Salted Caramel Stout | Breakside Brewery

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Salted Caramel StoutSalted Caramel Stout

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Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet 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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Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in the tall Pilsner glass with a decent amount of off-white foam. Plenty of spritz on the tongue and a substantial mouthfeel. Not so much aroma beyond the grainy note.

Rather sweet and very malty with massively roasted grain. I wouldn't say that "salted caramel" immediately comes to mind, but there is a burnt sugar taste. The vast amounts of quite charred malt plus the hops give this a surprisingly bitter finish. Very dark in the back of the throat.

This is a different Stout but quite sippable. The flavoring is not overly strong. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Creamy, Caramel, Salty, Moreish

Salt in beer? Yep. This Stout is made in collaboration with Salt & Straw Ice Cream and includes sea salted caramel. Soft caramel and salt water aromas. Super creamy and palate lifting with caramel, coffee, cocoa nibs, and a distinct salty edge that lends a nice bite and increases the beer’s drinkability. Desert in a bottle.

STYLE: American Stout | ABV: 6.7% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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Photo of Floydster
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle

Appearance is black with a thin light brown head, great lacing, retention is great too

Smell is caramel malt, caramel sweet candies, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and Belgian candi sugar

Taste starts off dry and roasty, fades into a slightly sweet caramel flavor, does not get too cloying once it is fully warmed which is what I expected, good dark roasty malts provide cocoa and coffee characteristic to balance with the added flavors

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, higher carbonation makes it a bit thinner than it would be otherwise, fairly good balance

Overall I expected this to be very sweet being that it is a collaboration with a great ice cream maker, but it was well balanced and a nice surprise, wish there was more of a salt presence but at the same time this is not a gose =0)

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 chossboss
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of boogerisu
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tappangordo
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, thanks once again to IronDjinn for bringing this brew over on a hot summer afternoon.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby brown hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and frothy tan head, which leaves a bit of spotty cloud lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of bready caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, saltwater taffy, an oily nuttiness, burnt coffee, dark sugar, and faint earthy, leafy, and weedy hops. The taste is sweet, lightly toasted caramel malt, a still decent salty toffee character, cafe-au-lait, singed brown sugar, a muddled black fruitiness, and plain leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite low and hard to detect at times, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a genial creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes sweet, the caramel, coffee, and mild saltiness carrying the day.

A decent flavoured stout, the guest essences working well to integrate and still offer up their desired wiles. Worth a try, especially if your palate tends towards the sweet side of things, but maybe just don't try this after having a Gose, like we just did.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a dark khaki, finger width head. Fair retention before dissipating to a thin, broken layer of surface suds.

Smell - Chocolate stands out most, with lesser notes of caramel, nuttiness and a hint of roasted malt.

Taste - Follows the nose. Milk chocolate. Lesser nutty flavor, like peanut or mild hazelnut. Moderate caramel notes. Not getting much salt. Hits on some roast near the finish, then fades back to reveal a mostly a chocolatey, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, slightly silky texture with a drying finish.

Overall - Not a bad stout at all, but the name of the beer doesn't quite add up to the experience. That said, I would drink again.

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Photo of dertyd
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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 socon67
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is caramel, roasted malt, cocoa and a little coffee.
The taste is milky, caramel, coffee bitter and a general sweetness at the end. Nice.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable and interesting.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
2.01/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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