Derivation Blend #3 (Willet Rye Barrels)
Side Project Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
4.58 | pDev: 6.33%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Blend #3 is an Imperial Stout brewed with a soft amount of rye in the malt bill and was then aged in hand-selected Willet 2 year Rye Whiskey Barrels for 12 months.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank 11/23/19 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Black as night, with little to no head or lace.

Smelled really sweet, surprisingly; a bit of fresh caramel in the nose. The palate followed suit.

A very, very good beer but I wasn't blown away; other Side Project stouts have done more for me.

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Photo of WhaleSlayer85
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft at SP Anni 2018

Pours pitch black. Getting notes of char, tobacco, wood, dark and milk chocolate, bourbon. Flavors have melded together nicely. Rich chocolate, bourbon, spicy rye bourbon notes. Overall a delicious offering.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared during SP Brewery 1 year anniversary celebration. Pours pitch black with no head to speak of. Smells sweet. I think the age has turned this Derivation into my favorite one of all the series(and having them pretty much all at the same time solidifies how good this was to me.. Probably more because this beer is very sweet right now. No adjunct sweet, just a perfect dessert in a glass. No noticeable alcohol. I loved it!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml green waxed bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, opaque and quite the brown motor oil; one finger offwhite head, good retention, minimal lacing as expected. Smell is spicy rye, chocolate, whiskey, oak, bits of of smoke. Flavour is a similarly heavy, smoke, oak, and a fair bit of spicy rye. In some ways this tastes more like Willett than a beer. Hot and heavy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly smoky, fairly well carbonated, smooth, but fairly hot on the finish. Overall, a very nice big beer, although the flavours don't seem to melt as well as it should in a big beer like this.

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Photo of Fux
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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, raisins, grapes and a touch of alcohol. Barrel dominates in this one along with a grainy and chewy character, maybe from the base beer.
T: Taste is booze and raisins upfront, with a huge amount of chocolate afterwards. Despite a lower alcohol content, this one is a little bit boozier than the rest of the series.
M: Smooth and sticky, strong to heavy body. Fits the style very well.
O: Not as good as Derivation 1 or 2, still a very good stout to try.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Gulping, thick, almost as thick as mud, this beer enters the glass in one of the more enticing pours I have seen in a while. It is black as night with basically no head on it, unless you give the glass or bottle a shake and vigorous pour. No lacing, but there are plenty of alcohol legs to be had.

S- Decadent is the first word that comes to mind when I take a whiff of this one. Huge and dark scents hit the nose first with a combination of sweet and boozy notes. Chocolate and just a touch tobacco are in there before the barrels move in and contribute to the smell. The rye barrel, as well as the rye in the beer add some good spiciness before the sweeter barrel notes contribute a good dose of vanilla as well. The lingering scent in the nostrils is of rye whiskey and sweet malts and barrel notes.

T- Smooth and sweet malt flavors greet the tongue at the first sip. There is a definite chocolate sweetness right up front before a bit of rye spice moves in and balances out the flavor. The middle of the drink is a mix of sweet chocolate and spicy rye, plus the introduction of sweet barrel flavors like vanilla. The back end of the drink sees the barrel display more oak and spice notes than the front half, yet it still remains on the sweeter side. As the beer is heading down your throat the lingering flavor turns a little bit toward a lightly bitter coffee, which was a mild surprise.

M- There is only one way to describe this beer's feel on the palate; thick, smooth, and dangerously potent. I am able to detect none of the 14% ABV on the tongue, with no burn or heat even noticeable. Outside of the astonishing alcohol disguise, this one is superbly smooth and thick with almost no carbonation. It is exactly how a huge imperial stout should be as far as feel goes.

Overall, this gets all 5's because I can't find any faults in its construction, scent, or flavor. It is delicious, both in the nose and the mouth, and drinks like a dream. The pour is among the more beautiful that I have ever seen. I like the sweetness that gets followed up by light rye spiciness and pretyt muuch the perfect amount of barrel character. Well done Cory.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can i say, this beer was amazing. One of the thickest and chewiest stouts ever. Served at a perfect warmed up temp around 55-60 degrees. I cant imagine ever trading one of these bottles if i got one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle. Viscous black body. Smells of whiskey. Bright whiskey. Distinctly rye. Chocolate and fudge. Taste is rich chocolate and fudge. Less distinct rye whiskey flavor. Less barrel entirely here. Molasses in the finish. Heavy. Sweet and boozy. Very tasty.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle Poured into a snifter, enjoyed on-site at SP cellar.

Poured dark and viscous, with a nice thin head. Seems to coat the glass quite nicely. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, toasted oak and leather. SWEET. Almost too much so, like bruery stout sweet. Thankfully we split a bottle because I don’t think I could have enjoyed a lot of this beer. This was my first time tasting any derivation blend and Im really hoping the blend 1 and 2 I gave a right testicle to obtain have a lot more balance than this did. I’d say keep your TG stouts and BVDLs, they hype is way too strong on this one.

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a bottle generously shared at Side Project Cellar. Thanks to Keith and Tyler!
Served in a small stemmed taster glass.

Black with brownish edges, a thin veil on the surface and minimal spotty lacing.
Aroma and taste of melting toasted marshmallow and gooey fudge brownie.
Rich with an expressive barrel character, woody with toasted coconut and vanilla traces.
Full bodied, light carb, creamy and sticky on the lips. Thankfully not overly sweet.
Reminiscent of a less sweet and more woody Bourbon County.

Overall this was a real treat to try, one that we had resigned not to splurge on at $50.
Thanks again to a couple of very generous guys at the bar that day!

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Photo of BlueBrained
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent bourbon flavor without the booziness. Very easy to drink. You would never know this is 14%. Jet black. Small ring of head around the edge of the glass. Smells like bourbon. Tastes like heaven. Not to sweet. Overall an excellent beer!

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Derivation Blend #3 (Willet Rye Barrels) from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 76 ratings