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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

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 JMC_TM
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This American Imperial Chocolate Stout is the newest release in Heavy Seas "Mutiny Fleet". It pours a dark black with some dark brown highlights and a small tan head. The aroma gives off lots of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee, with a hint of cherries on the end. The flavor follows through pretty well on the promises of the aroma. This stout comes off pretty sweet as well, but has a nice spice in the background that along with a faint hop bitterness work to balance the sweetness from the malt and chocolate. This beer finishes nice and smooth with some residual chocolate and coffee lingering on your palate. Siren Noire is surprisingly easy to drink despite the 8.0% abv

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

Pours a black color with brown highlights, smallish tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder and a light roasted malt. Not very strong I needed to pull to get the aromas. The main flavor is chocolate but it is not over the top. The flavor is of milk chocolate with a little bit of bitter chocolate, kind of a bready characteristic which seems strange for a stout and finishes with a nice roasted malt flavor. Full bodied, good carbonation - perfect for a stout, smooth, finishes with a nice balance, perhaps lightly bitter. A good stout, drinks easy, ABV well hidden but very light on flavor for an imperial stout. More sweet than roasty. I appreciate the sweeter flavor but does seem a bit weak for the style.

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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 jgasparine
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the cask into a pint glass with virtually no head at all; yet, there were some faint traces of proteinaceous lacing throughout the drink. The body was a completely opaque black color, and showed no visible signs of carbonation.

S- Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts and very faint trace of hops. The cask was prepared with pieces toasted oak, but oaky aromas were not detected on the nose.

T- Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts, as expected. The chocolate flavor was mild to moderate, and this created a nice little nuance to remind you that it wasn't just an Imperial Stout. Finishes a little bitter with an echo of burnt dark fruit. Again, nothing on the palate to indicate the presence of oak.

M- A medium bodied stout with a fair amount of unattenuated sugar; a little slick on the tongue. A little less carbonation than I would like to see, even from a cask, but decent mouthfeel overall.

D- The drinkability of this beer is what really impressed me. I was unaware of the alcohol content until my third pint, and then I realized that I have been quaffing this thing too quickly. Goes down very smooth.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed drinking this stout without a chill to it as I was hoping the nuances would come through in a greater way. The dark drown to black ale had an aroma of roasted nuts that enticed me to dig right into the cream head. The resulting taste reminded me of a few other American made stouts in a balanced approach.

Yes, there was a chocolate element to the enjoyment of this stout that I liked and I wondered what a milk stout version of this would be like.

It has a good drinkability without the hotness one might expect from an 8% ABV. I credit the brew masters for that element as the other ales Clipper City creates do the same thing.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours very dark brown, with no light coming though. a rich creamed coffee colored head. leaves way to some lacing

S- alot less chocolate than what i was expecting. more roasted malt and some coffee nose with some bittersweet chocolate to it. was a little weak as well compared to what i was expecting.

T- Same profile as the nose on this beer. a little disapointing as well. i was hoping for alot more chocolate and a much stronger flovor.

M/D- i was also expecting a heavier mouthfeel on this beer for 8% ABV. it was medium bodied towards the lighter side for a stout of this magnitude. it was very easy drinking and smooth.

i might buy this one again but was unimpressed with the chocolate characteristic of this beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 oberon
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new "Mutiny Fleet" beer to the line.Poured into a imperial pint glass a deep but not opaque black,some ruby highlights came thru the light,almost no head to speak of even after a rigerous pour,thin and wispy with minimal lace.Nice mix of deep roast and chocolate in the nose,a tinge of dark fruit as well.Again highly roasted but with enough chocolate sweetness to keep it balanced and enjoyable.Outside of the pour this is really a really nice offering, its very balanced,as it warms the alcohol comes thru.

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