For Gabe
Side Project Brewing

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Strong Ale - American
4.69 | pDev: 4.26%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
For GabeFor Gabe
Notes: For our blend and what we are calling For Gabe, I blended up this one-off BA Barleywine / BA Stout that consists of:

-Double Barrel MJK (English Barleywine for our second son and inspired by Triple Oak Deal with a Devil) aged twice in Willett Bourbon Barrels for a total of 22 months

-Anabasis (American 100 IBU Barleywine but fermented with English Yeast - Blend 4 barrel) aged in Eagle Rare Barrel for 24 months

-OWK (OWK is a specific recipe now, but this contains no vanilla) aged in Willett Bourbon Barrels for 24 months

-Ellipses (One of our Derivation/BBT recipes) aged in EH Taylor Barrels for 28 months

-Ellipses (One of our Derivation/BBT recipes) aged in Willett Bourbon Barrels for 28 months
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.8/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

#WickedBeerSideProjectShare2021. Incredible complexity. Barleywine-forward, with undertones of smoky barrel, dark fruit, and hot bourbon. This thing will continue to age gracefully.

Jul 11, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2020 vintage; drank 6/26/21 @ the Seventh Tee.

A bit busy; probably not surprising considering all that's going on in the blend. However, it's interesting and ultimately accessible. I'd have another (if I could afford it!).

Jun 29, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Never expected to try this. Despite looking like a stout, what dominates here is the barleywine base, with a rich, supple, soft, creamy toffee, caramel, leather and some tobacco. There's a good amount of barrel and really nice bourbon depth here with vanilla, bourbon, a little warming spice. Rich, creamy on the palate with real depth and complexity, this is a well structured beer. Tannins temper the sweetness in harmoniously. Excellent.

Oct 04, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.79/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like dark bitter chocolate, spicy oak, leather, booze, dark fruit, coffee, caramel, and toffee.

This is extremely complex and extremely delicious. There's lots of chocolate and leather, mostly, with a killer oak spice from the barrel. There's some caramel and toffee sweetness, but it's much drier than you would expect. Pastryboiz would probably not love this one. There's a good amount of bourbon spice and heat, but it doesn't make it too hot at all. There's some dark fruit and almost tannic character as well, with a pleasant fruity type of oxidation from the very long slumber in barrels.

This is thick and chewy, with very little booziness, just a little warmth. It's got a nice smoothness on the back end - it's clearly expertly blended.

This is absolutely a special beer, and a really cool tribute to Endless Ending.

Aug 17, 2020
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours mostly black but that brown barleywine is trying to fight though. tiny bit of bubbly sandy head around the edge of the glass. aromas of bourbon-soaked fudge, figs, raisins, caramel and oak. incredibly complex nose. taste is similar with all the nuances of the nose playing a part. i really can’t discern between the stout and barleywine. plenty of oak whiskey barrel, chocolate, and dark fruits.again, incredibly complex, well blended and well balanced. full-bodied mouthfeel with minimal carb. it’s damn thick. overall, i’d rather have Anabasis or a SP non-adjunct BA stout (BBT) but this is tasty. combines the best of both BA stout and BA BW worlds besides the mouthfeel which for some reason suffers here (though only slightly mind you).

Jul 04, 2020
For Gabe from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 18 ratings