Maple in the Wood
Side Project Brewing

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American Wheatwine Ale
Ranked #12
Ranked #7,077
4.49 | pDev: 5.79%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Notes: When we finally opened our production facility in Maplewood in 2016, the very first guest we had visit us to brew a collaboration was Brad Clark. In 2016, we brewed a beautiful little sunset colored beer to age in French oak to be later finished on Pluots and in March of 2018, we released our first collaboration with Brad, Pitter Patter.

Brad came back to town for that release, and while here, we brewed this release, Maple In The Wood - a maple bourbon and bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine. We used the flavor profiles and took inspiration from our respective barleywines, but infused the recipes with copious amounts of malted white wheat. In the kettle, we added a large percentage of Vermont maple syrup. We then aged this wheatwine in BLiS maple bourbon and E.H. Taylor bourbon barrels for 18 months before selecting a blend that showcased the barrels and the individual threads in a harmonious, cohesive way.

The result is a luxurious, round, rich, beer that lays the groundwork and structure for the barrels to rest. The maple leaves a nuanced hint of sweetness that melds with the notes of bourbon, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits from the blend of yeasts we used to ferment before allowing it to age and mature in oak to softness and balance. Although it’s a big beer - like most of our barrel-aged beers - the wheat lightens the experience and allows it to fall somewhere between our Längst and Anabasis on the palate.
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Pours deep brown with no head. Smells of bourbon and oak. Reminiscent of the wet sock aroma I always got from BA 4th Dementia. Tastes quite sweet. Bourbon, maple, brown sugar, oak, sharp booze. Heavy. Extremely sweet. Somehow it works well.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown fills to glossy black with a short blanket of bubbly brown pearls.

Maple bruleed oatmeal via a viscous but medium-full body that's somehow not sticky develops into a rich, deep dark oak that avoids being too woody, splintery or boozy, bringing some heat that exhales vanilla and caramel.

Super well balanced and delicious. Give it to me.

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Photo of mothman
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Woah. This is nothing like I expected. Batch 1.

Tan head that fades quick. Dark brown color.

This is thick and fudgy. Very port like. Lots of maple and bourbon. Oaky. Vanilla, caramel, dark dried fruits. This is thick, warming, and extremely dessert like. I would have never guessed this to be a wheatwine. It’s so thick. Wow!

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Maple in the Wood from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 13 ratings