Fourth Wave | Breakside Brewery

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Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tasting Notes: Vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, peanut butter, mocha, rich malt, oak char.

Description: A few years ago, we set out to create a new kind of coffee beer - instead of a stout or porter with coffee, we wanted to create a light colored, malt-forward, rich base beer which would dovetail into the nutty, chocolatey, and fruity flavors of a lightly roasted coffee. The delicious result of that effort was our award-winning Vienna Coffee Beer. This is the version of that beer brewed with single-origin Stumptown Coffee and aged for 10 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

Added by Britt on 12-19-2016

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of TonyLema1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: amber color, foamy off white head, nice lacing
S: whiskey, malt, some nuttiness
T: nuts, booze, some vanilla
F: nice mouthfeel
O: wow, this is a damn tasty beer

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Photo of woodchip
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Man if there was one consistent thing at the Bistro 2018 Barrel Aged festival, it was that the coffee beers were all very good. This one was no exception. And it was slightly unique to boot. Pours a vienna malt like amber color that is pretty, albeit with a smallish off white head 1/5". Aroma dropped coffee and caramel in substantial portions. I mean, this smelled great.

Taste, hey malty guy, meet coffee guy. Hopping ultra low, smooth malt waves, but instead of an old ale or English barleywine like alcohol content rounding out the flavor profile, you get a lower abv dose with a bounty of bourbon and coffee flavors that work in unison with the malty and nutty flavors. Just when you're all complimenting it on the complexity, you realize some of the smoothness also comes from the vanilla imparted from the bourbon barrels. Just the lightest sweetness you can pretty much put in a beer. Everything in moderation on this beer, and it works wonderfully. Looks like this is one of those 5% of beers that is going to be in my positive rate deviation. Check it out, originality points and its actually really good.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at The Drake in Victoria, BC. Pours a really nice dark brown with a good amount of tan head. Nose is perfect. Nice balance of nuts, coffee, and chocolate. Very smooth. The taste matches the nose. Nice hazelnut and coffee with some toffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but spot on. Overall, a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of degueulasse
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This crisp beer looks and feels like a brown ale, which it may as well be. It has a nutty flavor and smell that is laced with a bit of the coffee taste that the brewery advertises, and it is as smooth as one might hope, leaving a faint aftertaste of coffee beans that, admittedly, tastes a little better than the beer itself.

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Photo of hman43
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark amber with reddish hues mixed in. It has a tan head and head retention is moderate.

Smell: There are strong coffee aromas with a low background bread element that includes a bit of chocolate as it warms. There is a bit of dark fruits that is very low.

Taste: It has a strong bready, toasty, coffee, and nutty combination that work well together. There are some strong alcohol, not hot, and bourbon in the background. There is a very low cherry element with some chocolate in support.

Feel: It has a moderate body which is a bit surprising based on the ABV. Carbonation is moderate as the flavors carry through and leave a pleasant, long lasting finish.

Overall, well done from beginning to end with plenty of complex combinations of flavors that work well together but are distinct enough for each to have a flavor part.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly murky dark brown color, with a small white head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells super nutty and caramelly, with chocolate and roasty coffee, with warm toasted oak and a little bit of bourbon.

This one of the most unique coffee beers I've ever had. The base "imperial vienna" is super nutty- peanut butter and walnuts mainly, with rich dark and creamy chocolate, bright and vibrant coffee, caramel, and a nice oak character rounding it all out. There's not a ton of bourbon, but that subtlety is definitely nice.

This is medium bodied, and very creamy, with a good level of carbonation, and surprisingly high level of drinkability.

I really enjoyed this one- it's always cool to see coffee used well in anything other than a stout.

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Photo of rarigney
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy copper with a generous, persistent, beige head that leaves some nice streaky lacing. Aroma is predominantly coffee, with some chocolate, malt, and vanilla notes. Taste is very similar with less coffee and a hint of bourbon.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruddy, orange and brown body; thick, sculpted, creamy head. Malty nose with a suggestion of coffee grounds; mild caramel. Rich flavors of mocha and caramel; coffee; vanilla; whiskey; some biting bitterness. Heavy body; some cloying residual sweetness; alcohol heat with a corresponding bit of dryness to offset the heavy sweetness.

Despite some rough edges, the mix and depth of flavors pulls this beer through with flying colors.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Furlinator
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of off white, foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of chocolate, malt, coffee, bourbon, and some dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of bourbon, some malty notes, a fair shot of chocolate (always welcome), light coffee (not as much as expected, dark fruit (raisins?), and a boozy quality. One of the more interesting Vienna lager flavors you're apt to find. It's kind of like if a Vienna lager and stout had a baby. It's aggressive, fairly complex, and tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A slightly unusual (for the style) beer that's oddly likable. Worth a try.

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Photo of aaronesq
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Skrumpy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep, reddish amber. Thin, bubbly tan head. Not much lacing. It has a sweet caramel aroma, with hints of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. The bourbon barrels give it flavors of oak, honey, & vanilla. A nutty, and sweet combo that lingers on the palate. The beer is medium body so it's not heavy like a stout. Almost like a light syrup though. A bit like a winter warmer with some alcohol heat. Excellent!

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Photo of DallasK
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fourth Wave from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 25 ratings