The Origin - Side Project Brewing
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Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
4.59/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at the Side Project release party 9-28-2013.
Copied from notes on my iPhone.
Pours a deep deep pitch black color. Dark as emptiness. There is no head to the brew. Some aggressive swirls yield nothing but some gorgeous looking legs on the sides of the glass as the alcohol and brew coats the inside of the glass. Amazing.
Aroma is very intense. This brew is extremely complex. Starts off with some mild roast of a stout and some smoke as well as some nice slight wood notes. Then there is some nice stout, dark malt and mild dark fruit sweetness that shows up with the delicious vanilla sweetness and mild spice. Some nice boozy heat can be perceived in the nose along with delicious dark slightly burnt molasses and caramel.
Now for the flavor. Wow. The brew is extremely complex. Starts off with the roasty and chocolatey stout notes that are present int the nose and blended very well with some nice vanilla notes. These notes also work very well with the delicious caramel whiskey notes from the Rittenhouse barrels. There is also some cinnamon notes that actually remind me of BA Abraxas. As the brew keeps warming it gets more complex and there are actually some nice almost musty leathery notes that creep up along with the sweetness of the brew and the woody barrel notes. THe body is nice and big. Definitely a sipper at 14.3% and with some heat. With that said the brew feels slightly lighter than one thinks it will but its still slick and a bit oily.
Overall. This was knocked out of the park. The blended beers really do shine with some nice roasted and smokey wood notes mixed in with a bit more dominating chocolate sweetness and vanilla notes. The complex leathery and woody notes add a nice dimension with the cocoa notes and vanilla sweetness.
Serving type: on-tap
10-04-2013 21:57:50 | More by JoEBoBpr
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