Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout
Heavy Seas Beer

Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutSiren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,201
Ranked #7,090
4.02 | pDev: 11.69%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutSiren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout
Notes: 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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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer I used to enjoy years ago as an reasonably priced bomber. Cool to see on the shelf Canals Pennsauken NJ on the way home from the shore ... $3.75 per single, $14 for 4 and I'm glad I only got the single. Because maybe this 2020 was better fresh? Another example barrel aged beer, and beer in general, does not age well. With certain exceptions, of course.

Looks like stout, smells and tastes not enough, chocolate, bourbon. hint of vanilla. Smooth. Overall, just ok.

Aug 29, 2021
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has aromas of bourbon, cherries, and chocolate. There are some roasted elements and slight pipe tobacco.

Taste: The chocolate flavors lead the way with bourbon and then cherry. There are some roasted and vanilla elements in the background.

Feel: It has a full body, but is quite smooth.

Overall, there are a good complex flavor and aromas.

Feb 13, 2021
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, code 20143, VIN 2020; single bottle gift... poured into a snifter)

L: rather, brazenly brown liquid; dark khaki-colored foam... one half-ring of lace at the pour line, but little foam retention aside from a broken collar

S: bourbon and chocolate highlights leap out immediately atop a big chocolate cookie malt foundation; the alcohol is present, but merely in aromatic essence, little boozy edge; overall relative rich density to aromas, yet lacking definition/intensity... charred bourbon barrel and toasted cookie notes linger; yes, the vanilla takes a bit to establish its pervasive-ity

T: initial roasty char followed by huge bourbon-barrel character, finished off by arguably phenolic-spicy, burnt-caramel notes; malty, cocoa-plastered aftertaste... bourbon coloring persists, subtle smokiness... residual chocolate flavor builds with each sip, as well as roasted barley-capped cookie malts

F: mellow-milky malt milk, more flat-rounded then bulbous in body... smooth, quiet, subtly singeing finish

O: quite tasty, but not quite stout-like - more of a roasty porter, with a stark burgundy-tinged brown hue and big burnt-barrel character... wouldn't mind having a 4-pack(?), as long as the price ain't too premium; down-home homebrew magic (1718)

Dec 17, 2020
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with light tan head that has nice retention. Aroma is malts and water and a hint of vanilla. Taste is smooth bourbon barrel and an undertone of chocolate that isn’t as richly as expected given the massive amount of cocoa nibs added. Easy drinking but kind of bland and one noted vanilla bourbon barrel. Hops contribute to a floral spiciness that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms to the appropriate temperature. Medium body with spritzy carbonation. Definitely improves as it warms as the cocoa comes through more noticeably. Overall it is quite nice and worth trying, but the end result doesn’t quite justify the large expense of the ingredients as the sum is less than the parts.

Dec 13, 2020
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MackT from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, vintage 2019. Pours your typical dark brown with a dark walnut hue.
Minimal head, quickly dissipated. Aroma is a wonderful bourbon, malts, with coffee, chocolate, bringing up the rear. Taste is not too sweet or bitter, has the attributes as mentioned. There is the warming of bourbon. Mouthfeel pops, pleasant carbonation, makes it feel “expansive”, nice. Aftertaste is as good as I would hope it would be. This is one fine example of thoughtful brewmasters. Good job.

May 31, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deceptively black, but reveals a secret tinge of smokey topaz when held aloft. A thin layer of gauzy, mocha foam lingers just long enough to say hello and steal some appetizers, leaving behind a foam portière that laces like interwoven snowflakes.

Thinned, chocolate syrup with a dainty twinkle of sweet bourbon.

A fluffy, medium body with a smidge more heft than your average stout. Smooth and steady as a mountain lake; the carbonation feels like a flock of ripples on its serene surface. Finishes with a gentle caress of boozy warmth.

As simple and alluring as the bottle implies: a mature, semi-sweet chocolate stout laced with warming, bourbon charm. Leads with a lascivious layer of powdered cocoa that starts sugary and ends with an exciting tang of chocolate bitters, providing a seamless segue for a dazzlingly heated bourbon kiss.

