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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First thoughts about the label, why do these mermaids look like trannies? Pours a dark black body with a khaki tan head fine even layers of lacing left behind. Aroma is cocoa powder malted milk balls and one dimensional chocolate, not a bad thing if you dig chocolate. Flavor is weird there's a wave of chocolate then some awkward fruitiness and a bit of strong booziness that shouldn't be around when your imperial chocolate stout is only 8% abv. Sharp sweet malted chocolae, hershey's syrup with an acrid dark roasted finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is pretty soft, this just a weird feeling. Hard to explain why each sip is rough around the edges. It doesn't pull of Choklat caliber chocolate beer but for the price it really is decent split it with a female they will probably enjoy this more than the average imperial stout drinker.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Evening Star in Alexandria, Virginia.

The beer is dark brown with just a few bubbles of carbonation present. Both the aroma and flavor are dominated by a huge chocolate presence. The beer tastes like chocolate Yoohoo and melted chocolate candy bars. While the beer is decent for what it is, I find it quite one dimensional. The feel is medium bodied and smooth, as is typical of a cask ale. Overall, a decent chocolate stout.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real fizzy sounding head is made off the pour which has very little creamy togetherness, and dissolves fairly quickly, light cocoa brown in color. Body hits with a dark brown walnut with some see through red edges around, kind of almost resembles cola.

Nose is powdered milk chocolate, sort of a whoppers candy action with a malt backbone. Hints of sticky toffee and brown sugar. Very nice, kind of a different chocolate angle, might not be everyones cup of tea but I am not minding. I picture this sticking to my teeth.

Palate hits with a very wet body for an imperial, and some noticeable carbonation. Fizzy texture. Chocolate is a nice mellow bitter with some faint roast character. Hint of sweetness doesn't seem to come through on the palate. Finish reminds more of a drip coffee aftertaste and a little fleeting.

Overall it's not bad, but I expected more from what the nose hinted at.

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Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: pours a black color with a wispy thin head that breaks apart quickly. No lace develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts and mild chocolate tones are detectable.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate prunes, and some alcohol are up front and there is a mellower bitterness that kicks in late.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start but smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer did not have the chocolate punch I have experienced with others in the style, but it still was quite tasty. Slow sipping beer works well for dessert.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On- tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Bordering on light black if that makes sense with some muddy brown towards the edges, a semi tan head up top with a foamy look, minor stickage.

S- A small amount of cocco and chocolate bar is even lighter. More roasty than sweet chocolate. A hit of vanilla and cola. It smells like it's not going to be to sweet.

T- Not an Imperial chocolate stout, there may be alot of alcohol in it for that classification but certainly not big on chocolate. This taste like a light cocco infused cherry cola when all is said and done. I swear I get some cherry out of it, I don't think i'm crazy. Some roast, all together bad.

M&D- Medium bodied but it comes off a bit watery since it's classified as being big, that's not the case. A cola like aftertaste. Not very sweet. Some people are calling this choklat light, well they are wrong, no way. I did not pour this down the drain, but the bartender did when I left the rest of my glass on the bar.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, nicely browned head that is not very dense, but does have some staying power and leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated brown, really black color that is quite opaque in its darkness. My first smell of the nose sees me noticing a chalky, roasted character. The chalky edge seems to dissipate quite quickly, but the roast malt definitely plays the dominant role in the nose. Burnt roasted grain and husks, dark chocolate liquor, sweet dark grain, some savory malt character and a deeply burnt, whole grain brown bread character. There is also a burnt plum note here that adds some nice complexity. This doesn't have the really rich, sweet leaning malt character that an Imperial Stout can often have, but it is still quite good. As the beer warms up it at times can seem to smell like a moist, freshly fermenting, uncooked dough.

Somewhat dry tasting up front and in fact it loses more sweetness into the long finish. The beer finishes very light bodied without hardly any viscous character lingering on the tongue. Ample toasted whole grain character supplies a savory bread-crumb character and a rich burnt caramelized character that boosts the savory notes. The beer finishes with a big, dry, roasted character that accentuates the dryness of this beer. There is a rich, dried plum character that is quite umami like and reminds me of a salted, Chinese dried plum. Much more fruity tasting as it warms up, sort of reminds me of prunes, concord grapes.

An interesting interpretation, I actually sort of like that it is so dry, but still manages to have a savory quality to this beer. Still, I was hoping for something a little bit richer than this beer, especially since this is an imperial chocolate stout; it really needs a rich body and malt sweetness to fulfill the typical expectations for this type of beer. Not bad, and in the right circumstance I might actually be enjoying this a whole lot more.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas : Bourbon Barrel aged Siren Noire Chocolate Stout

LOOK: Pours a oil slick black with a dark brown cap. Appears like an imperial stout with some strength and deeply roasted malt behind it.

SMELL: Opens up softly with chocolate and oak induced vanilla. A bit of smoke comes out as well as some dry wood.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some cocoa upfront. Oaky with a pleasant mild smokey bourbon. Cocoa and char, bittersweet flavor with a barrel aged dryness. Hops are faint and earthy. diggin the finish of oak, bourbon, coffee, vanilla and of course chocolates. Pretty decent!

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, oaky and semi-dry. Not a bad feel but surprisingly light, given the strength.

OVERALL: I dug this beer. I kind of figured I would because who doesn't like imperial stouts, bourbon and chocolate? I would have this again sometime, along with a chocolate dessert.

