Heavy Seas – Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout

I believe that the latest batch of Siren Noire (late 2010/early2011) came out a few weeks ago, but this review is from a bottle that is just over 12 months old.
22 oz presentation in the usual, Heavy Seas Mutiny series bottle.
I have been generally VERY disappointed with the Heavy Seas range of Mutiny beers over the last couple of years so i have had my expectations lowered considerably.
Pour is a requisite dark brown, but fails to reach strong levels of black at any point in the glass. Quite a small head, not much retention or lace. Generally disappointing to look at.
The nose here is quite weak, and the tastes follow suit. Sure there are chocolate notes and some bitterness amongst those roasted malts, but the overall package feels quite weak to me. This of course may be a function of age, but it ought to be able to stand up to some cellaring – maybe not. Some dark chocolate powder (cocoa), but it feels washed out and lacks maltiness. Weak.
Mouthfeel lacks richness and the beer feels light to me. Not a good sign for the style.
Disappointing. Weak.

02/20/2011
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.0 %
Appearance: 2.5
Taste: 3
Mouthfeel: 3
Smell: 3
Overall: 3
Total: 2.98
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