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Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutHeavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

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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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a good amount of red and golden highlights easily noticeable. Not as dark or opaque as I would prefer. One and a half finger tan head takes a while to dissipate but leaves no lacing. Smell is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burnt grains, and some bitterness from hops that I wasn't expecting.

Taste is pretty weak on the malt side, with thin bittersweet chocolate being the main player, and coffee and toasted grains being noticed slightly. Slight hop bitterness. Disappointing. Mouthfeel is far too thin for the style. Easily drinkable, but not all that easily enjoyable.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bomber into the duvel tulip...decided to give this one another try when they were put on clearance for three bucks a bomber...the first one ended up as a drain pour...smelled like sewer water and tasted terrible...

a-black..three finger khaki colored head...overly fizzy on the pour..appears thin

s-bitter chocolate...sweet malt and a faint hint of roast and coffee

t-much like the nose...starts off sweet...a little milk chocolate and bitter chocolate...some roast in the middle....some tartness as well??...finishes on a thin bitter note...and that tartness lingers...

m-thin and fizzy...damn the tartness....

d-for three bucks a bomber it is acceptable when you cant make a decision i suppose but nothing i would ever go out of way to get..

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark brown liquid with a somewhat dense tan colored head that fizzles away a little quick and leaves no lace

S-dark chocolate right up front followed by a taste of crème brule. Roasted coffee hints in the back, slightly burnt.

T-off taste of crème and a good bit of dark chocolate, notes of vanilla and burnt coffee towards the back.

M-very smooth and creamy with a good thick and chewy body. It is a good full body but the carbonatoin is quite low. It is very limited in the back but does just enough to let you know its there.

D-funky taste of crème and chocolate that doesn't quite sit that well with me. Its pretty big and thick which is nice; the flavors aren't bad they just seem a little off.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a crystal mug, tha almost black beer only produced a faint brown bubbly head, which dissipated immediately with little lacing.
The smell was of dark chocolate and cherry.
Tasting the beer I expected more complexity. There was an astringent flavor throughout the tasting, that I did not like.
Not my favorite from this usually great brewery.

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Photo of kwjd
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark brown colour with thick off-white head and good lacing. Smells of heavy roasted malt. I'm getting something a little bit off in the flavour, but I wasn't able to put my finger on what it was. It didn't dominate the beer, or make it bad, just not as pleasant as it could have been. Mouthfeel and carbonation ok for the style.

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Photo of corby112
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, light beige head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Very good retention, especially for the style and ABV. Takes a while to settle, leaving streaks of soapy lacing in it's path.

Inviting aroma with a strong chocolate/cocoa presence and a subtle bourbon barrel character that's nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Some damp earth and toasted oak along with sweet and spicy bourbon, vanilla bean and toasted count but the wood and spirit notes aren't overpowering. Just the slightest bit of toothpick character and delicate bourbon followed by silky sweet chocolate, subtle roast and dark fruit. Hints of coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal but the sweeter, dessert-like notes really stand out. I'm picking up some baker's chocolate, fudge, molasses and flourless chocolate cake. There could be a bit more bourbon/barrel presence for me but it's a nice change of pace to smell a bourbon barrel aged beer that isn't a complete booze bomb.

On the fuller end of medium body with stronger bourbon barrel and roasted malt character than the nose suggests. Dry, bitter and nearly acrid with strong burnt wood and toothpick flavor. The oak us more prominent than expected but the bourbon presence is still subtle. There's some spicy, boozy sweetness but unfortunately, most of the silkier barrel notes found in the aroma are missing. Bourbon flavor isn't bad but it's somewhat weak and overpowered by the wood and heavy roast. The sweeter dessert-like chocolate notes seem to get lost a bit was well. The malts taste smoker and somewhat burnt with hints of charcoal, toast, bitter dark cacao, oatmeal and ash. Mist of the lighter chocolate sweetness is masked, only shoeing up toward the finish. Still, the high ABV is well masked and although it appeared harsh at first, this beer is relatively easy to drink. Decent but not something I would want to try again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as stout should with a good looking black body and a decent brown head that lasts for a little bit. The smell of the beer is roasted with some chocolate notes and a little coffee too. The taste of the beer was a little weaker than expected. There wasn't enough complexity here in my opinion. The mouthfeel was a little thick which was a plus. Overall I think this could have been much better but it wasn't.

