Salted Caramel Stout - Breakside Brewery

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Salted Caramel StoutSalted Caramel Stout

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135 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 22
Gots: 21 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by South2NW:
Photo of South2NW
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Deschutes Teku glass.

A: Dark, Dark, brown...almost black. Nice fluffy, light khaki head. Slow dissipating, and nice lacing.

S: really disappointed in the nose of this beer. Aroma of typical dark malt, a slight bit of cocoa. Was expecting sweeter aromas.

T: dark, roasty malts. slight bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors. Caramel is on the back end, but lacking. Saltiness is weak, but detectable on the finish.

M: pretty thin for a stout, more of a porter mouthfeel. Carbonation is light.

O: not a bad beer, just dissapoonted. Was expecting the advertised flavors to be stronger. $6/bomber isn't bad. Won't seek this out again, though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Floydster
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Creamy, Caramel, Salty, Moreish

Salt in beer? Yep. This Stout is made in collaboration with Salt & Straw Ice Cream and includes sea salted caramel. Soft caramel and salt water aromas. Super creamy and palate lifting with caramel, coffee, cocoa nibs, and a distinct salty edge that lends a nice bite and increases the beer’s drinkability. Desert in a bottle.

STYLE: American Stout | ABV: 6.7% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, thanks once again to IronDjinn for bringing this brew over on a hot summer afternoon.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby brown hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and frothy tan head, which leaves a bit of spotty cloud lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of bready caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, saltwater taffy, an oily nuttiness, burnt coffee, dark sugar, and faint earthy, leafy, and weedy hops. The taste is sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt, a still decent salty toffee character, cafe-au-lait, singed brown sugar, a muddled black fruitiness, and plain leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite low and hard to detect at times, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a genial creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes sweet, the caramel, coffee, and mild saltiness carrying the day.

A decent flavoured stout, the guest essences working well to integrate and still offer up their desired wiles. Worth a try, especially if your palate tends towards the sweet side of things, but maybe just don't try this after having a gose, like we did.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 souvenirs
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Alibi Room.

Dark and inky. Mild caramel smell. Dark roasted malts, caramel.

Photo of 14erFan
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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 drunklewddude
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown to black with a nice head and moderate lacing.

There is a mild smell, that does not engender strong feelings positive or negative.

Taste is a bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The caramel and particularly the salt is prevalent in the finish.

The feel is a smooth with mild carbonation.

Overall a strong option for the stout lover.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +2.1%
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 +4.8%
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 +4.8%
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%
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 -5.9%
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 -1.9%
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 -6.1%
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 -37.2%
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 -1.3%
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 -3.7%
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 -8%
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 +1.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.8%
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 StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Alibi Room, Vancouver.
Chocolate black with tan film. 3.75
Smoky brown sugar, phenols, and cabernet. 3.75
Fig, caramelized sugar, some phenols, ash, blackberries, and a bit of wood. 4
Cocoa finish and numbing linger.
Medium, clingy, smooth. 3.75

Hot buttered rum/coffee thing going on. A bit thin - maybe not the best stout underneath? But hits the concept. Not a patch on Salty Scot, though. 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Salted Caramel Stout from Breakside Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.