Forever Darkness
Side Project Brewing

Forever DarknessForever Darkness
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From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #149
ABV:
19%
Score:
96
Ranked #881
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 10.62%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
24
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 08, 2023
Added:
Feb 01, 2022
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  1
Forever Darkness is our triple barrel-aged imperial stout created in collaboration with Gabe Fletcher of Anchorage Brewing Co. It was brewed in January, 2019 with an influence from both breweries in the recipe. We aged this beer in Willett rye barrels for 8 months, then Willett bourbon barrels for 12 months and then finished the aging in Willett rye barrels for the final 16 months.
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Rated: 4.5 by Dicers from California

Oct 08, 2023
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Look - black and thick syrup with fantastic lacing
Smell - boozy char raisin rye barrel
Taste - basically the same as the taste
Feel - thick very slight crisp carb
Overall - really fantastic
Jun 19, 2023
 
Rated: 4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jun 04, 2023
 
Rated: 4.69 by StoutSnob40 from California

Mar 20, 2023
 
Rated: 4.31 by stmoorea from Illinois

Mar 08, 2023
 
Rated: 4.3 by vfgccp from New York

Feb 12, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Indeed pitch black of the forever darkness of the void appearance, tan cap. Nose is surprisingly mellow with barrel, rye, char, and dark chocolate. Taste has more depth with great blended barrels, dark chocolate, rye, light caramel, big char, earth, hint of nuts, and coffee grounds. Feel is heavy, thick, barrel forward, and marked by smoky rye. Kept waiting for this one to pop, but as is it nails blending the barrels and having the dark rye elements star
Dec 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.58 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Dec 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.4 by johnlatona from New Jersey

Dec 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Beer_Economicus from Ohio

4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Consumed approximately 6 months after release.

This is a tough beer to rate objectively. It's a 19% beer that has the ability to breathe (decant) like a red wine. How do you rate it? First impressions? overall? After it's been decanted only? Seems like a lot of personal preference.

This beer has big, huge, large barrel presence. It comes in the form of mostly oak and char rather than whiskey. The mouthfeel is really incredible - worthy of a 5 in my opinion. I'm not sure what more you could ask for in that category. The smell is like the nose. The best part of the 'experience' is the finish (whiskey terminology), brought on by the 19%.

My "gripe" is really with the flavor and associated cost. It's obviously not a bad beer - I'm extolling it's virtues. BUT, it is a muddled beer. The whiskey/barrel flavor that comes through is just that - a confused, muddled mess of barrel. It shines only in so far as that it is so far removed from being 'base stout' that you almost can't tell a base exists beyond the body. In that sense, I'm frustrated that this isn't more special. By that, I mean that when you have a single-barrel type use (think a stout aged in only one particular brand/specific type of barrel), there is so much that is added to that beer. You begin adding big flavors that aren't just nuanced, but present full-fledged flavor. There's no searching, it's just there. Instead, Forever Darkness is just a mess of indiscernible/indistinguishable barrel. It doesn't stand out or shine like what you would want or hope, especially for a beer that is simply a non-adjuncted BA stout.

Price hasn't (consciously) influenced my decision here, but I will say that for the price I don't think this shines the way it is supposed to. It's not about whether it is a good beer - it's good. It's about whether it is unique or otherwise otherworldly. In that way, it doesn't. It's a muddled mess that doesn't deserve to be a $60 375ml.
Nov 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.58 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by eppie82 from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Thickest beer I've ever had. Pitch black. Barrel aroma all over the place. Most will say it's boozy but I don't know what you really expect from a triple barrel aged, non adjunct imperial stout? It's very complex. Feel is thick, ... has to be said again!

I'm a bourbon and whiskey drinker, and this was phenomenal.
Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Dark dark brown appearance with sparse foamy tan head. Chocolate, bakers cocoa, espresso, molasses, bitter notes. Medium to full body, medium+ carbonation.
Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

2.46/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
375 mL bottle. Inky black. Smells of intense alcohol, Rye whiskey, dark chocolate. Tastes of alcohol, Rye whiskey, bitter chocolate, oak, bitter coffee. Intense. As intense as a Side Project beer gets. Tiny quantities are... interesting? But not good.
Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jul 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.78 by aasher from Indiana

Jul 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.9 by MeLoynes from Missouri

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
poured from a 375mL bottle into a perennial snifter. pours a thick, black sludge with a thin dark brown foam that dissipates into black nothingness. legs stain the glass and run down it slowly. in short, it’s a massive pour. huge barrel, oak, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of dark fruit on the nose. taste follows and while it’s not as chocolate-forward as BBT that almost helps this beer as it lets the barrel shine. it has the thickest, sludgiest mouthfeel with a lower level of carb. pure decadence. incredible non-adjunct barrel-aged imperial stout.
May 01, 2022
Forever Darkness from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 24 ratings