Broken Dream | Siren Craft Brew

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Siren Craft Brew
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Broken Dream is deep and complex. She awakens your imagination. She binds coffee and chocolate aromas, with the silky unctuousness of oats to crest thick, velvety delirium. She will draw you towards a land of flavor, reverie and color.

Added by CwrwAmByth on 09-19-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 62
Photo of Lastmanback
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pitch black from the bottle. Nice head that lasted longer than expected. Moderate lacing in the mug. Smells fantastic, lovely roast coffee and chocolate. Hint of sweet lactose aroma like a full blown milk stout. Does not taste as good as it smells. Nice smooth and silky mouth feel but it tastes too sweet for me. The chocolate and coffee taste disappear quickly to reveal an overly sweet and malty aftertaste. An ok beer but not as good or balanced as many other breakfast stouts.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolute black color. Very rich clean coffee aromas with a little bit of bitter dark chocolate. Smooth consistency, rich and complex. Very rich clean coffee taste and rich chocolate.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance, brown to black colour, medium brownish head. Smell of coffee. Taste is smooth, coffeish, but to sweet for me, reminds me of sweeter baltic porters. Couple of seconds after the sip not so sweet anymore, but nothing too exciting is happening. Not bad, but bit dissapointing. Guess it would be good to someone who likes Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At Siren Craft Brew on tap. I suppose you could call it a tap room at the brewery...felt a bit like hanging in your friend's garage.
Poured black with a small dense head and some lacing. Nose was very light...missing. From the feel of the glass in my hand, it was obvious this was due to tuhelow temperature of the beer. Taste cold. Very, very strange to get an ice cold (guessing 34F) stout from the brewery. Flavor was very muted as well due to the temp. I waited and sipped and tried to warm the beer as best I could. Towards the end, chocolaty coffee aromas were making their way to me, and the dark roast flavor were coming out. I felt the need was a bit more carbonated than necessary for the style, which detracted a bit from mouthfeel. Overall, a solid stout...but WTF on the way it was served.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 10/08/15 notes. Had a pint on cask at Euston Tap in London.

Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate to low carbonation evident. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, cream, vanilla, bitter malts and chocolate, and toasted and burnt malts. Lighter body for a stout and no carbonation.

Overall; a good stout; well worth checking out.

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Photo of Duskenwood
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours smooth. Very black, with no transparency, and a tan/coffee coloured head, two fingers on the initial pour dissipating over a couple of minutes to a gentle film, like coffee crema.
Lovely rich smell, initially a big hit of coffee, very sweet and malty, with a slight, pleasant, petrol hint. Chocolate liqueur comes though slightly, and it is the chocolate smell that lingers.
Initial impressions on taste were very positive. Delightful first sip. Big chocolate taste, a slightly drawn out finish with a bitterness that softly makes its presence known after the first taste hit dies away. Coffee tones sit behind the chocolate. A sweet taste trying to push through, and just hanging in the background. No unpleasant bitterness or astringency, very smooth and drinkable. Not massive amounts of complexity or changing or developing taste, but a very pleasant experience.
Velvety and thick mouthfeel. Feels warming in the mouth and rolls easily around the tongue. No bite, not too sticky. Smooth and delectable.

Overall very positive impression. Oats appear to have been used well in the brew, and the descriptor on the bottle of a 'silky unctuousness' is spot on.
Bottle design is nice - black and white line drawing of a lady surrounded by grains and hops.
Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip here at Ceveceria Esparte (Conil, Spain)

Appearance: Bubbly dark brown, almost black with heavy bubbles. Head is roughly two finger's length coming off a light tan color.

Smell: Light malty scent. Hit of lighter chocolate.

Taste: Light chocolate, less bitter and more coffee.

Mouth: Light and not as sticky as I expected. Very bubbly in carbonation.

Overall: Good brew, definitely a breakfast stout. Had different expectations for it considering there other beers with similar names and it's just definitely not the same.

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Photo of DiUr
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Half pint on tap. Classic flavours and aromas typical of the style in a balanced way. Nice blend of sweet and bitter in the taste, the oats add a creamy layer towards the end of the sip. Medium to low body and fizzy carbonation.

Nothing to dislike about my first try on Siren, but a bit better balance in the mouthfeel-carbonation would be welcome. A tasty beer which is also very drinkable anyway, with the ABV working great at 6.

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Photo of interzen
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

330ml bottle served into a chalice glass

Look: Oh my $DEITY, this is dark stuff - even if you hold it up to there light there's nothing. Blacker than Hell at night. Not much going on in the head department - what there is diminishes to a khaki/tan foam cap in fairly short order.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate and malt, oh my. There's a big, BIG roasted malt character here which is topped off by some exquisite coffee flavours - not as in-yer-face as a typical espresso stout, more of a medium-roast vibe. Add in just a touch of smokiness and you've got an olfactory extravaganza.

