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Old Ale
Ranked #14
Ranked #1,374
4.46 | pDev: 4.26%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
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. Längst was aged for 15 months in a variety of bourbon barrels.
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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.

Nov 12, 2019
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5oz draft pour at the brewery tasting room. dark brown with sand-colored swirls. very little in the way of carbonation or bubbles. smells is somewhat subdued on the bourbon but has a lot of dark fruit notes. taste is malt forward with with dark fruits, bourbon and a hint of chocolate. feel is thick, almost still. overall, very tasty strong ale. like a BA barleywine without the hops. also reminds me a bit of an old ale with the maltiness. at any rate, it’s very good.

Jul 06, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle at the source. A nearly opaque dark brown color with a shy tan head. Rich roasty aromas with faint bourbon and vanilla. The taste followed closely. The mix of flavors was nice with a vanilla predominance. A gentle warming on the back but a great soft big stout. Really nice and well crafted.

Jul 16, 2017
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schroesd from Missouri

4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had no idea what to expect from this one going in. However, as a barleywine enthusiast, I can say that Langst fell very much into my sweet spot. Sweet but not overly so, rich, probably closest to old ale in terms of styles people are familiar with.

May 26, 2017
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aasher from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While an altbier/adambier is hard to classify or get a grasp on, this beer tastes like a hyper aged, barrel aged old ale. It reminded me of vintage North Coast Bourbon and Brandy barrel aged Old Stocks. It is very sweet with multitudes of candied dark fruit flavor. It was definitely interesting and I did not know what to expect going in.

May 21, 2017
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark brown with little head.
S: Bourbon at the top, dark malty caramel. The bourbon is strong on the nose.
T: Bourbon is there but seems to have settled nicely to produce a great mixture with the sweet caramel of the base beer.
F: Low carb that feels appropriate for this beer. Really lets the taste come through. Very smooth.
O: To me this was so similar to a barrel aged barleywine. A really good one.

May 01, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served on-site at Side Project Brewery. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, nearly black, one finger thick offwhite head, good retention and bits of lacing. Smells of rich bourbon, whiskey, dark chocolate, cocoa, light smoke, touch of tobacco. Flavour is similarly complex, with a fair amount of bourbon and chocolate. Mild earthy bitterness, light smoke, fair bit of dark chocolate, whiskey and oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich, smooth with plenty of carbonation, oak and light smoke on the finish. Overall, this is a rich beer that I imagined a carbonated Adam from the Wood to be. Excellent and complex traditional beer.

May 01, 2017
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Stlfoodscene from Missouri

4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wish I had more. That's all that I can think after drinking this. I've never had an Adambier before, but I only want it barrel aged from now on.

Poured into a snifter and it had a dark brown, not black, look. Hardly any head. The edge of the pour looks like a sunset against a white table.

Smells like a stout with a little fruit flavor. Bourbon, chocolate and dark malt come through with a little hint of orange.

It tastes amazing, low carbonation that lets the flavor come through. No need to cellar this, it's already been done for me. Tastes like a stout with a little more bitterness. Not super boozie but there's a little tart fruit flavor that will actually linger on your lips. It's good.

Feel is smooth. Low carbonation.

Overall it's amazing. I wish I had more to share with my dad and brother up in Michigan and Chicago. SP is amazing and this is one of my favorites now. Very well done!

Apr 07, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours brown, but pitch black with no head.
S: barley heavy with nice barrel
T: this is different...heavy barley, light body, smooth barrel. This doesn't explode with flavor.
F: light to medium thickness, very smooth and hidden abv
O: not worth seeking out.

Feb 18, 2017
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

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

Split half a bottle with another patron at SP cellar. Dark brown to light black bodied beer with a thin cap of white head. Lots of bourbon, oak, smoke, and a nice fudge note. This is more of a stout like beer than an Adambier / Old ale, but who cares! This is probably the best barrel aged high abv beer that I have tried from SP. It was a nice surprise to try this brew as I wasn't expecting it to be this fantastic.

Feb 03, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BA Adambier that, after looking up the description, is pretty much on spot with the style. Pours almost black. I say that because I had a pour of Vibes in a glass next to it, and it was not as dark side by side. No carbonation to speak of. Very sweet and succulent aromas, with the barrel sweetness being the star attraction. Hard to put my finger on the taste profile. The sweetness is there, but it isn't a barley wine. Finishes very smooth, and the alcohol is well hidden. A good bottle to share with friends if you are ever at the tasting room.

Jan 09, 2017
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bennyman12 from Missouri

4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the cellar. Aged in bourbon barrels for 15 months. Cory notes that first batch was infected so he reconsidered the recipe and re-brewed.

Dark brown, low carb.
Heavy malt presence in aroma and flavor. More hearty than caramel-forward. Apparently there is smoked malt in the recipe, but it's not very apparent. Excellent bourbon presence and some deep and interesting bourbon and oak character. Thick mouthfeel. Surprisingly drinkable, though--despite being so big and stouty. Imagine a cross between the scribe and derivation 3. Excellent!

Nov 09, 2016
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