Oh snap. A @sideprojectbrew barrel aged barleywine? Calling all Anabasis Bitches

Side Project has established an undisputed pedigree in the realm of wild ales, and a formidable legacy in the saison world. Lest they be accuse of being a one trick pony, they are now extending their Missouri tentacles into other more salacious markets.

The barrel aged stout and barley wine world has long been the icy seat of the Midwest shitlord

. Where they were markedly deficient in IPAs and wild ales in the past, their hateful reign would always raise the banner of stouts and barley wines to hold the dissenting tongues in place.
  

14% Abv Barrel aged Barleywine 

Batch 1 – Single barrel release of an American Barleywine that was aged for 18 months in a Blanton’s barrel. Sold exclusively through The Wine and Cheese Place in St. Louis Missouri.

Now Side Project has presented another jewel to be placed in the infinity gauntlet of Midwest terror: a barrel aged barley wine to rest balefully next to their catalogue of tart offerings. But is this the gem to bind them all? Do those St. Louis boys perform as well as their Chicago and Michigan brethren? Let’s pop ANABASIS and find out in today’s review.

  
This beer pours that almost TOOOO offensively mahogany meets near blackness that the habitual line stepper King Henry was guilty of on more than one occasion. It has a massive sheeting to the legs that seems to uphold a 14%+ abv and a sort of menacing viscosity that clings together like beads of chocolate mercury.

  
The nose is waves of all the English toffee sweet elements you are expecting from that Straight Jacket type of execution: caramel, flan, rolos, pan dulce, burnt brown sugar, cream of wheat, etc. However, it also exhibits this barrel forward, oaky, bitter, shop class, booziness to it that hovers in the realm of American barley wines. It is like the barley wine mom was banging the milk man whose name could have been Great, BA Gratitude, BA Behemoth, or something in that line of servicemen. She was draining a lot of BALs is what I am saying.

  
The taste again gravitates more towards the massive American barley wine sector than the traditional romp in the Cambridge countryside that you may be expecting. There are elements of burnt toast, nougat, and coconut, sure, but on the long, lingering finish is this deep barrel influenced character of pine and spice like a high rye content bourbon such as four roses would exhibit.  

  
The mouthfeel is oddly sticky sweet on entry and dry and dismissive upon exit, like when you officiously try to buy someone a drink at the bar. This is unquestionably amazing and shoulders the titans of this genre like Kuhnhenn BBBW and Voodoo K13. Sadly, unless they ramp up production on this bad boy from the barely triple digit range, most people will have to pop a Sucaba and dream about what could have been. This shit is ridiculously hard to lock down and has torn families apart due to abusive fathers spending all their cash on underground raffle slots while their children walk bowlegged with feces-filled Pampers.

  
These are the priorities of beer assholes, so as a result, expect a deluge of 1oz pour ratings on this one and phrases like “AINT EVEN ALL THAT FROM WHAT I HAD IN SKEETER’S SWELTERING BACKYARD, ALL 13 OF US AGREED.”
This is the fucking world we live in these days.

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