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Photo of strangefate
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with not much head or lacing. This is very thin and not as much taste for an Imperial Stout as I feel it should have - very slight hints of chocolate but not like I'd expect from a beer with this name. Of course it's very drinkable for its thin mouthfeel, but not as good as I'd want it to be.

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Photo of ridglens
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Founders Snifter at cool temp.

A- Pours a really thick fluffy head, a very light brown creamy foam. dies in a coupls minutes to thin layer of very small bubbles, no lacing at all. Dark brown, but definitely not black, and can see light through the edges.

S- SO much chocolate.Sweet cocoa right at first, with tones of bitter baking chocolate as well. I haven't smelled chocolate like this since Southern Tier stuff. I can dig a little coffee out, with some maltiness, but overwhelmingly chocolatey (aptly names i suppose). Smells pretty damn good.

T- Less chocolatey and sweet than the nose suggested. Pretty light flavor actually, bitter chocolate and cocoa up front, with some sweet malty backing. Some hints of coffee (with adding bitterness) sneak in towards the middle/end, with a long bitter baking chocolate finish. Pretty mild (for the smell at least), but not offending. As it warms/ loses carbonation, the coffee comes out a little more, and a lot of the sweet chocolate fades and the bitter cocoa comes out more.

M- Kind of light (though i like really thick stouts). holds a lot of carbonation for an imperial (that comes out with big bubles like a lighter beer, a little sharper instead of smooth), not ideal for my tastes. Besides the carbonation (it leaves as a swirl it/let it warm up), the liquid is pretty silky, which i enjoy.

O - I think the scores will be exactly like i think... totally average beer. Not bad or unpleasant, but not really one to seek out again for me. If you are looking for a sweet dessert beer, ST is far better, and this beer isn't attempting anything else.


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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a rich mahogany straight from the bottle, while in the glass appeared flat black of a medium contrast. The head was compact, barely mustering enough strength to break a finger high, while a great deal of fizzy activity was observed with a sponge like appearance. Retention was short with no visible signs of lacing.

S: A light booziness of juicy plums and vinous grapes are present on the nose. However there are some off phenolic notes of vinyl, perhaps from the brewing process, that stands out leaving you with an uninteresting first impression. Light signs of raw pancake batter and brown vegetation are also present.

T: The flavor starts to pick up for a rather lame appearance and aromatic sense, but still leaves much to be desired. Sweetly roasted grains combine with juicy plums and creamer enriched coffee delivers only a light offering of roastiness. Sweet and bitter chocolate notes intertwine but in the end comes off watery and weak contributing little to the dark roasty nature I was expecting. The bitterness starts to pick up a bit on the finish, maybe to little to late, with a decent show of coffee and bitter chocolate with some boozy alcohol tones. Decent overall but nothing that convinces me that this is an imperial stout.

M: Some nice bubbley edginess occurs with a medium proposal of carbonation. The viscosity is fairly full with an oily slick texture. Again nothing that really stands out and delivers.

D: Drinkability was average, fairly easy, but comes off as a boring drink that I found myself not caring if I finished it half way through. A yawner that falls way short of expectations. For what its worth a very unlikely re-visit, comes off middle of the road.

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Photo of njbcmatt
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz, poured into a chalice

A- Thick viscous black. No visible head, just a little tan lacing around the top.

S- Typical chocolatey and roast notes, some weird fruity notes can't tell if it's from the yeast

T- Too cold at first, not much coming through, had to really let it warm up to bring it out. Get that same weird fruitiness. Reminds me of really high cacao % dark chocolate which is interesting, but doesn't seem right in this beer.

M- Feels rather thin for it's size, was expecting more viscosity, but then again, it's on the low end for imperial stouts these days ABV wise.

