Caribbean Chocolate Cake
Siren Craft Brew

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Stout - American
Ranked #28
Ranked #3,314
4.15 | pDev: 6.99%
Siren Craft Brew
England, United Kingdom
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Notes: Collaboration with Cigar City Brewing

Tropical Stout with cacao nibs, Cypress wood & lactose. Collaboration with Wayne Wambles of Cigar City.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to corpulent (I think, or was it bonerhog?) for bringing this over, Halloween 2016.

Pours black, brown head, 1/2". Aroma was salty caramel, lesser burnt maltings, chocolate, dark and tropical fruit. Hmm.

Taste leaned on the dark fruit, bitter chocolate and lactose brown sugar caramel like feels more than anything. It has a lot more going on, not necessarily all good, than one would think looking at the appearance, you might have thought you were getting a standard non adjunct, possibly dry stout. Instead, its like a bakery's worth of ingredients. Unfortunately I thought the woody aspect of it didn't come through like I hoped, unless it was contributing to a little of that dark fruit bitterness I wasn't a fan of. Wanted more brown sugar and less lactose. I guess there were some 'experimental' hops but I don't know what flavors they were contributing to because they kept that mum. Was it the dark cherry or overripe passion fruit? Who knows. Lot going on here, almost too much in my book.

Jun 23, 2020
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with a short-loved brown head and spotty lacing. Rather timid nose, but you do get a sense of malted milk balls, roast, fudge, and a faint whiff of cedar. In taste, there’s chocolate syrup up front, followed closely by a blanket of roast. Chocolate truffles. Glazed chocolate donuts. Malted milk balls. Quick citrusy hit. Very mild woody flavor that I’d liken to cedar. Long fudgey finish. Rich, heavy body that coats the mouth and feels slightly slick. Low carbonation. Pretty nice milk stout, very hedonistic and easily approachable.

Apr 05, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - this beer really tastes like chocolate cake! Fudgy, semi-sweet, and cakey - I've had lots of dessert stouts and stouts with a shit ton of ingredients, but this non-imperial 7.4% abv brew tastes like someone baked a box of Duncan Hines Devil's Food cake, and instead of frosting it, turned it into beer... A real winner...

Mar 07, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong head production; so-so retention.

Brew smells much more potent than a single-range stout. The cacao nibs and wood are on full display, if you know to look for them, along with lovely tones of molasses, red grape, coffee, brown sugar, char, and licorice.

Flavor follows, with a surprising amount of char accompanying the woody tones, along with waves and waves of chocolate. Not a ton else going on, however, with lighter notes of caramel and red grape.

Relatively light-bodied on the palate, appropriate for the ABV. Smooth and slick.

Feb 23, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha colored head that quickly died down, leaving a collar consisting of medium-sized bubbles and some delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cocoa nibs are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very chocolatey and has notes of cocoa nibs that contribute some sweetness to the flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a very good job at replicating the taste of chocolate cake.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 10, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burnt black with a soft tan blanket that settles to a thin ring, this starts with notes of smoky and woody cigar at first, as well as a good roasted malt. Smooth chocolate and marzipan come out after via a slick, medium body with a paper dry finish.

Dec 09, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown with a thin tan head. Opaque with almost no visible carbonation. The head fades to a ring of foam relatively quickly.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee. Some vanilla and sweet woody notes. Leathery and dark roasted malts. A touch of mildly fruity yeast esters. This is chocolatey malty goodness without being overly sweet. Maybe not great in the aroma, but solidly appealing.

T: Dark chocolate and baker's chocolate. Roasted malts and toffee, vanilla and Skol. Mild woody tannins, but they seem to add more sweetness than dryness. Just a touch of smoke – I'm not sure if this is from a small addition of smoked malts or from toasted wood char. Some mild coffee with some roasted and hop bitterness. Notes of tropical and fleshy fruits that I assume are coming from the yeast. More chocolate with a little more hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel, especially for a quite-conservative ABV. Carbonation sensation is low overall but as expected for the style. The alcohol presence is far from “hot” but does seem a bit more prominent than I expected for the listed ABV.

O: A reasonably tasty stout, but nothing that sets it apart from most of the other stouts sitting around. It drinks bigger than the listed ABV, and the chocolate is nice but I could have done without the char.

Oct 07, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle. Inky black body. Smells of rich chocolate, heavily roasted malt, and I guess that's cypress. Smells like a light cedar. Tastes of lots of chocolate. Less roasty. A little sweet. Faint cypress back end. Lactose lingers. Earthy finish, too. Medium heavy. Low carbonation. Smells really nice, but maybe isn't that complex in flavor.

