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Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec - Breakside Brewery

Breakside Bourbon Barrel AztecBreakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%

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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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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 15:42:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 18:57:51 | More by johnmichaelsen
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3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, bourbon, and slight chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very bourbon forward but the cocoa and chile ingredients of the base beer are very hidden in this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:52:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 03:05:12 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:38:08 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip. Many, many thanks to Oregonhopmonster for the killer extra!

Pours with a ruddy amber hue; cloudy body with mahogany edges. Very nicely retained head of light khaki foam forms up top. Spicy aromas of chili-rich gourds permeate the nose: cinnamon, caramel & dusty chocolate malts. Booze augments the heat that the chilies provide. Very intriguing nose overall.

Chewy, boozy malt notes greet the palate. Green, woody bourbon barrels slide in mid-sip and culminate in a flash of spicy heat from chili peppers. Mouthfeel is semi-chewy with a medium carbonation level. Overall, BB Aztec is a fantastic ride. Not exactly the most quaffable beer in existence, but you will enjoy the experience. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 05:16:42 | More by wagenvolks
Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec from Breakside Brewery
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