Side Project Brewing

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Barleywine - English
4.5 | pDev: 5.11%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing

English Barleywine aged in a blend of Rittenhouse Rye and Maple Bourbon barrels for 19 months.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 39 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.86/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours looking like a straight up stout, with a pretty dark black color, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like sugary maple candy, caramel fudge, dusty cocoa powder, toffee, bourbon, and oak.

This is massively sweet, but it's still a pretty well done barleywine. It's massive and sticky - with lots of maple, but not much bourbon or oak to tamper the sweetness. This is also quite chocolatey for a barleywine, with not enough caramel or toffee.

This is thick, syrupy, and lightly carbed, with not a ton of easy drinkability. It's easily a slow sipper.

I expected quite a bit more out of this one. It's just way too sweet and syrupy, unfortunately.

Aug 04, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to That_Bearded_Guy, which I assume is an ironic title/description of 86.4% of this website users, for this 750ML bottle. Split with my wife.

The pour is stout black, far darker than any barleywine I can recall, though at my age, I don’t recall if I’m wearing underwear or not. The nose is maple fudge booze. Stick that in me anytime.

Maltvin is just what the alcoholic doctor ordered. The balance on this is exquisite. The maple, the malt, the rye, the love, all are felt immediately right in the feels. Phenomenal maple, like licking a sappy tree, backed with all the rye that a guy could want – OK, a normal guy, I want more - & sweet, sweet maltiness that might be implied by something on the label. Thick. Tasty. Easy to drink. Only boozy in the sense that I can sort of almost taste it, but now Everyone Love Raymond is funny. Good fuck. Cut me off.


Jun 08, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown (light black?) Color. Smell of sweetness, barrel, dried fruits. Very sweet, decedent, dried fruits, brown sugar. Feel the 15%, but not over powering, coats the tounge nice.

Not what I think of a traditional barely wine, but absolutely excellent.

Four oz pour from dG 6th anniversary

May 05, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark reddish-brown, appearing black from a distance, with almost no head but a thin wispy tan swirl.

Smell has a little milky oak and plenty of dark fruit such as cocoa dusted date with a sweet bourbon glaze.

Taste is dusty, woody oak with hot, spicy bourbon and all the sweet syrupy date, prune and raisin before a sticky maple exhale that's lightly smoky with accents of roasted pecan.

Almost like a full bodied stout, Maltvin is very dark and rich with a medium to full body and a bubbly, crackly carbonation finishing sticky, semi-wet.

Apr 16, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 750mL on-site at the brewery. pours a very, very dark brown. little-to-no head. a little bit of swirls in the middle of the glass that remain throughout the pour. at a quick glance, this could fool one into thinking it was a stout. smells of strong whiskey barrel, chocolate, toffee and dark fruits. taste is similar with a mild maple sweetness. this isn’t nearly as sweet as i had envisioned. feel is thick and sticky. this toes the line between barleywine and stout, and i mean that in the best way possible. any sweetness derived from the beer is of stout origin and not from your typical sweet barleywine flavors. amazing beer.

Apr 14, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-site at Side Project, served into a goblet glass.

Dark brown body, nearly black, pours like a stout, really. One finger offwhite head, fair retention, no lacing.

Smell is a bit mindblowing. Maple bourbon, rye, milk chocolate and fudge. It wasn't what I was expecting. The barrel character is incredibly strong here without adding any sort of boozy heat. A touch of char, maybe. It's fairly sweet, but in a fashion that isn't quite toffee or caramel-forward; it's not really manifesting as much of the classic English Barleywine profile on the nose, and even less so on the palate. A fair bit of a confusing beer, but if you think of it like a stout and less of a classic EBW, it all makes sense. Perhaps the heavy barrel-aging tempered out the typical sweetness of Evil Twin's influence. Either way, the barrels really all comes together well here.

Full bodied, good carbonation, fairly chewy with a nice bourbon-soaked milk chocolate candy bar with maple glaze on the finish. Smooth and appropriately smooth, without being anywhere close to being diabetic. Pretty good beer, one that defies categorical expectations and I think that's mostly because of the maple. It isn't a classical EBW like Anabasis was, but neither is it anything like an Even More Jesus or something similar from Evil Twin.

Apr 09, 2019
Maltvin from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 39 ratings