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Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutHeavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout
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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by oberon on 02-20-2010

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Reviews: 281 | Ratings: 912
Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 teromous
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: It has a good look for a stout, with deep black impenetrable by any light at all. The head is a very fine and smooth creamy tan.

S: It smells like strong alcohol. At first it smelled like vodka but then it started smelling like spiced rum. I can smell some roasted grains but not much makes it past the alcohol.

T: It tastes pretty good. It doesn't taste much like chocolate so it loses some of the taste score for that, but it's a good stout.

M: The mouthfeel is good. It's creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

O: Overall I think it's a decent stout but it's pretty low in chocolate flavor. Even the bitterness is lower than what I'd expect from a chocolate stout so it's a little weak. It's not a bad beer but I wouldn't choose it over any chocolate stouts I can think of off the top of my head.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a completely opaque blackish-brown with ruby highlights. 2-finger mocha head settles to a thin coating, leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Immensely evident cocoa presence; so strong that I can't pull anything else out of this. Like snapping a Hershey's bar in half and going in for a whiff.

T: Not surprisingly, taste is dominated by cocoa fades to dark berry and sweet malts. Alcohol is pleasantly evident in the background.

M: For such a dessert-oriented beer, the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd expect/prefer. Carbonation is medium-light and fits nicely, however.

O: As beers go, it doesn't get much more chocolate-forward than this. It's a bit sweet for my tastes, but works well as an after-dinner drink. At $5.79 for a 22 oz. bottle, the price is right and I may grab a couple to keep on hand for dessert tastings, but I can't see myself cracking another one of these to drink on its own any time soon.

A smooth, chocolatey dessert beer.

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Photo of rka758
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into wine glass.
$5 at Connecticut Wine and Liquors

A: Poured a deep chocolate colored brown with a nice foam head which dissipated in a few minutes.
S: Milk and chocolate
T: Good. A strong chocolate milk taste which ends with a bit of bitterness.
M: A little thinner and a little more carbonated than I would like in my stouts.
D: I like this for one, but don't think I could do more than that. Very similar to Southern Tiers Choklat (I'm a bigger fan of the ST). I'd be interested in laying this down for a bit and then doing a side-by-side with the ST.

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Photo of jcsandlin
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours a very dark brown, showing a deep amber through the light. The head is rich and creamy, though not too thick, and is a nice pale tan color. The head lingers for a bit, but once it dissipates it doesn't leave much behind on top; however, it does have a nice amount of lacing.

Smell: That's some serious chocolate. That's all I get on the first whiff, like putting my nose in a can of cocoa powder, along with a lot of sweetness. Upon further inhalation, I get a mix of the chocolate with malt scents, both of roasted malt and the malt of the Whoppers variety. There's a hint of coffee, much like smelling a mocha. I think the smell is very inviting and absolutely wonderful.

Taste: The chocolate definitely comes through again throughout the sip, from on the tip of the tongue through swallowing and afterward. Coffee flavors are there too, with more pronouncement than in the nose. I get some bitterness at the end, but it is far from the prevailing taste. The beer is certainly sweet, although it is not overwhelmingly so. Just a moment after my first taste, I thought it would be cloying, but it balances out much more nicely than I expected from the scent. There is a very smoky, roasted quality along with the chocolate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: I expected something thick and syrupy, but this beer is surprisingly thin. I don't necessarily dislike this quality, but it is not at all what I thought it would be. It has a medium body with a creamy feel, and not a lot of carbonation. I would have liked it to be heavier and more rich.

Overall: I like this beer. I don't love it, but it is very much a good beer. This is dessert, no question about it. I could imagine this beer poured over ice cream. I would certainly have this again, but it is the kind of beer that I could only enjoy once in a while. Nice, not fantastic.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DonManguno for sending this.

Pours deep, opaque brown, producing a finger of tan head. This eventually fades to just a bit of lacing.

Chocolate is the dominant aroma here, with some roasty malts hiding in the background. It smells sweeter than I would usually like in a beer, but not bad.

The chocolate certainly comes through in the flavor as well, and gives the impression of milk rather than dark chocolate. I also pick up some balancing bitterness from the roasted malt, and just the mildest hint of alcohol.

Medium bodied and creamy, a bit thinner than I expect from an imperial stout.

Overall, a pleasant chocolate stout, but nothing really spectacular is going on here.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with some reddish hues around the edges when held up to the light, smallish tan head, sticks around for a little while before fading fast away, not much lacing.

Wow, huge freakin' chocolate nose on this puppy, smells like chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate of the sweet variety, if this was served warm I'd think it was hot cocoa, touch of roasted malt behind the sweetness.

The chocolate follows up in the taste quite well when compared to the nose although the roasted malt plays a slightly larger role, not cloyingly sweet fortunately as its more of a cocoa nib flavor over Hershey's chocolate, strength is well hidden and not evident at all, nice creamy mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation that's soft.

Reminds me a lot of Southern Tier's Choklat with the one exception that this isn't as sweet.

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Photo of RDHerm
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with coffee colored highlights. Pours a thin tan head that dissipates pretty quickly into a solid ring that lasts for the duration and has decent lacing.

Has an incredibly strong chocolate aroma, like sniffing a candy bar. There is also a slight note of roasted malt and just a hint of coffee.

Taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma indicates. There are strong chocolate flavors, but there's a dark chocolate bitterness that balances the sweetness quite well. There are some malt flavors present as well, a hint of dark fruits (cherry and fig, mostly), and a bit of an alcohol bite.

Surprisingly light body and carbonation level. Has a smooth, rich feel with a long, dry finish.

Tasty and smooth, but just a little too dry that you'd want to drink more than one

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Photo of jsh420
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown with a 1 finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smells great - not strong but very similar to ST Mokah it has that chocolate tootsie pop scent

taste is milk chocolate and light grains very nice - nothing over the top or complex just a good chocolate stout

mouthfeel is light/medium decent carb - very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good - i had no problem drinking the entire bomber and would buy this beer again

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Photo of david131
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A deep, dark brown liquid with some light coming through at the edges. The brown head is thin and settles to a a slightly splotchy covering.

S- Dark chocolate, smoke, earthiness, and some oats.

T- Chocolate, smoke, and a touch of nuttiness. Sweet and a bit simple. There is a "unique" taste of concord grapes on the finish.

M- A thin body with some strange lasting flavors. A bit astringent on the finish.

D- Very thin for the style. Just not all that well executed and makes for a bit of a chore, which is surprising considering the reasonable alcohol content.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a opaque brown/black with a thin khaki head that leaves no lacing.

S: dark chocolate, dark roaster malt, very sweet nose.

T: the dark cocoa starts and is there for the entire experience, it provides both sweet and bitter notes. There is some smokey malt notes and it all covers the alcohol extremely well.

MF: sweet and warming, full bodied and bold.

D: I wish it was around all year but its not and its a little hard to find when it comes out.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice extremely dark with a mocha head as befits an Impy Stout.
smell: Pleasant chocolate. A little subdued but I'm spoiled by recent tasting of Southern Tier's Mokah and Choklat.
taste: need a new category of Impy chocolate stouts. Very nice.
drinkability: Maybe unfair to compare to the ST chocolate brews. If not for the spoiling from those, this one would rank much higher. A fine experience.

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Photo of jgnam
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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 -3.9%
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 -6.7%
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 -7.5%
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 -5.4%
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 -2.3%
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 -20.2%
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 mwrecording
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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 -13.7%
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 +3.6%
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 -35.2%
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 +0.8%
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 -3.6%
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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