I believe Siren Broken Dream Breakfast Stout is only my second review of the Wokingham based breweries offerings. Siren have been running since 2013 and Broken Dream seems to be the beer you'll see most often from them. I picked my pint up at the excellent Cardinal's Hat which is one of the 14 best pubs in Lincoln. At 6.5% Broken Dream Breakfast Stout is certainly going to wake you up in the morning. Please don't ask me what separates a breakfast stout from a normal stout as I have absolutely no idea. Anyway this one pours as black as night with a decent, and reasonably well lasting tan head.
The beers aroma is an enticing mixture of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and some dark fruits, it smells nice. The texture is pretty thick and creamy, as is the case with most breakfast stouts, and the taste is exceptional. This is a surprisingly sweet stout, with lots of dark chocolate and coffee notes finely balanced with just a small amount of dark fruits. I just love a proper, tasty, full bodied stout and this really hits the spot. I can't think of many better ways to start the day than having a pint of Siren Broken Dream Breakfast Stout, but I'm not sure work would appreciate it. Excellent beer. 9 out of 10.
I seem to be drinking a lot of beers from Leeds based Wilde Child lately mainly because they keep turning up in Beerheadz in Lincoln and occasionally in Morrison's. Generally their beers are quite strong in terms of both flavour and alcohol content, but at 3.8% Risk Avoidance from Wilde Child appears to be their attempt to create a more session ready ale. Risk Avoidance pours a fairly clear gold with a small white head, so it certainly has the look of a session pale ale. The aroma doesn't take any risks either. There's a few floral hops notes, but not a great deal else going on in there.
Risk Avoidance has a nice light texture which makes it a pretty refreshing beer, while the taste is actually quite good. There's nothing strong going on with Risk Avoidance, but there's just nice hoppy fruity flavours lurking around giving the beer just enough flavour to be interesting while not been in any way extravagant. I guess what I'm trying to say is that Wilde Child have done exactly what they wanted to. They've created a beer that you can drink time and time again without any great risk of getting too drunk. It's basically the ideal session ale. I can't score Risk Avoidance from Wilde Child too highly because it's a bit dull, but that's the point isn't it? It's reliable and very drinkable. I'm going to give Wilde Child Risk Avoidance a very good 7.5 out of 10.
I've been wanting to try Brownie Huntress from Wilde Child Brewing Co ever since sampling their excellent Brownie Hunter beer. I've had a few beers over the years like Plum Porter Grand Reserve from Titanic or any of the imperial Stay Puft beers from Tiny Rebel that are meant as upgrades on an original great, and this is Leeds based Wilde Child's turn. The original Brownie Hunter was 4.9%, this Brownie Huntress version is a much more dangerous 7.4%. Like the original Brownie Huntress pours pretty much jet black with an impressive tan head.
The same chocolate brownie smell remains, as does the pretty thick texture, which I love. What's gone a little bit missing is the fudge taste, presumably this has been replaced by the extra alcohol. You'll still get plenty of chocolate, but really it was the fudge bit of the brownie that made the original unique. There's literally hundreds if not thousands of chocolate stouts out there after all. Sure Wilde Child Brownie Huntress is still a really good, and very tasty beer, but for me it's another example of the sequel not quite living up to the original. I'm going to give Brownie Huntress from Wilde Child a very good 8 out of 10. Sadly given that I gave the original 10 this feels like a little bit of a let down even with that score.