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Siren Shattered Dream

Brewed by Siren
Style: Imperial Stout
Finchampstead, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (618) - CROATIA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle; pours black with a beige head; has a coffee aroma with roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla; taste is bittersweet with roasted coffee, vanilla, and chocolate; bitter finish; alcohol is well hidden; very good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drjoeng (38) - - DEC 26, 2014
9.8% ABV. Imperial Stout. Foam settles compacts but cannot go beyond half an inch of rich creamy brown sugar bubbles. Redolent of toasted barley. Smells like toasted barley bread. Makes me want to reach for some Normandy butter. Good carbonation so it doesn’t sit like a sack of wed mud on your palate. Chocolate mouthful, then there is an almost fruity dimension which flits briefly across your already jaded palate like a chocolate cherry liquer butterfly. There is an lingering aroma of lillies that fades in and out, playing catch with fleeting vanilla flavors all the way till your palate is left with an enduring reminder that the fine folks at Siren used cacao nibs. Perfectly balanced, with the brewers seemingly effortlessly walking the high wire between the gravid flavors of the grain and an imperial stout and the carbonation, the sweetness of the vanilla and the creaminess of the cacao. My palate will always remember this as a chocolate oatmeal stout. Easily the most drinkable stout that I have ever had! Excellent as a dessert and outstanding as a brewing effort!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2014
The "bigger and badder sister" of Siren’s Broken Dream Breakfast Stout. Pours a deep motor oil-like black (only revealing itself to be a very dark chestnut brown in the last drops); deep brownish beige, moussy, dense, thin but lacing head. Complex aroma, in which a first odour of smoked sausage reveals the use of smoked malt, but in a subtle way; then a lot of other impressions come through in their full glory: chocolate sauce, kahlua, fondant chocolate bars, espresso, vanilla beans, cognac, crème au beurre (probably representing the added lactose), liquorice, peppercorns, charcoal, brown sugar, medlar, elderberries, orange juice, hint of banana, peat, meat broth, tree bark, earth. Gentle onset of dried fruits, raisins and candied dates, some pear, banana and a slight, refreshing lemony acidity, relatively light with soft carbo, smooth and fatty, deep and rich, viscous maltiness, caramelly, bitter chocolate, nutty, nicely spreading out over the tongue; towards the end, a coffee-like roasted bitterness takes over, coffee powder noticeable as if you were drinking cold black coffee, vanilla stays in the background, subtle smokiness again; finish is mostly coffee and caramel, along with elegant, herbal and leafy hop bitterness and a warming, whisky-like alcohol effect, but by no means astringent or wry, leaving the malts and creamy lactose enough room to dominate the back of the mouth and throat. Some candi sugar-like stickiness remains as the last impression of all, but in a beer this complex, I cannot be bothered by it. This is indeed a very elegant and ’friendly’ example of the style, which hides its dangerous ABV very well. To my personal taste, the smokiness, though remaining subtle, could have been a bit less and the vanilla (which apparently has been added) a bit more, but this is a great stout with a smooth, subtle and refined character, in which the taste profile is cleverly crafted into progressive layers of sweetness, spiciness and roasted bitterness. Even more than that: it became sweeter, a bit more sourish and even a bit ’orangey’ when warming up - there is clearly a lot happening in this one. I definitely have to find more from this young British craft brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3629) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle at de kelk, thnx dad! Pours black, good grey head. Smell is roasty, sweet, some vanilla. Taste is bit bitter, sweet, very full dark malts aroma. Vanilla, some coffee aspects. Cacao is very hidden, but there. Very nice on the malty side, love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mario_giri (61) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 20, 2014
Au Trappiste, Bern. Sehr dunkel. Viel dunkle Schokolade und Kaffe in der Nase und im Mund. Sehr gehaltvoll, fast deftig. Recht gut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
47574xeCD (230) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
330ml bottle at home. Imperial Breakfast stout with Vanilla and Cacao Nibbs. 9.8% Dark almost black stout with a tan head and lacing. Deep dark thick flavour of chocolate coffee cocoa, roasted malts, hoppy notes, strong vanilla notes and flavour. very impressed and a pleasure to drink. Lush

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11260) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 Bottle, bought @ Havnens Vin og Tobak, Vejle. Pours completely opaque black with a large, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has lots of vanilla, roasted malts, dark luscious chocolate, licorice, oak, cocoa. Medium carbonation, fine dry and fairly light mouthfeel. Flavour has good maltiness, chocolate, cocoa, licorice. Hides the alcohol extremely well, very fresh and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (612) - SCOTLAND - NOV 24, 2014
Nice glowing tan glossy head. Soft velvety body with a rich smooth mocha chocolaty quality. Decent sappy slightly sticky core and a suave coffee end. Certainly well into the delicious zone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buongiorgio00 (917) - - NOV 23, 2014
Imperial stout incredibilmente complessa e avvolgente, con note intense di caffe e cioccolato, malti tostati e toffee. Ricca e travolgente. Grado alcolico elegantamente accennato, ma non invasivo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle. Near black with a beige head. Aromas are coffee and creamy oak barrel with vanilla. Dark treacle with smoky, meaty notes and burnt toffee. Chocolate with dark berries and medicinal notes. Flavours are coffee and dark chocolate with funky berry notes. Some cola vegetable fat with spices. Caramel with lactose and vanilla milkshake. Spicy and warming with earthy notes. Good stuff.

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