Salted Caramel Stout | Breakside Brewery

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Salted Caramel StoutSalted Caramel Stout
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Salted Caramel StoutSalted Caramel Stout

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Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Sarlacc83 on 05-03-2013

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Ratings: 251 |  Reviews: 54
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 KMcGrath
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Kwright
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmrx7
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 APerkins5215
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Initial salt flavor is a little off putting. Nothing special, would be happy to drink it again but won't seek it out.

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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 TheEpeeist
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Latarnik
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 rayvail
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not as sweet as I thought it would be which is good. nice and dark and thick, which is a plus. nice beer.

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Photo of Shortbox81
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Salted Caramel Stout from Breakside Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 251 ratings