Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec | Breakside Brewery

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Breakside Bourbon Barrel AztecBreakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec
125 Ratings
Breakside Bourbon Barrel AztecBreakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec

Brewed by:
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of throwerbri
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Hauckstadtjr00
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Photo of fsck
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of chikunwing
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of p4nch1to
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of PotlandOR
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of dcloeren
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of oregone
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of cjpalist
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of loren01
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of PZBREW
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BierBattered
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of RichK1
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of bret717
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look- Deep mahogany brown, 1/2 finger head that dissipates to a thin ring around the edge of the glass

Aroma- very complex with raisin, leather, tobacco and bourbon, all very distinct but in equal measures with no one aspect dominating

Taste- Follows the nose, but with an underlying sweet chocolate taste and a quick blast of pepper heat upon swallowing. The sweetness and heat linger a bit. Again, very complex and balanced nicely.

Feel- medium bodied with a long sweet finish

Overall- very nice drinking experience. Smells and tastes incredible. A lot of nicely complimentary flavors and aromas going on, with no single one stealing the show.

 650 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is enormously high quality and rather unique, instead of using a darkly roasted malt base for a beer that features cocoa and chili, it starts as a lighter, copper colored brew that exchanges out the bitterness of such a roast for the sweetness of a caramel malt base. very cool, it allows the additives to be dialed in just right, and tasted really cleanly. the chilies are bold in flavor but mild in heat, even minimal in heat, and the carry on the sweet grain for a long time. the cocoa is raw, and adds a welcomed dry earthiness to this. the boubon barrel has almost taken over though, its so intensely flavored like the whiskey that other flavors struggle to stand out a bit. i cant imagine this beer without it though, it ties it together super well, shows nuances of vanilla and sweet corn, and even hides its booze rather well for 12% abv. i havent had enough barrel stuff from these guys, so this was a heck of a start, a truly individual beer, definitely one to share. amazing overall.

 999 characters

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?

18 characters

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).

 480 characters

Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

 741 characters

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.

 362 characters

Photo of yancot
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 125 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.