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Salted Caramel Stout - Breakside Brewery

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Salted Caramel StoutSalted Caramel Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sarlacc83 on 05-03-2013

Malts: Two Row, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, CaraMunich, Flaked Barley
Hops: Newport
Special ingredients: Salted caramel; sea salt
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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 27
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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is caramel, roasted malt, cocoa and a little coffee.
The taste is milky, caramel, coffee bitter and a general sweetness at the end. Nice.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable and interesting.

Photo of 14erFan
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing too out-of-the box - the caramel flavor was nicely detectable within the stout and I thought it had a nice lightness to it. Finished it easily and would be happy to order it again if I saw it on a restaurant menu or in a friend's fridge.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dak mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass, with a half finger dark khaki head with good retention and lacing. Classic sweet stout aroma of dark toasted malt, milk chocolate a hint of vanilla. Flavor of toasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, finishing with toasted malt with light char and mild grassy hop bitterness that is intensified by the mild saltiness. Medium bodied. An interesting sweet stout that has its sweetness restrained by the mild saltiness. Nicely designed to balance the sweet/salt flavor as neither is dominant. Good choice of toasted malts with just a hint of charring in the finish. I expected a bit more caramel character; the profile seems closer to an export stout that has been sweetened a bit. Probably pushed my salt and sugar rations for the day through the roof, but it was an enjoyable way to go

Photo of SophieK
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this combination in deserts… throw some alcohol in it, equally as delightful!

Photo of JoeSTATE
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a very light mocha head. 2 fingers and dissipates into light lacing on the glass. Smells more of malt than anything else. First taste is cocoa, roasty malt, ending with a slightly salted caramel finish. Mouthfeel sis decent, coats cheeks but no film on the teeth. Texture is about the same as skin milk. Pretty tasty, if I want a sweet stout if probably grab this over the creme brûlée from southern tier. Side note, this is a collaboration with our favorite ice cream shoppe, so it got my hopes up from the start.

Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breakside Brewery 'Salt Caramel Stout' @ 6.7% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a medium size fine tan head which is leaving a spotty lace film along the pint

S-salt caramel

T-slight sweet start , creamy

MF-ok/good carbonation , big medium body

Ov-ok beer , decent American stout

prost LampertLand

Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle bought from "Roth’s Sunnyslope Market" in S.Salem. $5.99 Pours a dark brown colour with a large light tan head.. Aromas of caramel,toffee,slightly seaish, light roast coffee bean..some vanilla wafts by. Taste is again semi-sweet coffee, caramel,salt and slightly toasty. Palate is just fine..medium to heavy body and lowish carbonation..nice flavour profile. I liked this..unusual but i don't think its a stout..more a porter.

Photo of Braz
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting buttery flavor. I'm all for something different. Can't say I'd drink a lot of this but I like the effort.

Photo of jlindros
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another share from rudzud.

Pours a nice thicker rich creamy darker mocha colored just about 2 finger head fades fairly slowly with nice soapy lacing, pitch black color.

Nose mostly base black malts, roasted malts, light roast but def roasty aroma, little cocoa, little lactose like milky dry aroma, light salty note in the back end, mild coffee note with the roast, and touch of caramel.

Taste is similar to the nose, mostly just a base stout, little roasty, little cocoa, some lactose like milk choc, creamy, little char, black malts, etc. Just a hint of caramel, and very faint like smoked sea salt mostly on the back end. I get a little of the choc bar with sea salt flavor on the finish, fair sweetness. Caramel finally comes through nicely as i get through the darker malts. Finish is where the salt finally comes through, little more caramel, roast, char, cocoa, etc, lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall pretty boring, mostly just a plain stout, nothing really sticks out, just a touch of the caramel and salt, mostly boring.

Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Black, with a creamy, foamy tan head.

Sweet, lightly roasty, faint caramel, though for a salted caramel stout I was expecting a bit more of a distinct caramel character.

Medium body, mild foamy carbonation.

A good beer, though I wasn't able to distinguish any unique characteristics I could attribute to the caramel or sea salt.

