Broken Dream | Siren Craft Brew

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Broken DreamBroken Dream

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Siren Craft Brew
England, United Kingdom

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 77
Photo of mkh012
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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 at all what I was expecting. Black cherry, berry, dark chocolate, almond, a hint of coffee at the tail-end. This was alot juicier and more "red" than I was expecting. The coffee is almost an afterthought. Chocolate covered cherry with a smooth, frothy mouthfeel.

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

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of Marius
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Spike
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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'.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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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 EmperorBevis
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Breakfast stout with a gentle touch of smoke, coffee and chocolate. Broken Dream is deep and complex. She lurks in your imagination. She binds smoke and coffee aromas with chocolate, milk and oats to create something thick, velvety and slick. She will draw you towards a land of flavour, passion and colour.

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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
4.07 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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