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

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 467
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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Reviews: 190 | Hads: 467
Photo of aandresen
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A medium brown pour with a small head that recedes quickly, good lacing. Not black but doesn't have to be I think.

S- As another said, "SO much chocolate." It smells almost like it was flavoring, so very, chocolaty. It is an imperial chocolate shout but wow.

T- Very up front with the chocolate taste, just like the smell. I started drinking it cold and it improved greatly as it warmed up (or my tastes got used to the chocolateness of this).

M- Good mouth feel for a stout, not super thick but for the style I think it was good.

O - An interesting beer I got from my east coast trip. I don't think I would look for it again but good for a try. I can hardly knock a chocolate stout for tasting so very chocolaty, just not the taste I seek out again.

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Photo of Siggy125
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark muttled brown, not quite black with an beige head. Very little to no lacing.

Has a bit of a sour tone on the nose. Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate bitterness.

Tastes of bitter black coffee and scorched baking chocolate. Sour on the front end followed by roasted caramel on the back end.

Average mouthfeel, no wow here. Fairly solid stout but wouldnt go out of my way to revisit.

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Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of chocolate, some malts. Taste is also chocolatey, roasyed malts, just a touch of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of black chocolate is quite intense with nice notes of dry roasted malt and some lactose. Taste is a nice mix of black chocolate malt with light dry roasted malt notes with a semi-sweet finish. Body is quite full with some creamy notes and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed for style and something I could drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of ridglens
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Founders Snifter at cool temp.

A- Pours a really thick fluffy head, a very light brown creamy foam. dies in a coupls minutes to thin layer of very small bubbles, no lacing at all. Dark brown, but definitely not black, and can see light through the edges.

S- SO much chocolate.Sweet cocoa right at first, with tones of bitter baking chocolate as well. I haven't smelled chocolate like this since Southern Tier stuff. I can dig a little coffee out, with some maltiness, but overwhelmingly chocolatey (aptly names i suppose). Smells pretty damn good.

T- Less chocolatey and sweet than the nose suggested. Pretty light flavor actually, bitter chocolate and cocoa up front, with some sweet malty backing. Some hints of coffee (with adding bitterness) sneak in towards the middle/end, with a long bitter baking chocolate finish. Pretty mild (for the smell at least), but not offending. As it warms/ loses carbonation, the coffee comes out a little more, and a lot of the sweet chocolate fades and the bitter cocoa comes out more.

M- Kind of light (though i like really thick stouts). holds a lot of carbonation for an imperial (that comes out with big bubles like a lighter beer, a little sharper instead of smooth), not ideal for my tastes. Besides the carbonation (it leaves as a swirl it/let it warm up), the liquid is pretty silky, which i enjoy.

O - I think the scores will be exactly like i think... totally average beer. Not bad or unpleasant, but not really one to seek out again for me. If you are looking for a sweet dessert beer, ST is far better, and this beer isn't attempting anything else.


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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brown head that did not fade.

S: A very nice milk chocolate aroma is coming off of the beer with a touch of roasted malt.

T: Now that is a chocolate beer. Tastes like a darker milk chocolate with an alcohol and slight hop bite. Just pure chocolate until the finish when the roasted malt flavors kick in. Also a very, very slight hint of ginger in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth and a little on the thin side. Still pretty good though.

O: Judging it purely on Imperial Stout style, it's OK. The aroma and flavor are one sided. But....this is a chocolate Imperial Stout. That being said, judging it with that in mind, it is one of the better chocolate Imp. Stouts I've had. A bit sweet, but the chocolate flavor is very up front, smooth and tasty. I think this beer gets a bad rap because everyone chills it to the point where they can't taste the chocolate. It should be 50+ degrees, that's when the chocolate flavors really come out.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as stout should with a good looking black body and a decent brown head that lasts for a little bit. The smell of the beer is roasted with some chocolate notes and a little coffee too. The taste of the beer was a little weaker than expected. There wasn't enough complexity here in my opinion. The mouthfeel was a little thick which was a plus. Overall I think this could have been much better but it wasn't.

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Photo of elgiacomo
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle...probably about 1 year old. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thin dark brown to black with a one finger active light brown head that hisses like a snake, leaving some temporary spots of lacing and quickly recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is some light cocoa and bakers chocolate, some overripe if not sour dark fruits, a bit funky. Moderate strength.

Flavor is light on the chocolate, strong dark fruits with a touch of tartness, roasted malts, minimal alcohol, fairly sweet early but does finish with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin with medium to high carbonation.

Not very Imperial Stout-like and the minimal chocolate presence doesn’t help. Not impressed.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 -34.9%
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 +6.2%
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 -3.2%
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 +7.3%
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 -7.3%
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 +11.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +6.7%
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 -22.6%
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 +16.9%
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 +2.2%
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 +11.8%
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 -0.3%
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 -3.2%
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 -4%
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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