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Broken Dream - Siren Craft Brew

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very good

16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 58
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Siren Craft Brew
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 58
Reviews by soulgrowl:
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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 stephenlee
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014, so it's a bit out of date.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 chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tharley
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of azkkr
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DiUr
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of mick_cooper
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Silky, warm, rich, deep, chocolaty.

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Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbb618
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Desp59
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Too much smoke going on for me.

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Photo of IronTom
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 bostonryan
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mdagnew
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 WGO
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 dougbreathe
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Broken Dream from Siren Craft Brew
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