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

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Double / 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

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282
Ratings:
921
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
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Photo of Shumania
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

A: dark, no light getting through this beer. 2 inch fluffy tan head

S: sweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, lactose

T: similar to the smell, milk chocolate, slight bitterness, lactose, vanilla, and finishes with a bourbon warming taste with slight alcohol

M: full body but not overly sweet/syrupy. You should sip this, but it could go down pretty fast

This is a very good BA imperial stout. It's not the most complex, but perfect for a snowy night.

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Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bomber bottles and am enjoying one which is about 9 months old. Poured this beauty into a snifter. Opaque black with a half inch of coffee cream colored head. Smell is burnt chocolate and light bourbon.

This beer has come a long way in a few months. Very tasty and a beautiful balance of chocolate and bourbon. I don't like too strong of a barrel presence and this stout delivers. The bourbon flavors are there but it does not take away from the the solid chocolate stout base. This beer was a very unexpected treat!,

I have one bottle left which I will try an age another year. I can't imagine it could get better but we will see.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a big old stout black with a nice little sand dune tan head that whiffs away quickly to leave a scrim. The lacing that the beer leaves is thin but sheet-like and wide spread, leaving a nice sticky webbing on the glass, and the beer does leave faint legs when it is swirled up the sides of the glass. The beer’s body is practically impenetrable to the eye, though there are lighter brown patches on the side of the glass that remind me of light roast coffee. The black color of the beer is a tad lighter than other imperial stouts, but the beer seems free of particles. On the nose, this beer smells big, but well balanced and controlled. Boozy sweet bourbon is there in the nose, but is not oppressive like some other bourbon barrel-aged beers can be. The chocolate is rich and complex, hinting at cocoa then milk chocolate and then back to cocoa. There is very little in terms of roasted malt character in the nose, though some light caramel notes do come through. The chocolate, however, is the star of the smell, and is rich and layered, which says very good things about what this beer has to offer. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly of cocoa and milk chocolate with a nice light touch of boozy bourbon and roasted malt. The beer begins with slightly bitter chocolate, which mellows and molds into cocoa powder and milk chocolate as it oozes through the mouth followed by light notes of vanilla from the wood, and then the sweet cloying bourbon makes a light peak in flavor, before being bumped aside by late blooming roasted malts that were not present in the nose, and give a nice light note of char. The aftertaste is light with vanilla and faint hints of chocolate. On the mouth the beer is velvety smooth, sitting on the tongue as medium to heavy in the body. The mouth is left clean with just a little bit of dryness from the roast, and some saliva along the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a beautifully delicious chocolate beer. It is lighter in the bourbon barrel notes, though still quite strong with vanilla, but I think this works excellently in this beer. The chocolate and vanilla are the big flavors here, and everything else is on the lighter side, but it works beautifully. This beer is delicious. Try it.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Sits black in the glass. Very minimal head
Smell - chocolate, bourbon, toffee, coffee, roasty
Taste - bourbon, chocolate, smokey, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, hints of coffee
Feel - slick, semi velvety, easy drinking for 9.5%

Overall - $8.99 for a BA stout?! I'll take it all day. Great beer for the price.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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 metter98
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured dark brown with hardly any head
S: There are faint aromas of roasted, burnt malt
T: There are mild chocolate flavors with only a slight amount of bitterness
M: It's medium-bodied with some creaminess
D: It would be very easy to drink more than one of these in a single sitting

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Photo of mattcrill
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of dark roasted malts. Chocolately aroma with coffee highlights. Moderate earthy hop bitterness.

Appearance: Dark shoe leather brown pour with a firm tan head that retains well. Lacing is moderate and leaves nice legs on the glass.

Flavor: More coffee and chocolate notes. Nice roasted grain profile. Earthy hop bitterness balances all the roasted malt character. Finish is clean, bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. A moderate coffee-like astringency is noted. It is pleasant and appropriate.

Overall impression: A nice coffee and chocolate flavored beer. It is nice to have a beer that has a chocolate/coffee profile that is due to the grains and not artifical/extra flavorings. I really enjoyed this beer. Nicely done!!!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE stout pours a deep muddled brownish black with a moderate head of light tan foam that subsides to a thin ring and light lacing with no pool. Nose of deep bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet malts, and of course rich dark chocolate. Flavors exceed the nose with brown sugars, dark chocolate, and a splash of bourbon on the front and sides. Vanilla and oak march into the foray middle to back of the taste and finish with a warming bourbon onslaught that is pleasant and boozy. Smooth and rich mouth feel, warming and coating, with a VERY VERY lightly dry finish that is sweet and decadent.

I am loving this brewery more and more---PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE!

Cheers

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Photo of skiking70
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite offerings from Heavy Seas, this beer does not disappoint. The smell and taste are exceptional and in my opinion this beer is just slightly below the big name barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is marked with the batch number 14928. Served somewhere around 55-57 degrees.

