Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec | Breakside Brewery

Breakside Bourbon Barrel AztecBreakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec
BA SCORE
85.4%
Liked This Beer
4.05 w/ 123 ratings
Breakside Bourbon Barrel AztecBreakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec
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:
#4,246
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
123
Liked:
105
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
8.89%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
29
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by wagenvolks:
Photo of wagenvolks
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip. Many, many thanks to Oregonhopmonster for the killer extra!

Pours with a ruddy amber hue; cloudy body with mahogany edges. Very nicely retained head of light khaki foam forms up top. Spicy aromas of chili-rich gourds permeate the nose: cinnamon, caramel & dusty chocolate malts. Booze augments the heat that the chilies provide. Very intriguing nose overall.

Chewy, boozy malt notes greet the palate. Green, woody bourbon barrels slide in mid-sip and culminate in a flash of spicy heat from chili peppers. Mouthfeel is semi-chewy with a medium carbonation level. Overall, BB Aztec is a fantastic ride. Not exactly the most quaffable beer in existence, but you will enjoy the experience. Recommended.

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More User Reviews:
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 switzer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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Photo of jason_nwx
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 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

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark coppery orange amber with a fine half finger light khaki head with great retention and lots of lacing. Great aroma of bourbon, vanilla, toffee and hints of chile. Flavor follows, dominated by bourbon, caramel and vanilla,with the chile spiciness building and leaving a pleasant light chile bite in the finish. On the sweet side and quite warming. Medium bodied with mild creaminess. An excellently balanced amount of chile for the rich body, with the other flavors nicely masking the capiscum at first then slowly revealing it. Lots of barrel character, with good bourbon and oaky vanilla. I'm a fan of bourbon barrel ales and chile that is well supported by other flavors and this bring it all home. Very tasty. ABV dangerously covered, needs pacing.

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

Photo of VashonGuy
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

There's lots of cocoa in this ale, smooth tasting, not too sweet. The chiles kick in, but the heat level isn't high, at least not to this chile aficionado. The bourbon aroma and flavor don't lead the parade, but they're there. As BBA beers go, this one is just a little on the lighter side, which is fine with me. Nice alternative to the barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of vutoq
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of throwerbri
5/5  rDev +23.5%

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Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 85.4% out of 100 with 123 ratings
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