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

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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
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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
Ratings:
946
Reviews:
289
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
72
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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 TheManiacalOne
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/20/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a huge flavor of milk chocolate that completely dominates. Then a hearty roasted malt character quickly follows. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent big stout to sip on for a long time.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of dark mocha head. This maintains a thin creamy foaminess, leaving back a heavy cascade of spotty lace when swirled. The aroma smells like straight up chocolate syrup, with some additional cocoa powder accents behind it. There is a light earthy hop presence that is barely detectable underneath, as that chocolate flavor just totally dominates the nose.

This carries over to the taste, which feels like I’m drinking liquefied tootsie rolls. Thankfully there is more of a balance than there was in the aroma, with green bitter citrus and dark roast helping to counterbalance all of that chocolate sweetness. It’s actually the hops and roast that end up finishing this, with light char and pith sticking to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit fuller feeling, with a sharp and crisp feel to the carbonation down the center of the tongue. That 8% ABV is well hid here, basically just adding some extra fullness to this and that is about it.

It you like your Chocolate Stouts with extra chocolate; you’re probably going to dig this one. Unfortunately, it was a little too much for me at times but this certainly promises what is advertised. This is a good one to split with somebody.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

12oz. pour into a stem glass, a dark black-brown body with a thin mocha head that pretty much fizzled out completely in a minute or so. The aroma was definitely the best part of this beer, with scents of sweet milky chocolate, dark malts, a touch of indistinct fruit in the background. Taste of dark malts and chocolate chips up front, with a touch of plum and a mild tea-like astringency that was well within tolerance. The chocolate flavor actually thinned out a bit as the beer warmed, which I found unusual, since most beers like this do just the opposite, but it was still nice and chocolaty throughout the session. Body wasn't quite full, and actually a bit closer to mid-range; seemed a little thinner than it should be, but it was listed as an English stout, so I suppose it fit the bill. Smooth and easily drinkable, with an appropriate ABV that didn't affect the taste. Good beer. Every bit as good as, or better than, Chocolate Rain, not to mention way cheaper and way more accessible.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a near black body with a lasting half-inch of tan-hued foam. BA TheLibrarianGirl prefers to call it "chocolate milk foam".

Smell: Moderately roasty-toned nose with a constant note of baker's chocolate and coffee, with a slight background hint of dried dark fruits.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts presents a taste of black coffee dosed with table sugar followed by a handful of semi-sweet chocolate morsels and cocoa powder. Medium sweetness overall. A dark fruitiness slips in with a small sip of prune juice. The roastiness receives a noted bump midway and joins in with slight bitterness. Hint of alcohol warmth, then it's off to the semi-dry, halfway chocolaty, halfway roasty finish, with that small dark fruitiness lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-carbonation.

Drinkability: It's no Choklat, that's for sure, but I still liked it. It's sort of a relatively lighter, easier-drinking alternative to it, being of slender body, lighter on the chocolate taste, and having less alcohol.

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a small tan head taking up the top of the glass. The head faded after a minute or so down to a ring around the edges of the glass. A little lacing was left but not a lot.

The aroma has some bitter sweet chocolate to it with some roasted and coffee flavors coming through as well. Overall it doesn't have a real strong nose to it, but the chocolate that does come through is pretty nice.

The taste has a big bitter unsweetened chocolate presence to it, especially in the finish. It has a some nice roasty and coffee flavors coming through, along with some sweet malty flavors as well. The bitter chocolate is really the focus of the taste though, and I liked that about it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is a little below average. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice chocolate beer. I liked that it had more of a bitter chocolate flavor to it instead of the sweeter chocolate flavors found in a lot of chocolate beers. I tend to like my imperial stouts a a bit thicker and less carbonated but the mouthfeel wasn't bad by any means. Very nice flavors to it overall though, the bitter chocolate flavor was especially very well done.

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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 BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hershey bar brown with generous orange-gold highlights along the bottom edge of the glass. Far from a black hole. The upper third is filled with khaki colored foam that looks pretty good after the pour and slightly better as it melts. No lace is a no-no.

The nose has a fruity tanginess that shouldn't be present. The basics of a Belgian cocoa nib-added Imperial stout are there, but SNICS doesn't smell like it will be a malt bomb by any means. Nor is it very hoppy. This is setting up to be a disappointing member of the Heavy Seas Mutiny Series.

Calling Siren Noire average is being kind... and the taste score may not be able to cling to the 3.0 once the middle portion of the bomber is breached. There are many 5.0% stouts that contain more malt than this. Besides, the chocolate has an odd, extract-like quality that is inexcusable.

Specifics include watery cocoa, an unripe fig tartness, and a small splash of cold coffee. Very few malt sugars and even fewer alpha acids add up to a lackluster performance on both sides of the sweet-bitter seesaw. Maybe that's why sour is able to barge in the front door and get comfortable on the couch.

The mouthfeel is a sad excuse for an Imperial <anything>. It's devoid of expansiveness, creaminess, hang-on, silkiness, slickness... anything that would make me think big beer (or even good beer). In a word... pathetic.

Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout is just short of being an unmitigated disaster. Did the brewers actually taste test this stuff before letting it leave the premises? This offering is a head-scratcher because Clipper City, while not outstanding, is usually able to deliver fairly solid beer across a wide range of styles. Not recommended.

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

Review from notes. Consumed blind.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger mocha colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of milk chocolate and cocoa, can't recall a beer smelling more like chocolate in a very long time. Not much else comes through, as the chocolate dominates.

T: Similarly chocolate heavy, very creamy. Just chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.

M: Maybe a touch on the thin side, moderate carbonation.

O: A definite surprise, pretty good. A little one dimensional, but its chocolate, so it doesn't really bother me. Would pair well with dessert.

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Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Near black color where no light shines through the broth. A continuous head lasts, leaving spidery lace.

Chocolate and creamy brown sugar are the major smells here.

The flavor is dark without a burnt element. The body is thin for the style with a high carbonation level. There's a wonderful blend of alcohol, toasted malt and light hop in the swallow and aftertaste. Lots of chocolate in the taste.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark black color with on head or carbonation.

s - Smells of cocoa, roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruit.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent stout with some nice cocoa to it. Would try again.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 ZEB89
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Zaphog
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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