3 Candles
Side Project Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
4.86 | pDev: 3.91%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Imperial stout aged for 32 months in 4 Roses Bourbon barrels and then finished on coconut and Mexican vanilla.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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fondyball20 from Wisconsin

4.99/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Thick, dark, very sweet and the barrel is very balanced. At serving temp this beer was just chocolate bourbon sweetness but as it warmed to room temp the coconut came to the front. Just a huge sweet coconut bomb!

Nov 13, 2017
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SagittariusA from Missouri

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

Good god, Man!!!

Seriously, on second pour... amazing.

L: Dark almost black, but being still has a true motor oil look and appears to be nearly as viscous.
S: when cold, has a boxier character. Chocolate character comes out boldly in malt as it warms and blends with vanilla and coconut in the nose. Boozy chocolate.
Taste: coconut creeps through, but the same chocolate in the mice prevails. Literally like a chocolate on chocolate cordial. Vanilla sweetness goes right with long Barrel character. Little alcohol heat, but it IS 15%. Man, this is freaking good...

Feel: Liquid velvet. No better way to explain it. Has to be as viscous as motor oil.

O: up there with Handjee and Barrel Aged Abraxas as best stouts I have ever drank.

Oct 28, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Pitch black color, no head. Aroma has intense malt, burnt sugar and wood notes. Taste has intense sweetness, dried figs, burnt sugar and sweet bourbon. Sticky and heavy body.

Sep 20, 2017
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WhaleSlayer85 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pitch black, zero head.
N: oak, bourbon, brown sugar, toasted coconut, vanilla on the back end
T: Milk chocolate, graham cracker, Marshmallow, fudge, a little smoke.
F: Not crazy thick, but a nice sticky, creamy mouthfeel
O: This is very complex, layered stout. A lot going on here, but overall fantastic.

Aug 02, 2017
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rmpic82 from Kansas

4.56/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark, served still, beer. The beer is quite heavy on the tongue...nearly cloying. Toasted coconut nose was very pleasant and easily my favorite part of the beer. Hint of vanilla, which is somewhat masked by the toasted coconut. Taste was very good, with the oily coconut notes proving additive, but some effervescence perhaps would have helped clean up the finish and round out the drink. Or, the non-still version could be complete shit...they are the brewers, so I'm sure they would know. I would have really enjoyed a slightly better balance of vanilla notes to combat the coconut, but the toasted coconut is just too heavy to be overcome by "smaller" flavors. A really fun and dynamic beer, but just a shade under the best ever class.

May 09, 2017
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drmcleod10 from Missouri

4.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on draft at the only location it will ever be on draft... the cellar

A - Black with no head, dark as night. Nice legs and lacing as you stir the glass even without the carbonation

N - Sweet chocolate vanilla and coconut with some barrel presence on the nose as it warms

T: Cloyingly sweet, coconut and vanilla seem to meld in flavor and sweetness almost dampening the 32 months it spent in the barrel. Tough to finish the pour of this but comes around as it warms. I think a few more months in the keg will either make this beer a mess or mellow out the sweetness as the adjuncts and barrel meld.

M - Medium to Full bodied that coats the mouth

O - Doesn't seem to fit in with the other candles.. one was possibly the best stout I've ever had, 2 rivaled '14 kbbs, 3 is just a sweet beer that is hard to enjoy more than a couple ounces of.

Apr 26, 2017
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bennyman12 from Missouri

4.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, bubbles. No bubbles? Why not?
I don't get the agenda, but it works here as well as it's ever going to work anywhere. This sweet chocolate caramel fudge is deeply satisfying--I'd say despite the lack of bubbles more than because of them. Sure is sweet, too. I'd guess fg to be around 1.025. But the balance of the other flavors--toffee, nougat, slightest hint of bourbon and burn make a 5-ounce pour a lovely afternoon treat. Better blow that stuff out!

Apr 11, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.94/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: pitch black no head
S: sweet vanilla and slight coconut and barrel.
T: oh wow! The coconut and barrel racer up to match the vanilla on taste.
F: fluffy/creamy smooth feel. Super easy drinking.
O: just amazing!

Apr 11, 2017
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OakvilleKGB from Missouri

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

This was by far the best stout that I have ever had the pleasure of trying. Absolutely amazing s'mores milkshake taste and consistency with a tad bit of heat on the back end but no burn at all and wish I could find a candle to actually duplicate the smell that I experienced. If you ever have a chance to try this, GO FOR IT!

Jan 24, 2017
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slayer02348 from Illinois

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

Got to try this while in STL this past weekend picking up Sump. It was lucky I got the opportunity as my Sump pick up the previous weekend was cancelled due to the ice storms.

Jet black pour, no head at all, and zero carbonation to be found. Aroma is amazing. Unlike any other stout I've nosed. Sweet and fruity. Taste followed this and was absolutely amazing. Coconut and vanilla giving way to a rich chocolately background flavor. Incredibly complex and balanced. Hides the alcohol completely.

Had the pleasure of attending a KBBS tasting later the same night with friends.... and this beer nearly ruined that experience for me... This absolutely blew KBBS out of the water.

Jan 23, 2017
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Monsta-beer-drinker from Michigan

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

Unreal..... seriously I have found hands down the best stout on the planet. Luckily I happened to be in St.Louis when it was tapped at Side Project. This stout smells like a vanilla coconut chocolate shake. Taste follows with the mouthfeel of a shake. Coats the mouth with the consistency that you will find in a malt. Layers of flavor are amazing. Great beer!

Jan 22, 2017
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Snig623 from Missouri

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

The thing that impressed me most about this stout was the mouth feel. So thick, it not only tasted like a s'more shake it felt like you were drinking one too. Just enough heat on the BACK end to remind you that you are indeed drinking a BA stout. Did I mention there was zero carbonation? In my eyes the perfect beer. Cory King has truly outdone himself!

Jan 07, 2017
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26reddevil83 from Missouri

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

My first review, but such a worthy one.

This is easily one of the top 3-5 stouts I've ever had. (2 Candles, Sr-71, and some Derivations being the others).

Sweet, but not overly so. The coconut is forward, but it's balanced perfectly. It's a dangerous, easy 15% to drink. My only complaint was that it was one per person. Can not wait to have again in the future.

Nov 13, 2016
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steve032 from Arkansas

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

32 months in barrels gives husband beer incredible barrel heat and loads of character. Thick and syrupy (maybe even too much as it's served still), with a blanket of vanilla and finishes with candied coconut.

Superb beer and one of the top 3 stouts I've ever had.

Nov 13, 2016
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gibgink from Missouri

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

On draft at the Side Project Cellar for their 2nd year Anniversary. Aged in 2 Four Roses barrels for 32 months and finished on Coconut and Mexican vanilla. Poured still. Black as night. Good coconut on the nose, with some cocoa and barrel notes in the background. Best coconut flavor I have ever had in a beer. The coconut was integrated into the beer such that it did not seem forced. Was a sweet flavor as well, like a caramelized, candied coconut. Flavor lingers on the palate. I am sure they will have this on tap a few more times, and when it is, I hope I can make it there.

Nov 12, 2016
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