D- Didn't hate it, didn't love it. At the end of the day, that weird fruitiness turned me off a little.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent black with a thumb of mocha colored head. Nice viscosity to this, zero head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, carob, roasted grain, raisins

T: Raisins, dryness & a touch of Baker's chocolate up front. More baker's choclate as this warms & prunes, ever so faint vanilla & woodyness. Finishes dry, woody with boozey raisins

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

An average take on the style, taste-wise & only slightly better & other aspects. A bit of a disappointment

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Photo of BMoney575
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 5-18-10

Pours a completely opaque black, with a thin but long-lasting tan head. Lacing is a wide ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell is thick bitter chocolate, followed by a smoky malt kick and a hit of earthiness. Complex but not overpowering, and very good.

Taste is not as big as the smell, the malt adds a slight smokiness and the chocolate is there if you really look for it. The smoke is in the finish again, adding an almost sour quality. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel is way too thin, adding to the fizziness of the carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, but the flavor/mouthfeel combo is just not enjoyable.

Overall, I had high hopes for this one, but it didn't work out.

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Photo of biglite351
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - considerable red.around the edges, very fast falling head.

S - bitter roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee, not very inviting though.

T - strong dark chocolate base. Roasted malts through the finish. Mild coffee influence.

M - solid coating with good tingle on front, top and sides of tongue. You know that you are drinking something solid here.

D - the taste and feel do overpower the poor scent and look. I would by this at the bar.

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Photo of dtivp
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown leaning towards black, a small tan very short lasting head with very little lacing.

Aroma of dark malt with chocolate.

Taste as the smell roasted malts and dark choclate.

Was very surprpised how smooth the beer was since it was so dark. It was medium body with light carbonation.

It is an easy beer to drink, however, it is an average chocolate stout. Wouldn't pass one up, but probably would not be a beer I'd look to buy.

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Photo of silentjay
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with pirate-themed black label. Skull and crossbones with two mermaids and the skull has hearts for eyes and a "heavy seas" logo on its pirate hat. kinda cheesy.

Pours black and opaque like a stout should decent finger and a half head raises up but disappears quickly like that of a bottled root beer. no lacing to speak of. bit of a let down.

nose is malty, a little chocolate, very sweet smelling but would probably be more fragrant if the head stuck around more than 30 seconds.

Taste at first is a little black licorice and anisette, followed by the very sweet malt, very little bitterness from hops. aftertaste gives a hint of bittersweet chocolate that dries the tongue. not as much chocolate as described on the bottle, but enough to notice, even though its only on the back end.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. lacks some body. carbonation is ok despite the lack of head.

Drinkability is ok. Not as much going on here as I would have liked. It goes down easy enough, but leaves a lot to be desired at the same time.

Its an OK stout. If they didnt put the word chocolate on the bottle three different times maybe I wouldnt have expected it as much. at (only) 8% abv and with such a thin mouthfeel, it doesnt stack up to what I want out of an "Imperial Chocolate Stout" not very Imperial, not very chocolaty. but, it is an ok sweet stout.

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Photo of degerbah
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a motor oil black with very little head at all. What little head is laced thickly around the edge of the glass. The aroma is slightly coffee-like, and a lot of malt. The taste is malty and slightly sour. Not too sour, just a hint. Basically this is a substandard imperial stout. Heavy Seas has way better stuff available in pounders than this. Not worth the price of a bomber.

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Photo of Chaney
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark Hershey's chocolate brown, with about a 1/2 finger beige head that stuff around as a ring around the brew for quite a while.

S: Smells like "Cocoa Puffs" wrapped up inside some charred maple syrup infused dates. Dark fruit sugar for sure.

T: I like the initial taste, but the back end is a bit too funky for my tastes. It tastes almost Belgiany, which I generally like in many settings, but not in a chocolate stout.

M: Nice and thick, fairly low on the carbonation end, but once again, I'm not particularly fond of this brand of sweetness. However, the booze is well hidden.

D: For my tastes, not very. I think I'll criticize this based on what I wish it was: a chocolate stout.

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Photo of mwa423
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, can't see light through it with a slightly tan head that quickly disappeared.

S - The aroma is light, but full of both dark roasted malt and coffee.

