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

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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 28
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 02-20-2010)
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Photo of thechaser
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into white wine glass.

Very dark ruby red, almost black. Tan thin head. Thin appearance.

Nose is straight up dark chocolate dominance. Slightly boozy and roasted dark malted barley.

Taste very similar to nose. Yet a bit more dark fruit, raisin, but not much. Too much carbonation for the style.

Overall this beer is slightly below average for this style for me. I was actually expecting much more out of it but I was led to an over carbonated, dark chocolate dominate stout. It had potential but didn't deliver.

thechaser, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber pours into nonic pint glass

A - black, with garnet hues in the corners. minimal head.
S - big chocolate aroma. toasted marshmellow
T - bitter, roasty, but not really any chocolate that was in the nose
M - fairly thin for an imperial stout. acidic on the tongue
D - disapointing taste & body. wouldn't want another one

jmdrpi, May 05, 2010
Photo of david131
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A deep, dark brown liquid with some light coming through at the edges. The brown head is thin and settles to a a slightly splotchy covering.

S- Dark chocolate, smoke, earthiness, and some oats.

T- Chocolate, smoke, and a touch of nuttiness. Sweet and a bit simple. There is a "unique" taste of concord grapes on the finish.

M- A thin body with some strange lasting flavors. A bit astringent on the finish.

D- Very thin for the style. Just not all that well executed and makes for a bit of a chore, which is surprising considering the reasonable alcohol content.

david131, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

via Slyph

Nice bottle art. Bonus points for pirates (as always). Opaque black with dark brown highlights. One finger Swiss Miss colored head that's quick to collar...then vanish. Looks like a glass of black iced coffee with all the ice melted.

Sweet cocoa and dark roast coffee aroma. Taste is bitter bakers chocolate, dark roast watered down iced coffee. Very little in the way of malt and mouthfeel. Watery all over, both taste and mouthfeel. Where'd the 8% go?

Too watery, not a fan.

donkeyrunner, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 3/13/2010. Bottle. Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, parmesean cheese, a touch of bitter hops. Lots of sweet malt, some medicinal notes. Meh, I could continue to drink this but it wouldn't be very enjoyable.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

jriggins6, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim at Julio's. Another let down from not doing any sluething. Been 10 days since I had a really good brew, and I cant remember the last time I bought a random beer that turned out to be really good.

A - Nice good typical stout appearance. Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich black pour with light tan one finger head that slowly fades leaving nice heavy lacing on the brew but minimal side lacing.

S - Kinda strange. Getting your usual stout aromas, not much chocolate but it is there. That being said, there is some dark ale like aromas. Dark fruits and figs are present.

T - Just like the nose, this is somewhat odd. Not really a fan of this. I'm not getting any of that nice typical roasty malt that one becomes oh so fond of when drinking a stout. Instead, I get some belgian type funky things going on. Dark fruits and funk here along with a little bit of chocolate.

M - Normal run of the mill mouthfeel though a bit on the thin side. Personally, I like my stouts, let alone imperial ones, to be nice and thick.

D - Its not that bad of a stout but the addition of some belgian qualities is unexpected and not exactly wanted from me. Much better stouts out there.

rudzud, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of alysmith4
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My friend ordered this beer, and I was able to try about half of it as she didn't really care for it. The appearance was average.. a nice, thick, black color, with little to no head (which could have been due to an improper pour.) The smell was malty, bitter, and had some definite coffee/ chocolate notes. Taste was just about the same - a little on the sweet side. I think this is a pretty good beer for someone looking for a chocolate-y stout, and one that I would have again - for dessert!

alysmith4, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip...

Pours a pitch black appearance with a small quickly disappearing head... No light is penetrating this one at all.. It's completely black..

The roasted malts dominate in this category... this actually smells more like a porter than a stout.. I don't get the richness or depth that's present in most imperial stouts..

Big dose of roasted malts up front without the chocolate in the name... Hmmm... this one seems really light for an imperial stout... If this was a porter, I'd get it... but it's not.. It's labeled an imperial stout and judged in that category, it just doesn't measure up... It's not awful or anything like that but it's not as rich or thick as it needs to be...

Overall, I was a little disappointed in this one... Nothing majorly wrong but it just doesn't do this brewery justice.. The brews they make are too good for this one to represent the brewery..

Tilley4, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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...

Metalmonk, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a good amount of red and golden highlights easily noticeable. Not as dark or opaque as I would prefer. One and a half finger tan head takes a while to dissipate but leaves no lacing. Smell is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burnt grains, and some bitterness from hops that I wasn't expecting.

Taste is pretty weak on the malt side, with thin bittersweet chocolate being the main player, and coffee and toasted grains being noticed slightly. Slight hop bitterness. Disappointing. Mouthfeel is far too thin for the style. Easily drinkable, but not all that easily enjoyable.

HURTemHIZZY, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of stoutfiend27
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bomber into the duvel tulip...decided to give this one another try when they were put on clearance for three bucks a bomber...the first one ended up as a drain pour...smelled like sewer water and tasted terrible...

a-black..three finger khaki colored head...overly fizzy on the pour..appears thin

s-bitter chocolate...sweet malt and a faint hint of roast and coffee

t-much like the nose...starts off sweet...a little milk chocolate and bitter chocolate...some roast in the middle....some tartness as well??...finishes on a thin bitter note...and that tartness lingers...

m-thin and fizzy...damn the tartness....

d-for three bucks a bomber it is acceptable when you cant make a decision i suppose but nothing i would ever go out of way to get..

stoutfiend27, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark brown liquid with a somewhat dense tan colored head that fizzles away a little quick and leaves no lace

S-dark chocolate right up front followed by a taste of crème brule. Roasted coffee hints in the back, slightly burnt.

T-off taste of crème and a good bit of dark chocolate, notes of vanilla and burnt coffee towards the back.

M-very smooth and creamy with a good thick and chewy body. It is a good full body but the carbonatoin is quite low. It is very limited in the back but does just enough to let you know its there.

D-funky taste of crème and chocolate that doesn't quite sit that well with me. Its pretty big and thick which is nice; the flavors aren't bad they just seem a little off.

cpetrone84, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a crystal mug, tha almost black beer only produced a faint brown bubbly head, which dissipated immediately with little lacing.
The smell was of dark chocolate and cherry.
Tasting the beer I expected more complexity. There was an astringent flavor throughout the tasting, that I did not like.
Not my favorite from this usually great brewery.

Hopfenpeter, May 14, 2012
Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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