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

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 465
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 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 TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Not finding the words today (damn headaches), so it's a brief return to the old, overly-straightforward review style:

Pours a deeply opaque jet black with a little whisp of a head that dissipates quickly. The chocolate is pretty heavy in the nose, with molasses, brown sugar, figs, dark malts, and a tinge of coffee hanging around as well. The taste generally follows, though the chocolate has shifted into the powdered cocoa realm. A fair amount of sweetness is balanced by the subtly bitter coffee in the background. Though lighter than I would have expected, the light carbonation and the velvety feel (technically, I think velvet feels like this), combined with the tastiness, make for a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours just as I expect it should-- a red-black translucent color, although a scant course bubble head and next to no lacing.
The nose is quite small- with tiny hints of hops and a hair of toasted malt.

Flavor-- is OK.. It is robust with the weight of an imperial stout-- but in the end it's just "weight". The mouthfeel has a weighty stance but when I break it down-- take it apart there really isn't much in the way of flavor there-- I taste some ingredients of hops and some toasty malt but the flavor has a one dimensional "toast" malt but not a lot else that strikes my senses.

There's a long finish that's smooth and long-lasting.

The mouthfeel is quite cordial, with a soothing effect on my palate.. there's nothing to the flavor or the character that ruffles my tasting feathers.

The drinkability thanks to the beer's 8% ABV makes it possible to enjoy several pints without regretting it..

As the glass is drained I think this beer is worthy of enjoyment, simply there's nothing in it to make me remember it when I'm looking at other choices...

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Photo of hawks10
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter...

Pours black, slight reddish/brown on the edges when held up to the light, with a one finger soft tan head that leaves a thin haze on top of the brew, not much lacing...

Smells of bitter dark chocolate and a dark roasted coffee, a tiny bit of sweetness in the background...

Tastes like a sightly watery coffee with a bit of dark chocolate. Roasted grain, overall a pretty smooth combination of those flavors, not harsh and bitter like some...

Thinner than expected, lacking carbonation, almost too slick on the tongue. Honestly felt I was drinking a regular, non-imperial stout...

The mouthfeel really ruined this one for me, way too thin for an imperial stout, average taste on top of that...always love trying a new beer that I cannot get here in Chicago, but this one kinda missed the mark...

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a watery, yet jet black...with almost no head which evaporated almost instantly.

S - Earthy malts dominate the nose. Kind of reminds me of that New Belgium smell but with a chocolaty twist. A bit of roasted nuts and dark fruit in there, but mostly just the malts on the nose.

T - The taste follows the nose, but the subtle chocolate of the nose comes out more in the flavor. Alcohol is definitely present in the flavor. As a big fan of stouts, not the best, but definitely good. As with most beers, this one got better as it warmed up and the flavor came out more. I'd definitely recommend letting this one warm up a bit before drinking it right from the fridge.

M - Hot carbonation. Very lively beer. Leaves a bit of a dry aftertaste. A bit watery without being silky.

D - Not the best imperial stout I've had, but an easy drinker none-the-less. Worth a try for the fans of stouts (as I am), but not one that I'll probably get again with this price point.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Snifter Glass

Not much to this brew unfortunitely. Pours a solid black with a thin brown head that left little lacing. Smells of roasted darker malts and some dark chocolate and coffee. Like it smells you don't really get much else. The dark malts and bittersweet chocolate dominate and a decent coffee after taste that leaves you with a slight bitter dryness but not bad.

This brew is very simple and not complex at all. I think heavy seas could have done a way better job with this one. The chocolate wasn't to noticeable compared to the strong coffee taste.


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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was black with a medium-sized tan head that receded quickly. It had an aroma of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Milk chocolate and coffee taste. A pleasant enough stout, but I thought it was a little on the tepid side and lacked depth.

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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 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 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 atsprings
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a deep opaque black with a thin khaki head that slowly diminishes to a ring and a little bit of froth from the etching in the glass. The beer also leaves a slight bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is semi-sweet chocolate up front with a bit of roasted malts right behind. The taste is a nice blend of bitter chocolate, roasted malts and a mild hop backbone. The beer is medium bodied with its 8% alcohol very well hidden. This one was surprisingly enjoyable since the other beers in the Mutiny Fleet had been pretty bad so far. This one is a very smooth, enjoyable chocolate stout, even on a warm Spring afternoon.

