Tasting: March 12, 2015
Style: Stout (BBA)
Beer #: 713
One weekend last summer, my wife reunited with some of her sorority sisters in Baltimore. I scoured the internet looking for quality beer stores and rare beer that she might find if she happened to be “in the neighborhood”. In expected fashion, I got the “don’t count on it” reply. As it turns out, there was a “rare beer” sale going on that Saturday at a place called Max’s about three blocks from her hotel. They ventured out and happened to find themselves on Max’s doorstep and I guess she convinced her friends to humor my obsession. After she picked up a few goodies for me, they ventured across the street to an English-style pub for a beer. As a group they were indecisive about what beer to order when a friendly woman suggested that they ask her husband for some advice. The woman offered up that her husband was the brewmaster of a local brewery. As it turns out it was Christopher Leonard of Heavy Seas. My wife texted me a photo and said they were as nice as could be.
I haven’t had anything from Heavy Seas. Since I am a big fan of bourbon-barrel aged stout, I made a mental note to make sure I picked up a bottle of Siren Noire at its release in February.
Siren Noire comes across a bit thin but creamy. It certainly delivers on the chocolate – milk chocolate to be precise. Initially, I did not pick up any strong bourbon-barrel influence maybe a wisp of vanilla on the finish. The complexity began to emerge as it warmed. Siren Noire is certainly an easy drinking stout. Alcohol is robust at 9.5% but concealed nicely. For me, Siren Noire sails in at 88 points.
I reminded my wife of her trip and even though she isn’t a dark beer fan, she adds that she could drink this. Maybe her testimony is greater than my own.