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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 tone77
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of chocolate, some malts. Taste is also chocolatey, roasyed malts, just a touch of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is very nice, consisting of chocolate, coffee and cherry. It also doesn't smell particularly boozy, which is a relief. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet stout, though there's some underlying spice as well that is attractive. Also, I get a touch of hoppy bitterness in the finish, which helps to coutner the sweetness a bit. Mouthfeel is rich, full and pretty long. I'm thinking this beer will be fantastic on cask. Drinkability is also very good, with the 8% abv. well disguised.

Quite delicious. At least for me, this is by far and away the most enjoyable mutiny fleet beer I've had yet from Clipper City. Very nice.

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wines in Claymont, DE...

Appears a near black with a small tan head that quickly fades into a small cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, dark fruit, black grapes, brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas with a touch of roastiness that pulls through the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, airy, a bit chewy in the middle with a velvet-like swallow.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours extremely dark brown to jet black and any brown color can only be seen under direct light. It builds up to a decent, silky head which fizzles after a few minutes. The aroma is rich with dark baker's chocolate with a slight hop drop mixed in. Or is that the alcohol? The body is of medium weight and on the slick, oily side. Loads of chocolate emerge on first sip with a noted but balanced dry hop bite on the second. Pretty good stout.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY for 8.50. Served into a Sierra Nevada tulip.

Pours black. Not the darkest black I've ever seen, but close to opaque. Laces well down the glass.

Smells like hot chocolate mixed with a little bit of bourbon. Chocolate is far and away the overwhelming smell. Maybe a bit of oak, too.

Tastes amazing. The best use of chocolate I've had in a beer yet. I'm more a coffee guy when it comes to big stouts, but this has convinced me chocolate can play with the big boys too. Strong cocoa powder taste in the front, followed by bourbon-soaked fudge brownies. Bit of oak in the back end, with a slight bitterness. Strong and full mouthfeel is nice. Given the price, I expected it to be a bit thin.

One of the best BA stouts on the market, IMHO. The bourbon is mild, and subtle- a mere supporting actor to the big star- chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Great value for a great stout. Highly recommended.

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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 rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim at Julio's. Another let down from not doing any sluething. Been 10 days since I had a really good brew, and I cant remember the last time I bought a random beer that turned out to be really good.

A - Nice good typical stout appearance. Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich black pour with light tan one finger head that slowly fades leaving nice heavy lacing on the brew but minimal side lacing.

S - Kinda strange. Getting your usual stout aromas, not much chocolate but it is there. That being said, there is some dark ale like aromas. Dark fruits and figs are present.

T - Just like the nose, this is somewhat odd. Not really a fan of this. I'm not getting any of that nice typical roasty malt that one becomes oh so fond of when drinking a stout. Instead, I get some belgian type funky things going on. Dark fruits and funk here along with a little bit of chocolate.

M - Normal run of the mill mouthfeel though a bit on the thin side. Personally, I like my stouts, let alone imperial ones, to be nice and thick.

D - Its not that bad of a stout but the addition of some belgian qualities is unexpected and not exactly wanted from me. Much better stouts out there.

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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 clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin black with minimal head that died quickly. A heavy smell of dark chocolate and some roasted malts as well but more sweet than anything. Really smooth and creamy, a light stout that is pretty sweet a chocolate taste that overrides most of everything else. Some minor roasted malts for a balance of dryness and hints of something like dark fruit but mostly just a sweet stout. An enjoyable drink but I wouldn't call this a double.

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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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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates.

Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roast malt form the initial aroma, with nutty, toasted malt and figs adding intrigue. Malted milk balls and oak surface late.

Bourbon dominates the flavor, which becomes roasty, chocolatey, and slightly coffee bitter in the finish. Fairly sweet throughout, it's a very decadent beer that's balanced nicely in the toasty, dry finish. Dark fruit notes of dates and prunes emerge.

Body is full, with minimal carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Bourbon is a little over the top, but the chocolatey notes make the base beer more pleasing to my palate than the typical roast dominant stout.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch cola-like tan head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is milk and bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of a little bit of cherry. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating, but I think it's thin for a stout. Also has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd pick this up again in the future. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bit light for an imperial stout it kind of reminds me of Peg Leg since it has a bit of ruby hue at the base and it's a bit thin. Head is also minimal with only a 1/4 inch of mocha head that quickly turns to a light lace ring. Sticky though.

S - My gawd this smells of chocolate like fudgey chocolate also reminds me of the Belgium chocolate qualities of ST Chocolat. Sweet, Sweet dessert beer!

T - Definitely not as sweet as expected but that makes it more drinkable and more beer like. Sweet melted Belgium Chocolate but not overly sweet with mild roasts and a bit of hops in the finish. Pretty sweet beer.

M - Medium bodied it's not as thick as most imperial stouts but thats not a bad thing.

Overall I went into this expecting some level of Chocolat from Southern Tier and smell confirmed its chocolate strong and sweet. Taste is more beer like but still very sweet with a good body. Not bad just not worth a repeat visit for 8 bucks a bomber.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says 2014.

A- Pours a fully opaque motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Heavy dark roast that's mildly sweet smelling. Notes of molasses, vanilla and dark chocolate.

T- Big rush of chocolate strikes the palate along with some caramel and vanilla. Eventually some astringent oak is detected but it's quite mild compared to some other BBA beers I've had. The alcohol is also very well-hidden.

M- Thick and chewy with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- I'm glad I didn't cellar this one since it's just fine right where it is. I've been wanting to try both this and the base beer for a while and this one did not disappoint. Though the barrel presence is quite toned down, so is the booze and I'd rather it be that way than on the other side of the spectrum.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of milk chocolate, coffee, plums, and roasted malt. Not a ground-breaking flavor, but well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Thick, chewy, full-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable stout.

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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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