Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec | 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
Ratings:
121
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
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18
Gots:
30
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of dkw0063
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of iamocean
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

It is a little weak on the bourbon taste, but it has an interesting flavour.

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Photo of belzo35
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of snaotheus
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2017-05-26
22oz bottle served in a tulip. Given to me by @mr-jj. I don't see a date on it.

Pours a medium brown (I was expecting a stout for some reason). Not much head, not much carbonation. Smell is bourbon and booze, maybe a little vanilla and rose. It mostly smells like watered down bourbon.

Taste is better than the smell -- still some of the watered down bourbon character, which isn't awesome, but definitely some nice vanilla and sweetness, not much pepper flavor but maybe a touch of the pepper spice.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly bubbly, considering how it looks. Overall, it's interesting and not bad, but not a beer I'll seek out again.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of dsigmon
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mjohnson17
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Dicers
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Erik-P
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slips out a hazed, dullish amber-tan body with a smallish, ivory head.

Smell: Caramel-scented, toasty malts with a modest hint of a roasty element with a little pinch of cocoa powder. The aroma is mostly the chiles and barrel qualities.

Taste: Caramel-glazed toast, maybe a subtle edge of roast there in the upfront flavor, too. Sweetish, until the heat from the alcohol content and chili pepper's bite catches up to you. Barrel aging provides touches of wood, bourbon. Lingering capsaicin heat, with a bit of the barrel character still trying to come forth beyond the spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Light, low level of carbonation.

Overall: A chili-infused beer with an extra added kick of bourbon and booze.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rogerlb
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, but it's still translucent. Carb and a certain amount of hanging sediment is visible. A very thin collar of a head. Lights shines through this nicely.

Aroma is wood, vines, the skin of a zucchini. Yeah, I know, it's probably peppers but I get a more gourd vibe. Slight malt, as well.

Taste is sweet wood, watered down bourbon. Oak barrel is there, and vanilla, and the malt you'd expect of a strong ale, but not very roasty. Buttery toast. (Fake butter.) Slick and a little sticky. Boozy. The chocolate is sweeter than normal (not bitter/baker's) but a bit faint. I'm not getting the chili advertised either, except a wisp at the finish. I think the chilis (habanero and serrano according to the paperwork) are cancelling out the bourbon?

The middle of the mouthful is a bit of a mess. All frosting, no cake. The bourbon has a cinnamon stick in it. The 12% is rather forward but there's no "heat" from the booze. No burn. This seems thin, and therefore the bourbon wood is my takeaway.

Interesting and different. A woody cream soda that dad spiked with bourbon. Creamier than I expected, hardly any chili taste (for me) to speak of.

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Photo of draheim
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at 16 tons the other day.

While there were a lot of interesting flavors in this beer, I felt the spice and chili flavor was dominated by the barrel aging (lots of vanilla). The regular version of this beer is pretty sweet and boozy IMHO, and so this was more so. I found the beer tiring on the palate, and so was glad I just ordered a sample size portion at 16 tons.

Not a bad beer, but at least on this day, it was just too overly sweet and boozy for my palate.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of benzalman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec from Breakside Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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