T - Taste is full of coffee, hints of dark chocolate and dark roasted malts.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thin and watery and quite unimpressive for the style. This is semi-drinkable, but really unimpressive all around for an imperial/coffee stout.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - opaque with a nice but short-lived head. Minimal lace but a good start.

Aroma - roasted grain and hot fudge. Mmmm...

Taste - pretty nice roast to the grain. The chocolate doesn't come through as noticeably here. It's sort of sweet and twangy, like a chocolate flavoring. Overall, for an imperial stout, this tastes diluted and weak. A little bit of abv heat on the finish and a little more roastiness. Some warming does wonders for this beer, giving it more depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth, moderately carbonated. Body is okay for the style.

Drinkability - some of their stuff I like, but I didn't care for this one much. Not bad, just not a contender.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled out this one as my Easter chocolate treat. 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass. Served at cellar temperature, 45 degrees F.

Pours an opaque inky black hue that shows just a little deep brown around the edges when held to the light. The thick mocha head falls away rather quickly, leaving behind a few thin legs of lacing on the walls of the glass.

In the nose is a nice whiff of smooth, creamy dark chocolate, something that is often a little difficult to describe as "smooth" and "creamy" are more tactile descriptors, but such is the sensation that comes through in a beer with a nice chocolate aroma, and such is the case with this one. A hint of roast is present and, as things warm, a bit of boozy alcohol shows itself as well.

Medium-full in body, mildly carbonated and a bit smooth in mouthfeel. Roasted malt is heavy on the palate, with very little sweetness allowed to come through; a good bit of acidity from the roast shows up as well. The middle is full of roast and bitterness, but a touch of creamy dark chocolate shows up around the edges near the back before finishing with a heavily roasted, boozy, dry and somewhat astringent character with a big dry, roasty character hanging on the back of the palate and lingering in the aftertaste.

Honestly, there are many stouts and imperial stouts out there that show much more chocolate character without actually being brewed with chocolate, making this one fall on its face a bit. Not bad by any means, but certainly not quite up to par with many better imperial stouts or even with the majority of the Heavy Seas beers.

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Photo of pvo
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle. Thin head, lots of carbonation. I want to like it, but the alcohol comes through too much for an 8% beer, and it doesn't have nearly as much depth as most of their beers- this is a perfectly good imperial chocolate stout, and that's about it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep black with some garnet hues and a one inch beige head. The head settles rather quickly and leaves behind only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Robust chocolatey scents of milk chocolate, black cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup. Roasted malts add mocha-like aromas of their own. Faint raspberry and plum within all this. A chocolate bomb.

T: Milk chocolate on the attack, distinct black cocoa powder follows. Very subtle hint of acidity and tart fruit. Touch of oily, green, leafy hop tastes. Smokey roasted malt tastes assert themselves toward the finish. Lingering finish consists of a heavy dose of black cocoa powder.

M: Medium bodied, full, creamy, and silky in the mouth. Sharp carbonation.

O: Chocolate flavors are not as layered and complex as they were on the nose. The cocoa powder tastes are pretty intense and overpowering. The beer itself doesn't get to shine through as much as I'd like. A decent beer, but it just doesn't feel as cohesive as some of the better ones out there.

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Photo of Siggy125
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark muttled brown, not quite black with an beige head. Very little to no lacing.

Has a bit of a sour tone on the nose. Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate bitterness.

Tastes of bitter black coffee and scorched baking chocolate. Sour on the front end followed by roasted caramel on the back end.

Average mouthfeel, no wow here. Fairly solid stout but wouldnt go out of my way to revisit.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DonManguno for sending this.

Pours deep, opaque brown, producing a finger of tan head. This eventually fades to just a bit of lacing.

Chocolate is the dominant aroma here, with some roasty malts hiding in the background. It smells sweeter than I would usually like in a beer, but not bad.

The chocolate certainly comes through in the flavor as well, and gives the impression of milk rather than dark chocolate. I also pick up some balancing bitterness from the roasted malt, and just the mildest hint of alcohol.

Medium bodied and creamy, a bit thinner than I expect from an imperial stout.

Overall, a pleasant chocolate stout, but nothing really spectacular is going on here.

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