coffee as well. Little to no head, with small bubbles, almost "nitro" in appearance. Leaves a sheet of thin gooey lacing on the glass when drank, maintaining the dark cola color. Holds flavor from cold to room temperature. I would seek this out again. Also seen at Elephant and Castle on tap in D.C. on I and 19th Streets as of 3/12/2010.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the cask into a pint glass with virtually no head at all; yet, there were some faint traces of proteinaceous lacing throughout the drink. The body was a completely opaque black color, and showed no visible signs of carbonation.

S- Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts and very faint trace of hops. The cask was prepared with pieces toasted oak, but oaky aromas were not detected on the nose.

T- Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts, as expected. The chocolate flavor was mild to moderate, and this created a nice little nuance to remind you that it wasn't just an Imperial Stout. Finishes a little bitter with an echo of burnt dark fruit. Again, nothing on the palate to indicate the presence of oak.

M- A medium bodied stout with a fair amount of unattenuated sugar; a little slick on the tongue. A little less carbonation than I would like to see, even from a cask, but decent mouthfeel overall.

D- The drinkability of this beer is what really impressed me. I was unaware of the alcohol content until my third pint, and then I realized that I have been quaffing this thing too quickly. Goes down very smooth.

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Photo of thekanna
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black into a snifter with about 2 fingers of dark tan head.

S: Heavily dark roasted malts with some dark cacao and coffee notes. This turns into a sweet German chocolate cake smell right before you sip.

T: Dark roasted malts, huge chewy dark chocolate brownie / cacao powder, slight hops and a phenol kick at the end.

M: Thick, chewy, extremely filling. This has only a slight bit of carbonation bite at the end.

D: Dinner in a glass.

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Photo of claytri
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black with a nice tan lace. The aroma was of sweet malt with a hint of prunes. The taste was of malt and dark fruits, but it was all muted, and had a slight alcohol burn in the finish. The feel was heavy and wet. I grabbed this one at the Judge
s Bench with no idea what it was suppossed to be other than dark. It was an interesting beer, very soft flavors and a bit unusual. I was shocked to find it was suppossed to be a chocolate stout as I detected no hint of chocolate about it. An OK beer, but not one I'll be seeking out in the future.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a near black body with a lasting half-inch of tan-hued foam. BA TheLibrarianGirl prefers to call it "chocolate milk foam".

Smell: Moderately roasty-toned nose with a constant note of baker's chocolate and coffee, with a slight background hint of dried dark fruits.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts presents a taste of black coffee dosed with table sugar followed by a handful of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and cocoa powder. Medium sweetness overall. A dark fruitiness slips in with a small sip of prune juice. The roastiness receives a noted bump midway and joins in with slight bitterness. Hint of alcohol warmth, then it's off to the semi-dry, halfway chocolaty, halfway roasty finish, with that small dark fruitiness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-carbonation.

Drinkability: It's no Choklat, that's for sure, but I still liked it. It's sort of a relatively lighter, easier-drinking alternative to it, being of slender body, lighter on the chocolate taste, and having less alcohol.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Galaxy Hut, Arlington, VA.

A: Black pour, fine tan head, decent lacing. Nothing spectacular, but solid.

S: Chocolate, coffee, a bit of roastiness.

T: Dry cocoa powder, roasted malt, slight alcohol. Decent hop bitterness to finish. Well balanced.

M: Substantial mouthfeel. Soft palate, gently carbonated.

D: Decent, drinkable. Doesn't feel very imperial, but it is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours almost a completely black color with a thick tan colored head that fades slowly leaving a nice amount of lacing down the sides.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, roasted barley, chocolate, some coffee and caramel aromas and a hint of hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malt, some sweet brown sugary flavor mixed with coffee and a lot of chocolate and a hint of caramel as well. The aftertaste has a very prevalent hop flavor to it that I did not taste before which was nice.
M: Very thick, smooth, warming, heavy bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable even for a big thick beer like this. Very nice.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of milk chocolate, coffee, plums, and roasted malt. Not a ground-breaking flavor, but well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Thick, chewy, full-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable stout.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color-not a lot of carbonation but a slight tan ring all the way around the top of the beer. Mild dark chocolate aroma here. Very solid dark chocolate flavor without being overly done. Nice easy blend of roasted grain and chocolate. Has more of a stout characteristic then just being a "chocolate beer". Somewhat sweet then fades into a drying finish. Decent enough body to offset the flavor. Overall a good beer-not too much of a dessert beer that you couldnt enjoy it anytime.

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