Salted Caramel Stout
Breakside Brewery

Salted Caramel StoutSalted Caramel Stout
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #722
Ranked #28,434
3.77 | pDev: 9.02%
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Salted Caramel StoutSalted Caramel Stout
Notes: A dessert stout brewed with lactose, caramel and fleur de sel, inspired by our friends Tyler & Kim Malek at Salt & Straw. Tyler has been working on perfecting a lactose caramel syrup that mimics the flavor in his sea salt and caramel ice cream. After a few test blends, we’re worried that this might be the most addictive dessert beer ever made.

Malts: Two Row, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, CaraMunich, Flaked Barley
Hops: Newport
Special ingredients: Salted caramel; sea salt
Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 259 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Jeffo
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doopie brought this one out for beer night a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Collaboration with Salt + Straw Ice Cream

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a three finger, looser, foamy, light tan head with okay retention. Dark brown body with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some lacing down the glass. Lousy start but decent finish.

SMELL: Roasted notes, milk chocolate, caramel notes and some hints of salt on the nose.

TASTE: Caramel, milk chocolate, lightly roasted flavors and some bitter chocolate at the swallow. Roasted finish and a bold aftertaste of milk chocolate, bitter pure chocolate, roasted flavors, vanilla sweetness and some notes of salt linger on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Good stuff. A little lighter in color for the style but this is certainly a well-made stout with balanced nuances of caramel and salted notes. Enjoyable and worth picking up if you see it. Thanks again, Doopie!

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Photo of Mass_hole
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dense, syrupy look and texture. Flavor is good - not too sweet. They did a good job portioning the caramel flavor. I just wasn’t that into it from an overall perspective. It’s missing that malty finish expected from a stout. It felt more like drinking a flat caramel soda than drinking a stout. Fans of less bold stouts may disagree. Especially those that like salted caramel. Tasty, even flavor is the strength of this one from Breakside.

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Photo of Bohemian
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bit of saltiness, bit of roast. Thin in the mouth, more so than the average milk stout. Refreshing nonetheless. The label is more enticing than the taste.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very dark almost pitch color. Nice foamy, thick head. Aroma of malt and toffee and, weirdly, malted-milk balls. As a stout, it comes through with just a hint of the sweetness and perhaps some of the saltiness. It has a buttery mouthfeel, no doubt from the caramel. It's interesting, worth a try, but wouldn't brave a blizzard to get one.

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Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Midnight black pour to a becher with a foamy nutty brown cap. Good retention as the head stays at 0.5cm and leaves plentiful thin sheets of lacing.

S- Roasty and nutty malts dominate the nose and overall this juncture doesn't hint at much sweetness, perhaps dry. Roast barley, licorice, burnt barley, toasted nut husks, dark espresso beans, dark cocoa powder and raw barley. Dry stout.

T- The caramel becomes a bit more of a thing and the salt is noticed but doesn't quite act like a true salted caramel yet still adds to the decadence. Caramel, dark dry fruits, yeast spice, fruity cocoa nibs, espresso, cookies, salt, toffee, nut husks, phenolics, figs, chocolate chips and roast barley come to mind.

MF- Medium bodied brew with a moderately high carbonation and a fluffy creamy consistency. Ends roasty dry bitter.

Not a dessert stout but the stout lover in me applauds that. A solid dry roasty stout that slightly accentuates salt and caramelized sugars.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Near black with light passing along the edge. Lasting head with streaks of lace

Intriguing smell of dark chocolate and candy sugar sweetness.

The flavor is darker than the smell by a smidge. There's some burnt malt which shows up in the swallow. The base is semisweet chocolate with a whiff of smoke. No cream, but full bodied with minimal carbonation. Long dark chocolate aftertaste. I never picked up on any salted caramel but the beer is still good.

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Photo of kevanb
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, undated, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours a black color, deep cola brown, nice opacity with a firm finger of khaki head that has moderate retention and yields a fair amount of spotted lacing. The aroma is nice, strong chocolate, roasted grain, light smoke with some brown sugar and caramel and a bit of saltiness. The flavors are good, strong roast, lactose sugary creaminess with strong chocolate, sweet caramel and brown sugar with a bit of vanilla. The mouthfeel is good, coating, creamy, thick full body that has nice legs and an easy finish.

