Look, it’s only Tuesday and it’s already been a long week. So this is the compromise: I steal someone else’s picture, give you my quick thoughts on a pretty damn tasty beer, and you get off my case. Deal? Good.
Unlike most things that go into and come out of Baltimore, I like Heavy Seas. Siren Noire is an imperial stout that is brewed with chocolate and aged in bourbon barrels. I’m guessing they couldn’t find a way to work unicorn tears into the recipe. This is the 2013 entry from their “Uncharted Waters” collection.
The beer pours a rich black color with a brown head that starts off strong but fades quickly, probably due to the 9.5% alcohol. The smell is a tantalizing mix of cocoa powder, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and maple syrup. The taste is similar to the smell: rich, heavy chocolate character; a oaky, vanilla bourbon flavor, some light roasty notes and a warming alcohol finish that is dry. The beer is thick but not syrupy or cloying. A perfect body for a heavy beer like this. Siren Noire is definitely a dessert beer, and it is delicious.
Final Verdict: 4.5 out of 5. Buy it.