Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #50
Ranked #366
4.62 | pDev: 4.98%
Mar 20, 2023
Jul 01, 2021
Notes: Generational is our barrel-aged stout collaboration with our dear friends at Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, Illinois. We have been huge fans of this brewery even before Side Project ever existed! To have the opportunity to spend the day with Gabe, Matt and Lee 2 years ago, brewing up this massive stout, was one of my favorite brew days to date. We merged aspects of our pinnacle stout recipes - Benthic for them (but without the adjunct addition) and O.W.K. for us (but without any vanilla bean addition). The result is an unadulterated, non-adjunct barrel-aged stout that we felt best represented the collaboration of our creative minds and the quality we were striving for.

This recipe was all malt - no oats! This was something that the Half Acre crew brought to the table and is very rare for the Side Project barrel collection. The result is so awesome that we want to brew this again and add it to our barrel repertoire for blending in future blends! We also loved how the base beer matured, and we didn't make the call to "non-adjunct" this final beer until it reached maturity. After 2 years in Buffalo Trace barrels, the blending began and we all agreed that the best way to showcase this beer with you was just as is.

We have been looking forward to this release and we couldn't be happier with how it represents both of our breweries and our attempts to become generational establishments we hope to share with our families one day...
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Rated: 4.99 by Chilmer from Iowa

Mar 20, 2023
Rated: 4.68 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 12, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by vfgccp from New York

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Narthax from Texas

Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by fthegiants from California

Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by not2quick from Missouri

Jun 14, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by Hopelessly0 from California

Jun 08, 2022
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Reviewed by BasWassenaar from Netherlands

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Jet black and very thiccc. Smells chocolatey and boozy.
Very rich, creamy mouthfeel witch a good carbnation for this sort of beer. Tons of bourbon and chocolate in the taste.
This beer is amazing. In fact, i need to have it again side by side with a BBT to see which i'd prefer.
May 25, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Mar 14, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by AD17 from New Jersey

Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Look - Black and thick with a nice tan head and great rimming
Smell - boozy chocolate woody
Taste - chocolate woody boozy
Feel - full body light carb rich and creamy
Overall - just fantastic
Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle. Tan head. Oil black color.

Toasted/burnt marshmallow. Cocoa and fudge brownies. Vanilla and toffee. So much barrel. Warming bourbon. A bit more roasted than other side Project stouts. Decant and rich. Full bodied. Another solid SP stout.
Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 4.92 by 1012Dan88 from Illinois

Jan 14, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells like roasted malt, spicy oak barrel, vanilla, caramel, cookie dough, dark chocolate, nut brittle, and some light fruitiness.

This is an absolutely crushing celebration of stout and barrel, as it needs absoltely no adjuncts to deliver a very complex and delicious drinking experience. There's lots of barrel here - it's oaky, with light spiced vanilla, caramel, leather, and some nuttiness. There's a nice dark chocolate feel to this too, with impressions of cookie dough.

This is medium bodied, rich, and creamy, with very little booziness. It's super drinkable for how burly the ABV is.

It's hard to find much fault with this one. It's two of the best breweries in terms of barrel aged stouts, working together, and delivering a superior product.
Dec 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Beerbom from California

Nov 13, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by 22Blue from Kansas

Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by StoutSnob40 from California

4.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
This beer is black. Pour opaque, jet black with a dark brown head. It looks borderline undrinkable. Like, when would you normally consume something that looks like this? So thick it would collapse a McDonald’s straw. We’re off to a flying start.

There is no chocolate in this beer, yet it smells like rich brownie batter with a touch of coconut milk and vanilla. The malt bill and oak have developed so many complex aromas in such a simple way: grains and wood.

This beer is flat out rich. The flavors explode with chocolate brownie batter out of the bowl, oak-derived coconut, and the syrup left unmixed at the bottom of the chocolate milk glass. Not quite syrup, but still sweet. The bourbon is subtle and provides a complement to what would have been a very sweet beer. My only complaint is that I was searching for a tad more dark chocolate bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Not saying I couldn’t have crushed this entire bottle myself (I didn’t), but it would have been truly mind blowing. Im nitpicking, though..

Overall, another killer stout from one of world’s best breweries.
Oct 17, 2021
Rated: 4.73 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Sep 27, 2021
Rated: 4.69 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Aug 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
poured from a 750mL bottle close to room temperature into a snifter. pours pitch black with a faint dark brown foam collar that quickly fades away. bourbon and oak up front on the nose with a background of chocolate-covered dark fruits. taste is quite chocolatey with hints of dark fruits and a nice bourbon finish. the bourbon barrel is not as prominent on the taste as it is in the smell. not quite the mouthfeel i’m used to from SP but certainly not thin. i don’t know if the “all malts, no oats” method employed here is to blame for that or not, but at any rate it’s a delicious non-adjunct barrel-aged stout. more in the realm of Assassin than BBT and while it’s not quite as good or complex to my tastebuds as BBT (nor as SP-esque) it’s still a highly enjoyable beverage.
Aug 15, 2021
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Rated by Grackos from Florida

4.77/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Best non-adjunct BA stout I've had.
Jul 22, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by aasher from Indiana

Jul 18, 2021
Rated: 4.84 by MeLoynes from Missouri

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
#WickedBeerSideProjectShare2021. Chewy, dark fruit, malt, and barrel on the nose. Palate with an amazing chocolate-forward profile; barrel heat and oak bring up the rear and balance the profile expertly. This is special.
Jul 11, 2021
Generational from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 28 ratings