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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 billab914
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a small tan head taking up the top of the glass. The head faded after a minute or so down to a ring around the edges of the glass. A little lacing was left but not a lot.

The aroma has some bitter sweet chocolate to it with some roasted and coffee flavors coming through as well. Overall it doesn't have a real strong nose to it, but the chocolate that does come through is pretty nice.

The taste has a big bitter unsweetened chocolate presence to it, especially in the finish. It has a some nice roasty and coffee flavors coming through, along with some sweet malty flavors as well. The bitter chocolate is really the focus of the taste though, and I liked that about it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is a little below average. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice chocolate beer. I liked that it had more of a bitter chocolate flavor to it instead of the sweeter chocolate flavors found in a lot of chocolate beers. I tend to like my imperial stouts a a bit thicker and less carbonated but the mouthfeel wasn't bad by any means. Very nice flavors to it overall though, the bitter chocolate flavor was especially very well done.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real fizzy sounding head is made off the pour which has very little creamy togetherness, and dissolves fairly quickly, light cocoa brown in color. Body hits with a dark brown walnut with some see through red edges around, kind of almost resembles cola.

Nose is powdered milk chocolate, sort of a whoppers candy action with a malt backbone. Hints of sticky toffee and brown sugar. Very nice, kind of a different chocolate angle, might not be everyones cup of tea but I am not minding. I picture this sticking to my teeth.

Palate hits with a very wet body for an imperial, and some noticeable carbonation. Fizzy texture. Chocolate is a nice mellow bitter with some faint roast character. Hint of sweetness doesn't seem to come through on the palate. Finish reminds more of a drip coffee aftertaste and a little fleeting.

Overall it's not bad, but I expected more from what the nose hinted at.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On- tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Bordering on light black if that makes sense with some muddy brown towards the edges, a semi tan head up top with a foamy look, minor stickage.

S- A small amount of cocco and chocolate bar is even lighter. More roasty than sweet chocolate. A hit of vanilla and cola. It smells like it's not going to be to sweet.

T- Not an Imperial chocolate stout, there may be alot of alcohol in it for that classification but certainly not big on chocolate. This taste like a light cocco infused cherry cola when all is said and done. I swear I get some cherry out of it, I don't think i'm crazy. Some roast, all together bad.

M&D- Medium bodied but it comes off a bit watery since it's classified as being big, that's not the case. A cola like aftertaste. Not very sweet. Some people are calling this choklat light, well they are wrong, no way. I did not pour this down the drain, but the bartender did when I left the rest of my glass on the bar.

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Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: pours a black color with a wispy thin head that breaks apart quickly. No lace develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts and mild chocolate tones are detectable.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate prunes, and some alcohol are up front and there is a mellower bitterness that kicks in late.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start but smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer did not have the chocolate punch I have experienced with others in the style, but it still was quite tasty. Slow sipping beer works well for dessert.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, nicely browned head that is not very dense, but does have some staying power and leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated brown, really black color that is quite opaque in its darkness. My first smell of the nose sees me noticing a chalky, roasted character. The chalky edge seems to dissipate quite quickly, but the roast malt definitely plays the dominant role in the nose. Burnt roasted grain and husks, dark chocolate liquor, sweet dark grain, some savory malt character and a deeply burnt, whole grain brown bread character. There is also a burnt plum note here that adds some nice complexity. This doesn't have the really rich, sweet leaning malt character that an Imperial Stout can often have, but it is still quite good. As the beer warms up it at times can seem to smell like a moist, freshly fermenting, uncooked dough.

Somewhat dry tasting up front and in fact it loses more sweetness into the long finish. The beer finishes very light bodied without hardly any viscous character lingering on the tongue. Ample toasted whole grain character supplies a savory bread-crumb character and a rich burnt caramelized character that boosts the savory notes. The beer finishes with a big, dry, roasted character that accentuates the dryness of this beer. There is a rich, dried plum character that is quite umami like and reminds me of a salted, Chinese dried plum. Much more fruity tasting as it warms up, sort of reminds me of prunes, concord grapes.

An interesting interpretation, I actually sort of like that it is so dry, but still manages to have a savory quality to this beer. Still, I was hoping for something a little bit richer than this beer, especially since this is an imperial chocolate stout; it really needs a rich body and malt sweetness to fulfill the typical expectations for this type of beer. Not bad, and in the right circumstance I might actually be enjoying this a whole lot more.

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wines in Claymont, DE...

Appears a near black with a small tan head that quickly fades into a small cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, dark fruit, black grapes, brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas with a touch of roastiness that pulls through the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, airy, a bit chewy in the middle with a velvet-like swallow.

