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

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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.

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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 kiddynamite920
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head, a tad of lacing. Roasty chocolate and oatmeal, some oak and burnt wood. Small hint of sweet fruits, super chocolatey. Sweet with some vanilla and sweet chocolate. Sweet malts. No hop profile really, a little weak on the bitter side. Roasty and dry, slight alcohol twang. A bit thin and wispy, medium low body. Needs some backbone. Very easy drinking and certainly doesn't have an imperial feel, falls short.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mild milk chocolate head that soon dissipates to the edges and only with a small ring.

Smell surprised me a little bit. There was more chocolate in the nose than I expected and less black patent malt. This always makes me happy when an imperial stout does not taste like ash or burnt. There was a nutty presence along with a tamed stout aroma.

Taste was similar to how it smelled, a nice nutty imperial stout with milk chocolate, medium roasted malt, not burnt! Slightly light on the mouthfeel and light carbonation. This beer actually surprised me a bit. I had been expecting just another over black patented mess of an imperial stout. A very drinkable and abv hidden Chocolate Imperial stout.

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Photo of u2carew
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Consumed 4/13/10
A) Pours with a finger thick tan head. Body is opaque. Lacing is weak and not very sticky - dissipates too quickly.
S) Rich chocolate. Cherries. Alcohol.
T) Upfront a bold chocolate malt flavor followed by subtle dark fruit notes - cherry, plum. Towards the finish alcohol kicks it up and lingers in the aftertaste with roasted grain.
M) Light fizz. Full body. Alcohol effervescence.
D) A well crafted brew. I'd have another one ... Slowly.

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Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head. It smelled like burnt coffee and dark chocolate, with some earthy roasted barley. It tasted like dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with a little cream and dark fruit. It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a nice clean taste, but wasn't super strong or unique. Certainly not as chocolaty as expected. Decent body, and hid the alcohol very well, so this was quite easy to drink. I highly doubt this would improve with age, so drink yours fresh. Ultimately good not great.

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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 HopGoblin
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown to black with a head that fades quickly. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and sour cream. Taste is more coffee than chocolate, rather bitter. The finish is long and funky...and it just won't quit. Mouthfeel is weak and thin. Drinkability is not too good, halfway through and no want for more. Won't try this one again.

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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 Tilley4
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip...

Pours a pitch black appearance with a small quickly disappearing head... No light is penetrating this one at all.. It's completely black..

The roasted malts dominate in this category... this actually smells more like a porter than a stout.. I don't get the richness or depth that's present in most imperial stouts..

Big dose of roasted malts up front without the chocolate in the name... Hmmm... this one seems really light for an imperial stout... If this was a porter, I'd get it... but it's not.. It's labeled an imperial stout and judged in that category, it just doesn't measure up... It's not awful or anything like that but it's not as rich or thick as it needs to be...

Overall, I was a little disappointed in this one... Nothing majorly wrong but it just doesn't do this brewery justice.. The brews they make are too good for this one to represent the brewery..

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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 hdofu
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chocolate brown with an irish cream colored head. Smelll isn't really discernible. Taste is sort of sweet though not as strong as I had hoped, tasted more like malt and coffee then chocolate. Mouthfeel was bubbly, the beer had a bit of alcohol burn though. The beer went down easy enough but didn't really have anyything draging me back for more.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 8% abv. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. Thin mocha head disappears rather quickly, leaving no lace.

Roasty nose, with some mocha, and fresh brewed coffe and cream. Maybe a hint of vanilla.

Lightly roasted malt up front. A milk chocolate flavor, and some mocha to it as well. There seems to be an almost artificial feel to the chocolate flavor.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. A bit of a creamy feel. Carbonation is light and fine. Alcohol is well hidden. I was expecting a stronger chocolate flavor, and a bit more out of an imperial stout.

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Photo of farrago
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of aggression on the pour will get you close to three fingers of dark tan foam, mainly larger sized bubbles which snap, crackle and pop their way down to the surface, little lacing left behind. True to the category, pure pitch black liquid, hence nothing to comment on. Good bit of roast to the dark chocolate, coffee scents in the nose, at times verges on chicory, good deal of graininess and hoppy zing so not too much here suggests "sweetness" per se, perhaps anise or candied oranges. Medium-bodied, not as "heavy" as expected, however, the carbonation helps to layer it across the palate evenly and maximizes what density it has. The roast has that same semi-bitter, oily quality to it, like your fingers after squeezing coffee grinds. Dark chocolate, cocoa and a vague swipe of toffee. The citrus like orange zest infused chocolate. Mild nuttiness. More drinkable than complex, agreeable without going out on a limb to reveal its personality.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice chocolate stout. Pours a real dark black with a small light brown head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and coffee, with a little vanilla. Its very inviting. Taste is mocha with a little bitter chocolate at the end. A little drier than other Chocolate stouts I've had, but its not unpleasant. Taste like someone mad a Chocolate Guinness, its good. Very easy to drink and alchohol is hidden very well. I would have this again.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Competent Imperial Stout, not particularly worthy but a decent brew in any case.

Presentation: 22 oz brow capped bottle. Another trite pirate skull design, this time with two sirens hugging the bones of the enchanted character, eyes as hearts... By repetition these designs are becoming quite identifiable, and yet I feel they need a significant design do-over. These labels are pretty poor. Side narrative describing the general style of the brew without going into much detail, a note on the naming intent, defying conclusion. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows Alc. by Vol (8%) Poured into a tulip glass. Served on a snifter.

A - Black pour with thin dark brown edges, short brown head with average retention, minimal surface memory ring, and little to no lacing.

