Side Project Derivation Blend #1

RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 4.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Derivation is our series of Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts in which we brew several recipes, age them in a variety of barrels and blend them before bottling to add depth and structure to this massive style of beer.

Blend #1:
•25% Wheated and Smoked Imperial Stout aged in a Bourbon Barrel
•25% Wheated Imperial Stout aged in Maple Syrup bourbon Barrel (Willett Family 9-year-old barrel filled with Sweet Sophie Maple Syrup)
•50% Wheated Imperial Stout aged in Wheated Bourbon Barrels

Barrel aging ranged from 13-23 months.

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xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2017
Aroma is dark chocolate, marshmallow, and slightly bitter alcohol esters. Taste Is bitter cocoa, slightly sour pine needles, and a bit of alcohol. Finish/mouthfeel is creamy, dense flourless chocolate cake, alcohol, pine needles, and a bit of marshmellow. Lingers like a motherfucker.

JAXSON (612) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2017
Poured as part of a "Derivation flight" with blends 1-7 including Double Barrel (sans blend 5). Pours thick black with essentially no carbonation. Nose is heavy, heavy thick malt, toasted marshmallow, smoke. Mouth is super sweet and thick, with burned sugars, maple syrup, some smoke, and a bitter finish that borders on acrid. Not one of the better ones.

fonefan (53709) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2017

Bottle 750ml. shared at [ A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. ], Brussels, Belgium.

[ As Side Project Derivation Blend #1 ].
[ Black Wax ]. Clear dark dark black brown color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, dark malt, raisin, plum, dark dried fruit, wood, light smoke. Flavor is light heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, roasted, alcohol, chocolate, dark malt, dark dried fruit. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20160917]

b3shine (9476) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2017
750 ml bottle to goblet at SPC. Looks good; a nearly opaque dull black with thin beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells awesome! A decadent blend of dark malt, chocolate, coffee, oak, and maple syrup. Tastes like it smells with a silky full-bodied mouthfeel that’s dangerously drinkable for the abv. Awesome stuff.

markextrae (4758) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2016
Bottle shared during Marks’ 4K tasting, and last dutch whale share. shared together with blend 3 and 4, poured a pitch black colour with a oily tanned ring on top. intense and amazing aroma, deep chocolate fudge, clear subtle smoke notes in our bottle, deep roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, sweet maple syrup bourbon, toffee, marshmallows. taste is not as full bodied compared to blend 3. chewy sticky mouthfeel, tobacca smoke, chocolate brownies, light vanilla sweetness. amazing well balanced. smooth drinkable. amazing brew. hype is real.

kermis (15381) - Amsterdam-ish, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Full lineup of 1-6 + DB. Black with no head. Aroma of burnt notes, smoke, caramel, fudge, chocolate, roast and dark chocolate. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with a thick texture and light carbonation. [17-09-2016]

rouhlas (4088) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - SEP 22, 2016
750 ml bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar. Thanks Anton! Black color with nice brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, chocolate, cocoa, coffee notes, vanilla, dark dried fruits, raisins, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky creamy body with soft carbonation.

kraddel (9662) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2016
@ A day to sink all seasheppards. Thnx for sharing, everyone !! Pours black, no real head. Smell is boozy, dark malts, intense. Taste is sharp, intense, booze. Dark grains, oak, bourbon, hot alcohol.

hopscotch (11551) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours pitch-black with a mid-sized, brown head. The aroma is a deep, dark, decadent swirl of hot fudge, red wine, and assorted dark berries and whiskeys. Ultra-full-bodied, chewy and velvety with adequate carbonation. The flavor offers a mélange of sweet bourbon, dark fudge, brownie brittle, pouch tobacco and a light ration of smokiness. Sweet throughout, but also bold, roasty and warming. Delicious, world-class beer courtesy of 50belair. Matt brings the noise!

JJMBeer (48) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Aroma and taste dominated by spirits from barrel aging. Underneath, the layers of complexity from the multiple barrels get hidden but still noticeable. As this has been out for awhile, not sure if age will help the blend ever become more balanced.

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