Review: Side Project Derivation 7 | Craft Beer & Brewing
Side Project Derivation 7
96 out of 100

Style: Barrel-Aged Stout

ABV: 15.0 IBU: 70

96/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 5

Side Project Derivation 7

What the brewers say

“The barrels selected for Blend #7: Two Rittenhouse Rye barrels that were aged for two years with an imperial oatmeal stout, two Four Roses 10-year bourbon barrels that were aged for two years with an imperial oatmeal stout.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Alcohol dominates, but in its liquor incarnations. More rye than bourbon, but both are slightly tempered by the chocolaty roast. Over time, some vanilla builds, adding complexity.”

Flavor: “Rich chewy dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, raisin. The barrel character dries up the finish and leaves a lingering tannic bitterness. Great balance with the strong alcohol character. Aged character has hints of umami/soy sauce, which adds complexity.”

Overall: “A massively rich stout that displays strong barrel character. Great balance on the finish and enough sweetness to keep it from being harsh.”

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