Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Old Ale
Ranked #5
Ranked #575
4.45 | pDev: 4.49%
Apr 10, 2022
Nov 09, 2016
Notes: Längst is our bourbon barrel-aged Adambier, a historic, strong, malty German ale that was brewed with 7 different German malts and fermented with a fruity yeast strain. This Adambier was aged for 18 months in bourbon barrels to showcase the barrel as the predominant characteristic lending to notes of dark, dried fruits, toffee, caramel, peat and leather before being bottled almost still.

This release was aged for 18 months in 6 year old Buffalo Trace Barrels. I have found the barrels from the Buffalo Trace distillery to be my preference for this beer and our Anabasis line. Their integration with our malty (not stout) beers provides the last ingredient to pull these beers together and be called Side Project.
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4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

Blend 3, poured at fridge temp. Pours a thick motor oil black with almost no head. The Nose is insane. Black licorice is the major component here! Roasted malts, toffee, bourbon, leather, vanilla, a bit of booze, figs, and dates. Super complex and intense!

The taste is equally complex. Again, intense black licorice that sticks around on the aftertaste. The taste is where a pretty awesome smoky note comes through. Leather, burnt wood, vanilla, brown sugar, a hint of soy sauce, dirt, dark fruit (raisins, figs, dates, blackberries), molasses, and bread. A good fight between sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel is amazing. Very little to no carbonation. Silky smooth. Big mouthfeel with a significant thickness. Overall, this is a masterpiece.

Apr 10, 2022
4.54 by loganburgh from Michigan on Mar 27, 2022
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4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by puck1225 from Texas

This is my first time to review a Side Project beer. This was not the first beer I had during my visit, but it was my favorite. Dark, rich, funky, boozy, damn good beer! Why are there not more Adambiers?!

This was served to me from tap at the SP Cellar in a fluted glass. Deep ruby colored dark brown color with with a creamy smooth beige head and excellent lacing. First smell and taste can only be described as smokey chocolate. So much more: dark red wine, sweet dark fruit, raisins, oats, dark bread, molasses, hint of maple syrup. Pleasant, warming, comforting bourbon booziness. Very, very smooth and silky. A Blessing!

Mar 16, 2022
4.24 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota on Feb 20, 2022
4.23 by rbrefbeerman from California on Dec 31, 2021
4.49 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Nov 23, 2021
4.6 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Nov 20, 2021
4.7 by Chilmer from Iowa on Nov 14, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Tar black shimmering pour with a tan cap that fades quickly into a ring, spotted lacing. Bourbon barrel sets up the nose with peated earth, leather, cocoa, caramel, dried dark fruits, tobacco and a touch of smoke. Robust yet complex and has an inner sweetness. Taste is even deeper with everything from the nose plus roasted nuts, light molasses, some vanillins and a touch of nougat, so complex yet smoothly melded into one. Feel is warm, smooth, decently thick, and shaped by barrel and lightly by yeast. Reminds me a lot of HoD old ales with a dark complexion

Oct 08, 2021
4.24 by Eman17 from Illinois on Sep 05, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dactrius from Wisconsin

B3 Langst drank next to a 2014 Adam from the Wood (obviously far older than the Langst but it's the only one I had; it's also my favorite batch which is why I stocked up). The Langst has just a tiny bit of carb and makes some noise when you pop the cap, unlike the Adam. Both pour dark with Langst just a hair darker. Langst is the smoother, more barrel forward, more cohesive and well blended of the two but in turn that makes it far more one note and less interesting. Those unique HotD flavors I love so much just aren't there. Langst still does a good job of copying the OG but it leans a bit more toward a stout and that makes it lose much of a character I think it's going for.

Overall a great beer but it's not good as HotD despite being twice as expensive per oz. I'm not even sure it's better than the versions made by Cherry Street.

Aug 31, 2021
3.93 by STLBeer7458 from Missouri on Aug 11, 2021
4.14 by Beerbom from California on Jul 17, 2021
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4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by mothman from Minnesota

Blend #2

Tan head, fades to a ring. Dark brown black color.

Bourbon, whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, plums, molasses, figs, dark fruits. Chocolate and caramel. So incredibly smooth. Love the low carbonation. Such a great feel to it. Very well done.
Blend 3 consumed 10/21

This beer continues to impress me. The barrel on it is simply outstanding. Bourbon, oak, light char, vanilla, and warming booze. Toffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruits. Love the low carbonation. Complex, flavorful, and just all around well made. 4.65-75

Jun 20, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DefenCorps from Oregon

I wanted to hate this, simply because of its price point, but I couldn't. Think of your best bottles of Adam, with their rich, deep, leathery, earthy bitter brown sugar, add a dollop of bourbon with some caramel and you get this beer. Maybe a little too sweet. Astounding.