Pours black in color with a nice tan head.

The aroma is ripe. Booze-soaked raisins seem to overpower here. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee linger in the background, but they have trouble sneaking through the bourbon and red-wine smelling blanket that covers this beer's aroma. I like it. Smells huge.

The flavor is of dark chocolate and roasted malts up front. Bourbon and figs in the middle. Coffee and alcohol in the finish. The warmer it gets, the more it really seems to balance itself out. Even in the upper 50 degrees this beer was choppy with all sorts of flavors fighting aroudn. As it warms, the roasted malt flavors come together and balance everything out nicely.

A good, quality, imperial stout here, and for it's price it's absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2016. Poured cold into a libby stout glass.
Look = 4.25 Pours a dark brown into an opaque black with .5 fingers of dark brown head which fades to a ring fairly quickly. Thin dense lace coats the glass with each sip.
Aroma = 4.5 Big chocolate aromas hits first, along with a good amount of bourbon notes. Oak, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit notes compliment it all. Really solid aroma.
Taste = 4.25 Dark chocolate and bourbon dominate here too, but in good balance. Notes of vanilla, and a woodiness compliment it. Mild coffee-like bitterness on the finish.
Feel = 4.25 Full bodied and creamy, smooth. Low carbonation, a great feel for a BA stout.
Drinkability = 4.0
Overall = 4.2875 An overall really solid BA stout. Loads of chocolate and barrel character, a pleasant surprise for a good price. Underrated.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Not finding the words today (damn headaches), so it's a brief return to the old, overly-straightforward review style:

Pours a deeply opaque jet black with a little whisp of a head that dissipates quickly. The chocolate is pretty heavy in the nose, with molasses, brown sugar, figs, dark malts, and a tinge of coffee hanging around as well. The taste generally follows, though the chocolate has shifted into the powdered cocoa realm. A fair amount of sweetness is balanced by the subtly bitter coffee in the background. Though lighter than I would have expected, the light carbonation and the velvety feel (technically, I think velvet feels like this), combined with the tastiness, make for a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No enjoy by date; but, this is an 8% beer. I have had it for two months, I don't know how long it sat on the shelf before I purchased it.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: There is no head. The brew is a very dark brown and opaque. This is a very dark beer.

S: The aroma is strong chocolate and sweet malt of maybe sugar and honey. There is also a fruit aroma of sweet cherry and dried fruit of prunes, currants, and raisins.

M: The body is on the heavier side of medium. It is not as heavy as the dark color would imply. There is just a little bit of carbonation.

T: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Lots of chocolate. The is also plenty of fruit flavor of some cherry, and other dried fruits of prunes, currants, and raisins.

O: This is a really good chocolate stout; and, it would be a very good desert beer. The alcohal heat is completely hidden. This is a great blend of chocolate and fruit flavors.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 7.99. 2013 release that I've been sitting on since January, I think. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours black with almost two fingers of dense pale tan head that lingers. Head eventually settles to a halo and wispy clouds on the surface that leave small islands of lace on the glass.

Smells sweet and rich with milk chocolate, vanilla and creamed coffee.

Taste is quite nice. A rich, smooth blend of chocolate, vanilla, soft but flavorful bourbon, roast malts, oak, burnt caramel and molasses. A little booze bite towards the end but it is quite well integrated within those layers of flavor.

Medium full and creamy body with subtle yet present carbonation. Sweet bourbon chocolate truffle finish.

I've always enjoyed the base Siren Noire but this is so much better! Rich, smooth and creamy with very a satisfying blend of flavors. Heavy Seas has been doing a great job on the Uncharted Waters series this year. All three that I've tried so far have been an outstanding value (at under ten bucks for quality barrel aged beer) and certainly worth a try. It won't blow your mind but this is solid work. I wish I had a couple more.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversize wine glass. The label is different than the one pictured on this site, and so is the abv (9.5) . This is part of the 2013 uncharted series, and if I find an alternate listing I'll move this review to that one. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- pours an opaque black body with a 1" mocha head that reduces quickly and leaves some uniform lacing.

S- I get chocolate covered raisins and coffee beans, with some slight vanilla bourbon in the background. Subtle aroma

T- Huge vanilla notes upfront, progresses into cocoa, dark chocolate, and a nice roasty flavor that stays on the tongue for a bit. The bourbon flavor is minimal, so -.25 for that. slight booze

M- thick and robust, just how I like a good imperial stout. Medium carbonation

I really enjoyed this brew - not much bourbon character, but rating it as an imperial stout it's pretty impressive.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a

A: Great head, creamy and thick. Black and opaque.

S: It smells like a goddamn chocolate bar. Like actual dark chocolate. And nothing else. Unbelievable.

T: Uhh...it TASTES like alcoholic hot chocolate (that's cold). Paired with real chocolate and -- honestly -- I can't tell the difference. Perhaps some hop bitterness? Not much else to say; very one-dimensional, which is the only reason I'm not rating Taste higher.