Aug 11, 2017
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sendsilk from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much for this beer Paul! It has the perfect balance of sweetness which enhances the subtle cake flavors. A nice malty backbone to complement the stout aspect. I wish I had another of these!

Mar 13, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 1/12/16 on draft @ Fischman's.

Black appearance.

Tan head; frothy lace.

Milk chocolate & orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & orange citrus flavors up front; sweet cream notes on the finish. Black IPA vibes with a cream ballast; sweet but tasty.

Dec 30, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Savored from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from across the pond----

This fine stout pours a lightly oily blackish brown with a modest head of light tan foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and light spotty lacing. Nose of rich cocoa, subtle
char laden coffee, vanilla, and rich sweet malts. Flavors exceed the nose with light
vanilla and sweet lactose touched by rich roast and subtle char with cocoa that fades
in the back with light warmth and a subtle barrel note. Nice mouth feel; low carbonation,
lightly slick, very coating, and finishing sweet and deeply roasted.

Overall a fantastic brew worthy of another.


Dec 24, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the modified tulip.
A - Dark as night, gentle carbonation feeds a thin mocha cap.
S - Cocoa, toffee, Dark malts, sweet brown sugar
T - A bit of cinnamon, bakers chocolate, fudge and delight.
M - Full in body, rich and chocolaty, gentle carbonation lays out the red carpet for exiting melange.
O - A full bodied, rich, delightful offering from a group of talented brewers.
Worth seeking out

Dec 15, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nolahophead for offering & shipping this bottle that I didn’t even know existed…& I want everything Cigar City touches. Now I’m touching this, inappropriately. 11.2 oz. bottle. That’s so un-American.

The opening credits are black, quiet, sitting on the desk warming as I vainly try to catch up on some work. A swirl & eyes-closed inhalation brings chocolate milk, Werther’s, roast, burnt brown sugar. Like.

Caribbean Chocolate Cake is a milk chocolate lover’s liquid dream. Liquid, not wet. Enough lactose that it’s attracting calves outside my open hotel window – smoother than a cue ball. Chocolate bark, rich malts, touch of roast & vanilla. Not sure what happened to the cypress, usually anytime a CC beer gets near wood you end up with splinters in your gums, here it has to be imagined to be tasted. Smooth. Did I mention that? Roughly equivalent in drinkability to a cold glass of good chocolate milk.

Insanely smooth & drinkable. This may not be the best beer I’ve ever had, but the attributes it nails, it hits with a Paslode Framing Nailer. Excellent beer.

Nov 02, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce bottle with a best before date of 040417 and the code G587 poured in a 12oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a thick dark used motor oil color and consistency leaving a thin amount of tan foam that quickly disappears.

Smell- Bakers chocolate, cake dough, vanilla extract, molasses.

Taste- Dark chocolate, tobacco, figs, and wet cardboard.

Feel- On the thin side for such a thick oily look. A bit flat and under carbed as well.

Overall- A chocolate dessert in a bottle! I wish the flavor mirrored the smell a little more and the the feel was a little thicker. Those minor nuances aside, it was really enjoyable and something I would recommend.

Oct 23, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black with a quarter inch of dense tan head that fades quickly to a small collar with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of chocolate and roasted malts with a little coffee and spices
T: Taste is chocolate and dark roasted malts with some coffee and spices with a little woodiness. The finish on this beer is more chocolate and roasted malts with some lingering wood and spice.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with carbonation that is just a little under prickly with a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is odd but it's very good. The flavors and complexity are nice as well. This one definitely has some cake like flavors to it as well.

Oct 01, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- 11.2oz bottle opens with a very small hiss and out comes a liquid like motor oil into a snifter. On top of the brew a small blanket forms to a few mm high with a deep dark brown hue. This falls fast to a ring and lacing is spotty and fairly plentiful.

S- The cocoa nibs are strong with this one. If you want to know what cocoa nibs are like smell this beer. Dark bitter chocolate, lemon, medium roast coffee, dry darkened but not astringent barley, sweet milk sugars and an earthy woodiness all in good balance.

T- The cocoa from the aroma is certainly true and borderline dominates the flavor of the beer with both bitter dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate coming out alongside each other. Depth is provided by notes of coconut, lactose sweetness, lemon zest, orange, peppery wood, raisin and caramel. Certainly reminscent of a cake and the fruit notes give it a unique feel.

MF- Extremely silky and very thick body landing on the palate with viscous oily and creamy textures. Carbonation is moderately low but for the better. Finishes with a dark chocolate bitterness.

Deep and rich chocolate notes are backed up well by a rich and oily mouthfeel. The cocoa nibs run the show but there is a lot to be found beyond that and the smooth body really works out well.

