Review: Side Project Derivation Blend 11 | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Barrel-Aged Vanilla & Coconut Stout

ABV: 15.0 IBU: 66

91/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 2
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Side Project Derivation Blend 11

What the brewers say

Aged in Rittenhouse and Willett Rye barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans.

What our panel thought

Aroma is dominated by leather, smoke, sherry, dusty almond skin. Flavor is almost port-like: saddle leather, vanilla, toffee, and molasses. Mouthfeel is rich.

What our editors thought

A dark, rich marshmallow nose is enveloping and deeply engaging with a solid bourbon-oak character in the background for depth. The sip is similarly decadent but refined, with a thoroughly sophisticated mix of dark chocolate, bourbon sweetness, and rich vanilla. The economy belies its sophistication, with a confidence that’s undeniable. It pushes the bass notes to excellent effect.

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