1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec - Breakside Brewery

Not Rated.
Breakside Bourbon Barrel AztecBreakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

53 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 18
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Strong amber ale made with cacao/chocolate nibs and two types of chilies that was aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

Appearance: Slips out a hazed, dullish amber-tan body with a smallish, ivory head.

Smell: Caramel-scented, toasty malts with a modest hint of a roasty element with a little pinch of cocoa powder. The aroma is mostly the chiles and barrel qualities.

Taste: Caramel-glazed toast, maybe a subtle edge of roast there in the upfront flavor, too. Sweetish, until the heat from the alcohol content and chili pepper's bite catches up to you. Barrel aging provides touches of wood, bourbon. Lingering capsaicin heat, with a bit of the barrel character still trying to come forth beyond the spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Light, low level of carbonation.

Overall: A chili-infused beer with an extra added kick of bourbon and booze.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 31, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mdaschaf, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Gonzoillini, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red amber, small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon and vanilla. Slightest bit of oak. Cinnamon, spicy pepper.

Taste - Spices all over. Cinnamon. Caramel. Bourbon. Vanilla and oak. Finishes with a lot of bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Dry and a little boozy. Good barrel character.

Overall - Even after 15 beers, this tastes great. Flavorful.

Alieniloquium, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of jason_nwx
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jason_nwx, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark coppery orange amber with a fine half finger light khaki head with great retention and lots of lacing. Great aroma of bourbon, vanilla, toffee and hints of chile. Flavor follows, dominated by bourbon, caramel and vanilla,with the chile spiciness building and leaving a pleasant light chile bite in the finish. On the sweet side and quite warming. Medium bodied with mild creaminess. An excellently balanced amount of chile for the rich body, with the other flavors nicely masking the capiscum at first then slowly revealing it. Lots of barrel character, with good bourbon and oaky vanilla. I'm a fan of bourbon barrel ales and chile that is well supported by other flavors and this bring it all home. Very tasty. ABV dangerously covered, needs pacing.

LiquidAmber, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of throwerbri
5/5  rDev +20.5%

throwerbri, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev -3.6%

DrMindbender, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of DarrenStory
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

DarrenStory, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of sukwonee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

sukwonee, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Kurmaraja, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -3.6%

sweemzander, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -3.6%

drewone, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Sampled at 16 tons the other day.

While there were a lot of interesting flavors in this beer, I felt the spice and chili flavor was dominated by the barrel aging (lots of vanilla). The regular version of this beer is pretty sweet and boozy IMHO, and so this was more so. I found the beer tiring on the palate, and so was glad I just ordered a sample size portion at 16 tons.

Not a bad beer, but at least on this day, it was just too overly sweet and boozy for my palate.

John_M, May 14, 2013
Photo of Shaggy9356
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Shaggy9356, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle opened on 10.5.13

A - Pours a dark amber with a fluffy light tan head with good retention.

S - Malty, sweet and spicy.

T - Booze, fruity, sweet malt, a touch of chili heat.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Boozy fruit and a nice chili finish.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of dcloeren
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

dcloeren, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Chris-MOC9
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Chris-MOC9, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of fsck
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

fsck, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of oregone
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

oregone, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BarrytheBear, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev -3.6%

IpeeA, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Hugonaut13
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Hugonaut13, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

GClarkage, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.6%

orangesol, Jul 13, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec from Breakside Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.