Breakside Bourbon Barrel Aztec | Breakside Brewery

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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:
120
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
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18
Gots:
31
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 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 CUBeerBuff
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DallasK
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ricke49
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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 kemoarps
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Body is a deep russet mahogany capped with an off brown head that settles in without giving up entirely.

Nose offers dark fruits at the forefront with creamy vanilla and oak. Smoothe and enticing.

Sweet initially with elements of oak and vanilla from the barrel. Chocolate is almost more of a finishing/after type taste that evolves out of the vanilla sweet lead in. Bourbon is not as overwhelming as I feared, but it is definitely sweet for an amber and driven by the barrel.
Creamy for the most part but the finish tends towards what I always associate with sour mash. Solid and enjoyable, though the chile and the alcohol kind of blend and get lost in one another.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 johnnyboy76
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 kovfer
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very subtle bourbon aged taste which is very interesting with the chilli. Different than other bourbon aged stuff I've had. Crisp rather than syrupy.

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Photo of w5baron
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Mistamakkus
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of rkarimi
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Greels
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PhilKeller
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cocoa and chilies?

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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