Siren Noire

Maryland
United States
Heavy Seas Beer Siren Noire
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
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 blackcurrant.

Profile

ABV: 
9.5%
IBUs: 
8.5
Hops: 
Brewers Gold
Malts: 
Two-Row, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours a very dark brown color with dark orange hues on the side of the glass. The head is tan-colored with a low, foamy texture and moderately low retention. Upon bringing the glass to the nose, a moderately low aroma of malt with dark chocolate, coffee and milky notes welcomes the taster. There’s a moderate alcohol essence, with a touch of dark cherry fruity esters and very low earthy hops (like East Kent Goldings or Fuggles).  After a few sips, a medium level of vanilla, from the oak and sherry barrels, come through as it warms. The flavor is that of dark chocolate and coffee with milk; very low bitterness helps to balance the base beer. This beer finishes with semi-bitter chocolate dryness along with moderate vanilla notes and alcohol, and the aftertaste of these last two flavors linger on well after the last sip. This medium-full-bodied beer has a moderately low carbonation profile, which is fine given the style's higher ABV. There is a moderately high alcohol warmth in the middle of the throat, but nothing too hot or burning. It is firmly smooth and has a moderately low lactose creaminess. Siren Noire is a very well-balanced beer, the bourbon barrel-aging adds complexity to the base beer and increases its drinkability. The alcohol notes are welcome, and add a lighter, spirited, nasal essence to the choco-coffee notes. For utmost deliciousness, pair with creamy cheeses to play on the beer's smoothness or a charred piece of beef to complement the roasty character.

 

 

 

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