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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This year’s Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout has been revamped. We’ve aged it for three weeks in bourbon barrels, which gives the beer darker notes of raisin and fig. We’ve also tripled the amount of chocolate nibs and added vanilla bean. A mix of dark malts gives Siren Noire a well-rounded body that is decidedly chocolatey—but without being extraordinarily sweet. Mt. Hood hops contribute a fruity hop profile, with notes of black currant.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
tad_davis (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2013 does not count
Very chocolate beer! I think the aroma is outstanding, very dark looking and deceiving. I was expecting a thicker palate just because of how dark but I would compare it to Coors Lite. I swear I get more of a raspberry/chocolate taste than anything else. All in all not a bad beer but it is too "fru-fru" for me personally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Sampled at esbls. Black not a lot of aroma but a rich sweet flavor. Very complex. Chocolate. Very smooth and sweet. Only a little whiskey. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2013
2/9/2013. 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, dark fruits. Hint of vanilla, but the chocolate and oak leads the way. This is good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy dark tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet and toasty vanilla, cocoa and a bit of whiskey. The flavor was sweet and toasty vanilla cream, marshmallow, anise and rum. Long finish. Thick, creamy and smooth body. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2666) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted, molasses and dark chocolate for the malt, moderate resin and herbs for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with notes of raisin, tar, cola, and whiskey. Head is small, frothy, tan with spotyy lacing and good legs, and is almost fully diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet with a long bitter end. Palate is medium to full, between oily and creamy, with a carbonation on the soft side of lively and a finish that’s moderately alcoholic and sticky. Nice and bold, a little too sweet for an Imperial Stout, but the bourbon barrel adds good depth making it even easier to sip the whole bomber down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Edtorrey (26) - Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Just what you want in an imperial stout. Rich dark chocolate color, smooth and smoky forward palate and enough residual sugars to soften 9.5%ABV finish. You have to work at it to keep from downing it too fast. Added to my favorites. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2013
It’s solid black in color, topped by a small, but frothy, light brown head. A potent bourbon aroma ejected itself from the bottle as soon as I poured it into the glass, but once in the glass the nose is a very enticing balance of chocolate and bourbon. Some roasted malts may be at play here, but they’re overpowered by the chocolate and bourbon. This is a wonderfully soft beer, and the bourbon barrel aging (even if it was only for a few weeks) was just enough to make it taste like bourbon-soaked wood. The flavor is interesting... dark chocolate and bourbon, yes, but with a noticeable fruitiness. Figs and vanilla come through strongly in the finish. It’s warm, rich, and very well-blended. Bourbon is strong without being too much over the top, and the amount of alcohol in this is complimentary to the bourbon flavor. It’s so clean, so soft, and so smooth. It’s all about chocolate and bourbon with vanilla and figs... no bitterness or harsh flavors from roasted malts... superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5281) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2013
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, a little coffee, very light vanilla/oak, and light bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. It’d be nice if brewers stopped "aging" beers for a few weeks and allowed the beer to have some time in the barrels. Quit wasting bourbon barrels and let the beer sit in there for at least half a year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4147) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Dark beer out of the bottle with a short lived brown head. Juicy nose of ripe fruit, chocolate, roasted grains and alcohol. Flavors of dried fruit, raisin, molasses, chocolate candy and alcohol that I assume comes from the bourbon. Nice warming alcoholic chocolate beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2013
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was hoppy and brown malt. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of roasted malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

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