Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout
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Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutSiren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,946
Ranked #6,139
4.01 | pDev: 11.72%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of irs
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of EnderFett11
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of jkblr
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Djoneil
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.93/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Folderol
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Wxb1111
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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...

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Photo of Scottsbeer
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of bret717
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown body (opaque), dark tan head.
S - Subtle notes of chocolate, not overpowering. Presence of light bourbon and vanilla are most forward and balanced.
T - Light as far as a stout goes, but likable. Taste lingers for a bit but never quite leaves.
M - Medium bodied, sticky open, medium amount of carbonation, lingering close.
O - Very nice brew that should be a crowd pleaser, but nothing stands out in particular. I always love searching for the 'perfect' beer that incorporates chocolate, and this was a nice attempt, but I wouldn't get it just for that. That being said, I'd get another bottle.

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Photo of Pontzie
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: dark chocolate brown. Very little and fine finish head that dissipated quickly.

S: simple chocolate scent over a faint barreled oak scent.

T: This stands out on the taste as a very drinkable stout. Light and easily quaffable. Easy finish. Good to drink with a meal, not overly complex or challenging.

F: fairly fine and smooth.

O: good beer. Felt like it was a little expensive for what amounted to a good easy drink. Would have preferred a bit more character.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is see through when poured but opaque in the glass. Creamy light brown head that leaves a spot or two of lacing. The aroma is filled with wet oak, vanilla and chocolate with a little bit of bourbon. The taste is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. There is a decent amount of bitterness and booziness in the flavor. Mouthfeel is bit thin for an imperial stout. Pretty good beer but there is an an aftertaste that doesn't sit well with me.

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Photo of BJB13
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

One and a half fingers of khaki foamy head covers a pour that is black and opaque. Moderate nose of oak, bourbon, roast malt and some alcohol.Tastes of bittersweet chocolate with only a light bourbon characteristic. Mostly dry it finishes tangy and bitter with some heat. Medium to full bodied and smooth with good, light to moderate carbonation.

A good BA stout that is a good value for 8 to 10 dollars for a 22 oz. bomber.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pour black with thin tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, spotty lacing.

Aroma - Nice bitter chocolate notes along with mild vanilla and a touch of bourbon as well. Roasted malts and oak along with just a touch of coffee.

Taste - The roasted malts and bitter chocolate are the stars of the flavors. There vanilla, oak and bourbon provide a great backdrop and the bourbon provides a little warmth.

Feel - High side of medium body wise, well carbonated little heat from the bourbon and a very smooth feel.

Overall - A really well done chocolate stout, the dark chocolate really stands out but does not overpower the other flavors.

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

I'm not a stout guy but I thought I would give this one a try (after trying the free sample they gave me) and was pleasantly surprised. It had a rich aroma with just the right amount of chocolate taste without the coffee aftertaste that usually keeps me away from the dark beers.

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Photo of ccg
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 bottle, opened and sampled on January 14, 2017.
This beer looks so good. It doesn't have quite the goopy viscosity of the highest-tier barrel-aged stouts, but it looks thick and rich, and it has a healthy, thick, foamy head that leaves bubbles all over the side of the glass.
The smell backs up the looks of the beer. It has a roasty malt smokiness combined with chocolate and a hint of bourbon. It makes me thick of roasting marshmallows over a campfire.
The flavor also has a nice balance of bitterness from the base stout with some semisweet chocolate and smokiness. I was hoping the flavor would be able to deliver after how good-looking and good-smelling this beer is, but it was not quite as rich.
Mouthfeel is also pretty darn good. It's sort of full and round and chewy, despite not being the densest of beers. I think the carbonation was well applied in this beer.
Overall, it's a solid value. I mean, with such a short aging time in the barrel, it is not on the same level as something like KBS, but for a $10 bomber that you can buy off the shelf in a random liquor store in the suburbs of Maryland, I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin (for style) dark brown and sits near black in the glass with a quarter finger of dark brown foam.

Big chocolate aroma right up front, to be expected, but gives way to aromas of sweet vanilla, roasted malt, and a touch of bourbon heat.

A wave of chocolate, vanilla, coffee-like roastiness, and a lick of bourbon washes over the palate. As this beer warms up, the chocolate is even more pronounced which seems impossible given the heavy hand of chocolate already.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, roasty, sweet, smooth.

Overall, I was hoping for more bourbon and barrel character, but only 5 months in a bourbon barrel won't do the trick. This is a fantastic imperial chocolate stout, but needs more barrel character to really make it shine and stand out.

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Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1005 ratings