Continuance Blend #1
Side Project Brewing

Continuance Blend #1Continuance Blend #1
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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #4
Ranked #429
4.6 | pDev: 6.09%
Feb 12, 2022
Apr 13, 2021
Continuance Blend #1Continuance Blend #1
Notes: For Side Project, Continuance is a brother series to Derivation, a series of blended beers, all from our clean-barrel warehouse of imperial stouts, barleywines, adambiers and other non-sour, spirit barrel-aged beers.

Continuance is a series of beers allowing us to showcase our blending capabilities, but focusing exclusively on non-sour, spirit barrel-aged beers. We also wanted an outlet to experiment with using adjuncts in something other than stouts.

Continuance Blend #1 was blended over a 2-day blending session of pulling samples, enjoying bottles of For Gabe, and having fun blending “non-sour” beer in a way in which we had only enjoyed once before.

Our final blend consists of the recipes for:

M.J.K. – a barrel-aged English barleywine

Anabasis – a barrel-aged American barleywine

Omega – a barrel-aged stout brewed for Derivation and Beer : Barrel : Time blending

Vibes – a barrel-aged stout brewed for Derivation and Beer : Barrel : Time blending

D5 – a barrel-aged stout for Derivation blending

… (ellipses) – a barrel-aged stout for Derivation and Beer : Barrel : Time blending

The final ratio was:

45.3% barrel-aged barleywine
54.7% barrel-aged stout

As always, we blend to taste, blindly, so we are not influenced by anything other than our palates. These beers rested in their barrels of Willett 4 year bourbon, Willett 8 year bourbon, Buffalo Trace, BLiS maple bourbon and Rittenhouse Rye for 32 to 50 months.
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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - Black thick syrup
Smell - dark malts dark fruit like raisin and possibly dark cheery and lots barrel wood
Taste - chocolate raisin slight dark cherry molasses and a ton of barrel
Feel - thick and creamy
Overall - Just incredible, love this beer!!!

Feb 12, 2022
4.3 by ADG2995 from Missouri on Jan 15, 2022
4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 05, 2022
5 by Ziosa from Missouri on Jan 03, 2022
Photo of Stevedore
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

Darker black body, brown hued head. Chocolate fudge with cocoa and a good bit of toffee. Lower carbonation, medium fuller bodied. As it warms, more barleywine base shows with a bit more caramel and toffee. Chocolate lingers through. Sweet.

Jan 02, 2022
4.66 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Nov 27, 2021
4.74 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Nov 22, 2021
4.38 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Nov 14, 2021
4.62 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Nov 12, 2021
4.53 by ToddBeans from Kentucky on Sep 23, 2021
Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Overly sweet, one-note stout.

Sep 21, 2021
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle. Inky black. Smells of heavy roasted malt, spicy whiskey, brown sugar, a little vanilla. Tastes of brown sugar, toasted oak, spicy whiskey, long sweet chocolatey finish. Heavy, boozy. It's good, but couldn't drink much of it.

Sep 19, 2021
4.4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 07, 2021
4.75 by aasher from Indiana on Jul 18, 2021
4.43 by Beerbom from California on Jul 17, 2021
Photo of WickedBeer
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by WickedBeer from Alabama

#WickedBeerSideProjectShare2021. This is unbelievable. Much more stout-forward as I’d heard, and it works perfectly. Chocolate-covered raisins, warm bourbon, and a bit of maple sweetness on the finish. So well-rounded. Dark Horse for sure.

Jul 11, 2021
4.43 by vfgccp from New York on Jul 10, 2021
4.55 by StoutSnob40 from California on Jun 27, 2021
4.78 by MTKATL from Georgia on Jun 20, 2021
5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.95 by leroybrown10 from Missouri on Jun 18, 2021
Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tilley4 from Tennessee

Simply incredible...

This reminds me of BCBCS in a most positive way and that's in that it surpasses the base beer and ventures into the elite variant category..

It's rich and delicious and creamy yet doesn't totally overwhelm you while you're drinking it....small sips yield big pleasure...

Combination of big imperial stout and decadent barleywine..

Truly incredible offering...

The booze is hidden better here than in BCS and it will grab hold and not let go if you aren't careful....

Just amazing....

Jun 11, 2021
4.73 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Jun 08, 2021
Photo of BourbonForBeer
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

Not much head, not much smell. Excellent taste, great feel, overall amazing!

Jun 05, 2021
4.24 by 22Blue from Kansas on May 31, 2021
Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. pours a stout-y jet black with minimal dark tan head. nose is predominantly whiskey barrel with the afterthought of barleywine-like dark fruits, toffee and a hint of chocolate. taste is wonderful blend of thick, chocolate imperial stout and figgy, caramel barleywine all pulled together by a solid bourbon barrel finish. to my taste, the barleywine pops out more or distracts more from the stout but the mix of the 2 is quite incredible and decadent. it’s thicker mouthfeel makes it a pure joy to drink. big fan of this one.

May 28, 2021
Photo of Sabtos
4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

The used motor oil black body produces minimal head that quickly disperses to the edges in a flat, dark tan collar.

Dark chocolate Raisinets and maple bruleed fig introduce this decadent blend. Darkly charred yet damp oak adds nougat and toasted marshmallow to the impressively long exhale. The barrel shines here with infinite complexity and without any unpleasant heat or overly woody characteristics that some of the individual components may have had in their own bottles.

Somewhat sticky on the lips, yet not too thick, a lingering heat remains after the finish, which is actually quite dry.

Continuance has rocketed to the top of my personal list of clean barrel aged Side Project or Shared beers. It's no wonder, though, considering that hit list consisted solely of barleywines, as I have found many of their stouts to be far sweeter than I typically prefer. The blending seems to have helped both the stouts and the barleywines smooth over each other's rough edges while also amplifying all of their best characteristics.

May 17, 2021
4.77 by MeLoynes from Missouri on Apr 21, 2021
Continuance Blend #1 from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 28 ratings