Derivation Blend #5 (Rum Barrel W/ Sump Colombian Coffee + Ugandan Vanilla)
Side Project Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
4.83 | pDev: 7.45%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Blend #5 is a blend of Imperial Stouts that were aged in 12 year old Rum Barrels for 17 months with Sump Colombian Coffee Beans and Ugandan Vanilla Beans.
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WhaleSlayer85 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer. Rich chocolate with roasted coffee beans and rich vanilla. Basically reminded me of french vanilla coffee with a splash of chocolate. Excellent mouthfeel. Rum barrels add an interesting dynamic, but do not overwhelm.

Feb 12, 2019
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Fux from France

4.66/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. Acquired from Cory. Thanks a lot 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 cold brew coffee with a little bit of bitterness, and sweetness from the vanilla (could also be from the rum barrel).
T: Taste is very complex, with a strong coffee upfront, then chocolate and vanilla with also sour cherries. Finishes actually quite sour which enhances the drinkability. I don't know if this was made on purpose but it worked for me. Rum barrel is not obvious.
M: Smooth and sticky mouthfeel, High body.
O: One of the best of the series. The faint sourness mixed to the other flavors very well, I don't know if it was intended, and while reading other reviews it seems it is not present in other bottles, but I really enjoyed it!

Oct 16, 2016
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DraughtJunkie82 from Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Jet black almost no head whatsoever

S: Dark Chocolate, Vanilla, Rum, Coffee

Taste: Big vanilla and dark chocolate subtle coffee with a nice balance from the Rum barrel.

F: Thick like drinking motor oil. In such a good way.

O: Fantastic! SP has done it again it's definitely a world class beer

Jul 04, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark and thick, light sucking. Minimal head witb moderate lacing. Huge aroma. Coffee and rum over the top of vanilla. Dark roasted malt. Dark chocolate. Heavy molasses, dark and sweet. Flavor like the nose but more coffee to start. Vanilla bigger towards the end. Thick mouth feel. Sweet, oily, lingering. Mild carbonation. Decadent beer. Dessert-like. Smells amazing.

Apr 09, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.84/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: no life! Used motor oil, no head even if you try. Pours ultra thick
S: big vanilla and rum, with coffee the 3 third component in this
T: huge vanilla, big coffee, then rum. Great complexity, great beer!
F: the perfect feel, so thick I can't do it justice. It drinks half it's abv, can't believe it's 15%.
O: world class beer, very similar to pirate bomb.

Apr 09, 2016
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lemmy187 from Missouri

5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml share at the SP cellar....

Pours onyx black with a trace of a head. Smell is predominantly vanilla with traces of dark fruits, toffee, rum barrel, bitter chocolate, and the coffee. Taste follows....but the vanilla is less dominant than in the nose. Like D4, the balance and drinkability for a 15% ABV is out of this world. The barrel doesn't overpower like most rum-aged beers. The vanilla, coffee, and rum work together perfectly. Unlike D4, there is an increased carbonation presence (still on the low end). Overall, a perfectly crafted stout and worth a trip to side project.

Apr 06, 2016
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monty79_1997 from Missouri

5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with little to no head. Distinct smells of coffee, rum, and a hint of vanilla. For barrel aged stout, it is highly drinkable. Easily the best beer I have ever had!

Apr 05, 2016
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gibgink from Missouri

5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3-way share enjoyed on 4-2-16. Pours pitch black. No head on this beast, only small brown bubbles, intermixed with each other on top of the surface. Smells reminiscent of fudge batter. Just a chocolate aspect that mixes with the malts to produce this scent. Sweeter on the palate, but not overwhelming. The coffee is present. Not sure if I can accurately judge the strength of the coffee, because I was also enjoying different coffee variants of Cory's barrel aged coffee crawl beers(which were very coffee forward) at the time. My favorite point of the experience of this beer was the very end of each drink. That is the point where the vanilla made is presence known. A little kiss of vanilla sweetness after each sip.

Overall I loved this beer. This is one of those beers to bring a friend or 2 with to enjoy. That way the experience and price tag can be shared amongst multiple people.

Apr 04, 2016
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MeLoynes from Missouri

5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with mocha foam around the edge of the glass. Smells of mocha cappuccino with whip cream and booze. Taste has vanilla, caramel, chocolate with a wonderful coffee finish. Feel is somewhere between 2015 bourbon county and motor oil. Overall this is the best stout I have ever had. It is like a gourmet cappuccino with more mouth feel and a pleasant dose of booze. Exceptionally balanced and delicious.

Apr 02, 2016
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bennyman12 from Missouri

4.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice carb. fades to a crown.
Smell is predominantly vanilla followed by rum/dark fruits
Taste is sophisticated blend of vanilla, rum, candy fruits, then a nice coffee finish. Very little roastiness.
Mouthfeel is awesome, like all the derivations. The additional carbs sets it above d4 for me.
Expected more coffee--its fat less prominent here compared to the pm dawn and sump I've enjoyed recently. Also slightly less coffee than parabajava and Ba speedway on the Ba end if memory serves.
New derivation favorite to least favored list: 2, 1, 5, 4, 3.
Bottom line tho: damn good! So blessed to be a beer fan in St. Louis!

Apr 01, 2016
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KVNBGRY from Florida

4.77/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

had side by side with 2 candles. unfortunately for SP, this get's a slight knock because the 2C was something else. coffee, vanilla, sweet rum, oak, chocolate, subtle roast. highly complex, but each flavor comes out to shine.

Mar 16, 2016
Derivation Blend #5 (Rum Barrel W/ Sump Colombian Coffee + Ugandan Vanilla) from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 67 ratings