The Origin | Side Project Brewing

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The OriginThe Origin

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Origin is a blend of Imperial Stout, Black Oatwine and Baltic Porter that was aged for 20 months in a Rittenhouse Rye barrel with Madagascar Vanilla Beans. It is our Batch #1, Barrel #1 and our first release. It is never to be brewed again.

Added by stouts4me on 09-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dsgolovin
2.14/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.17/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

750 mL bottle. Black body with no head. No collar. Nothing even wells up. Smells strongly of vanilla. Chocolate. Bourbon. Dark fruits and a light tinge of acidity. Taste manages to have an impressive amount of vanilla through a clear sourness. Dark fruit tartness. Bitter chocolate. Heavy sweetness as well, though. Red wine-like sour finish. Heavy with almost no carbonation. A struggle to drink. Unpleasant.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of joeweis
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
2.39/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks, David.

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.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of SLMObrew
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Anonymous1
2/5  rDev -51.3%

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The Origin from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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