Pulling Nails Blend #6
Side Project Brewing

Pulling Nails Blend #6Pulling Nails Blend #6
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Wild Ale
4.17 | pDev: 9.11%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Pulling Nails Blend #6Pulling Nails Blend #6
Notes: The Official Blend:
51% Biere de Garde from the SDF Pinot Puncheons (12 months in oak)
12% Red Wine Barrel Sour Quad (9 months in oak)
21% Blueberry Derivation (3 years in Bourbon Barrels – 1 of those years aged on Blueberries)
12% Black & Wild (30 months in Bourbon Barrels)
4% Cascara Sour Brown (15 months in oak – 12 of which on Sump Coffee Cascara)
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BurtStL6 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time ever visiting or trying something from the legendary Side Project Bewery and this beer was crazy.
Pours jet black with no head, extremely smooth with subtle sourness and tons of fruit. Highly recommend getting on tap at the Cellar as of 6/9/18

Jun 09, 2018
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish-dark with a tan creamy head. Nose is all over the place. Smoke, cacao, plums, berries, and oak. Taste is super layered up too- plum, tobacco, chewy bourbon oak tannins, tart dark fruits. Texture is smooth with a nice palate cleansing tang. Great beer.

Feb 28, 2018
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Nk1213 from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Side Project Cellar in wine glass. Very little head, a chocolate/deep purple color. Malty, cooked berry with a little wine on the nose. Sour fruit up front, roast malt finish. Excellent wild ale.

Dec 23, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Didn't quite gush, but started coming out of the bottle when opened. Deep brown with a pillowy khaki head. Smells of brown malts, acid, a little vinegar, blueberry, bourbon, oak. All over the place. Tastes very sour. Sharp, metallic sourness. Not quite vinegar. Blueberry, brown malt, coffee. This is out there. Back end is roasty coffee. Medium body, very sour. It's not easy to drink, but it's complex and I keep going back to it.

Nov 04, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque coffee brown with hues of black and red swirled in, topped with a fuzzy beige head that settles to a thin film.

Smell starts with round, earthy, chocolatey coffee, transitioning to tannin-laden red wine grapes, then blueberry, char, and oak.

Taste is really tart, catching me off guard, but also exhibiting some char. I get cherry, grape skin, fresh plump raisin, and oak.

A super frothy body tones down the tartness, but a hint of vinegar acidity burns down the throat with a dry finish.

This one's really complex and deep, with tons of different attributes I'm not nearly doing justice to here.

Jul 17, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into chalice.

The bottle produced a ton of foam upon opening (gushing). Very dark appearance with minor amount of foam remaining in the glass throughout drinking. Smells is of berries and sour notes. Some barnyard funk but not nearly as much as Pulling Nails 4. Taste wise, there is a lot going on here. Blueberry tartness was the most obvious, maybe minor chocolate and coffee… just very complex. Good carbonation, and the finish is lighter than 10% abv would expect.

Overall I enjoyed the quite a bit, but out of the Pulling Nails 4, 5 and 6, I'd still take 4.

Jun 25, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a side project white wine glass.

This one was a gusher, immediately starts foaming upon opening and pours nearly all foam on the first pour. Refrigerated for weeks so it wasnt a storage issue. Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a huge off white head that reduces slowly to leave frothy lacing and retention.

Aromas are sharp and tart, ripe fruit and lactic acid, a hint of blueberry, light vanilla and caramel, maybe some bourbon in the background.

Taste is initially sour upon sipping, lots of lactic / acetic here, like sour warheads giving way to leather, dark fruits, light toffee, and a very dry aftertaste. The 10% ABV was well hidden, medium body and carbonation.

An interesting beer. Extreme sourness that may have overtaken some of its constituents.

May 25, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this one was a little kitchen sinky for me, and where some of the other beers in this series succeeded in being sort of subtle in their new conjoined form, this one is quite the opposite. its insanely sour, more than almost any other beer i have had from these guys, and its all bourbon in the flavor. reading the list of blend threads here makes me wonder how they thought this would be a good idea, or why they might have chosen such divergent beers to blend together. i do get the blueberries from the derivation, jammy and sweet and intense, and i get some of the roast from the dark grain. there is an earthy tea-like element, maybe from the cascara, that i really like, a dried raisin and cherry flavor, the red wine is there, tannic and piquant, and sweet vanilla oaky bourbon, very mature, elements of this are three years old! but also kind of muddled on the whole, like we cant fully appreciate all the individual strands because the whole thing is so sour and barrel heavy. the sour quad aspect interests me, i get a little belgian yeast here before the acidity kills it, and that grain tenor is wonderful. this also tastes really boozy to me, even stronger than its stated 10% abv, and with the sourness and the fruity and whiskey sweetness, its over the top, too many strong sensations all at once. one of the least refined beers from these guys i think, which is not to say it isnt excellent, but it seems to have less of a cohesiveness. worth trying for its uniqueness and obvious rarity, but i liked the other pulling nails blends i have had better...

Apr 22, 2017
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Ready4aHeady from New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

dark pour with tons of coffee colored foam.... not much in the nose, but as it warms up get a lot of flavors, mainly tart unripe blueberries, with mild coffee notes.... quite sour in the cheeks but not enamel eating.....refreshing and goes down easily....well-done!

Mar 19, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours extreme dark brown, almost black with fluffy tan head. Lots of carb, slight gush, but no beer lost, as we knew about the possibility. Head stuck around for 15-20 minutes. Lot of funk on the nose. Good berry flavor with a tang of tartness. The carbonation plays another roll, with the effervescence adding another dimension to the brew. A good outing from the blend master himself.

Feb 26, 2017
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nawpnawp from California

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours maroon black with a lot of bubbly head, but it quickly dissipates leaving only a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. Smells of tart berries and oak. The taste is quite sour at first, but finish is fantastic. There are notes of red wine, blackberries, earthy funk and vanilla with a toasty caramel finish. The feel is pretty thin with a lot of carbonation -- wishing it had a bit more body.

This is my first PN blend, but it is quite good and would definitely acquire more as the opportunity presents itself.

Feb 24, 2017
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown, almost rusty. Highlights of deep red, purple, and black. Large head which fizzes up quickly but recedes fairly quick as well. Moderate lacing but it fades quickly.

Blueberry is quite noticeable on the nose. Oak, red berries, and earth. Tart notes as it warms, maybe some lacto. Caramel and vanilla. Some jammy red wine.

Oak, vanilla, cherry, and raspberry on the tongue. Blueberry seems most noticeable when it's still chilled before fading behind the red berries. Some caramel and a mild underlying roastiness. Touches of vinegar and lacto. Earthy with some medicinal funk toward the end. Bourbon comes through as it approaches room temperature.

Medium body with high carbonation giving a crisp, effervescent feel. Tart going to sour, especially as it warms. Barrel notes are quite prominent. Oaky with red wine first before some bourbon at the end.

Great barrel notes with a fruity complement. Underlying funk is tart and earthy. Overcarbed but not so bad as to ruin the beer.

Feb 14, 2017
Pulling Nails Blend #6 from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 94 ratings