Taste: Tastes more or less as it smells - heavy on the chocolate and coffee, with a heaping helping of dark roasted malts, burnt sugar and molasses. Hop heads will shake their heads in disgust, but if you like your beers full of flavour and malt forward then you can't really go wrong with this one. For me, it ticks all of the boxes.

Feel: Oh so smooth - in my recent experience there's a tendency for stouts to be either too watery (ie. heading into 'porter' territory) or just too damned heavy/sweet/cloying for their own good. Somehow, this manages to get things more or less right - there's a good transition from malt through chocolate to coffee and bitterness without feeling too overpowering. Well done!

Overall: My first encounter with Siren's output - I thought they were an American outfit but it turns out that they're based in UK. On the strength of this, I hope to be sampling a lot more of their beers in the near future, this one included as it's definitely a keeper.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at proletariat nyc

A: dark, black, thin head

S: smoky, oak, chcocolate, a little herbal

T: chocolate, toffee up front, coffee in the middle and smooth smoky finish

M: smooth, silky, chocolate with a "wet" aftertaste

O: smooth chocolate and coffer, bigger smoke aftertaste than expected

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body with a chunky beige head.
S: Fudge, chocolate and coffee and peppy yeast.
T: Everything that's in the nose with some smokey bitterness, although not all that bitter for an American influenced stout. Medium sweet and just a smidgen Belgianesque with some peppy esters.
M: Has a peppy but delicate effervescence.
O: I love it when beer tastes exactly as it smells.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Here's hoping this style has a good endurance factor. Acquired a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Bring on the coffee!

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown hue that appears ultra-black in the glass. Yields a huge head of creamy mocha foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of overwhelming coffee and chocolate, along with notes of roasted malt, burnt grain, molasses, stewed leaves and mild earthy yeast. Fanatically rich and sweet.

T: Tastes of intense coffee and roasted malt, with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, burnt grain, molasses, dark sugar, mild fruitiness, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and a decent body. Could certainly be a tad thicker and more unctuous. Pretty astringent, accompanied by a lingering aftertaste of rich roasted malt, bitter coffee, cocoa and yeast.

O: Extreme breakfast stoutage! Excellent beer with a big character. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are as intense as expected. Tons of coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, molasses and yeast notes all blended together in an orgiastic delirium. The only minor let-down is the body, which is a shade too thin and fizzy for the style. Superb and well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.7%

On draft, pours an opaque black with a light brown head, good retention.

The nose is roast, coffee, oat, a little sweet molasses, with some distinct peat smoke on the back end, almost ashy. The flavor is full-bodied, very smooth. Lots of caramel, espresso, molasses, toast, and faint wood and smoke. This is well balanced and very enjoyable. I like it.

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Photo of ADZA
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest brown hue with a coffee laced two finger head and lacing everywhere very enticing looking,the smell is roasted barley,milky chocolate,coffee and a slight herbalness,the mouthfeel is full bodied soft,luscious and velvety smooth with tastes of dark chocolate,cappuccino,roasted malts and finished with earthy herbal bitterness and overall definately the pick of what I picked up from these guys and definately something I'd seek out again perfect with dessert cheers.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unctuous black with a finger of purple-brown froth that fades fast but speckles.
Light coffee, ash, plum nose.
Black Twizzlers, camp coffee, and grape soda up front, a charred roast hit, and a branchy marshmallow end.
Cream soda finish and rock candy linger with slight black malt acid as it warms.
Medium-full, smooth, oily.

"Breakfast stout" is code for coffee and oatmeal, and though it mentions those in the description, it doesn't list them in the ingredients, leaving me unsure what this actually is. I am sure, however, that this is so thick, flat, and sweet that it comes across as underattenuated. There's also little in the way of hops, roast or even just bitter chocolate-toned black malt to cut the 11 kinds of sugar here.

Another drainpour, and I'm done with Siren.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blackish. Smooth, but small, latte-colored head. Dark chocolate and chewy licorice first. Then coffee and cherries soaked in cherry brandy. Brown sugar, toasted marshmallows, almonds. So far, so good – a very enticing aroma.

Malted milk balls, espresso, walnut liqueur. Rich as a Russian oligarch, punching above its 6.5% strength. Lots of dark chocolate, bitter caramel, treacle, pumpernickel bread, and dark cherry flavors. It's like a really good version of foreign Guiness. So I guess that makes it like the Belgian or Nigerian Guiness, but with less raw booze. Smooth as silk on the palate, with a well-judged, tight zip of tiny bubbles.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours an opaque black colour, with just a hint of a tan head.

Smells rich - dark fruits, cocoa, burnt malts.

Taste is immensely flavourful, liquorice, bitter cocoa and dark malts, hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is creamy though just a tad watery.

Overall a really nice beer, rich and hearty in taste.

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Broken Dream from Siren Craft Brew
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.