Jun 19, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Dark brown pour with dense cream lacing and no carbonation. Dark fruit, oak, roasted toffee malt, brown sugar, and Bourbon. Thick, viscous, and lip smacking sticky. There's some booziness and warming on the way down.

Mar 20, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Not often you some across an Adambier, in fact I'm pretty sure the only one I've ever had prior to this one was from Hair of the Dog. Anyhow, The beer pours a deep brown color with a thin tan head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice rich malty nose with some wood and bourbon in the mix. The taste has a good amount of caramel, toast and some chocolate in the mix. The feel of the beer is smooth, similar to most barrel aged barleywine's but a bit thinner. Overall it's a very enjoyable beer and was a good experience trying it.

Mar 20, 2021
4.43 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Mar 20, 2021
3.9 by chepi141 from Missouri on Mar 16, 2021
4.5 by teepeevee from Finland on Jan 05, 2021
4.36 by vfgccp from New York on Sep 06, 2020
4.52 by leroybrown10 from Missouri on Apr 12, 2020
4.43 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin on Mar 08, 2020
4.49 by Kmkapalka from Delaware on Mar 01, 2020
4.46 by MJSFS from Florida on Feb 16, 2020
4.25 by SkiBum22 from New York on Feb 03, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by WickedBeer from Alabama

Blend #2. On-site, Side Project Cellar. 01/31/2020.

A boozy prune juice monster. Stewed dark fruit, caramel, bourbon, and oak all balance each other perfectly. Excellent as it warms.

Blend #3. 07/09/2021.

This beer is always a treat. Loaded with dark, stewed fruits, malt, and a huge barrel character. As it warms, more complex notes of tobacco, leather, and homemade caramel. Finishes boozy & warm. Excellent. Truly under-appreciated.

Feb 01, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a near black with a dark caramel brown edge. Head is a finger of modestly dense, khaki foam. Aroma is nutty, earthy, caramely malts with thick layer toffee, chocolate, char, bourbon and molasses across the top. There is a dollop of peat at the back. Flavor profile is molasses, toffee, raisins, caramel, chocolate layered over deep and complex earthy, nutty, caramely and bready malts. Peat malts come on heavier at the finish, just enough to dry up the initial sweet characteristics. Bourbon is present, but smooth, adding a swell of heat towards the finish. Mouth feel is dense and thick, but with a surprisingly velvety and faintly grainy texture. Overall, dense, thick and chewy with a sugary undertone. Despite the dense profile, it's remarkably well refined.

Served in a wine glass from a 750mL bottle. Blend #2. Consumed and reviewed on 1/18/2020.

Jan 19, 2020
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Nov 26, 2019
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Nov 18, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Dark brown to black with almost purple hues in a sunlit room, the moderate creamy tan head settles to a curled collar leaving some spots of lace on the glass. It's a bit watery and the head is kind of bubbly and lacking in retention.

Very woody and lightly ashy but thankfully not actually significantly smoky, this features persistent and pervasive hints of maple throughout the creamy body which showcases chocolate caramel cut by some light but cutting peppery bourbon. Hints of nougat and pecan intermingle with a touch of sassafras as it warms.

This is pretty mature yet nicely drinkable. The body is quite light for Side Project, maybe of medium heft, with a fine carbonation and a semi-sticky finish that's warming on the way down.


The 2021 batch has even more dark fruit and charred barrel qualities, but all in good ways that elevate the overall experience moreso than past batches. While still a bit thin and boozy, and nothing whatsoever like an actual adambier, it's a delicious brew more like a barleywine-stout blend than ever before.

Caramels, maple chews, nougats, Raisinets, whiskey, Reisen, and more. I have to increase my original 4.11 score.

Nov 12, 2019
4.65 by edthehead from New York on Nov 10, 2019
4.1 by swid from Missouri on Nov 09, 2019
4.35 by birchstick from Colorado on Oct 19, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

Bourbon, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasty, cherry, caramel, charred oak, prune, plum

Sep 23, 2019
4.25 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Sep 22, 2019
4.54 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Aug 18, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Fireman_RK from North Carolina

L: Pours a smooth chestnut and mahogany stream with a rich khaki head and moderate lacing
S: Raisins, caramel, leather, and a hint of vanilla bean
T: Bold toffee, bourbon-soaked figs, and creamy milk chocolate up front that finishes with a dry and very subtle tobacco and almost smoked malt
F: Properly rich and full mouthfeel with a mild carb
O: Gorgeous brew from Side Project. Reminiscent of their barleywines, but has a slightly drier malty finish and mild smoky profile. Very nicely done.

Aug 18, 2019
4.5 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Aug 11, 2019
4.14 by M_chav from New Mexico on Aug 11, 2019
Längst from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 74 ratings