Verdict: A very nice Milk Stout from Breakside. The lactose really helps with the smooth and full body and also adds some nice creamy vanilla flavors. The salted caramel is well expressed but it really just adds more sugary flavors rather than anything dynamic or inventive.

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Photo of larryi86
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thank you y2kawakami for this
22 bottle, dated 1/24/18, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Chocolate, some roasted malts, some caramel, touch of salt.

T- Chocolate, roasted malts, some caramel, touch of salt.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice stout base, caramel and salt add a nice touch.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—only traces of dark red are visible near near the edge of the glass. It poured with just a narrow collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass and specks of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional notes of salted caramel in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has nice notes of salted caramel in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of degueulasse
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pitch black beer smells and tastes like crème brulée, its sweetness offset by deliciously dark overtones. It might be a little too sugary-thick on the tongue, not quite as crisp as many other stouts that taste as good, but its sumptuous flavors cannot go overstated.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from standard bottle into 20oz imperial snifter. Bottled on 2/6/18.

Look: As I poured it, it look like cola. Dark brown, but somewhat transparent. Doesn't look bad as it sits in the glass. 1/4" cream white head that dissipated rapidly. Loads of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Lackluster in terms of smell. I am somewhat able to pick up on some caramel, salt, and chocolate, but it is very muted. Subtle aroma of roasted malts.

Taste: Not very flavorful either. Subtle flavors of chocolate, roasty malts, and a little salt. Somewhat of a prune, date or fig sweetness to it too, couple with what I guess is caramel. I don't really taste caramel, but more chocolate. Also picking up a nuttyness to the beer, like walnuts, peanuts or pecans. Picking up on the salt. Slight coffee -ish flavor on the backend.

Feel: Really underwhelming. Thin, and watery. Reminds me of flat soda. Carbonation seems a little high as well for this style of beverage. Leaves residual coating on tongue, giving a syrupy feel.

Overall: The title of the beer sounds awesome, but it doesn't live up to the name. The mouthfeel is the worst part of the beer, it isn't appealing at all. This embodies more of a brown ale feel to it than a stout. A little disappointed in this one, but I am glad I was able to try it. Cheers!

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Photo of Romartin
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L. Dark coffee appearance, 1f khaki head large bubbles, short life, little to no lacing.
S. Light aromas, chocolate, malt, little caramel.
T. More defined than aroma, chocolate slight caramel, slightly bitter. Almost an hour old coffee after taste.
F. Creamy at first impression, very carbonated.
O. A good desert beer, not overly caramel or sweet, a bit on the bitter side rather than candy sweet.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Ryan and Caseys in Greenfield. Beer pours with a dark color and a pretty thin, brown head that dissipates. Somewhat chocolate aroma that is not too powerful. A bit underwhelmed by the aroma. Taste is a vast improvement over the aromas with a slight caramel hint wrapped in medium creamy milk flavors. The mouthfeel lives up to a creamy, milky texture. Overall, not too bad, just wish the flavors exploded more.

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Photo of rgk3
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured very dark with a thick khaki head. Good beer, but I was expecting a little more. Salted caramel--a favorite flavor, Stout--a favorite style, but not quite what I expected. I will say that pulling off those flavors in a beer would be extremely difficult. To their credit, it is not overly sweet, which I thought it could be and thinner than I expected. It's actually pretty balanced and a decent, drinkable stout. Strong char flavor like burnt toast--in a good way. That is the predominant flavor to me--only a hint of salt and hint of sweet, so much so that I really have to search the flavor out as I taste it instead of it being obvious. I liked it well enough to drink it again but not enough to search it out.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.
A: Pours a rich dark brown with a nice light brown head and good sticky lacing.
S: Caramel and toffee nose.
T: Rich and thick salty caramel with toffee.
F: Nice and fizzy mouthfeel a good clean finish.
O: Nice and balanced not sweet as i expected it might be.I like it.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a two finger, khaki head.

