Broken Dream
Siren Craft Brew

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #251
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,277
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.61%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
110
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Siren Craft Brew
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  25
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: 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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James94 from England

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Three-finger initial head, almost pitch black with a hint of brown towards the bottom of the glass
S: Coffee, chocolate, cream, dark fruit, some alcohol, burnt notes
T: Dark fruit, toast, alcohol, vanilla
F: Lightly carbonated, medium-well bodied

O: 4.25

Jun 09, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Black colour, moderate to low tan head. Aroma of dark malts, cold coffee, dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa, hints of woodwork, smoke and spices. The flavour is dry and roasty with notes of coffee, wood and smoke,

May 11, 2021
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stcules from Italy

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black. Cappuccino colored foam, a lot.
Dark malts in the smell, cappuccino, a lot of just grounded coffee. Cereals.
In the taste again coffee and cappuccino, smooth and round. Cocoa, milk.
Dried fruit, even herbal notes in the finish, light artichoke.

Dec 22, 2020
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aleigator from Germany

4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours night black in color with a dark brown, fluffy big head.

Smells of matured hops, burned malts, ground coffee and dried blueberries. This got additional layer of earth, rock sugar and bakers chocolate on top, creating a truly inviting nose.

This drinks smooth with a fantastic, creamy silkness to it, with a late, well working lighter effervescence.

Tastes of milk chocolate, dried apples, rich espresso coffee, sweet, yet scorched malts and whipped cream. This produces a rich and soft mouthfeel, emphasizing the sweeter chocolate in this the most, while establishing a well working licorice and roast counterpart. Finishes chocolate forward, with complimenting, bitter cocoa nibs, sweet fudge and maintaining cream.

This is a fantastic Stout, with an intense interplay between roasty, bitter, dry and sweet flavors. The flavor intensity gets almost playfully balanced by the beer‘s fantastic mouthfeel, making this delicious throughout.

Nov 15, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look: one finger tan coloured head which very quickly dissipates, beer is jet black, no light bleeding through whatsoever, elegant.

smell: mmm, a load of coffee, coffee beans, dark chocolate, also milk chocolate, dark fruit, prune and raisin, nice bit of cherry also, tobacco smoke, sweetish, smells gorgeous to be honest.

taste: way sweeter to taste than to smell, although still quite nice, very coffee driven, coffee beans, espresso too, nice bit of chocolate, certainly milk chocolate, maybe even a hint of chocolate syrup, earthy, light to medium bitterness on the finish, smokey coffee flavours linger.

feel: medium bodied, light carbonation, syrupy but not too thick, quite drinkable, somewhat creamy/milky mouthfeel, definitely some warming of the back of the throat, light lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

overall: got a bit excited there for a second thinking this beer would be top class, although it is not, it’s still quite nice, a tasty little stout, certainly sweet, but i like sweet, a nice beer to end the day.

Sep 19, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with half finger of brown/mocha head with reddish highlights at edge of snifter.
Aroma strongly coffee - coffee grounds, dark chocolate, slightly roasty.
Tastes of sweetened coffee, chocolate, bit of char - coffee bitterness keeps trying to peek in but malty sweetness pushes back - until the swallow when a bitter sweetness takes over.
Remarkably full mouthfeel at 6.5% with roasty creaminess on decent but not huge carbonation - exits with lingering bitter sweetness. Really good.

Oct 11, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Even held to a halogen light it's unusually dark for a 'black beer'. No ruby glint across the corner of the glass's bottom here, it's black as they come. Clear. Pours with 3mm fine tan head, which clears before it's half drunk.
S- Deeply roasted smell, with clear coffee notes.
T- Dark cocoa taste, with aspects of coffee rising, and a notable roasty-toasty flourish in the finish.
F- It's pungent, it's rewarding on the palate.
O- I can imagine drinking this to accompany a plate of Christmas pudding, it has sufficient solidity and character.
Bought from Harvey Nichols, London SW1. £3/330ml bottle BB: 23/01/2020

ps. I offered my wife a sip, she likes black beers but found this one "coffee and coffee, like coffee beer, too much for me". Whereas I start the day with a jumbo strong espresso, and I would have no problem ending a day having a few of these!

Oct 02, 2019
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mishi_d from Romania

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with tan head, aroma of berries, vanilla, coffe and chocolate, taste of roasted malt, coffee and vanilla, medium sweetness, medium body, soft carbonation.

Sep 20, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown where a modicum of light passes through the extreme edge of the glass. Beige head which fades quickly to rim bubbles. No lasting lace.

The smell has a touch of smoke to it. The aroma is dry with both a black patent bitterness as well as a distinctive hop bitterness.

The beer is relatively thin (much like an Irish Stout). The carbonation is also higher than most stouts. The flavor, though, is fulfilling. It starts out like a Porter with a light semisweet chocolate taste. This intensifies during the swallow, bringing a mocha element to the finish. The aftertaste lasts even though it fades sharply after the swallow.

Aug 03, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served via handpump from cask. imperial pint glass

black in color, dark tan head. wonderful aroma of dark chocolate, espresso. similar flavor, well balanced, not too sweet - good depth of flavor. smooth, full bodied.

Apr 25, 2019
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - I like how the commercial description here changes 'colour' and 'flavour' to the American spellings. SMH.

This beer pours a fairly solid black, with subtle amber basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent spider web lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, some free-range ashiness, day-old coffee grounds, and some minor earthy, herbal, and floral noble hops. The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, medium dark chocolate, cafe-au-lait, wet char, a hint of bruised stone fruit, and more well-understated leafy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty tame in its barely-there frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with perhaps a touch of smokey intransigence causing a stir at this particular point in the game. It finishes trending dry, the coffee and pithy cocoa leading the lingering show.