Photo of 303beer
2.36/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Muddy. Not super muddy but still there is a fine silt to it. If it doesn't bother you then you will be happier than i. Overall taste is not bad. Nice malt to it. Hint of caramel. Can't pick out the hops.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.11.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice large dark tan head with great retention.

S - Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, pretty mild.

T - Salty, mild chocolate, a bit of caramel and salt in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sounds amazing, but misses a bit on the caramel flavors.

Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in the tall Pilsner glass with a decent amount of off-white foam. Plenty of spritz on the tongue and a substantial mouthfeel. Not so much aroma beyond the grainy note.

Rather sweet and very malty with massively roasted grain. I wouldn't say that "salted caramel" immediately comes to mind, but there is a burnt sugar taste. The vast amounts of quite charred malt plus the hops give this a surprisingly bitter finish. Very dark in the back of the throat.

This is a different Stout but quite sippable. The flavoring is not overly strong. From the 22 oz bottle.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which also has excellent retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a chestnut to chocolate brown which shows glimmers of burgundy and garnet when held up to the light. Some spots and wisps of lacing.

Nose- For the most part, this is lacking. Slight roasted malt notes, maybe a touch of cocoa. A slight bit of smokiness. So far, the aroma is very disappointing. I hope the palate has more presence. Slight woodiness, slight nuttiness.

Taste- Starts off with a slight sweetness that has a bit of raisins and cherry but also some light chocolate and cocoa in the background. Slight saltiness that seems to suggest peanuts. Very faint caramel, if any. Some roasted malts on the finish with minor woodiness. Pretty boring- more involved than the nose but that isn't saying much. Nothing about this screams ice cream or even milk stout. I doesn't have any flaws but there also isn't anything that grabs my attention. Above average but really nothing more than that. I hope something a little more interesting shows itself after it opens up a bit more but I'm not expecting it at this point. Too bad because this is a beer that I really wanted to like.

Mouthfeel- Just below medium bodied with mild carbonation a dry finish which counterbalances the sweetness of the front.

Drinkability- Pretty easy going but a little flat on the palate. 5 to 6 bucks is okay for a bomber but it isn't anything I would buy again.

Overall- Just an above average beer. I would give it a shot but if you're expecting salt and caramel, I would pass. This is a beer that sounds much better than it is. Oh well.

Photo of BastardKing24
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with loads of tan head, black in my big tulip, and lacing sticking to the sides.

Smell is of toaste malt, caramel, ocean, and something like a banana smell, although I think its the ingredients playing a trick on my nose.

Taste is quite smooth, I like how its not overly sweet. There is a salty quality to it, and you get the caramel in the background. I get more coffee than caramel, and more salt. This beer is unique.

Feel is well carbed and clean. Very smooth beer with no bitterness.

I like it, get it if you see it its worth a try.

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a pint glass at the Wurst Place in Seattle.

Appearance: quite pale for a stout, more like a dark, cloudy brown ale. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam leaving a nice lace. Great head, color not so stouty.

Smell: mildly nutty with a definite caramel aroma. But again, more of a brown than a stout.

Taste: nutty, caramelly and ever so slightly salty. Bitterness is very smooth but a bit on the high side -- no complaints here on that account. Again, not very stouty, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Great.

Overall: this beer's biggest failing might be its name. Sadly, Salted Caramel Brown would be better reviewed than when billed as a stout. That said, I like this beer a lot anyway.

Photo of Brandon_OregonState
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer on an overcast, Sunday afternoon in Corvallis, Oregon. 22 oz poured into a glass mug.

Look: Poured a dark brown with a thick tan head. Can't really see through it except around the edges it looks reddish, brown.

Smell: I can smell some yeast scents and alcohol. A faint sweet scent, likely the caramel. My mouth is watering..

Taste: Definitely has a salty taste to it. I can taste a slight sweet caramel note, very subtle.

Feel: Medium body with a thin film feeling left in my mouth. Smooth feel with some carbonation.

Overall: This is an enjoyable beer. I was hoping it would have more of the salt & caramel taste. Recommended to me by a family member and I can see why it would be recommended. Worth a try!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a subdued caramel presence that is only really noticeable in the aroma.

