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

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
15%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.82 | pDev: 7.68%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
66
From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  72
Gots
  1
SCORE
100
World-Class
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.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by masterofsparks:
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4.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.26/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of leroybrown10
4.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.52/5  rDev -6.2%
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!

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Photo of stephensinner
4.89/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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2.33/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.31/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.76/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fux
4.66/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.52/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.63/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.69/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Derivation Blend #5 (Rum Barrel W/ Sump Colombian Coffee + Ugandan Vanilla) from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 66 ratings