Unblended #25
Side Project Brewing

Unblended #25Unblended #25
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English Old Ale
4.16 | pDev: 7.21%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Unblended #25Unblended #25
Notes: Old Ale w/ Brett. 18 mos. in a Blantons barrel & 6 mos. conditioning.
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Photo of Stevedore
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle at the Side Project Cellar. Served in a open mouth tulip glass.

Pours a medium reddish-brown body; clear and not opaque at all. Half finger white head that dies down fairly quickly, doesn't appear to be carbonated much. No lacing. Smells of vinegar, a lot of sulfur, oak, mild funk, some chocolate. The smell is honestly quite off-putting because of the sulfur and chemical aroma. It just doesn't do it for me. However, the flavour is an improvement with vinegar, oak, dark chocolate, touch of sulfur, bit of funk. It's not super complex, and a tough one to get used to, though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, with a strong acetic and mild mocha chocolate finish. In a similar vein to Hill Farmstead Peleg.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracking this one open, I suddenly realize that this is the first Side Project beer I have had that doesn't have a crazy amount of carbonation in the bottle. The pour is a gentle and smooth, murky and red, deep brown in color. Almost no head forms, with just a few bubbles forming and not hanging around very long at all. In the glass it looks like your typical low carbonation, high alcohol barleywine/old ale. Big, sweet, and boozy scents waft up from the glass. Lightly tart fruit adds itself to the smell, but is a very subtle and secondary to the malty and sweet scents.

As the beer hits the tongue there is a wash of malty flavors that are quickly there and gone again and replaced by mildly tart fruit flavors. Despite the lack of fruit, there is a ton of cherry presence in this beer, displaying both juicy and tart flavors as the beer washes over the tongue. As the flavors change and move towards the middle of the drink, the tartness ramps up a bit before slowly fading at the end of the drink. Light bourbon barrel tons are underlying most of the drink displaying just a light booziness and touch of oak spice. On the palate, this is one of the slickest feeling beers I have had. It really feels almost like a thin-bodied fruit juice as you drink it. There is no alcohol burn and the only real limiting factor to consumption is the tartness in the flavor.

Overall, this beer was not what I was expecting. When I think of a Blanton's barrel and an old ale, I'm bracing myself for the dark malts, booze, and tons of barrel character. This beer however drinks almost like a lambic. The flavor is moderately tart and a little astringent. This is definitely a unique beer, but not quite my style. The sour component of this beer really overtakes the malts and barrel aging portion of the beer.

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Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark Brown pour. No head and little carbonation. No lacing as it goes down.

Smell: Bourbon, Spice, Dark Fruits(Plums, Cherries, Figs), Cola, Fruitcake

Taste: Sweet, slightly tart(not puckering). Slight bourbon but mostly the dark fruits with an emphasis on sour cherries. Chocolate cherry comes out as it warms. The tartness increases but still not puckering, just shares a nice balanced stage with the fruits.

Feel: Medium bodied but not thick. Smooth feel but flavors linger in between each sip. Slight boozy warmness as it goes down, but only after it has warmed up a bit. I had to look at the bottle to see the alcohol content at 10%.

Overall: I didn't know what to expect with an old ale age in bourbon barrels with brett, but was pleasantly surprised and loved it. Very balanced tart cherry (bourbon) bomb. I can't believe this wasn't aged on cherries! Very well done.

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Unblended #25 from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 23 ratings