Origin of Darkness - Kex
Collective Arts Brewing

Origin of Darkness - KexOrigin of Darkness - Kex
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Stout - American Imperial
4.2 | pDev: 6.43%
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Origin of Darkness - KexOrigin of Darkness - Kex
Notes: Collaboration with Kex Brewing

Origin Of Darkness (Vanilla, Icelandic Sea Salt & Omnom Cocoa)

Our boys from KEX Brewing in Reykjavik bring a unique taste of Icelandic flavours to this Origin of Darkness. They brought with them some Icelandic Cocao Nibs from Omnom Chocolate and Sea Salt from SaltVerk. We added these ingredients to the bourbon barrels with vanilla and lactose, to give a mouth watering combination of dark chocolate and vanilla, with an enjoyably salty finish.


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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 500 ml bottle on a cold last day of November split 2 ways.
Pours a thick rich black with less than 1/2 finger creamy brown head that the alcohol eats away quickly.
Bourbon on the nose, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and hints of licorice.
Taste is up front bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, dark chocolate prominent - definitely sweet from lactose but nicely balanced by bittersweet dark chocolate and a touch of salinity - finishes very slightly roasty.
Smooth medium full mouthfeel - sweetness lingers without being cloying - though not grossly boozy, a bit of warmth sits in the back of the throat and upper esophagus.
Unexpectedly exceptional.

Dec 01, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp but allowed to warm. Pours jet black with little head. Nose is roasted malts, bourbon, lactose, vanilla, black licorice, cherries. Taste is super smooth - chocolate, lactose, charred wood, licorice, blackberries, figs, molasses. Mouthfeel is amazing - super thick and creamy. Overall an amazing stout.

Jul 11, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Unknown vintage; drank on draft @ Fischman's on 4/24/19.

Too much going on here, and while there was a nice earthiness the sea salt dominated the other flavors.

If you wish there was a oceanic/fishy vibe to your stouts, your in heaven...but for me this was more of a chore.

Apr 25, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with some playful bubble islands and lacing. Smell has an earthy base with bourbon, with an emergence of a robust cocoa, creamy vanilla and a briny salt finish. Taste was like a dry chocolate cookie, in a good way, with vanilla, a hint of caramel, bourbon, and fudge with a salty finish with the brownie batter. A baker's delight, tastes like it should be clumpy but it is not at all. Wish it could be a little thicker, but works together in a smooth way.

Mar 31, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous Bourbon, cocoa and vanilla hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice balanced of Bourbon, cocoa and vanilla flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced Stout

Mar 24, 2019
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Collective Arts/Kex 'Origin of Darkness' @ 11.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle
A-pour is jet black from the bottle to glass with a small tan head leaving a minimal lace ring along the tulip
S-initial pour bourbon
T-sweet start , bourbon thru out , bitter salt swallow
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-second of six , bitter salt swallow stands out
prost LampertLand

Jan 21, 2019
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon barrel aged stout w/ vanilla, icelandic sea salt, & omnom cocoa brewed in collaboration with Kex Brewing from Iceland.

Appearance - Pours a dark jet black with three fingers of mocha tan head.

Smell - bourbon, oak, vanilla, cocoa bean, earthy and leafy hops, roasted malts, hint of sea salt, and spicy earthy yeast.

Taste - bourbon, oak, and vanilla upfront. The cocoa bean and sea salt come through next. The brew is finished off by the earthy and leafy hops, roasted malts, and spicy earthy yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with the bourbon, oak, vanilla, cocoa bean and sea salt lingering.

Overall - A bold and robust stout that utilizes all ingredients very well. At first, I was skeptical on how sea salt would work in this brew but it adds an interesting complexity of flavours. This brew reminds me of sampling some great stouts on a trip last year to Iceland.

Jan 13, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decent head retention. Jet ebony black.

Tons of bourbon on the nose, with cacao and vanilla. Boozy and hot.