Special Note:
The flavor profile improves as the stout transitions from cold to chilled.

May 29, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured somewhat dirty from 12oz bottle into snifter. 1cm light brown head quickly settles. Almost completely black in color. Smells sweet and chocolaty, a hint of whiskey. Ooh that's smooth... tastes exactly how a stout should, just bourbon barrel aged and chocolaty.

Apr 17, 2020
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beerloserLI from New York

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black color on the pour with a foamy white head. Chocolate, and booze on the nose. Lots of nice chocolate malts upfront on the first few sips. Rather smooth on the flow with some alcohol burn on the finish. The barrel, while coming off a bit light, does offer good balance and decent notes of whisky and booze. Flavor notes seem to be rather one sided with the chocolate element really dominating things. Minor notes of char, vanilla, and caramel. Moderate/full bodied that drinks booze and a bit hot.

Overall, not bad and decent drinking but I'm not that impressed with it either.

Mar 12, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Heavy Seas Beer "Siren Noire"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle coded "19180 VINTAGE 2019"
$5.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: A very rough pour has brought up only a short head of tan foam. The body below is an opaque black with just a tiny glimmer of dark mahogany brown at the base. The aroma is grainy, chocolately like cocoa nibs or milk chocolate, subtly fruity (apple, cherry, strawberry), a touch oaky, and mildly Bourbon-like. It's not bright and bold but everything is clearly there and it's well rounded and pleasant. On to the flavor... I was expecting it to be sweeter, but it's not, and I thought it would be a little wider in flavor but it's actually quite focused. Its main note is bittersweet chocolate with some dark milk chocolate, spiciness, and a bit of leafy hops following towards the end. I'm not finding the Bourbon although there is an alcoholic presence to it, nor am I finding the oak. Perhaps it just needs to warm up a bit to open up completely. .... ... ... ... So I've waited and I can say that there's more to it with some Bourbon and oak coming forward, and even a note of coconut, but it's still not as rich and complex as the aroma had suggested. But maybe I've got the word 'rich' wrong. It's pretty intense. But is that rich? Regardless, it remains an Imperial stout with a little bit of extra character in terms of added chocolate and Bourbon barrel conditioning, and that works. Is it the best I've ever had? No, but it's not bad. In the mouth it's medium bodied and slightly oily with a gentle caress of carbonation before becoming smoother. Overall I'm pleased with the result, and I really enjoy the fruitiness, but I'm not sure how worthwhile the chocolate addition and Bourbon barrel were. On the other hand, perhaps minimal rather than maximum contributions worked out for the best in the end. I can't un-see what I've seen, but would I have felt more strongly about this not having known that chocolate was added and that it had been Bourbon barrel aged? Part of me says yes, you've been swayed, and part of me says no, it all comes down to the final taste. What I can say for sure is that the head retention and lacing were both somewhat lacking.
Review #6,927

Jan 30, 2020
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irs from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is what an imperial stout is supposed to look like when you pour it into a glass. opaque black with light foam from the pour, slowly dissapating. I'm not getting a lot of nose, but its sweet and chocolately. Flavor is part way there, very roasty, fairly rich dark chocolate. not much else there. there is a note of cardboard ...unfortunately, this was part of a group I got from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville for which I have some doubts about their storage. this is a 12 oz bottle marked 19180 Vintage 2019, that cost me $3.99. That seems a lot if they're not going to be able to deliver the quality. I just can't tell if the stout is substandard or the fault is on the distributor and vendor. I'll try to revise this review once I've had another chance to try.

Jan 01, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is from 2016 and was one of my earliest cellar purchases when I moved to Maryland in July of that year. Pours a standard coal black and a head that dissipates quicly. Nose is cocoa and whiskey. Texture is medium with a complex aftertaste. The flavor has a heavy lean toward the whiskey barel side over the typical coffee/chocolate tones you expect of the style. The smoothness is pretty exemplary, justifying three years of having it sit in a dark cupboard. Solid stout but not among my favorite in the style.

Dec 18, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass somewhat hard, only resulted in a bit of tan head that faded quickly to a ring. Effectively black color. Smells faintly of bourbon. Taste is a base of malt with bourbon hitting first and ending with subtle cocoa. Improves as it warms. Almost thick body with not too much carbonation. Excellent bourbon aged stout, even more so if you like chocolate.

