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

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269 Reviews
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Reviews: 269
Hads: 872
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 23.64%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

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 jgnam
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Rustico in Arlington, VA, and it was amazing. It may have the most refined chocolate flavor out there in a beer; it doesn't just taste like ANY chocolate, it has the distinct character of a belgian import. More importantly, I would argue that the flavor is well balanced for a brew of this sort; as undeniably prominent as the chocolate flavor is, it's not overwhelmingly sugary like Southern Tier's chocolate stouts, the alcohol bites a bit, and there are other notes in there.

I will admit that the nose is undeniably lacking in subtlety. It smells like chocolate, nothing else. However, the mouthfeel strikes a great balance; a malty, milky quality much greater than cheap swill stouts, but not so heavy it'll bowl you over.

If you prefer your chocolate flavors pushed further in the background, or you prefer more bitterness, you may take issue with Siren Noire, but I claim it superior to many popular chocolate stouts (Young's, Brooklyn Black) and among the best.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Wegomlegging
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured thick and dark, with a nice light brown head. Aroma of chocolate dominated, and matched nicely with the dark appearance in the glass. Taste was almost all chocolate, with some very light alcohol and not too much sweetness. Lack of hops is very welcome and appropriate here. Soft feel makes for a nice drink. Not a top tier beer, but definitely holds its own. Overall a very good beer, just one per sitting.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First thoughts about the label, why do these mermaids look like trannies? Pours a dark black body with a khaki tan head fine even layers of lacing left behind. Aroma is cocoa powder malted milk balls and one dimensional chocolate, not a bad thing if you dig chocolate. Flavor is weird there's a wave of chocolate then some awkward fruitiness and a bit of strong booziness that shouldn't be around when your imperial chocolate stout is only 8% abv. Sharp sweet malted chocolae, hershey's syrup with an acrid dark roasted finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is pretty soft, this just a weird feeling. Hard to explain why each sip is rough around the edges. It doesn't pull of Choklat caliber chocolate beer but for the price it really is decent split it with a female they will probably enjoy this more than the average imperial stout drinker.

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Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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 mwrecording
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to pick this up.

Poured a typical stout color, dark black.
Smell is very chocolately - sweet. It isn't an overpowering one, but a solid one.

Taste...first sip was a treat, the reviews of this aren't overwhelmingly positive, so I expected this to be a bit flat or light.
Big chocolate taste, big roasty malts taste. Not really any bite but I don't know that I should really be expecting it as this isn't a hoppier stout.

Mouthfeel is probably the only drawback of this, on one hand its nice that its easy to drink and eases you into doing more than sipping it but on the other hand its sort of...watery. real thin.

Drinkability - I could probably have 2 of these on a winter evening. Don't taste the 8%. Easy to drink.

For $5.50 a bomber, this is a solid beer.

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Photo of Chaney
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark Hershey's chocolate brown, with about a 1/2 finger beige head that stuff around as a ring around the brew for quite a while.

S: Smells like "Cocoa Puffs" wrapped up inside some charred maple syrup infused dates. Dark fruit sugar for sure.

T: I like the initial taste, but the back end is a bit too funky for my tastes. It tastes almost Belgiany, which I generally like in many settings, but not in a chocolate stout.

M: Nice and thick, fairly low on the carbonation end, but once again, I'm not particularly fond of this brand of sweetness. However, the booze is well hidden.

D: For my tastes, not very. I think I'll criticize this based on what I wish it was: a chocolate stout.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Galaxy Hut, Arlington, VA.

A: Black pour, fine tan head, decent lacing. Nothing spectacular, but solid.

S: Chocolate, coffee, a bit of roastiness.

T: Dry cocoa powder, roasted malt, slight alcohol. Decent hop bitterness to finish. Well balanced.

M: Substantial mouthfeel. Soft palate, gently carbonated.

D: Decent, drinkable. Doesn't feel very imperial, but it is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of jcparke
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap and didn't care for it. Smelled and tasted like a liquid tootsie roll. This is not what stout should be. I had high hopes for it but was disappointed. I enjoy stouts but will not try this again. Are there any good chocolate stouts? The mind boggles.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask Conditioned Ale of the Week at The Gaslight Brewery

The look is awesome. Looks incredibly creamy and delicious looking. I would say it's opaque.

Slight cocoa smell. Not really strong. Some booze in the aroma. Smells okay.

Taste and Mouth: Very smooth and creamy. Thick-full body. Chocolate some cherry, vanilla and booze in taste but mixes well. Dark malts and some bitterness at the end. Slightly dry.

Since it's quite thick don't think I could have another. This is truly a sipper.

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Photo of claspada
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black with thin white head that fades fast and leaves little lace.

S- Bold Dark chocolate with smokey toasted notes, bit of an ashy burnt hint, and some earthy bitter notes.

T- Pure dark chocolate, cocoa, and hints of vanilla. Earthy, smokey notes with some bitter ntoes and burn. A definite sipper. Strong chocolate and rich. Slight bitter medicinal hop breath that lingers in the after taste.

M- Not syrupy or cloying, but with a sweet edge and milky substance. A little thin and chalky for its style.

