One Candle
Side Project Brewing

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
15%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.9 | pDev: 4.08%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
41
From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
96
World-Class
Notes: Smoked Imperial Stout aged in a Knob Creek barrel for 18 months. Draft only, kegged flat/still. 15% ABV.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 41 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Side Project Cellar's 2nd Anniversary party. Last keg in existence, so quite a special pour. Even after 2 years, there is a smokiness that is still very strong in the beer. It made itself known at times. While it was my least favorite of the candle series to date, I was very happy to have tried it.

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Photo of michaelweber10
5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Likely the best stout ever produced, just sad people outside of Missouri weren't given the chance to try this magical barrel

L - Dark as night, thick and menacing

S - Campfire marshmallow graham cracker and subtle notes of maple with a touch of smoke on the finish. the best smelling beer there is, pure campfire nasal sex

T - Taste follows the nose here with loads on your face of marshmallow soaked in bourbon with heavy hints of chocolate and vanilla

F - Perfect, thick chewy smooth creamy

O - The best stout I have had to date

Up against some heavy hitters KBBS MD BA Abraxas, VB Assassin PVW Black magick etc. Better than all of them. Sad this one is gone forever

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Photo of scottedwin
5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5oz. pour served still at the anniversary week back in November. The barrel does all the work and it's beautiful. Think campfire, and the perfectly toasted marshmallow right when you blow the smoke off of it and take that first bite. That's what this is.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Abraxas Day event last year and finally putting my notes into here. Really smokey and slightly sweet on the nose. Good vanilla sweetness and dark malts are present in the scent. When this hits the tongue it is a complex dose of dark, burnt malts, smokey flavors, and vanilla-like sweetness. Like many people at the even, my first though was marshmallows. The smoke and sweetness combined with the barrels really give this an almost smore-like quality. Just a really quality beer here that is truly delicious.

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Photo of timmytime161
5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best liquid that has ever touched my lips.

Russian Imperial Stout aged for 18 months in Knob Creek Barrels

Abraxas Day 2014. Part of the VIP ticket package. As well as November and February

5 ounce pour into an Abraxas snifter.


Sampled again in November as well as recently on draft at the cellar.

This is the best stout that I have ever had. No adjuncts yet it smells like a vanilla bean marshmallow at this point.


Better than KBBS/BA Coffee Abraxas/VB Assassin/PvW Black Magick.

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Photo of jhestand
4.98/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A stellar RIS. What amazes me is how there are no adjunct ingredients in this beer. Crazy what a well crafted stout will do in a bourbon barrel. It being a still beer allows for the flavors to shine and sit on the palate better. Well done Cory!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.99/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured into a tulip glass at the Side Project Cellar. Served through the nitro tap. Transcribed from notes taken on my cel.

Pours an oily pitch black viscous liquid. Oily and glistening black. The head is about half an inch of tan, nitro induce cappuccino style foam.

Aroma starts off with intense chocolate notes, fudge and even some grainy bred. The slight smokey notes come up too. Boozy dark fruit notes are slightly present. Smells like a mild campfire that has extinguished itself overnight. Wonderful.

Taste and Mouthfeel. The two are hard to separate. Especially in this beer. Silky, oily, thick and chewy. Maybe all partially due to the nitro. Notes of marshmallow, dark chocolate with some nice sweet bourbon notes and mild molasses. The smoked malts really add the kicker. Im not a fan of smoked beers but the mildness compliments the excellent sweetness of the malt bill and the bourbon barrel. Amazing. Thanks Cory!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.5/5  rDev -8.2%

Served still @ the sp taproom release, also enjoyed @ abraxas day
Total darkness, no head, some tan oily gloss. The nose opens up with toasted-marshmallowy sweetness, cocoa puffs, maple, vanilla, a slight rust, and finishes with really subtle campfire notes - it's very intense for sure. The taste has rich malt sweetness upfront (a little graham cracker?), and finishes with crushing blend of wood, vanilla, and alcohol. The smoke remains subtle - but I remember it being more distinct a few weeks ago at the abraxas day release. Chewy mouthfeel, zero carb, minimal bitterness or alcohol, which is very impressive 15%abv liquid. This is an excellent beer that reminds me of Origin to an extent, but is slightly more straightforward.

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Photo of Suds_Suds
5/5  rDev +2%

Tried this at Abraxas day. It was fantastic. Decadent smell, notes of marshmallow and maple. Tasted excellent. Only got to try a small sip but hoping to enjoy this some more once I get my hands on a bottle.

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Photo of c-rum
4.95/5  rDev +1%

Russian Imperial Stout aged for 18 months in Knob Creek Barrels

Abraxas Day 2014

A - Appearance is dark, no head and not much lacing. Dark as night as expected from a RIS.

S - Nose is maple, carmel, vanilla, chocolate & oak. Marshmallow notes with maple.
Wonderful nose.

T - Taste starts off as marshmallow, maple, carmel with notes of whiskey and just a hint of smoke.

M - Mouthfeel slightly creamy not BCBS thick, coated the palette.

O - Definitely the best beer of the day left you wanting more. Even after the glass was long empty the wonderful nose remained.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.98/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Russian Imperial Stout aged for 18 months in Knob Creek Barrels

Abraxas Day 2014. Part of the VIP ticket package.

5 ounce pour into an Abraxas snifter.

A - Appearance is dark, served too cold so little to no head and no lacing on this guy. Dark as night as expected from a RIS.

S - Nose here is maple up front with some smokey notes blended with vanilla carmel chocolate oak. Marshmallowy notes with heavy maple. Really nice here.

T - Taste starts off as mostly marshmallowy boozy maple with notes of whiskey and subtle hints of smokiness. As it warms the smoke comes out more but mainly sits on the finish with the dominate flavors being those mentioned. Really easy to drink for a 15% beer.

M - Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I like but as it warmed up it seemed to thicken a bit. mouth coating delicious and slightly creamy.

O - I am so glad I was able to try this beer. I didn't find out that this was his RIS until Thursday and hyped it up myself. Definitely the best beer of the day here and a winner from Cory. Can't wait to try this one again.

Sampled again in November as well as recently on draft at the cellar.

This is the best stout that I have ever had. No adjuncts yet it smells like a vanilla bean marshmallow at this point.

Tastes the same as well. These knob creek barrels worked magic on this beer. Served still.

Better than KBBS/BA Coffee Abraxas/VB Assassin/PvW Black Magick.

Nom noms for days

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One Candle from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 41 ratings