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Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean) | Side Project Brewing

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Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean)Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean)
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4.79/5
World-Class
74 Ratings
Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean)Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
sideprojectbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Derivation is our series of Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts in which we brew several recipes, age them in a variety of barrels and blend them before bottling to add depth and structure to this massive style of beer.

Blend #2
50% Wheated Imperial Stout aged in a Weller Antique Wheated Bourbon Barrel with Ugandan Vanilla Beans
50% Wheated Imperial Stout aged in a Weller Reserve Wheated Bourbon Barrel with Ugandan Vanilla Beans

Added by coryking on 04-19-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
74
pDev:
5.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
5
Trade:
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4.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.8/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.84/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fux
4.95/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had the entire set from Derivation 1 to 6 plus Double Barrel at the Tasting to Sink all Sea Shepherds at St-Gilles Moeder Lambic cellar. Thanks Anton for this one and thanks Cory for letting this full horizontal become reality.
A: Pours exactly the same as the other Derivations, that is to say pitch black with some dark lacings on top.
S: Smell of vanilla, marshmallow and marzipan. Exceptional balance, amazing vanilla bomb. The most balance vanilla stout I've ever had. I love it very much!
T: This beer is a vanilla bomb in the taste also. Very deep and balanced with the same mix of flavors as perceived from the nose: vanilla, marzipan, chocolate, etc. Awesome.
M: Smooth and chewy, less sticky than the other Derivations, which makes this actually more slayable! The sweetness isn't cloying at all there, it just enhances the multiples layers of flavors this beer has into it. Alcohol is not detectable.
O: I dare to say it's the best vanilla beer I've had so far, even better than Brandy Vanilla Dark Lord, 2010 Vanilla Vourbon County or yellow wax Assassin. Superb beer!

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Photo of Ivan52
5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The whole spectum of senses and flavors work inperfect cohesion. Best beer I've ever had to this day.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

side project is really setting the standard right now. some of the best beers in the country are being done by these guys across an impressive range of styles. i loved this beer, top to bottom. tons of fresh vanilla bean aroma and flavor, goes amazing with the wheated whiskey (i have long thought weller to be better whiskey than many of its more expensive counterparts), and a real cool base beer with a ton of black booze depth. i love how forward the vanilla is without it being too sweet, thats the usual pitfall in beers like this, especially this strong. the wheat in the base beer is not irrelevant, hardly lost to the dark malts, instead propping them up, bringing out more of their nuance, and providing enough body for all this flavor to cling to. its really boozy, definitely a slow sipper, the alcohol is fusel and hot here, and the oak doesnt mellow it out quite as well as i expected it to, but this is 15% abv, pretty gnarly. in the end though, this is one of the better whiskey barrel and vanilla bean concoctions i have ever had, and although i dont like this quite as much as the blend 1 (maple syrup barrels), it stands as one of the best examples of this style that exists today. very lucky to have been able to drink a number of these special side project beers recently in the same session. this is enormous beer and enormously flavorful, obviously buy it if you can find it for sale.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a WOW beer. Syrupy thick. Coats your glass and mouth. Smells amazing. Sweet vanilla on the nose and palate. The thickness and flavor really puts this on the next level.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.61/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of enelson
4.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mrpeterandthepuffers
4.68/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drmcleod10
4.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of 26reddevil83
5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of spycow
4.74/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bennyman12
4.9/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle split at the cellar.

Nose is vanilla and hq booziness
Taste follows with some nice cinnamonny spiciness and dark fruit coming into play. Vanilla lingers a good long time...
...And I'm back. The mouthfeel is THICK. Still some carb though. Much more cars than d4. Like it better than d4 mainly for that reason.
Need to wrap this glass up so I can get on the ba abraxas glass sitting next to it!
Cheers!

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Photo of 30helens
4.71/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Snig623
4.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of halo3one
4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.72/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.63/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.72/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kamikazeokami
4.54/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good vanilla presence, not overly marshmallowy or sweet like BVDL. Mouthfeel is nice, but not as milkshakey as I would have liked, reasonably thin for 15%. Damn good stout, but you can find better for a lot cheaper, BCBVS beats this by miles.

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Photo of CTJman
4.67/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean) from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.79 out of 5 with 74 ratings
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