Photo of rudzud
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice dark brown hue with a two finger mocha head that leaves light lacing.

S - Aromas of a basic genetic stout notes, faint chocolate, super faint caramel and light salt.

T - Taste is more of that genetic stout tastes, chocolate malts, light roast, some light caramel towards the finish along with subtle sweetness. Pretty average.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely drinkable, lightly smooth.

O - Overall this beer was just average. Really feel flat on the promise of salted caramel.

Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $5.99. Apparently, this is a “stout brewed with salt with caramel added,” a collaboration with Salt & Straw, a Portland-based creamery. I’ve been sitting on this a few weeks now, due to a ton of great beer on hand (oh, a tough problem, that).

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a dark brown color that took on a rubyish hue when held up to light. Big, creamy beige-tan head that hung around for a while, was easy to swirl back to life, and left spotty, streaky lace on the sides of my glass.

Sweet and bitter aroma, in that order, but the sweetness doesn’t seem overpowering. There’s also a little bit of a woodsy scent, unexpected in something that wasn’t barrel-aged.

Mildly sweet caramel flavor that is immediately paired up with some bitter dark malt flavor. There’s a certain dryness in the fadeout that could be the salt but could just as easily be hops.

Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel, and yet it seemed a little thin for a stout brewed in collaboration with a dessert-purveyor.

An interesting idea, and quite drinkable, but it wasn’t as big of a desserty flavor bomb as it’s pedigree suggested, and wasn’t seemingly robust enough for using as a special nightcap beer. I’m not sure I’ll be drawn to drink this again.

Photo of Floydster
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle

Appearance is black with a thin light brown head, great lacing, retention is great too

Smell is caramel malt, caramel sweet candies, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and Belgian candi sugar

Taste starts off dry and roasty, fades into a slightly sweet caramel flavor, does not get too cloying once it is fully warmed which is what I expected, good dark roasty malts provide cocoa and coffee characteristic to balance with the added flavors

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, higher carbonation makes it a bit thinner than it would be otherwise, fairly good balance

Overall I expected this to be very sweet being that it is a collaboration with a great ice cream maker, but it was well balanced and a nice surprise, wish there was more of a salt presence but at the same time this is not a gose =0)

Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lightly salty with lots of caramel. Delicious!

Photo of dshansen1184
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Some dark chocolate came through but I did not taste much (if any) of the salted caramel. Otherwise very decent stout.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

i have a few issues with this one, and its a major letdown on the overall. i expected so much more from this, now that these guys have impressed me so many times, but this is one to skip. they call it a stout, but its so pale in color it looks like a brown ale, clear and thin, without much head. this was on tap and world of beer cherry creek, and i have not tried a bottle, so hopefully there is some variability and the package is much better. the nose is strange, english brown to me, no bitterness or richness to suggest a stout, and very little to suggest the special ingredients. i definitely taste and feel the salt. it gives body and and had a nice minerality, almost a tang, salty for sure, desserty too though, bold for its thinness, surprising. the caramel is not really there at all though, maybe caramel malt, but that buttery vanilla sweetness of one of my favorite candies just never comes through, and its not like it has a ton of dark malt to push through, this is an awfully light stout. it never really comes together for me, and while i dont by any measure hate it, it doesnt deliver what the label so confidently proclaims it will. i can think of multiple better examples of salted stouts and caramel beers, and this just doesnt get it done for me. maybe the least satisfying beer i have had from breakside, who aside from this one is killing it in my experience. skip it.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station.
A: Very dark mahogany with a thin creme colored head. Legs are present when glass is swirled

.N: Salted caramel is first note evident. There's milk chocolate, a hint of coffee, and some licorice. It's pretty simple, but it smells good.

T: A sweet treat, similar in vein to the ice cream it's taken from. Slightly salty with very little bitterness to be found.

M: Smooth and creamy. A bit like melted ice cream, albeit with a lighter body.

O: This works and it’s very creative. A perfect accompaniment to ice cream.

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Salted Caramel Stout from Breakside Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.