Every element translates to the palate: roasted barley, salt, vanilla, caramel, molasses, chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar. Not remotely listed in order of appearance or strength.

Jan 09, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of malt, dark chocolate, salt, bourbon, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt (present throughout), a tinge of vanilla, a good shot of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a decent amount of dark chocolate, and some sea salt. This is a sweet, rich, and complex flavor. It has lots of bourbon and chocolate, but the sea salt gives it a nice kick at the end. Incredibly tasty.

F: An decent amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An enjoyable and well made stout. Drinkable.

Dec 30, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a nearly black body with some sticky lacing. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and slight vanilla. Taste mirrors nose nicely with a slightly salty finish. Wonderfully velvety mouthfeel and overall, a great dessert beer paired with anything chocolate, or even cheesecake or dark fruit. Cheers!

Dec 22, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice inky pour, pitch black in the snifter, maybe a half-finger or so of dark foam on top... Featuring vanilla, SaltVerk Icelandic sea salt, and Omnom cocoa, and aged in bourbon barrels...

Richly presents all the featured ingredients in a silky smooth, chocolaty-sweet body... Ample vanilla and gentle bourbon impressions add great depth, and the sea salt conjures impressions of a salted chocolate and molasses caramel...

Very sweet, very decadent, very nice - liquid chocolate candy for adults...

Dec 12, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good big barrel aged stout, especially for the price.cocoa nibs are nice, slight barrel heat and a hint of salt. I think it would be better with even more salt.

Dec 11, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Big dark and inky, just a big dark monster. Appearance goes for a nearly midnight black and pouring out of the bottle like a broken fountain pen. Head creation is smooth and fine, but is a few pencil widths tall, before settling on a big bubbled collar. Head was a real nice mocha chocolate whipped brown color. Just a great overall looking stout.

With much of the added flavors, the dominant aromar are actually not the additions it seems. Thick charring roast hits the nose first, and a faint smoke and almost bacon quality. Spicy dark chocolate nibs with powdered cocoa flows next working an excellent rich texture. A perfect mix of excellent roast and sweet chocolate powder bitterness.

On first sip… oh my god this is so well done. Silky rich velvet mouthfeel. Been a long time since I had one of those on my palate for a stout. Rich powdered cocoa with dark touches of rocky salt accenting it just so perfectly. Woody salt and touches of leather and faint malt roast. Flirts with coffee, with milky vanilla and feels like you are blowing cocoa powder rings of smoke. Buzzing tongue with playful and rich mixtures of roast qualities, everything seems to come out. Soft vanilla, salted dark chocolate, leather, roast malt, espresso, liquid cream.

Wow what a winner of a stout, I feel like rushing out to buy another bottle and just devour it again.

Dec 09, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a short tulip boasts an eponymous black body allowing slightly less light than head, but whispy clouds of off-white bubbles float above the depths while spotted lacing runs back to the edge.

Subdued aroma is dominated by the bourbon's oak, vanilla, brown sugar, tobacco, and char and tart cherry notes after coming to temperature.

Flavors of cocoa, leather, coconut, molasses, caramel, stone fruit, and vanilla beautifully meld with the bourbon aromas for a smooth, not too sweet, elixir that finishes with a hint of salt.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and just short of tongue-coating as it clears the palate cleanly.

Overall I am happy to try this fine offering from these two well established brewers.

Dec 08, 2018
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ahogan877 from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I ended up purchasing a few bottles after my intitial sample. It has a faint sea salt aftertaste which is nice. Really hits the mark with what I presume they were going for.

Nov 20, 2018
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

collab with kex. Very good stout in the Northern Europe style. thick, creamy, a bit more malty and less dry than the style. Not a bad thing for drinkability. Some hop enhancement to the overall taste.Cocoa and coffee aroma.foam lasts the entire experience.

Mar 18, 2018
Origin of Darkness - Kex from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 37 ratings