Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout | Heavy Seas Beer

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Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutSiren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout
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3.97/5
Very Good
985 Ratings
Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutSiren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,243
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
985
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
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43
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Photo of Folderol
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Celtics76
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgeBonanza
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LeftyMike
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jmar25
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of benjaminsa
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like a chocolate dessert

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Photo of Shade1951
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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 trygelski1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paul_Apsley
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweeney0825
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrJuengling
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wxb1111
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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 -11.6%
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 MTKATL
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OompaMentor
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tinypalooza 3/24/2018

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Photo of NonicPanic
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aszatk01
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 -4.5%
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 Mikecd234
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 985 ratings