Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
01-31-2011 14:19:51 | More by Gueuzedude
3.58/5 rDev -3%
Near black color where no light shines through the broth. A continuous head lasts, leaving spidery lace.
Chocolate and creamy brown sugar are the major smells here.
The flavor is dark without a burnt element. The body is thin for the style with a high carbonation level. There's a wonderful blend of alcohol, toasted malt and light hop in the swallow and aftertaste. Lots of chocolate in the taste.
04-10-2010 03:23:49 | More by smcolw
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
04-30-2010 19:05:42 | More by Gavage
4.25/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
10-02-2011 21:30:55 | More by oriolesfan4
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
08-17-2010 19:33:50 | More by weeare138
United Kingdom (Wales)
1.7/5 rDev -53.9%
Poured into ccb snifter
Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Color pours a copper brown, but settles black.
Aroma: Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Heavy roast here with some hints of coffee. Notes of vanilla as well.
Taste: I really can't tell this is a stout. It has so many off flavors. It seems infected but it isn't fizzy like infected beers are. Chocolate and burnt malts. Cherry like infection notes. Not good at all.
Mouthfeel: Roasted, a bit fizzy, and dry. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sour.
Overall, I think this is infected or something. It isn't good at all. I can't find anything I like about it. I don't know if I will be able to finish half of this bottle.
09-19-2010 03:46:21 | More by mothman
2.63/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
07-03-2010 14:42:21 | More by BARFLYB
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
05-29-2011 07:47:06 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
On cask at Evening Star in Alexandria, Virginia.
The beer is dark brown with just a few bubbles of carbonation present. Both the aroma and flavor are dominated by a huge chocolate presence. The beer tastes like chocolate Yoohoo and melted chocolate candy bars. While the beer is decent for what it is, I find it quite one dimensional. The feel is medium bodied and smooth, as is typical of a cask ale. Overall, a decent chocolate stout.
01-30-2011 15:23:56 | More by Huhzubendah
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
02-26-2010 20:33:40 | More by John_M
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-02-2012 22:36:31 | More by smakawhat
3.28/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
06-03-2010 23:36:46 | More by beerthulhu
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
Review from notes. Consumed blind.
A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger mocha colored head. Decent retention and lacing.
S: Lots of milk chocolate and cocoa, can't recall a beer smelling more like chocolate in a very long time. Not much else comes through, as the chocolate dominates.
T: Similarly chocolate heavy, very creamy. Just chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
M: Maybe a touch on the thin side, moderate carbonation.
O: A definite surprise, pretty good. A little one dimensional, but its chocolate, so it doesn't really bother me. Would pair well with dessert.
03-05-2012 21:53:51 | More by mdaschaf
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
06-25-2010 00:24:41 | More by billab914
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
03-23-2010 01:51:22 | More by glid02
Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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