Broken Dream - Siren Craft Brew

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CwrwAmByth on 09-19-2013

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.
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014, so it's a bit out of date.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.

Photo of DiUr
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | 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.

Photo of Desp59
2.25/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Too much smoke going on for me.

Photo of Dwkasper
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.52/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of interzen
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of ADZA
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Broken Dream from Siren Craft Brew
88 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.