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

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BA SCORE
3.97/5
Very Good
954 Ratings
Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutHeavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#4,625
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
954
pDev:
12.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
76
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 954 |  Reviews: 291
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jon. Not so much chocolate. sour aromas, more roast noticed as it warms. big thick opaque black lacey head. more coconut than signs of chocolate, with some chocolate and coffee taste.average mouthfeel, average drinkability, appropriate carbonation.Weak for the style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three finger tan head with excellent lacing on a jet black body. Aroma of dark chocolate earthy hops, run, oak and hint if espresso. Flavor has lots of dark chocolate, oak, whiskey, hint of roasted malt, earthy hops and burnt caramel. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Full flavored and complex. One if the better brews from this brewery. Well balanced with jus the right amount of chocolate.

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Photo of acurtis
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer on a whim, was looking for a high ABV bomber and this fit the bill.

Pours a jet black, nice brownish head. Smell is of strong cocoa flavors. Taste is nice and creamy, nice and heavy taste to it. Mouthfeel is delicious, feels good on the palette. The chocolate taste really comes through in this one, way more than most other 'chocolate ____' beers I've had. Solid beer, nice dessert beer or one to have on a nice cold night. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A challenging Chocolate Stout that favors heavy roast to milk chocolate.

The beer begins with a very dark brown color, no light, and thinly laced tan foamstance. Very light carbonation yeilds to fuel the head and the alcohols quickly take it down.

Strong aromas of cocoa powder, Columbian coffees, and alcohol fill the nose, not leaving much room for secondary notes or more subtle aromas to identify themselves.

Again, very strong with the roasted grains provide a nearly burnt flavor that sets the stage for the rest of the session. A quick follow up of bitter cocoa and coffee grounds give a bit more complexity to the roast but probably amplify the roast rather than compliment it. Burnt currants and licorice start to round out the beer with esters but these flavors have a difficult making a meaningful impact.

Full up front but as the beer settles, the powdery and acrid ashyness of the roasted grains begin to take its toll on the mouthfeel. Add in an abundance of rum-like alcohols and the beer proves to be quite harsh in the end.

The beer is very flavorful but the high roast character without the proper supporting maltiness and complexity make the beer's balance tilt too much toward the harsh side of things.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a modest mocha head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Chocolate forward with oak and vanilla elements

Taste: A lot of chocolate, up front, with with the oak and vanilla adding another aspect in the middle; the Bourbon is very subtle but blends in nicely in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Enjoyable to drink, nicely balanced but not a mind-blower; on the other hand, it is nice to taste these kind of flavors without a massively high ABV

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Photo of oline73
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a half finger of tan head that goes away quickly. Smell is slightly sweet with a hint of chocolate. The taste is smooth enough with lots of roast backed up by a sweetness. Mild bourbon note. The finish is roasty but the sweetness goes away.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of black chocolate is quite intense with nice notes of dry roasted malt and some lactose. Taste is a nice mix of black chocolate malt with light dry roasted malt notes with a semi-sweet finish. Body is quite full with some creamy notes and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed for style and something I could drink on a regular basis.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter. Pours very dark brown color with a dense 1 finger tan head with good retention. A thin lacing cap lingers for the remainder of the glass. Aromas of strong milk and dark chocolate; with some roasted malt and caramel as well. Not very complex here, but it sure smells damn good, like a tootsie roll. Taste of strong chocolate once again, with some roasted malts and caramel. Maybe a bit of dark fruits and coffee mixed in there as well. A very small amount of bitterness is present on the finish, but isn’t around for long. Lots of roasted and chocolate flavor lingers after the finish. No alcohol noticed in the taste at all, but a decent warming is present on the finish. Medium carbonation with a fairly full and creamy body. Very smooth drinking as well for the alcohol level. Overall, quite an tasty chocolate stout, nice smoothness and good balance.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mothman
1.8/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into ccb snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Color pours a copper brown, but settles black.

Aroma: Roasted malts and dark chocolate. Heavy roast here with some hints of coffee. Notes of vanilla as well.

Taste: I really can't tell this is a stout. It has so many off flavors. It seems infected but it isn't fizzy like infected beers are. Chocolate and burnt malts. Cherry like infection notes. Not good at all.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, a bit fizzy, and dry. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sour.

Overall, I think this is infected or something. It isn't good at all. I can't find anything I like about it. I don't know if I will be able to finish half of this bottle.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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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