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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 Magpie14
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: black, flat black with light brown edges. The inner workings have a deep brown moving about. Lacing and head formation are both satisfactory, nothing fancy. If anything lacing is a bit shy

S: big cocoa whiffs, roasted malts, and a mild roast of coffee. A milk chocolate bomb. Not very much to gather

T: large chocolate presence on the palate. Tastes to me like crystal and chocolate malt flavors are bustling. A whisper of caramel. Some bitterness gathers force near the end along with light dry fruit and cream-lactose notes. I am having a hard time nailing the hop presence but it is amidst the cocoa sweetness. find this interesting, unique, and delicious

M: carbonation is mild and body is rather thin for a imperial stout. A little on the light side

D: reasonable brew. This brew is just as the label claims a "chocolate stout" plenty of cocoa. Easy to drink and rather favorable

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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 biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ebony with scarlet highlights when held to the light and a dense cocoa colored head. Rich and roasty with cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, star anise and coffee in the nose. Silky smooth cocoa and dark chocolate with black coffee and a touch of fennel. Full bodied with smooth carbonation. Another fine offering from the seemingly endless "Mutiny Fleet" of well priced bombers.

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Photo of deereless
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Oil black in color with a ring of ruby around the edge of the glass, thin espresso like head, what appears to be a medium viscosity - 4.00, S: As the label indicates (i.e. chocolate imperial stout) there is a strong dark chocolate aroma, I also pick up some sour cherry and black licorice, faint hints of caramelized maple syrup and nougat - 3.50, T: Solid hop showing, tons of toasted grains, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits such a plums and dates, sweet but not overly so, alcohol is present but well hidden for an 8% beer - 3.50, M: Slight grit and medium body - 3.50, D: An honest stout, quite drinkable - 3.25

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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 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 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 metter98
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured dark brown with hardly any head
S: There are faint aromas of roasted, burnt malt
T: There are mild chocolate flavors with only a slight amount of bitterness
M: It's medium-bodied with some creaminess
D: It would be very easy to drink more than one of these in a single sitting

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Photo of Casey10
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at bootleggers in Thopsham, ME this one is okay while not bad it's nothing that really impresses either. Perhaps I have been spoiled by southern tier chokolat.

THe appereance is dark wispy head.

S - light chocolate fragrence.

T - okay a little dark chocolate in the back notes.

M somewhat creamy okay.

D - its good there are som many stouts these days that not sure if this would be my first or second choice but I would have again.

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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 far333
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a low head of wispy beige foam. Low aroma of espresso and vanilla, some floral notes.

Flavors of cocoa and caramel, hints of smoke, root beer and leather. Some roasty malt tones. Wooden oakey notes linger. Subtle hoppy flavors ride beneath. Slight metallic note.

Slightly thin mouthfeel, but somewhat creamy. Average for the style.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber of the 'mutiny fleet' series. Amusing label art and beer description on label, though what should I expect from a beer that touts itself as alluring as the Sirens? - attractive yet evilly deceptive?

Pours a dark and slightly murky brown with a thin wispy khaki head that doesn't hang on too long. Dark though, and attractive.

Nose is somewhat unique and interesting. Not a lot of aroma or much complexity, but heavy on the chocolate with an almost toasted cocoa smell. Some grainy burnt dark stout aromas are in there too, but not a whole lot else to discern. Maybe a tinge of concentrated alcohol when I try it from a snifter, but otherwise not really notable.

Taste is strong on chocolate, but still plenty big on stout. Thankfully, not anywhere near being overly sweet, but rather a straight up blend of full stout and loads of chocolate without all the sugar. Dry toasty grains and an almost snowy flavor combine with rich cocoa and chocolate bar goodness. Not the most delicate chocolate flavor (less dark chocolate and more run-of-the-mill milk chocolate candy goodness), but pretty enticing and satisfying.

Feel is about what I think I'd want from this beer. Appropriately smooth and semi-full bodied with just a nice touch of carbonation. A little thick at the finish, but never overly full or dense, and also never seeming too thin.

Drinks fairly well, but to play on the bottle description of the Sirens, it's the attraction that gets you there, but not necessarily all the fulfillment of what you want to find. Certainly this beer isn't as deceiving as the Sirens, but once I get into it, I find myself content pretty early on and not needing a lot more of it to satisfy what I'd hoped for. It's not really as delicate or intriguing as it would need to be for me to want a lot more of it. Drinks nicely for the style, a strong representation of chocolate flavor in a beer, and nothing to scoff at. Worth the try if you're a fan of chocolate and stouts.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a standard pint glass
Dark brown/black in color, with a big tan head of foam that quickly dissapears.
Aroma-Chocolate milk and coffee notes
Taste-Roasted coffee, subtle chocolate, sweetish, with a bit of an acidic finish.
Overall, very drinkable, but a bit thin-bodied for an imperial stout.-Could have used a little more of everything.

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