D- Definite robust sipper. Rich. One to share.

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Photo of njbcmatt
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz, poured into a chalice

A- Thick viscous black. No visible head, just a little tan lacing around the top.

S- Typical chocolatey and roast notes, some weird fruity notes can't tell if it's from the yeast

T- Too cold at first, not much coming through, had to really let it warm up to bring it out. Get that same weird fruitiness. Reminds me of really high cacao % dark chocolate which is interesting, but doesn't seem right in this beer.

M- Feels rather thin for it's size, was expecting more viscosity, but then again, it's on the low end for imperial stouts these days ABV wise.

D- Didn't hate it, didn't love it. At the end of the day, that weird fruitiness turned me off a little.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep dark black. Absolutely no light gets through this brew. About a finger of tan head, but it does not last very long.

Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, and anise. No hops evident in aroma.

First sip is of cocoa, dark roast coffee, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. For a big beer, I would expect a little more mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good. Very pleasant over all.

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Photo of jampics2
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter. This was an extra from a kind trader, and something I've never tried before.

The beer pours a black with off-white head. There are touches of brown and red in the mix. The head quickly subsides and doesn't leave much lace.

The beer smells strongly of bakers chocolate with a touch of coffee and even some dark fruit. There's also some noticeable booze, but it's nothing horrible. I'm also getting a touch of sourness, but this isn't infected - more of an acidity from the roast.

The taste is really strong roast with some nuanced complimentary flavors and a bit of booze. There's a nice touch of hop bitterness as well. But the focus is on the chocolate and coffee flavors, backed up with a sweet malt base. There are some notes of fig and prune, plus some licorice that give this depth.

The beer has a thick body and low carb, resuling in it coming across as a touch syrupy. There is some lingering roast in the finish and some sweetness. This beer is decent and enjoyable, but Southern Tier Choklat blows it out of the water.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Appearance is ebony with a light brown head. Initial several-finger head dies down somewhat quickly. A bit of lacing. Nose is strong chocolate and roasted malt. Chocolate really pervades throughout, but has a nice presence. Taste is chocolate and a bit of roast. Good feel from the slightly-bitter chocolate. Drinks quite well and is one of the better chocolate beers I've had.

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Photo of Brent
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely executed - somewhere in the American/Russian Imperial Stout middleground. Tarry black pour with distinct chocolate notes in the aroma. Semi to bittersweet chocolate flavor in well intertwined with a darkly roasted malt notes. Moderate sweetness compliments the chocolate, but bittering moves in toward the finish. Only detraction - why can't the brewery hire a real artist for the labels on this series?

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Photo of kgrober
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

Dark as pitch with a thin creamy head that dissipated quickly with minimal lacing. Carbonation concentrated in the center of the pour which was nice visually.

Taste was cola, with hints of currants & blackberries. Subtle maltiness with a nice bittersweet chocolate finish. Chocolate is nicely balanced with other flavors.

Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable because the alcohol is disguised well for an imperial stout.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of biglite351
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - considerable red.around the edges, very fast falling head.

S - bitter roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee, not very inviting though.

T - strong dark chocolate base. Roasted malts through the finish. Mild coffee influence.

M - solid coating with good tingle on front, top and sides of tongue. You know that you are drinking something solid here.

D - the taste and feel do overpower the poor scent and look. I would by this at the bar.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hershey bar brown with generous orange-gold highlights along the bottom edge of the glass. Far from a black hole. The upper third is filled with khaki colored foam that looks pretty good after the pour and slightly better as it melts. No lace is a no-no.

The nose has a fruity tanginess that shouldn't be present. The basics of a Belgian cocoa nib-added Imperial stout are there, but SNICS doesn't smell like it will be a malt bomb by any means. Nor is it very hoppy. This is setting up to be a disappointing member of the Heavy Seas Mutiny Series.

Calling Siren Noire average is being kind... and the taste score may not be able to cling to the 3.0 once the middle portion of the bomber is breached. There are many 5.0% stouts that contain more malt than this. Besides, the chocolate has an odd, extract-like quality that is inexcusable.

Specifics include watery cocoa, an unripe fig tartness, and a small splash of cold coffee. Very few malt sugars and even fewer alpha acids add up to a lackluster performance on both sides of the sweet-bitter seesaw. Maybe that's why sour is able to barge in the front door and get comfortable on the couch.

The mouthfeel is a sad excuse for an Imperial <anything>. It's devoid of expansiveness, creaminess, hang-on, silkiness, slickness... anything that would make me think big beer (or even good beer). In a word... pathetic.

Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout is just short of being an unmitigated disaster. Did the brewers actually taste test this stuff before letting it leave the premises? This offering is a head-scratcher because Clipper City, while not outstanding, is usually able to deliver fairly solid beer across a wide range of styles. Not recommended.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle.
Dark brown color with a very slight head. More roast coffee flavor in the nose than anything and I get really no chocolate notes. The taste is farily smooth with some milk chocolate notes but very minimal at best. More roast coffee with some sweetness and dark fruit flavors. Medim mouthfeel. Nothing extremely special and I would be upset if I wanted a strong chocolate beer and I got this instead. Zero real alcohol taste.

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