The Origin - Side Project Brewing
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2.13/5 rDev -49.2%
The bottle I got was unfortunately infected. The beer had a buttered popcorn taste that reminded me of infected BA Yeti. It also had a slight sour cherry taste. Huge disappointment considering how hard this beer is to obtain. No idea how it's supposed to taste or how good it actually might have been. Good luck if you have a bottle, mine seems like an anomalie.
11-25-2013 22:50:44 | More by dsgolovin
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
Reviewing The Origin from Side Project Brewing out of St. Louis, Missouri. The Origin, Side Project Brewing's very first beer and very first release, is a blend of an Imperial Stout, Black Oatwine and Baltic Porter that was aged for 20 months in a Rittenhouse Rye barrel with Madagascar Vanilla Beans.
2013 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Cantillon flute and enjoyed on 12/19/13.
Appearance: Shiny and inky black in color, with a wisp of khaki head off the pour that quickly and totally settles. Minimal head, but the nice oily legs that brown the glass. 4/5
Smell: The aroma is completely different than it was on tap at the release. The hugely desserty marshmallow-vanilla character and chocolate are still there, but now present is a really nice and contrasting jammy twang of sherried fruitiness like a slightly aged Belgian and oak. The caramel-whiskey notes that were there fresh do not come through, but neither does the booziness that was there fresh. Everything mixes nicely in the nose, like a rich vanilla cake with chocolate sauce and fruity frosting. 4.75/5
Taste: The taste is sadly not as well-integrated as the nose. The sour fruit character is a bit more sharp and harsh on the palate, and is especially present in the finish. The flavor starts off with a wave of rich vanilla and chocolate, followed by a tangy sour fruitiness and oak character that washes away the s'mores like beginning. As the beer warms, the vanilla flavor lingers longer in the flavor, which really helps strike a better balance between the sweet dark beer characters and the sherried/oxidized/tangy notes. There is some cherry flavor present here too. We vino-vacuumed a quarter of the bottle to drink a couple of days later at Kuhnhenn's Winter Solstice release, and I think the berry/fruit character came across substantially more pleasantly a few days later -- perhaps what little carbonation there was in this beer accentuated the tartly oxidized qualities too much? At Kuhnhenn's, the beer tasted more like a flat Bramble Jr. No butter or popcorn flavors in this bottle. 3.5/5
Mouthfeel: Rich, velvety mouthfeel. Just shy of full bodied, very low carbonation. Sweet, with sharp tanginess. The mouthfeel is so luscious, and so perfect ... but for that mildly tart fruitiness cutting through it. 4/5
Overall: On tap at the release and out of a test bottle graciously shared by Cory at Dexter's the night before the Great Taste, my memory recalls a much superior beer compared to how this aged -- mostly because it more appropriately fit the expectations of the styles blended and aged. While the fruity/oxidized and slightly tart characteristics did not totally ruin this beer (it was still quite drinkable), they did not marry well with the rich and malty flavors in my personal opinion -- at least not until the beer sat out for a few days in my fridge. Cory tested bottles, and the results were not indicative of an infection. Further, at the release, Cory mentioned that he intended the beer to develop a contrasting oxidation character over time as well. Regardless, I am not quite sure this is how he intended this beer to turn out -- infected or not, intentionally sherried or otherwise.
Cost: $25 for a 750 ml bottle.
11-28-2013 18:00:27 | More by jegross2
2.35/5 rDev -43.9%
Pitch black body with minimal head formation. Completely opaque. Diacetyl and dark fruit on the nose, bit of whiskey and vanilla sweetness, booze and chocolate. Smells slightly tart. Palate is similar to the nose, buttery and slick with a little sourness behind the chocolate, vanilla and caramel flavors. Hefty body with a lot of residual sweetness. This is drinkable for an infected beer, but it's infected nonetheless.
11-25-2013 04:23:23 | More by largadeer
4.93/5 rDev +17.7%
This is my top 3 beers of all time. The beer is very dark in color. Has no head. Little carbonation. Has a strong vanilla trail after you taste it. Starts out chocolaty and somewhat malty. Ends with a good strong alcohol vanilla taste. Medium mouthfeel not to Thick or think
10-01-2013 00:57:19 | More by SLMObrew
4.34/5 rDev +3.6%
Reviewed from notes from 6/3/14
A- The pour is super thick and black as night. A very thin brown head recedes quickly, leaving no lacing. Not super striking, but forgivable considering how long it spent in the barrel!
S- The aroma is malty, grainy, and mildly tart. Massive amounts of oak, sweet chocolate, and a healthy dose of vanilla. A good amount of dark fruits as well.
T- A crazy, complex melange of flavors, almost akin to a high end red wine! Tons of berries, cherries, plums, chocolate, and brown sugar. The tartness is surprising but welcome. A huge oak presence, with a bit of the spicy rye whiskey. This beer is way out there, but it's awesome!
M- The mouth feel is medium to thick for the style. Mild carbonation. Slightly puckering, and nicely mouth coating.
O- This is an awesome beer that is very different from the paradigms of the style(s), but delicious none-the-less!
08-02-2014 06:14:34 | More by SadMachine
4.26/5 rDev +1.7%
Served in a snifter at Perennial's bar, at the bottle release.
Deep brown/ black color, no carbonation, few bubbles. Coats the glass nicely with a little swirl.
Very nice aroma with dominating cocoa, vanilla is represented well.
This tastes strong, you know it is high in abv. The oat wine Baltic porter and stout is a tasty blend, taste is very much stout, but the blend adds a deliciousness that's really enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is similar to Abyss / Parabola, thicker but not overly so.
Overall I REALLY appreciated the time and effort that Cory put into making an excellent ascent into the high- quality , lower output side of the craft beer market, it is nice to have niche players NOT cranking out as much as the mainstream as possible to catch a part of the current trend of craft beer mania and expansion; as he stays in this niche I have no doubt each release will be as successful.
09-29-2013 16:33:24 | More by stouts4me
The Origin from Side Project Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.