Nov 25, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle coded 19180 VINTAGE 2019 poured into a snifter at fridge temp 9.5% ABV. The beer pours nearly black, impenetrable to light with a meager light brown head. The head recedes to a fat ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is cocoa and baker's chocolate with some woody & earthy notes underneath. The taste follows with woody baker's chocolate up front followed by ashy, dark roasted malt and earthy hops weighing in with moderate plus bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. If you enjoy ashy, highly roasted stouts, you will probably like this one. No bourbon or vanilla if you're looking for that.

Nov 14, 2019
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deja vu? Could have sworn I'd rated this before...

Draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore. I'm going to agree with another reviewer: this seems to be close to the perfect amount of aging - nice notes of oak/vanilla & bourbon w/o overpowering the base stout.

Feb 24, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Nearly pitch black but mahogany highlights peek around the edges with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind a decent amount of lacing.
S - Rich chocolate and roasted malts on the nose - with a slight hint of vanilla. The smell is pretty faint though.
T - Follows the nose: rich chocolate up front and throughout intermixed with hints of roasted malt, vanilla, and earth.
F - Medium leaning towards full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Not a bad mouthfeel, but it could maybe be a little fuller.
O - For a bourbon barrel aged stout, this is pretty basic, however, it's still pretty enjoyable, I think I was just expecting more. The flavors are there, but somewhat subdued

Dec 28, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hands down one of the most ambitious and well executed beers i have had from these guys, their stuff in my experience until now has always seemed quite basic, good but maybe dated or something, this one is old school in an exciting way, not overly barrel aged, not heavy on the adjuncts, just a great imperial stout enhanced in the right ways, i thought this was beautiful, and a fun one to share with my dad for the holidays. matte black and dense and heady in the glass, mocha cream on top, pretty beer. surprisingly not sweet when i smell and taste it, balanced is the best way to describe it, there is more bitter and earthy character from the cocoa than sugar, its not desserty at all, even with the light vanilla on it, and the whiskey and oak are respectful of the base beer, not intrusive or dominating, letting it stand on its own before making their contributions. i love how smooth this is, just enough oak on it to soften the edges, but its also not enormously boozy which i like. palate coating but drinkable for the style. sometimes less is more with barrels, and this is proof of that, a short ageing leaves the base beer well enough in tact. creamy feeling, full, with good depth and bitterness from the chocolate, which lingers through the finish. impressive overall, a high point for heavy seas for me, a real treat!

Dec 27, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first Heavy Seas offering and I do believe I enjoyed it...

This pours out beautifully black with a tan head and some lacing. The smell is by far the best attribute - notes of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and roasted coffee beans. Mouthfeel was creamy and full-bodied with a decent touch of carbonation. The taste was full of chocolate as well, not sweet, it was that deep dark chocolate flavor that's has that bitter hint but in a good way. Overall this was very good, one of those beers I left for a special evening in hope of putting an exclamation to it, and this did just do the trick.

Nov 22, 2018
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Folderol from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a barrel-aged chocolate stout, I was expecting more... something from this brew. Appearance was pretty flat with almost no head or lacing. Flavor was mainly sweet dark malts with not much bitterness to balance. Chocolate was just barely perceptible and oak appeared in flashes here and there. Drinkability was good though, with alcohol not really noticeable and a smooth overall feel. All in all kind of bland for what it is.

Oct 24, 2018
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, if not spectacular, chocolate stout. Bitter coco dominates the flavor, and I don't detect much from the purported vanilla beans. It goes down pretty smoothly and the ABV is hidden pretty well. Smell is muted, but pleasant enough. I had to work a bit to smell much of anything. What I do smell reminds be a little bit of a chocolate milkshake - but just a bit.

The bitterness doesn't overwhelm, and at least it's a coco bitterness rather than a hops bitterness.

Overall, an enjoyable stout.

