Aztec - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Breakside Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Strong amber ale made with cacao/chocolate nibs and two types of chilies that was aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels.

Added by msubulldog25 on 09-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,594
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
143
pDev:
8.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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19
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by mjohnson17:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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Photo of draheim
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a dirty coppery amber w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is fruity and malty. Dried dates and apricots, warm bourbon, a hint of spice.

Taste is likewise fruity, sweet, and malty. Dried fruit, caramel, light brown sugar, boozy heat. Chile peppers give it a subtly spicy twist.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

Overall a big, strong, sweet, malty beer.

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Photo of Dicers
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really wanted to like this beer and the appearance and nose led me to believe I would. The taste is just all bourbon with the smallest hint of chili and the mouthfeel is a mess

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Photo of ricke49
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best incorporation of chilies I've had the pleasure to experience. Chilies / chocolate both meld well with the bourbon aged aspects to produce an insanely drinkable brew. This will be my go-to big beer this winter, as Costco is currently offering this at an attractive price. Pours with a rich 2 finger head, with the visual properties of a strong (thick) ale. Taste is the same at first as it is when swallowed (perfect chili / chocolate / alcohol warmth balance).

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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (@10% ABV) - I guess chocolate and chili peppers equals Mexican references up the yin-yang.

This beer pours a clear, dark magenta amber colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly bubbly tan had, which leaves some decent dissolving ice floe lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, a faint spicy pepper heat, equally tame Kentucky barrel staves, some indistinct black stone fruitiness, and very, very tame earthy, musty, and floral green hops. The taste is bready and biscuity caramel malt, a wisp of damp ashiness, some muddled and bruised pome fruity notes, a very vanilla-forward woodiness, fading chocolate wafers, an ethereal chili spiciness, and some more very hard to detect leafy, earthy, and floral hop bitters.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, as the spice isn't strong enough to make a dent at this particular point in the game. It finishes off-dry, the caramel, cocoa, and sweet barrel essences continuing the lingering party.

Overall - this is a pleasant enough strong ale, one whose barrel treatment and elevated ABV never really cause any concern for that ol' palate of mine. Definitely worth checking out, if solely for the just mentioned conclusions, or any ones that you might come to yourselves, as such.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DenverBigRed
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhilKeller
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cocoa and chilies?

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red amber, small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon and vanilla. Slightest bit of oak. Cinnamon, spicy pepper.

Taste - Spices all over. Cinnamon. Caramel. Bourbon. Vanilla and oak. Finishes with a lot of bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Dry and a little boozy. Good barrel character.

Overall - Even after 15 beers, this tastes great. Flavorful.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting brew, sort of an amped up amber ale thrown into bourbon barrels w/ various chile peppers and some chocolate for good measure. Some serious sediment to work around on the pour, literally ended up with a piece of charred wood from the barrel in my glass. Nice smell, oaky/bourbony/vanilla, maybe something almost fruity from the malt+chocolate combo, light traces of chile peppers. Pleasant and maybe even a touch vinuous. Palate is sweet, some booze heat, and chile warmth on the swallow. It really ain't bad and is a novel way of doing the spiced/adjunct barrel aged beer thing. Cheers.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a ruddy dark orange to light brown color with a little off white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Some sliding lace. The aroma had some milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, sweet wood and a dry little spicy chili pepper balancing it all out nicely. The flavor was sweet with the chocolate, coconut and vanilla up front allowing the chili heat to come in slightly. Aftertaste was almost non-existent but seemed to have just a touch of the milk chocolate. Finish was the same. The palate was medium bodied with some of the "heat" to coincide with the meddling of the feel (the bourbon to the spicy "heat"). Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, pretty nice strong ale, American or English, hell if I know, just damn good.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of drone
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DallasK
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of n2185
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boilerup
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Aztec - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 143 ratings