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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 beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a rich mahogany straight from the bottle, while in the glass appeared flat black of a medium contrast. The head was compact, barely mustering enough strength to break a finger high, while a great deal of fizzy activity was observed with a sponge like appearance. Retention was short with no visible signs of lacing.

S: A light booziness of juicy plums and vinous grapes are present on the nose. However there are some off phenolic notes of vinyl, perhaps from the brewing process, that stands out leaving you with an uninteresting first impression. Light signs of raw pancake batter and brown vegetation are also present.

T: The flavor starts to pick up for a rather lame appearance and aromatic sense, but still leaves much to be desired. Sweetly roasted grains combine with juicy plums and creamer enriched coffee delivers only a light offering of roastiness. Sweet and bitter chocolate notes intertwine but in the end comes off watery and weak contributing little to the dark roasty nature I was expecting. The bitterness starts to pick up a bit on the finish, maybe to little to late, with a decent show of coffee and bitter chocolate with some boozy alcohol tones. Decent overall but nothing that convinces me that this is an imperial stout.

M: Some nice bubbley edginess occurs with a medium proposal of carbonation. The viscosity is fairly full with an oily slick texture. Again nothing that really stands out and delivers.

D: Drinkability was average, fairly easy, but comes off as a boring drink that I found myself not caring if I finished it half way through. A yawner that falls way short of expectations. For what its worth a very unlikely re-visit, comes off middle of the road.

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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 puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours extremely dark brown to jet black and any brown color can only be seen under direct light. It builds up to a decent, silky head which fizzles after a few minutes. The aroma is rich with dark baker's chocolate with a slight hop drop mixed in. Or is that the alcohol? The body is of medium weight and on the slick, oily side. Loads of chocolate emerge on first sip with a noted but balanced dry hop bite on the second. Pretty good stout.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a one trick pony for sure, but it's a tastey one trick-chocolate. Smells of dark chocolate, the taste is much the same. Just enough bitterness from the beer to offset the sweetness of the chocolate, kind of like semi sweet dark chocolate. It would be nice if the chocolate did not dominate as much, maybe giving the brew a little more complexity. But i know what to expect and i buy one when it comes out each year, and when i'm in the right mood for a nice dessert type beer, this one sure hits the spot nicely.

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Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch cola-like tan head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of a little bit of cherry. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating, but I think it's thin for a stout. Also has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd pick this up again in the future. Definitely worth a try.

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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 claspada
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of dark roasted malts mixed with light sweet chocolate notes; slightly earthy and herbal.

The taste is roasted malts lightly astringent, some good coffee/espresso flavors, with an odd but not off-putting sour characteristic. Faint dark fruits notes. For a chocolate stout kind of expecting more chocolate and less conflicting tastes. Espresso notes and bitter hops blend well together.

Mouthfeel is only medium which is also little strange for a big stout, carbonation little peppy. Needs more body.

Drinkability is alright not really bad, would be nice regular stout seems lacking for a double though, except in ABV of course. Quite tasty and worth a try because of the reasonable price point.

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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 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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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 Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served at 48 degrees in my Old Stock snifter. Poured the color of cola with a half-inch, loose, tan-colored head that quickly dissipates into a frothy band and a swirl of foam. Nose reveals cocoa, lactose and some licorice. Closer to a Milk Stout than an American Double in my opinion. Taste consistent with nose, but a charred quality comes out in the middle and the lactose sweetness lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency and mildly carbonated, with a slightly oily quality. Easy drinking and flavorful with a well-hidden abv. Not the biggest or the best, but very solid and easy drinking for the style.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong, sweet and chocolaty - maybe a little too chocolaty, since the chocolate so dominates the aroma one might as well be sniffing a Hershey bar. There is a hint of malt, though. It pours a deep, nearly opaque coffee sable with a fairly thick light tan head. Flavor is mainly chocolate and has a firm alcohol nip, along with subtle woody, smoky and malty hints. Texture is smooth and finely fizzy, leaving a subtle tingle and a chocolaty alcohol finish.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard dark black/brown pour with a thin layer of cream head. Not too much lacing.

Aroma is some bitter chocolate, cocoa and roast malt. Pretty pleasant.

Taste is also fairly chocolatey, but there is a lingering sourness midway through. Not terrible, but a lactic acidity. Finishes with some mocha coffee.

Medium bodied, very little alcohol present. Pretty easy drinking, aside from the sour bit and you best like a chocolatey stout.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
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).

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