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Unblended (Barrel #40) | Side Project Brewing

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Unblended (Barrel #40)Unblended (Barrel #40)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unblended will be the label for single barrel releases of barrels that are just too nice to blend with anything else.

Barrel #40 was a 100% spontaneously fermented blonde ale that saw time in our coolship. This barrel was beautiful after 13 months of aging and I decided to bottle it as is. Our first coolship beer to be released.

Added by yourefragile on 06-27-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
104
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
6.4%
 
 
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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Came back to rereview this bottle just to emphasize to newer traders and tickers to not chase this bottle expecting something more than meh. It's good, you can tell the special reason for holding this back as it was their first cool ship, but in reality it's just ordinary. Gorgeous color, but from there it goes into the realm of not memorable. Try it w ease, seek w caution though.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, split 4 ways. Poured into a taster glass 9/5/2014.

A- Light straw-yellow in colour, half finger white head that is quite short lived. Some lacing is left behind at the end. [4]

S- Aggressive lactic acid with a nice white wine component. Some stone fruits come out- a bit of peach and nectarine. Oak, a slight bit of pepper. [4.5]

F- White wine, oak, sweet pale malt. Not particularly sour in terms of flavour but it really shows up in the mouthfeel. Sweeter than expected- stone fruits in particular come out a lot here. Peach and nectarine sweetness, if not the flavour, comes out a lot here. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, substantial for what it is. About the right amount of carbonation. Surprisingly, this beer feels sour if it doesn't quite taste as sour as it feels, which has been typical of Side Project as of late. Lots of lactic acid that really comes across on the mouthfeel, causing my glands to burn up. [4]

O- I'm starting to get a bit weary of Side Project here; their mainstays (Fermier, Fuzzy) are phenomenal but all of these limited 300 bottle count releases trade for quite too much when they all start tasting and feeling so similar to each other. Perhaps this is simply just the base beer for the vast majority of their beers. Still, this is a very good beer that is very much worth drinking should you come across it. [4.5]

Final score: 4.425

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow. Not much of a head, just a few bubbles when I pour it. Settles to nothing.

Smell - Lots of stone fruits. Lightly acidic. Woody and white winey.

Taste - Very woody. Much more lemony. Not as much of the stone fruit flavor. Kinda grassy. Finishes with a yogurty tartness.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Pleasantly sour.

Overall - It's good, but I was hoping for a little more complexity.

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This has the perfect amount of sour, filled with funky brett and a slight acidity. A big stone fruit presence with hints of peach and light white wine and oak flavours. Near perfect.

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Unblended (Barrel #40) from Side Project Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.
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