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Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec - Breakside Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

79 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | FT: 4
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)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec from Breakside Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.