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Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec - Breakside Brewery

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 18
Gots: 26 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011

Strong amber ale made with cacao/chocolate nibs and two types of chilies that was aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels.
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Photo of draheim
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a dirty coppery amber w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is fruity and malty. Dried dates and apricots, warm bourbon, a hint of spice.

Taste is likewise fruity, sweet, and malty. Dried fruit, caramel, light brown sugar, boozy heat. Chile peppers give it a subtly spicy twist.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

Overall a big, strong, sweet, malty beer.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of vanilla, sour mash whiskey. Chocolate coming though, but almost like a white chocolate. A very nice, subtle building chili heat. Pretty good.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is enormously high quality and rather unique, instead of using a darkly roasted malt base for a beer that features cocoa and chili, it starts as a lighter, copper colored brew that exchanges out the bitterness of such a roast for the sweetness of a caramel malt base. very cool, it allows the additives to be dialed in just right, and tasted really cleanly. the chilies are bold in flavor but mild in heat, even minimal in heat, and the carry on the sweet grain for a long time. the cocoa is raw, and adds a welcomed dry earthiness to this. the boubon barrel has almost taken over though, its so intensely flavored like the whiskey that other flavors struggle to stand out a bit. i cant imagine this beer without it though, it ties it together super well, shows nuances of vanilla and sweet corn, and even hides its booze rather well for 12% abv. i havent had enough barrel stuff from these guys, so this was a heck of a start, a truly individual beer, definitely one to share. amazing overall.

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DenverBigRed
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of VashonGuy
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

There's lots of cocoa in this ale, smooth tasting, not too sweet. The chiles kick in, but the heat level isn't high, at least not to this chile aficionado. The bourbon aroma and flavor don't lead the parade, but they're there. As BBA beers go, this one is just a little on the lighter side, which is fine with me. Nice alternative to the barrel aged stouts.

Photo of ch3no2
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of spoony
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (dated June 4, 2014) to a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces about a half-finger of grayish-tan head. The beer is the color of dark caramel and mostly clear. There is very little carbonation visible and no lacing.

S-The aroma is heavy on the chiles. It is not just spicy, but you can really smell the chile flavor/flesh. Nice. There is also a good dose of cocoa, and some alcohol warmth, brown sugar, and vanilla. The smells are pretty distinct.

T-The beer tastes almost exactly like it smells. Heavy chile flavor and spice lead the way with cocoa well represented as well. The other flavors are less obvious but they form a nice background for the chiles to do their thing.

M-The beer is medium to full in body with a lower level of carbonation.

O-This is one of those beers that delivers exactly what is says on the bottle, i.e., chiles and cocoa. Those who like their chiles to be more subdued won't like this one, but if you want a spicy big beer that isn't a stout, this is a good choice. A nice beer for winter.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of PotlandOR
4.52/5  rDev +10%

Photo of BeerNW
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ari32
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.64/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of belzo35
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%

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Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec from Breakside Brewery
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