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Salted Caramel Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Breakside Brewery

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3.99/5
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53 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
breakside.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our winter seasonal stout aged for 12 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Big notes of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate mix on the nose are followed by rich bourbon flavors on the mid-palate, a luscious mouthfeel, and a hint of salt on the finish. All rounded out by soft oak tannins and a pleasant wood character.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,949
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
53
pDev:
7.02%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
14
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of mattreitz49
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KMcGrath
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smi69
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sprowt20
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich, salty, but not thick. Less mouth coating than I expected, but not necessarily a bad thing. Not terribly boozy, either, given that it's a barrel-aged, high-ABV stout.

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Photo of jduprey007
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brenn79
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle- Pours black with a mocha colored head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, chocolate, malt balls. The taste is similar, caramel, bourbon, caramel malt, toffee, chocolate milk duds. Pretty good, nothing spectacular here though.

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Photo of DBosco
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark coffee brown with a little light around the edges, a few fingers of head that settle down to a film after a few minutes. Smell is rich with bourbon and chocolate. Taste is sweet with a bit of salt, the vanilla bourbon is warming. Feel is medium body with some fizzy carbonation. Overall, this has good character of the bourbon barrel, rich taste and aroma, not overly thick and sweet. For me the salt is too prominent - cut that in half I say, but that is a proposed improvement; it is not a real detriment as is.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark near pitch black with a massive 3 plus finger head that leaves a ton of webby lace at near room temperature. 4.5[IMG] Smell is boozy, dark fruit, molasses, pecan, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, tobacco, and vanilla bean. 4

Taste follows big shot of cognac, figs, brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, expresso, tobacco, and vanilla. 4.25

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I prefer maybe medium, gentle carbonation, a tad dry for sure, and drinks much bigger than its 10.1% ABV. 3.75

Overall a very complex stout that would drink nicer for me if it was more chewy, but it is still an excellent imperial stout. 4

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Photo of Zonian1
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small white head, and no lacing.

This smells pretty boozy, with a burn, with some sweet caramel, dark chocolate, and roast.

The barrel comes off mainly as just boozy burn here, without that warm toasted oak and well integrated bourbon I search for. There's a lot of nice chocolate and caramel, but I'm assuming the base beer is superior here.

This is medium bodied, not too thick or thin, with a lingering booziness that requires slow sipping.

I expected a lot more out of this one. It wasn't unenjoyable, but it was still disappointing.

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Photo of Beerbom
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DVMin98
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smb71481
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Negrelly
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zonker17
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft pour, very dark brown, no head or lacing. Nose of caramel, slight bourbon. Taste is bringing the caramel, light salt, some roasted malt, but very little bourbon, some wood. Heavy-medium body and below average carbonation.

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Photo of rarigney
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Original_Gravity
2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Highly carbonated. Thin to little mouthfeel. I get a bit of salt, but no caramel flavor whatsoever. Slight heat from the bourbon, but not much barrel - or any other character to this beer.

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Photo of Shmizzen
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakecattleco
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seangibbs60
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Salted Caramel Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 53 ratings