Elder Statesman | Breakside Brewery

Elder StatesmanElder Statesman
18 Ratings
Elder StatesmanElder Statesman

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel-aged Imperial Red Ale.

Added by LiquidAmber on 03-09-2014

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Reviews by anteater:
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Fruity, Sweet, Oaky

A blend of 80% Barleywine aged in rye whiskey barrels and 20% Imperial Blonde aged for a year in bourbon barrels. Pours hazy cooper with a big, beige, billowy head. Nose is full of fruity esters and hoppy, oaky, soapy notes. Flavor-wise: malty sweet, bright, fruity, jammy, tart berries, grapefruit, grass, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and a bit boozy. This a most interesting blend, and as fans of blending beers at home, we’d love to see more brewers experiment like this.

STYLE: American Strong Ale | ABV: 10.0% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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Photo of Todd
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bomber. Barrel-aged Imperial Red Ale. Pours cloudy, amber, red hue with a massive off-white fluffy head that sticks and laces the glass. Aroma is woody, fruity, and jammy with caramel, toasty malts, and booze. Super creamy, strawberry preserves, more caramel, vanilla, fruity esters, suggestions of bourbon booziness, black pepper, oaky bite, rhubarb, citric, bitter, citric, tannic, some char, drying up towards the end with a strong woody linger and mild astringency.

A very approachable, big, bold, and bright beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark orange-red amber with a fine two finger ivory head with good retention and thick pillowy lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, bourbon, light vanilla and oak. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, stone fruit, berries, bourbon; finishes with nice bourbon infused light fruit and grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Tastes like what it is: a blend of barley wine and blonde ale aged in bourbon barrels. Leans towards a barley wine profile, but lightened and brightened by the the blonde ale component. A bit on the sweet and fruity side, which is fine with me, but might not suit folks who don't like sweet beers. Kind of unique, combining two quite nice styles and melding them well. The bourbon is well represented. ABV is covered, requiring pacing for the is big ale. It looks, smells and tastes great.

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4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of draheim
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep amber w/ a big frothy beige head, lots of sticky lacing. Looks really great.

Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity and a little spicy.

Taste is likewise sweet and malty with a clean hoppy bite. Bourbon, oak and vanilla. A little bit buttery. Caramel. A touch of booze warms the throat.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and well-balanced. Big and chewy.

Overall a big, flavorful imperial ale. Could almost be an English barleywine. Enjoyable.

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4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really love breakside beers. Almost all of them. But this is one odd pairing. The bourbon with the ipa doesn't work in my opinion. Kind of a buttery taste? Not feeling this one at all. Looks nice, but taste is way off. Will take an Oligarch any day. Keep barrel aging to stouts, porters and Barleywines

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Mack
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Elder Statesman from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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