Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
04-09-2012 14:14:57 | More by AngusOg
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
4.15/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
03-28-2012 20:47:01 | More by jcfdez
3.43/5 rDev -7%
22 oz. bottle. Thin head, lots of carbonation. I want to like it, but the alcohol comes through too much for an 8% beer, and it doesn't have nearly as much depth as most of their beers- this is a perfectly good imperial chocolate stout, and that's about it.
03-19-2012 22:24:08 | More by pvo
2.85/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
03-12-2012 00:38:27 | More by thechaser
3.35/5 rDev -9.2%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a deep black with some garnet hues and a one inch beige head. The head settles rather quickly and leaves behind only a few small patches of lacing.
S: Robust chocolatey scents of milk chocolate, black cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup. Roasted malts add mocha-like aromas of their own. Faint raspberry and plum within all this. A chocolate bomb.
T: Milk chocolate on the attack, distinct black cocoa powder follows. Very subtle hint of acidity and tart fruit. Touch of oily, green, leafy hop tastes. Smokey roasted malt tastes assert themselves toward the finish. Lingering finish consists of a heavy dose of black cocoa powder.
M: Medium bodied, full, creamy, and silky in the mouth. Sharp carbonation.
O: Chocolate flavors are not as layered and complex as they were on the nose. The cocoa powder tastes are pretty intense and overpowering. The beer itself doesn't get to shine through as much as I'd like. A decent beer, but it just doesn't feel as cohesive as some of the better ones out there.
03-11-2012 05:17:11 | More by ryan1788a5
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
03-09-2012 03:27:13 | More by DrDemento456
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
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a brilliant red, which I didn't expect. The head is foamy and thick.
Smells strongly of chocolate, almost like fudge.
Big sweet chocolate flavors, not too much else that I can detect. As it warms, the chocolate eases up and balances out better. It's a little one-note but good.
03-03-2012 15:50:57 | More by wowbagger
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured from a 22oz into a Stone Cali-Belgique flute glass.
A - pours an intense, deep brown with a two finger dark kahki head
S - cocoa and milk chocolate dominate every other aspect of this beer.
T - the taste follows the nose with notes of chocolate and cocoa. I getbsome vanilla too - almost like a mocked barrel aged vanilla. A bitter baking chocolate note lingers slightly on the palate.
M - somewhat thin. Almost too thin to hold the massive chocolate flavors.
D - for 8.5% abv, it's fairly sessionable.
Overall, I really enjoy this beer even though it gets beat up a little in the reviews. Not quite as put together as Choklat, but I dont think its too far off. At $5.99 a bomber, this is a huge alue compared to Choklat.
03-02-2012 00:21:10 | More by beesy
Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
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