M: The carbonation and (relative?) thinness detracts from the utter, irrevocable chocolateyness.

O: If you didn't get it from the above review, this is a beer that only tastes like chocolate. If you like that, move heaven and earth to get it. If not, stay far far away. I realise I've rated it highly, but I'm considering style...and the sheer, unadulterated chocolate flavours.

Notes: Paired with Marabou Daim (from Sweden).

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Photo of stevoj
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Superlative. On cask at Barcade. Pour, slightly ruby stout like an oil slick, barrel aging adds layers of complexity, Also sampled bottles from 2015 and 2016. Cask offering far superlative to bottled offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Appearance is ebony with a light brown head. Initial several-finger head dies down somewhat quickly. A bit of lacing. Nose is strong chocolate and roasted malt. Chocolate really pervades throughout, but has a nice presence. Taste is chocolate and a bit of roast. Good feel from the slightly-bitter chocolate. Drinks quite well and is one of the better chocolate beers I've had.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*22 oz. bottle* Ok, first I like the label on this brew. The old Siren's song to misguide the sailors at sea. Well, back to what really matters.. The Beer! This poured a black body with a light khaki soapy head. I go in for the whiff, and it doesn't disappoint! Huge chocolate notes that dominate. The subtle hints of oak and vanilla are appreciated. This beer's aroma is pretty simple but it is intense in your face with this fragrance. lets get this in my belly! First I picked up well rounded charred oak. Chocolate and vanilla seem to meld together brilliantly. There is hints of smoke and roasted malt and some tart fruits. Alcohol is present adds a dryness to the brew so its not cloying at all. This brew finishes bitter but not DIPA abrasive bitterness. Aftertaste is of chocolate and vanilla. The feel of this beer is Medium-light body with tight bubbly carbonation.

Overall: This beer is delicious. I am glad I can go down to the brewery and pick this up when it comes out again. This is not as complex as some others I've had but some times simplicity is all you need if executed correctly. Actually, I am glad this came out of Baltimore. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of scotorum
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into an English nonick pint.

a: Opaque black with the barest hint of clear ruby at the bottom. Inch thick tan head receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mainly alcohol and sweet malt.

t; Bourbon up front followed by a moderate hop bite. Bitterness puckers the back of the mouth. Sweet, boozy and bitter finish. Chocolate emerges prominently later, battling the bourbon for the palate's attention. High ABV is not very well hidden, but you don't care. It adds punch to the flavors.

m; Medium to full, great body, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A fine BBA Impy stout, very tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: black with a deep garnet showing on the edge. The persistent head is a half finger of medium-brown, compact bubbles.

S: It smells like brownies with a shot of chocolate liqueur and a splash of Bourbon. There is a moderate malt sweetness with moderate coffee and roast. A moderately-strong chocolate aroma is complemented and given depth from a moderate vanilla that the oak barrel brought to the party. A s

T: A blend of moderately-strong chocolate and bourbon flavors with a moderate oak barrel character that brings a vanilla flavor. A moderate hops bitterness and not much in the way of hops flavor maybe just a touch of citrus hops flavor. Moderately-strong malt sweetness making for a balance that is slightly towards the sweet. The finish is medium with an aftertaste of chocolate and roasted malt flavors with some hops bitterness.

M: A smooth, somewhat cream medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a light bit of alcohol warmth.

O: A well balanced beer where the three primary flavors of roasty Imperial Stout, chocolate and bourbon barrel aging complement each other. The smell has a lot of depth and complexity and is really impressive.

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Photo of Brent
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely executed - somewhere in the American/Russian Imperial Stout middleground. Tarry black pour with distinct chocolate notes in the aroma. Semi to bittersweet chocolate flavor in well intertwined with a darkly roasted malt notes. Moderate sweetness compliments the chocolate, but bittering moves in toward the finish. Only detraction - why can't the brewery hire a real artist for the labels on this series?

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maybe not up there with the best bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts, but it's close enough. And for the price point, it will definitely do. I'm going to stock up on this one whenever it's around.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03/20/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum.

After having 2 RnH fixtures recommend this, how cold I resist?

Nice balance. Unobtrusive taste & finish. The word maturity comes to mind. This brew shows off w/out being showy.

I get more of a dried fruit (think raisins or dates) than chocolate but that could be due to the use of nibs, the pre-processed chocolate.

The Heavy Seas brand seems to share my tastes & for that I thank you.

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Photo of nukem5
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: HOLY SMOKE, Beautiful black pour with loveley head of creamy foam which sadly lasted only half the beer.

S: Rich chocholate and coffee assualt nose on first contact traces of molases and lite nuttiness.

T: First sip was an awakening of senses, flavors lite up all over the tongue, massive amounts of coffee and chocolate.

M: nice full body light carbonation and thick

D: very drinkable if you like stouts you should love this one, from start to finish exelent beer.

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