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%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
30
For Trade:
5
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, bourbon, and slight chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very bourbon forward but the cocoa and chile ingredients of the base beer are very hidden in this one.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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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 Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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 MarkyMOD
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

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 GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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 beernads
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

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 eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out reddish brown in color. Lots of vanilla, sour mash whiskey. Chocolate coming though, but almost like a white chocolate. A very nice, subtle building chili heat. Pretty good.

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