Overall - this comes across as an agreeable enough version of the style, with no one guest ingredient overstaying its welcome. Full of flavour, and no sight of the extra point and a half of the ol' wowee sauce, so I believe that I made the right choice in having this for my first meal of the day. Just following the rules.

Jan 25, 2019
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On cask at The Beer Emporium in Bristol. Nice roast and chocolate nose, though faint. Flavor is more the same but bigger - creamy, bitter chocolate and lingering medium roast coffee. Thin side of medium, could be a bit Fuller, but it works well. Solid stout, especially on cask.

Jan 24, 2019
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vinicole from England

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Direct from the cask. Banbury Beer Fest' 2017.
Almost black. Deep dense head.
Chocolate, coffee and peat all apparent in the aroma.
Sweet milk chocolate flavour kept in check by a malty bitterness.
Very smooth.

May 16, 2017
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JeNSaYGooDByE from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

*Drinking 1 month AFTER best before date from a 330ml bottle.

L: Pours deep black with a medium brown head that disappears quickly. Looks thin.
S: Chocolate, coffee and slight caramel
T: Light roasted coffee with slight mocha and creaminess. Almost like a watered down iced coffee. Perhaps a touch of cherry at the end.
F: Thin and slightly carbonated, but not too carbonated to make you feel too full to finish the full beer.
O: A little too watery and wish it packed a little more flavor, but keep in mind it is one month after best before date. So some flavor most likely fell off.

May 02, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Near-black with a thick but short-lived tan head.

Nose is light mocha and dark fruit.

The taste of this beer is very complex and not what I was expecting. Black cherry, berry, dark chocolate, almond, a hint of coffee at the tail-end. This was more "red" flavor-wise than I was expecting.. Chocolate covered cherry with a smooth, frothy mouthfeel.

Interesting, drinkable, and complex. Wish I got more than one.

Dec 17, 2016
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, OddBins, Clifton, Bristol - Pours jet black with a thin tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, Taste - sweet lactose forefront, dark chocolate malts, light crisp bitter finish. Solid breakfast stout.

Up date Nov 2018 Cask @ Small Bar, Bristol - Goes up a notch or 2 on cask.

Nov 28, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Very dark brown pour with a medium height beige head that gives way to a thin lacing. Smells like roasted malts, brewed coffee, cherries, almonds and dark chocolate. The taste is well balanced between roasty bitter and sweet, with notes of chocolate, coffee, molasses, cocoa and some cherries in the background. Smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation, medium body and a roasty bitter-sweet finish.

Nov 14, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with brownish head. Aroma is sweet and malty with milk chocolate and a bit of caramel. Taste is quite interesting. It has a slight acrid taste specific to roasted malts but overall it's really chocolaty and milky sweet. Aftertaste lingers with a nice coffee note and a light bitterness. Full bodied and smooth. This is a really good breakfast stout, I really dig this style.

Oct 10, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/17/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted oats, dark bread, molasses, vanilla, cream, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, light smoke, slight herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, coffee, lactose, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted oats, dark bread, molasses, vanilla, cream, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, light smoke, slight herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted oats, dark bread, molasses, vanilla, cream, dark fruit, light smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee, lactose, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an excellent coffee milk stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, coffee, lactose, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 18, 2016
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Spike from England

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330ml bottle. Only 2 weeks remaining to 'best before' date.

A brisk pour results in a thin, bubbly head that disappears in seconds. A quick swirl produces a tan ring. Rich, black colour with ruby edging.

Sweet & strong, chocolate & coffee aromas.

Dried, dark fruits (raisins, prunes, cherries) dominate the taste. Coffee flavour is light. It's very sweet, balanced somewhat by a bitter, hoppy edge.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel with some chewiness. Dry, bitter finish and some warming alcohol. Carbonation is perfectly light.

Beers from Siren can be hit-and-miss. After a couple of misses, I've found another one I like. Rich and exceptionally smooth. But be warned, this stout is seriously sweet. A closer look at the ingredients reveals lactose as well as oats and coffee. That explains the sweetness. I've requested change of style from 'American Stout' to 'Milk Stout'.

Sep 02, 2016
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911CROFT from England

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £2.40 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, deep black, oily body that remains unchanged when held to the light. A dense, creamy, two-finger in height, light-tan coloured head reduces slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind lots of sticky, soapy lace.

The nose leads primarily with mild aromas of medium roasted coffee and lightly roasted dark malts. Underneath, a small amount of bitter dark chocolate, traces of creamy lactose, and vanilla become apparent towards the back end. Taste roughly follows suit. Medium roasted coffee, lightly roasted dark malts and dark chocolate are sweetened by lactose sugars to give an initially creamy cappuccino/ mocha-like impression. Mid-palate, hints of sticky dark fruits and molasses enter, peaking in sweetness, before roasted malt bitterness builds towards the finish. In the mouth, the noticeable addition of oatmeal gives a reasonably smooth and creamy texture to the medium body, but slightly aggressive carbonation detracts overall from drinking pleasure. On the end, coffee profiles intensify, transitioning from sweetened cappuccino to dark roasted espresso, while hints of burnt barley, lingering dark chocolate and a trace of herbal hops dry the palate, finishing with mild astringency.

Overall this is a very good beer. It’s incredibly smooth, balanced, well-crafted and easy drinking. At 6.0% ABV, alcohol is completely imperceptible, making it not only an excellent morning coffee substitute, but potentially a solid and flavorful session choice. Recommended.

Jul 05, 2016
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Lastmanback from Ireland

3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Apr 14, 2016
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Jan 20, 2016
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hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Dec 24, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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 confirmed...ice 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.

Dec 09, 2015
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 110 ratings