Broken Dream
Siren Craft Brew

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From:
Siren Craft Brew
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #330
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,859
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 9.73%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
76
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 06, 2022
Added:
Sep 19, 2013
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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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Siren Craft Brew 'Broken Dream' Breakfast Stout @ 6.5% , served from a 330 ml can
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the can to almost black in the glass with a small size tan head
S-coffee , hints of chocolate
T-chocolate & coffee dominate , bitter coffee swallow
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-good beer , English or American stout (coffee stout) than a Sweet/Milk stout
prost LampertLand
Nov 06, 2022
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review from notes. 330ml can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown and capped with a small half finger of light tan head. Modest retention and minimal lacing.

Smell - Roasty notes, with some chocolate and maybe some oats shining through. Smokey and earthy undertone with coffee filling in the gaps.

Taste - Fairly bitter and again lots of roasted malt, little blips of chocolate, but staying more on the bitter side. Wisps of earth and smoke. Coffee in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium full bodied, maybe a bit more full than expected. Carbonation is fairly light.

Overall - Pretty good stout, that seems closer to a porter than a sweet stout. The chocolate is used well but just left wishing for a touch more sweetness.
Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can: Poured a black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of floral coffee notes with some lightly sweet black chocolate notes. Taste is a mix of floral coffee notes with some sweet blackchcolate notes with light lactose notes. Body is pretty full for style with a nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Well made breakfast stout with a nice texture.
Oct 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Oct 04, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
breakfast stout, simple to me, delicious, very well made, less intensely flavored and bodied than many of the dark beers i have had from these guys in the past, and nice to see something dubbed breakfast beer that doesnt include maple and bacon and all sorts of other adjuncts, much as i am a maple guy, sometimes its nice to just let the coffee and oats be sufficient for that theme. this is sturdy looking, close to black, and sporting that oaty creamy tan head an inch and a half tall and permanent. it smells of high end espresso, oily and rich, without much acidity, and any that is here from the coffee seems neutralized by the oats anyway. its also got some deep roast to it, serious dark chocolate and raw cocoa nib notes, and has an appreciable english yeast element which i always love in these. the flavor is great, the coffee is obvious but also obviously well integrated, it doesnt dominate, its one of many voices in here. its a touch sweet from the lactose, but its so tastefully done, something american brewers should take note of, it creams this up and balances some of the bitter dark barley, but its not forced and it doesnt turn this into candy. tons of depth to the malt without middling sweetness, no caramels or toffees or anything, more chocolate, fig, licorice, and tobacco, lovely. so smooth from the oats and lactose too, the coffee doesnt cut that at all, but the body isnt that heavy, its still a pint beer. wonderful both in the morning and on a ripping hangover. highly recommended. sometimes less is more!
May 19, 2022
 
Rated: 2.94 by stephenlee93 from England

Mar 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by bad_poetry from England

Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by James94 from England

4.05/5  rDev +1%
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
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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Reviewed by stcules from Italy

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by Stengelfoot from California

May 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by Eltrandos from France

Apr 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Gooljd from England

Apr 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by aztraz from Sweden

Jan 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Nov 10, 2019
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.93/5  rDev -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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Reviewed by mishi_d from Romania

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.35 by jeschaefer from Texas

Sep 16, 2019
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +12%
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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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Reviewed by grover37 from District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Oct 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by Antyk from Belgium

Oct 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by desint from Belgium

May 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by ivyman from Massachusetts

Feb 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by mizx from England

Jan 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by Martine from England

Sep 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by zacroyce from England

Sep 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by JavierGC from Spain

Sep 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jun 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by StoutSnob40 from California

Jun 23, 2017
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Rated by JonSchwartz from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On cask in Bristol.
Jun 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by TGS from California

May 30, 2017
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