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

Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean)Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean)
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Stout - American Imperial
4.84 | pDev: 5.17%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean)Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean)
Notes: 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
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 79 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JapaneseZombie from Washington

4.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Id first like to state that I don't rate all derivations high. I thought D10 was awful and didn't care for D8. So in no way am I trying to hype this beer nor will I probably ever try it again.

With that being said...

This was by far the best BA vanilla stout I've had in my life. It made '14 VR taste like fake vanilla extract. The vanilla beans used in this beer were so unique. The mouthfeel was thick and viscous with notes of bourbon, wood, and dark chocolate. Not overly boozy, smooth and delicate yet thick AF. The "Ugandan" vanilla beans made this beer. I know they are expensive, but more breweries should look into using these over Madagascar and other varieties.

May 12, 2019
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gibgink from Missouri

5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yet another Derivation I never thought I'd actually try. Poured during SP Brewery 1 year Anniversary celebration. This one is how I like my vanilla. On the palate, but not dominating. Probably not worth the secondary price of admission, but since I didn't pay that(or for this bottle for that matter), was fantastic.

Dec 21, 2017
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Fux from France

4.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Oct 16, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Jul 04, 2016
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WI-Beer-Man from Wisconsin

4.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

May 23, 2016
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bennyman12 from Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Feb 09, 2016
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kamikazeokami from Oregon

4.54/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Dec 03, 2015
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AlienSwineFlu from Ohio

4.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Perfect amount of vanilla, has to be the smoothest drinking 15%+ stout I've ever had. The mouthfeel left a little to be desired... overall this is an excellent beer, but not quite worthy of "best stout ever made" title that has been bestowed upon it by many, and certainly not worth it's current going rate of ~$900. Vanilla Rye is just as good in my opinion and far easier to obtain.

Oct 05, 2015
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4.68/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle a deep oil black with a thin dark mocha head. No lacing left behind.

Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, and bourbon.

Tasted of vanilla, chocolate, fudge, roasted malts with a definite palate warming from the 15% abv.

Full bodied and smooth with a light carbonation.

Sep 19, 2015
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Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

4.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sweet sweet vanilla bean. Creamy, rich, massive mouthfeel. This beer was outstanding, had it side by side with a '13 VBDL and it was on par. One of the better stouts I've had.

Aug 13, 2015
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DCLAguy11 from California

4.3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Not as thick as blend one but much better IMHO. Not as sweet as Blend 1 so a little more drinkable but there was this bitterness to it that was slightly off putting. Also overrated but not as bad as Blend 1.

Aug 01, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.17/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Inky black with a medium mocha head. Thin collar. Huge amounts of vanilla. Fudgy dark chocolate. Lightly smokey and strong roasted malt. Taste has a huge amount of vanilla also. Heavy chocolate fudgy sweetness, Light smokiness that really just blends into a bitter roasted malt flavor. Boozy. Extremely heavy. Low carbonation. Extremely good, but extremely sweet and boozy.

Jun 23, 2015
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deadsincebirth from Illinois

5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick, viscosity driven vanilla powerhouse. Big bourbon chocolate sweet sweetness and then comes the vanilla to balance it out perfectly. Mouthfeel is impeccable.

Jun 03, 2015
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4lo from Texas

4.54/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into teku

Pour - Thicker than your average stout. Not as thick as the Toppling Goliath which I guess I was expecting based on others feedback on the pour and mouthfeel. One finger tan head which dissipates with a bit of time. Grows legs with each sip most of which make their way back down , but others seem to linger on the side of the glass for some time.

Smell - Cracking the bottle got a fair bit of vanilla directly. After the pour that seemed to die down a bit. Still there but reduced. Almost a bacon like scent to it in the glass which dominates a bit over chocolate/fudge. Bourbon hits you pretty well too with a bit of oak.

Taste - Chocolate, fudge, and bourbon. Vanilla is there, but more subtle than I expected. Bit of woodiness/oak in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Based on the feedback from folks who had both blends at the release, I was expecting it to be a lot thicker. It's thicker than most stouts for sure, but not as thick as Toppling Goliath's which is what I was expecting. I'd say it is similar to BC Rare or Bourbon Edition Vanilla shake in terms of consistency.

Overall - Great top tier stout which I'd put up there with most of the big boys. Like the chocolate with vanilla undertone. Reminds me of BC Rare (granted it's been awhile since I had one) in terms of flavor profile. As mentioned above I was hoping for a lot more in terms of mouthfeel. Not getting the "syrup" or "chew" that others mentioned. Definitely thicker than most stouts, but was wishing it'd be even more viscous. You know looking for something that really makes you chew on it and mull it over. For 15% ABV it drinks crazy smooth. Nice job by Side Project on this one.

May 31, 2015
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timmytime161 from Missouri

5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5 ounce pour sampled 5/17.15 and 5.19.15

A - Dark dark dark rich looking liquid chocolate with a minimal mocha brown foam head that recedes into the glass. Tons of legs on this one, really viscous and stains the glass

S - Smell is natural vanilla upfront when first poured with that centrally dominating, As it warms and breathes you get vanilla up front followed by chocolate, fudge vanilla brownies, folllow up subtle hints of oak with a wheated bourbon finish

T - Taste follows the nose. Unreal balance between vanilla/chocolate/fudge/bourbon. This flavor combo is spot on.

M - This is where Cory's stouts outshine every other less Toppling Goliath. Massive bold thick chewy stout that coats every inch of your mouth and lingers. Perfect

O - 2nd best stout I've ever had, one candle slightly edging this out.

Although tough to drink a ton of, this beer is perfect in a 3-5 ounce per person setting

May 20, 2015
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mschantz from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredible deep rich Mahogany brown, opaque and highly viscous. Nose is a street fight between borboun and vanilla. Taste is vanilla extract with a bit of borboun and just a hint of smokey malt goodness A bit too sweet for my palate but very enjoyable. Wanted to lick the glass as a pretty good film was left.

May 19, 2015
Derivation Blend #2 (Ugandan Vanilla Bean) from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 79 ratings