S - Light aroma of roasted malts, some caramel, touch of chocolate, and hint of coffee.

T - Taste follows with a nice increase in intensity from the smell, roasted malt, some caramel, and light chocolate notes, minimal coffee bitterness in a tiny hop profile.

M - Medium body with tingly carbonation, not much a bit pushy as it tries to pick up the brew.

D - It's a fair stout, but while unobtrusive there is not much that will make me want to revisit it.

Notes: Less than one day between trying the cask and the bottle of this brew and while the cask is marginally better there is not a remarkable difference and the reviews almost go hand in hand. Fair brew in any case.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My friend ordered this beer, and I was able to try about half of it as she didn't really care for it. The appearance was average.. a nice, thick, black color, with little to no head (which could have been due to an improper pour.) The smell was malty, bitter, and had some definite coffee/ chocolate notes. Taste was just about the same - a little on the sweet side. I think this is a pretty good beer for someone looking for a chocolate-y stout, and one that I would have again - for dessert!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask (on cocoa nibs, and dry-hopped with Mt Hood) at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Black body that becomes a clear dark brown when held up to light; a half-finger of fine, light-brown head. Mediocre retention and some lace. Good looking for a cask stout.

S: Nice even mixture of roasted malt, earthy hoppiness, and bittersweet chocolate. Not extreme in any way, but inviting.

T: Big, earthy, spicy hops up front, transitioning into some bitter roasted malts and a slightly sweet aftertaste with a bit of cocoa. Pretty complex and not bad at all.

M: Nearly flat, but very slick and mouth-coating despite its medium body.

D: A bit too cloying on the finish, but still ok.

Notes: The dry-hopping really came through on this cask, more so than the cocoa nibs. I'd have preferred a reversal of order with the flavors, so the sweetness would have led to the bitterness instead of vice versa. Still, major thanks to Clipper City and Prime 16 for providing this unique version of the beer.


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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 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 gueuzeonhigh
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours just as I expect it should-- a red-black translucent color, although a scant course bubble head and next to no lacing.
The nose is quite small- with tiny hints of hops and a hair of toasted malt.

Flavor-- is OK.. It is robust with the weight of an imperial stout-- but in the end it's just "weight". The mouthfeel has a weighty stance but when I break it down-- take it apart there really isn't much in the way of flavor there-- I taste some ingredients of hops and some toasty malt but the flavor has a one dimensional "toast" malt but not a lot else that strikes my senses.

There's a long finish that's smooth and long-lasting.

The mouthfeel is quite cordial, with a soothing effect on my palate.. there's nothing to the flavor or the character that ruffles my tasting feathers.

The drinkability thanks to the beer's 8% ABV makes it possible to enjoy several pints without regretting it..

As the glass is drained I think this beer is worthy of enjoyment, simply there's nothing in it to make me remember it when I'm looking at other choices...

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Photo of hawks10
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter...

Pours black, slight reddish/brown on the edges when held up to the light, with a one finger soft tan head that leaves a thin haze on top of the brew, not much lacing...

Smells of bitter dark chocolate and a dark roasted coffee, a tiny bit of sweetness in the background...

Tastes like a sightly watery coffee with a bit of dark chocolate. Roasted grain, overall a pretty smooth combination of those flavors, not harsh and bitter like some...

Thinner than expected, lacking carbonation, almost too slick on the tongue. Honestly felt I was drinking a regular, non-imperial stout...

The mouthfeel really ruined this one for me, way too thin for an imperial stout, average taste on top of that...always love trying a new beer that I cannot get here in Chicago, but this one kinda missed the mark...

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a watery, yet jet black...with almost no head which evaporated almost instantly.

S - Earthy malts dominate the nose. Kind of reminds me of that New Belgium smell but with a chocolaty twist. A bit of roasted nuts and dark fruit in there, but mostly just the malts on the nose.

T - The taste follows the nose, but the subtle chocolate of the nose comes out more in the flavor. Alcohol is definitely present in the flavor. As a big fan of stouts, not the best, but definitely good. As with most beers, this one got better as it warmed up and the flavor came out more. I'd definitely recommend letting this one warm up a bit before drinking it right from the fridge.

M - Hot carbonation. Very lively beer. Leaves a bit of a dry aftertaste. A bit watery without being silky.

D - Not the best imperial stout I've had, but an easy drinker none-the-less. Worth a try for the fans of stouts (as I am), but not one that I'll probably get again with this price point.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Snifter Glass

Not much to this brew unfortunitely. Pours a solid black with a thin brown head that left little lacing. Smells of roasted darker malts and some dark chocolate and coffee. Like it smells you don't really get much else. The dark malts and bittersweet chocolate dominate and a decent coffee after taste that leaves you with a slight bitter dryness but not bad.

This brew is very simple and not complex at all. I think heavy seas could have done a way better job with this one. The chocolate wasn't to noticeable compared to the strong coffee taste.


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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was black with a medium-sized tan head that receded quickly. It had an aroma of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Milk chocolate and coffee taste. A pleasant enough stout, but I thought it was a little on the tepid side and lacked depth.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Sherlock's in Decatur, GA.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with mild amounts of dark chocolate and even milder amounts of dark fruits. As the beer warms the dark fruits intensify but never do anything more than lurk in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells although the chocolate notes are more robust. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip very light amounts of black malt flavors kick in and carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a very good chocolate-forward beer, although I have to say the taste is much bolder than the nose. Not quite in the same league as the major "chocolate beers" (Rogue and Southern Tier) but still worth a shot.

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