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Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
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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

BEER STATS
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285
Ratings:
934
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
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Photo of ccg
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +4.9%
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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Photo of q33jeff
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

**
09/11/16
On tap at blend.into snifter.
LOOK: dark black, small off white head. Not lasting.
AROMA: chocolate.
TASTE: chocolate, vanilla, hint of whiskey...though Not as much as you'd expect.
FEEL. Smooth, very minimal carbonation.

**

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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 WallingBrew
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - As it should - dark mahogany to black like the souls it has devoured
Smell - definitely pick up some vanilla and booze
Taste - like an adult version of a dark chocolate milk shake
Feel - like silk and velvet had a baby on your tongue
Overall - Others have said it best hard to beat at $7.99
WORLD CLASS and actually available!

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

2016 bottle date. Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Even though it’s aged for a short time in barrels, it has a ton of bourbon on the nose with some vanilla bean, chocolate, and oak; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with barrel, chocolate, and vanilla. Nicely done.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz snifter vintage 2016. Pours old motor oil black with a 2 plus finger tan head that leaves behind a ring of lace.

Smell roasty coffee, leather, vanilla, smoke, dark chocolate, and very faint bourbon and I am fine with that.

Taste follows coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate up front with smoke, leather, and bourbon on the back end.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, the right amount of carbonation, definitely on the dryer side, and very approachable for a BA Imperial Stout.

Overall another great beer given to me by @jzeilinger. This is not a one trick pony, very complex beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - 1 finger of tan head and lacing left on top of the brew. Pitch black, oil looking. Gorgeous

S - Chocolate and bourbon. 2 of human nature's vices. Vanilla present too. Beer aroma does not get much better than this

T - Chocolate, sweet, with a warming bourbon/booze feel at the end. Cocoa in the aftertaste

F - Full bodied, medium carbonation

O - This brew gets an A+, partially because of the $7.99 price. I've never had an imperial bourbon barrel aged stout for this price for this quality.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Nice black and opaque with a nice oily sheen to it.

Smell and taste are great. Nice strong sweet cocoa nibs with slight chocolate bitterness to it. Very little hop presence. Also some vanilla notes and a bit of banana. Sweeter and less bitter than the American version.

The feel is great. Creamy with a heavy body but feels drinkable. Very drinkable. Very little carbonation but enough to give it a little texture

Very good. A heavy but not overpowering imperial stout. very good dessert beer. Go for it.

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Photo of gobuccos
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head in pour. Pick up some barrel on nose. Taste is a bit boozy, with a chocolate undertone. Overall OK. This one needs some age. Booze will calm a bit with age.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great imperial chocolate stout that has hints of coconut. It is a very well made beer. I will certainly pick up a few bottles next time I see them at the bottle shop.

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Photo of h0wdy
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A very rich and deep shade of black!
Smell: Surprisingly, I was barely able to detect much of a smell.
Taste: AMAZING, first you get a rich taste of chocolate and then it went to a strong caramel.
Feel: I'd like to feel this with my taste buds again some day!
Overall: I recommend at least trying a sip of this!

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Photo of rypkr
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid for a fair price and easy to acquire shelf bb stout.

Very chocolately and slightly tart. Bourbon is present and just enough for a low abv barrel aged double.

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Photo of danielwoodrum
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

For the price this beer is way underrated for an 87%. I always respect Heavy Seas. This beer is just that, and they didn't rape you on hype and price.

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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 dbl_delta
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a thick, opaque black with minimal tan head. Initial impression is dark chocolate and oak, bourbon, vanilla, and yet a slight dryness in the finish. (How did they do that??) Light carbonation and heavy, sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is actually fairly well hidden. Very smooth. There are some pretty interesting things going on here - the balancing of the mouthfeel and the finish, the complexity of the competing flavors, the alcohol and the smoothness...really well done. I couldn't drink a whole lot of this (it's like a dessert), but it's quite tasty in moderation.

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Photo of dd43
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber, leaves a fingers worth of dark brown head that didn't last very long. Carbonation is of the miniature bubble variety. Legs on the glass let you know this beer isn't for the faint of heart. And that 9.5% ABV will make its presence felt in the aroma both before and after swallowing. Has a nice warming effect that is not out of place for a beer like this, I'm enjoying that part.

Aroma is a medley of dark fruits like raisin and fig, a chocolate note that is sort of like a boozy rich vanilla laced dessert, and a spice note that I can't place. It's not quite like rye, nor does it have the heat of a chili. Rather, there is a slightly dry and peppery feel on the sides of my tongue most noticeable on the finish.

Barrel character is present in the aroma and there's an oaky quality in the flavor. Not as vinous as the biggest barrel aged beers but there's no mistaking the impression it leaves. Finishes a little more sweet than I wanted in terms of mouthfeel, it sort of clings to my lips more than I'd prefer.

Drinks well, not sure I see much of a reason to age this one despite the verbiage on the bottle. It might cool off some of the alcohol heat but nothing is going to mitigate that sticky finish and the cocoa may also diminish somewhat. Sort of a crap shoot in that regard. As with all aging experiments, YMMV.

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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 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 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 DannyV
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is what I look for and what I wish every bourbon barrel aged stout was like. Deep, dark with hints of red and only slight carbonation, this smells AND tastes chocolaty. Malty, sweet amd roasty. Slight hints of coffee but not too much at all. I enjoy coffee stouts but its nice to taste one of this kind that doesnt overpower the chocolatiness wth the coffee. Great with desserts. I had mine with chocolate covered pretzels. F@&$kin yummy.

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet at about 45F.

Essentially black and opaque body with red-brown highlights at the edges. Weak head; only a few spots of lacing.

Aroma: bourbon, wood,and chocolate, with hints of dark dried fruits, fruit cake, smoke and vanilla.

Flavor: Like the aroma, the flavor is lightly sweet, has some wood. vanilla and more bourbon. However, the bourbon barrel has less effect here, and there's a solid dark roasted grain base. A bit boozy. The chocolate is mostly hidden until the finish and aftertaste when cold, but becomes more obvious with some warming.

Feel: smooth, full body seems just a touch under-carbonated. The 9.5% ABV is partially hidden but mostly evident; the

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 14298 at 42 degrees into snifter; allowed to warm to 50 degrees
$ 9.99/bomber at Consumer
Aroma – actually not detecting any
Head small (Two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing typical of bourbon barrel aged brews – poor. Few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor starts sweet with dates, shifts to slightly bitter chocolate with an after burn of alcohol. No hints of bourbon or oak barrels. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate full, somewhat syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of Omnium
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber > tulip glass
A - Pitch black viscous pour with a two finger dense tan head with medium lacing
S - Aroma isnt too strong, but you definitely get the chocolate, and the bourbon is awesome, some slight woody tones, some roasted malts.
T - Flavor is awesome, this is exactly what youd want a beer of this variety to taste like. Rich bourbon, some toasted caramel, smooth chocolate, not overly sweet, light wood tones in the back.
M - Smooth velvety rich, and full, but not cloying, or too sticky.
O - What an outsttanding beer, Heavy seas is really making some awesome beers these days.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin viscosity. Smells of cocoa and small amount of bourbon. Taste starts like I am drinking hot chocolate that finishes with a small oaky bourbon taste. Has a thin mouthfeel.

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