Aroma: Smells like a salted pretzel, with deep notes of toffee and caramel. There are also notes of coconut cream and mild coffee.

Taste: Upfront you get sweet flavors of . . .well. . . salted caramel and toffee. Imagine a caramel dipped salted pretzel if you will. In the back there are hints of dry, bitter cocoa, toasted almond and vanilla cream.

Feel: Mid-light body (for a stout) with mild carbonation. Not oily, overtly sugary or slick. I'd even go so far to say it's ""crisp"" for the style.

Overall: I was expecting this to be super sweet but it's actually rather balanced. You get a nice, salty, caramelized brown sugar taste upfront, but it's evened out by notes of toasted almond and dry dark chocolate with mild lactose in the background. The body is just right, it's not too heavy or too watery. Overall I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice solid Stout with caramel notes. Big roast malt and and char bitterness. A tad thin but quite tasty. There is a strange floral, almost soapy aroma and flavor but it doesn't ruin the beer. All in all this is a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of gandres
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 22 ounce bottle poured to snifter
Sight: Pours black, medium light brown foam some lacing
Smell: fragrant
Taste: medium bitterness, well balance
Feel: good finish, long follow through, nice aftertaste, creamy, very good
Overall: Excellent beer, something to drink again
Drank: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:03 PM

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Photo of SebastianOwl
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle is labeled as 6.7% ABV; not the best stout I have had as of late; the aroma actually turned me off greatly before I even got a sip of this beer; tastes doesn't come through like I would want given the label description; finally, the beer lacks body it be a winter stout

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Photo of avalon07
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted a pretty long time. Fantastic lacing.

S: A decent, somewhat subtle aroma of malt, caramel, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of fairly high amount of the advertised salted caramel, some light chocolate notes (not quite enough), some roasted malt, some lactose, and a light hops presence. A decent enough flavor that isn't quite pushed far enough. Nonetheless, it's pretty tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is, for the most part, a solid beer. It's a bit on the uneven side, but worth a look.

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Photo of hreb
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours rich brown leaning towards black and forms a full inch of rich, brown head. Aroma is of a sweet and hoppy, but otherwise conventional, American Stout. Flavor... well, as expected, it's a roasty, sweet stout. Caramel is a give away. But there's a certain pronounced -- aggressive -- note. I can't bring myself to say this tastes salty, but it's got to be the salt. I like salted caramel, but I think so much of the experience of salted caramel is the contrast of flavor and texture in what is fundamentally a heterogeneous product. Beer is necessarily homogeneous (at this scale) and I'm finding the salt comes across as not a contrast but a defect.

I don't know if others could find this more enjoyable (salt lassi, anyone?), but I wouldn't repeat this myself.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-dark, clear pour from 22 oz bottle. Aroma is rich malt and sugar. This pour is as described by the brewer, sweet stout with caramel-toffee flavors and a touch of salt. Other reviews suggest that the tap versions vary a bit. I'll get another for guests to try.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Thin brownish black colored body with medium to heavy bubbles and a tan head maybe half an inch off the body.

Smell: Malty and warm caramel scent.

Taste: Well it is a touch salty, sweet like molasses and a touch bitter.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but give credit when it's due, it's sticky. After-taste just hugs the palates.

Overall: Descent brew, but the label is seriously the best part of it. Better stout out for the money..went okay as a post meal beverage. My advice to you is to save it for another day. Salud!

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Photo of reggggg
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was kind of excited about this, since I liked the Passion Fruit Sour. This beer was terrible and everyone I shared this with were kinda bummed. No salted caramel in this one, just an overall boring beer that didn't deliver.

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Photo of seedyone
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Just a taste, but that was enough. Looks OK. Some head, no lacing, a deep brown color. Aroma was great if a smokey thing is what you were after. IMO caramel is very tricky & needs to be caught at a very precise temperature. If not it goes to cinders BDQ.

All the sweet was burnt out here & the salt was nonexistent.

I admire the concept, but this barrel didn't enhance the notion.

I like the idea, but the execution needs work.

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