3 Candles
Side Project Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
15%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.86 | pDev: 3.91%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
36
From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  12
Gots
  1
SCORE
98
World-Class
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
Reviews by ragnar3:
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.95/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dec 15, 2017
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apr 12, 2020
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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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ROBSTARR from Michigan

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

Dec 20, 2016
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IpeeA from Missouri

4.85/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jan 21, 2017
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kdown from California

4.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 03, 2017
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apr 11, 2017
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.87/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nov 11, 2017
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tripelhops from Missouri

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

first release was insane candy coated coconut, a few months later the coconut and crazy sweetness have faded, but still extremely tasty

Feb 15, 2017
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drahodo from Missouri

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

Nov 12, 2016
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FreshZ from Missouri

4.79/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 06, 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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ADG2995 from Missouri

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

Oct 07, 2017
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leitmotif from Romania

4.53/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sep 22, 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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Gtwreck45 from Missouri

4.51/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 06, 2017
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RajaSTL from Missouri

4.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jul 05, 2019
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Original_Gravity from California

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

Jun 05, 2017
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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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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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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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MeLoynes from Missouri

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

Nov 12, 2016
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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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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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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
3 Candles from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 36 ratings