Err To Excess | Breakside Brewery

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Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by LiquidAmber on 04-09-2018

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Flying Goose Snulip glass, not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very attractive slick black with a 2 plus finger light brown head that leaves some thin webs of lace behind.

Smell starts with cognac, dates, leather, tobacco, dark chocolate, dry strong coffee, and vanilla bean, very complex.

Taste follows boozy and dark fruit up front, then in the background dark, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, some leather, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is medium but small for the style, nice carbonation but mild, a tad dry for sure, and for me goes down easy enough, but drinks bigger than 10.1%.

Overall a very nice beer, wish it was a tad chewer, but still complex enough to keep my complete attention all the way.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Breakside have put together a very nice little dessert stout here, rich in flavor yet light on the tongue. It’s nice to look at, a touch on the rustic side of black with a dark ivory head that leaves nice lacing on the glass (a Mikkeller 20cl stem). The nose is very promising, featuring the whiskey, bittersweet cocoa nibs, toasty caramel and pecans. The taste follows this nicely, layering in notes of dark chocolate, coffee and brandied fruits. But I find the feel to be a touch too light. All these robust flavors deserve a little more body and weight behind them to complete the feeling of commanding presence that the best dessert stouts have. Still a very tasty beverage and very nice to find in a 12oz.

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Photo of csmrx7
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice desert Stout that really improved with temperature. Not much salt or caramel flavor but a good amount of bourbon and dark sugars. Pleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pastry/dessert stout in a 12oz bottle? Sign me up. No longer able to dome a 750ml on my own, or patient enough to wait until I have a cadre of pals over whom want to indulge, I rarely buy big, sweet stouts these days. Gifted to me by a buddy in the PNW, but would've pick up a bottle on my own had I seen it.

Fudgy, sugary, boozy, viscous, chocolaty and roasty. Thick, almost syrupy, with an overarching sweetness that hangs above each and every sip. Heavy on the palate, warm with alcohol heat, sticky with sweetness.

Barrel character squeaks out beneath the noise of all the additive flavors, although I don't pick up any noticeable saltiness.

Even at 12 oz, it was more than I could handle. Perfect 4-6oz pour for me. Dessert beer personified.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a mini-snifter, the appearance was a semi-thick dark brown color with a ever so slight cap of white head. That barely hung around and ended up leaving some slight concave lace that slid with the sips.
The aroma had an absolutely wonderful blend of sweet caramel, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, light salt and a touch of woody spice.
The flavor yields to the sweet side initially but pushes in a sly salty character. Superb aftertaste of caramel saltiness to milk chocolate.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied. Oddly enough, for an imperial stout, the body seems to be a bit under. Man, I could gulp sessions of this beer due to the lower body. Not sure if this was intentional but the more I sipped the more I accepted the lower body. Carbonation felt fine. ABV didn't feel as promised. Caramel salty and milk chocolate sort of finish.
Overall, aromas and flavors were spot on but if you can tolerate an imperial stout with a lower body, perhaps this is for you. If Beer Advocate had imperial porter as a category, this beer would fit.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Korymiller
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JerryHelper
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is very dark brown with a thick creamy tan head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is bourbon, dark roasts, and chocolate. Taste is similar, with bourbon forward, but not overpowering. Very slightly sweet with a hint of chocolate and hazelnuts on the finish. Medium bodied and very smooth without the alcohol heat one might expect from 10% ABV.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, light nuts and bourbon; slightly sweet. Flavor is dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, hazelnuts and bourbon; bourbon forward, with lingering bourbon and hazelnuts. Medium bodied with light creaminess, a little light bodied for an imperial stout. This tastes almost exactly as advertised: a big stout with hazelnuts, chocolate and bourbon. The bourbon is a bit dominant, but otherwise good balance with the nuts and chocolate flavors clear, but integrated. Alcohol is well covered. A little thin bodied, but quite flavorful and an enjoyable evening nightcap.

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Err To Excess from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 19 ratings