Review: Side Project Derivation Blend #9 | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 15.0 IBU: 27

99/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

Side Project Derivation Blend #9

What the brewers say

“This blend consists of 31 percent Oats, 33 percent O.W.K., and 36 percent Maple. These barrels were blended and then further infused with freshly ground cinnamon and Vermont maple syrup to provide a harmonious experience on the palate of cinnamon, maple, barrel roast, vanilla, almond, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and caramelized rum.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Loads of cinnamon and chocolate. Maple, vanilla, caramel, slight coffee, slight roasted malt. Subtle bourbony-booze aromas. Complex and inviting.”

Flavor: “Spicy cinnamon. Semisweet chocolate. Slight peppery spice/heat. Sweet maple. Spicy coffee. Vanilla and caramel barrel characteristics. Fairly viscous and mouth coating. Nice warming character from the barrel without being overly hot.”

Overall: “A boozy, warming, well- balanced combination of chocolate, cinnamon, and maple chased by a coffee finish. You can taste the integrity and deft handling of ingredients in this beer.”

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