Derivation Blend #4 (Madagascar Vanilla Bean) | Side Project Brewing

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Derivation Blend #4 (Madagascar Vanilla Bean)Derivation Blend #4 (Madagascar Vanilla Bean)
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90 Ratings
Derivation Blend #4 (Madagascar Vanilla Bean)Derivation Blend #4 (Madagascar Vanilla Bean)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blend of an Oatmeal Imperial Stout Aged 22 months in 11-year old Willett Barrels & a Munich Malt-based Imperial Stout Aged in 18 Months in Elijah Craig 12 year barrels. The blend was then aged on Madagascar Vanilla Beans.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
90
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
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113
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14
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by WTKeene:
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4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.89/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank at SP Cellar.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Black body with no head just a few large bubbles.

Smell: Lots of vanilla, tobacco, and rye in the nose.

Taste: Lots of dry oak, rye, and tobacco. Some chocolate. Vanilla and baker cocoa present as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and no carbonation. Watery feel and slightly spicy booze. Yet it doesn't feel like you are drinking a 15 percent barrel aged stout. This needs some bubbles for the sake of texture/body.

Overall: This stout is just okay, but the hype is pretty huge with this beer. Sure the description of this beer sounds pretty epic, but that is not the case at all. Pretty disappointing for my first Derivation series stout. I split the 750 bottle with a friend and we both agreed that it was getting hard to finish the pour towards the end of the glass. Yeah TG stouts still owns the Midwest/Great Lakes beer regions for the best barrel aged and adjunct stouts in the region.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell is big boozy stout at first then vanilla.
Taste follows. Bourbon not very prominent. Again Great dark malt flavors. Very balanced. Vanilla is the biggest flavor--but nothing like vanilla rye marshmallow ridonkulousness. Not sweet, not roasty, not bitter, not bourbon a bourbon bomb, not any one dimension but big and beautiful all the way through the long finish.
Mouthfeel thick and almost still. A few more fine bubbles would have been welcome if I'm going to be critical. Maybe a year or so will help them develop.
Really great. I'd say from most to least favorite derivation I'd go 2, 4, 1, 3, but these are all exceptional stouts!

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Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of gibgink
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours black as night with minimal head

S: Huge vanilla and dark chocolate notes bourbon on the nose.

T: Fudge and vanilla and bourbon that mix so well together

F: oily and thick almost like you could take a bite out of it and start chewing on it

O: A fantastic beer my first of the Derivations and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of ADG2995
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jasonrsmith0519
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.22/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Viscous black body. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, and a hint of soy sauce Lots of alcohol. Strong vanilla. Tastes of bourbon and heavy fudge and chocolate. Vanilla. It becomes bitter and roasty. Molasses. Sugar dies down and it becomes bitter. The aftertaste is very Dark Lord/Marshal Zhukov. Doesn't taste like soy sauce, but it's intense. Heavy and intense. Difficult to drink. Not sure about this one.

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beefbucket
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jws6w7
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HoldenDurden
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.41/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours pitch black with no head
S: huge vanilla, all vanilla. Get some barrel but definitely second fiddle to the vanilla.
T: oh yeah! The finish is a marshmallow sweetness, dang! No alcohol, so smooth and sweet. The barrel is faint like the nose.
F: so thick and smooth. Coats my mouth and teeth and stains the glass.
O: fantastic beer, just lacking barrel presence to get a 5.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Quetzolcotl
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jesus is this beer good! Def the best barrel aged imperial stout that I've had.

The first smell is chocolate, then bourbon, vanilla, oak, and everything else a good BA stout has. But the difference is this one is better balanced than any other stout (I've not had the other 3 versions of this beer). There is no hot alcohol and bourbon doesn't overpower any other ingredient in this. I've never had a beer that shows off every ingredient and has so much nuance. It is smooth and silky all the way. No syrupy viscous sweet or bourbon bomb here. 5's down the line.

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Photo of mgr78704
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of beerdrinker23
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely outstanding. From beginning to end a complex mixture of chocolate, barrel, boozy goodness and a nice touch of vanilla sweetness. Mouthfeel is chewy with the right amount of viscosity. Super balanced and only gets better as it warms. This might be my favorite blend of all of them. Worth the hype.

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Photo of Stlfoodscene
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All fives. Had it on tap at the cellar on Valentine’s Day. One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Very very good.

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Derivation Blend #4 (Madagascar Vanilla Bean) from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 90 ratings