Sep 20, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours - Thick black with very thin mocha head that dissipates to nothing some lacing.

Smell - Vanilla, chocolate cake, not oak but wood for sure, caramel, it almost smells like a brownie.

Taste - Like liquid dessert, decadent chocolate cake, fudge, caramel, very strong wood assume it is cypress, vanilla.

Feel - Thick coats the mouth very decadent and heavy.

Overall - This is like dessert in a glass, amazing taste the wood is very unique and the chocolate is amazing.

Sep 03, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, dark black hue with a one finger white head, short retention time, not much lacing. Looks pretty still. Smells of lactose, tobacco, a bit of milk chocolate, tobacco, mildly oxidized, sherry and dark fruit. Some cocoa. Nothing too complicated, but it is what is described. Flavour is similarly oxidized, dark fruit, sherry, tobacco, milk chocolate, a bit of damp wood to it. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, fair carbonation, soft smoke and dark fruit on the finish. Certainly didn't taste like chocolate cake, and perhaps the import process didn't treat it all too well.

Aug 11, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Jet black with a short deep brown head that dissipates quickly. No light penetration.

Chocolate fudge, French vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate syrup, birch beer, and rum raisin.

Molasses, rum raisin, and birch beer. Cinnamon dusted French vanilla ice cream. Chocolate milk with lighter notes of chocolate fudge and coconut. Slightly drying oaky essence.

Full bodied, silky, smooth, and creamy.

The cypress wood gives it flavors similar to birch beer with a white oak finish. A well done Milk Stout if anything but pricey at $8 for an 11.2 oz bottle.

Aug 05, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

blackish with a mocha head. great retention and minimal lacing. pretty strong on the nose, big woody note, cocoa, light vanilla, dark roasty malts. taste follows perfectly, toasted wood and chocolate up front, definite milky lactose sweetness, followed by a slight bitterness reminiscent of dark chocolate. medium bodied, nice creamyness, can feel the lactose. overall a really interesting brew - as others have said, its cyprus forward. not sure what that even means but so glad to have tried it and I would definitely buy more if I could find!!

Jul 27, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, what made this beer for me was the cypress wood aging. I found it unique and I could really tell its presence on the palate. I'm curious if there are any other cypress wood ages beers. I would buy this agaIn.

Jul 26, 2016
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by date of 4/4/2017. Served cold in a snifter

Appearance: dark brown and oily with a coffee colored head of small bubble foam.

Nose: sweek coffee, chocolate, rich and creamy, fruity, cherries, Woody bUT not oaky, tropical fruit

Taste: follows the nose but adds a creamy and luxurious mouthfeel. Silky and creamy. Rich milk chocolate, coffee with sugar and creamer, the wood character really comes through. Fruity and delicious.

Overall: this is a winner for me. It tastes like it's Barrel Aged but it's only aged on wood. I don't know what Cyprus tastes or smells lie but there is a serious wood character in this beer. The tropical, coffee and chocolate notes are very pleasant and compliment the beer well.

Jul 23, 2016
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml with a best-by of 4-4-17. Tried/enjoyed a small sample a while back so siked to finally give this a proper go. The beer pours black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates to nothingness. A pretty delicious dessert-y cocoa presence kinda holds center stage but coffee tones and roasted malt come through and blend nicely. The cypress definitely adds a wee bit of appreciated woodiness here and perhaps some vanilla, light earthy+citrus hop bite here as well. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light+low-carbonated side with a bit of alcohol warmth. Definitely kind of a dessert beer but the roast+wood give it a decent balance.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good chocolate/dessert stout but not a whole lot more. The cypress wood is nice but wasn't exactly earth-shaking, the label-proclaimed hop flavors didn't really make a difference whatsoever. It's nice but I think it oversells itself a bit through the name and calling itself a "tropical stout".

Jul 20, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/8 inch light brown head that's short-lived and soon becomes a thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam.

S- Very woody with a pronounced dark chocolate brownie note.

T- Interesting as the dark chocolate character balances so well with the cypress wood and the sweetness that comes along with it. Bitter cocoa, coffee and light vanilla notes. Hardly any noticeable alcohol presence.

M- Creamy and thick with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I'd say they nailed it. Chocolate cake with some woody complexity, all without being too sweet. Remarkable.

Jul 19, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark beer that yields a one finger chocolate brown head after an aggressive pour. The scent is an amazing blend of cypress wood, chocolate, leather, smoke, roasted and charred malts and sweetness. The taste is sweet and woody up front and once the beer hits the back of the tongue the beer tastes exactly like chocolate cake batter. There are some roasty malts and a little char bitterness at the end. This is a really nice beer and the name is perfect for describing the flavors.

Jul 17, 2016
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