Aug 07, 2018
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Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What I like about this beer it is balanced by an assertive flavor of roasted malts, which add a bitterness that aids drinkability. Notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak, however, the alcohol is well masked.
The mouthfeel is on the low side of medium bodied. The palate is semi dry and the finish is roasty and bitter. Gently carbonated and smooth.
A solid and good barrel stout. Try founders backwoods bastard for a step up too a wee heavy...

Mar 31, 2018
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Scottsbeer from Florida

3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L Poured down the center of a snifter, dark brown color with 1/4" of light mocha head that dissipated quickly leaving a slight ring around the glass. Very minimal lacing.

S Light peat smoke, oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and chocolate.

T Starts with caramel and vanilla, oak, smoke and more caramel in the middle with a slight bitter finish with bourbon chocolate and vanilla. The chocolate is more of a milk chocolate and the vanilla is muted.

F The feel is on the thin side of medium bodied with medium prickly carbonation. In my opinion too thin for an imperial stout.

O Not bad but lacking in complexity and texture. I like my stouts chewy and complex and this one is neither. Definitely not a drain pour but the remaining three from my four pack will not be kept in my stash, they will be available to both friends and in laws. There are so many great options for BA stouts that I doubt I will revisit this once it is gone.

Mar 30, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown color with a fingernail length high tan creamy head. Pretty decent retention for a high alcohol beer with lacing sticking to the glass.
The aroma is very inviting. Notes of dark chocolate dominate, and are complimented by bourbon, oak, vanilla and toffee.
What I like about the taste is that despite a prominent chocolate and dark caramel sweetness, it is balanced by an assertive flavor of roasted malts, which add a bitterness that aids drinkability. Notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak, however, the alcohol is well masked.
The mouthfeel is on the low side of medium bodied. The palate is semi dry and the finish is roasty and bitter. Gently carbonated and smooth.
A solid and enjoyable imperial stout. I paired it with a creamy pasta and leftover birthday cake dessert. It worked out well.

Feb 26, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- Pours black with hints of brown around the edges; Thin ring of head, no lacing

Aroma- Chocolate, vanilla, biscuity malt, bourbon

Taste- Sweet chocolate, vanilla and biscuity malt and a decent amount of bourbon which lingers for a bit

Feel- medium-bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall- decent BBA Stout with nice notes of chocolate and vanilla, but lacking any discernible roast or bitterness

Feb 24, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am venturing into Heavy Seas this evening as I watch the 2018 Winter Olympics & the Kings/Pens game, both on TV. These are good times to be a hockey fan!

From the bottle: "Rich and velvety, this smooth brew owes its full body to imported specialty grains. Belgian cacao nibs impart a decadent chocolate nuance. Bourbon barrel aging adds tones of vanilla."; "Imperial Stout Brewed with Chocolate and Aged in Bourbon Barrels"; "Uncharted Waters explores the unique changes that happen to beer when exposed to wood. Each beer showcases a robust style, carefully matched with a wood treatment to produce a range of complex flavors. Vintage dating encourages further exploration of the aging process. As much about the voyage as the destination, we hope you enjoy these beers in the spirit in which they were brewed."; "Fearless. Bold. Independent."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. There was no need for any further action on my part as it formed just over two fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing garnet highlights only at the edges. Nose was heady with notes of smoke, dark chocolate & especially bourbon. I find it ironic that I am not a big fan of bourbon, but I really dig the flavor in beer. Mmm. Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. That being the case, I just allowed it to roll around, warming up to release notes of vanilla, caramel & coconut in addition to the aforementioned dark chocolate, smoke & boozy bourbon. Phew! Wow, was this ever good! Jeez-O, man, this was dangerous. The taste was so smooth & mellow that it was going down like it was nothing, which was certainly NOT the case. Finish was semi-dry with the chocolate and bourbon barrel aging fighting it out for supremacy. Phew! My heart is really pumping from this one. Proceed with caution.

Feb 16, 2018
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hophugger from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just about pitch black with minimal tan head and foamy sporadic lacing. Heavy malts and light chocolate and bourbon on the nose. Taste is sweeter than expected with a light bourbon burn, roasty malts, some chocolate and vanilla coolness and a nice balance of hops to finish it off.

Feb 07, 2018
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