Origin of Darkness - CR/AK
Collective Arts Brewing

Origin of Darkness - CR/AKOrigin of Darkness - CR/AK
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,263
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
92
Ranked #10,894
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 3.37%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
21
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Collective Arts Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
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One-off
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
Origin of Darkness - CR/AKOrigin of Darkness - CR/AK
Notes: Collaboration with CR/AK

Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Brewed W/ Chocolate and Pistachio Cannoli
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 21 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of janubio
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

59 cl bottle
Bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a balloon glass.
Black colour almost no head and no retention
No lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, varnish, bourbon, dried fruits, waffle cinnamon, spices.
Medium to full body, sticky texture, flat carbonation. Sweet finish.
Taste of chocolate, dried fruits, cinnamon, pepper, bourbon, waffle.
Pretty good.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 deep, dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. No lacing to speak of.

S: A very nice aroma of chocolate, malt, nuts, caramel, sugar, bourbon, wood, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a bit of caramel (sweet, but kind of fleeting), a good shot of chocolate (always welcome), a hint of vanilla, some malt (present throughout, though subtle), some of the advertised pistachios, and a subtle bourbon presence (and its barrel). This is a sweet, subtle, well made flavor. Tasty stuff.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable stout. Drinkable.

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Photo of jettjon
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber into a Perfect Pint glass, this one pours pitch brown with no penetrating light. Head is initially frothy but quickly fades to a thin brown cap and collar. Nose of assertive alcohol, dark fruits, dark chocolate and new shoe leather. Taste is also quite assertive with a sweet cherry chocolate cordial up front fading to a dry dark chocolate slightly bitter hops finish and a moderate alcohol afterburn. Mouth is creamy and rich with a satisfying amount of foam. Overall, a very good brew though somewhat hampered by sharp notes of sweetness. Bourbon – yes. Pistachio Cannoli – not sure where that is unless it’s the cherry cordial flavor I was getting. Would have again.

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Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/21/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, pistachio, fudge, brownie batter, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, cocoa, pistachio cannoli; light-moderate bourbon barrel, earthy hop, and fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, pistachio, fudge, brownie batter, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Light herbal, woody, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, pistachio, fudge, brownie batter, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread/crust, coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, cocoa, pistachio cannoli; light-moderate bourbon barrel, earthy hop, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great hop/roast bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, fairly sticky/chalky, and lightly slick/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming 8.4% or lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing imperial pastry stout. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, cocoa, pistachio cannoli; light-moderate bourbon barrel, earthy hop, and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV with the mellowly bitter/cherred/tannic/drying finish; great soft/silky feel for the style. Amazing balance of super rich malts, chocolate, and cannoli flavors; with solid barrel presence/integration, earthy hops, and restrained fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Not overwhelming on any aspect. Not a ton of barrel presence, but definitely adequate.

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Photo of octortus
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL Bottle. ABV 8.4%.
Appearance: Black, One finger of creamy caramel head, Minimal retention, Thin collar remains.
Aroma: Sweet roasted malt, Bittersweet chocolate, Slight lactose, Vanilla, Soft bourbon, Nutty (I think you can even pick up the pistachio cream).
Mouthfeel: Medium (or just above) body, Creamy, Alcohol warmth on finish.
Flavour: Chocolate, Soft roasted malt, Creamy vanilla, Sugar, Bourbon, Quite rich.
Overall: Fairly well integrated given how much was added to the beer. It is very sweet though. I don't think it's quite worth the price tag.

Review: 117

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal khaki head and tiny lace ring. Chocolate and nutty aroma with some woody booziness and a hint of vanilla. A little slick with a medium body, mild chocolate and nutty vanilla sweetness with a slightly boozy finish. Not a bad beer at all and worth trying.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Collective Arts-CR/AK 'Origin of Darkness' @ 8.4% , served from a 500 ml bottle
A-pour is black from bottle to glass with a small dissipating tan head leaving a spotty lace ring along the tulip
S-Bourbon BA
T-sweet start , Bourbon BA , hints of chocolate , strong boozy swallow
MF-ok/mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-do not taste the pistachio cannoli , boozy Imperial stout
prost LampertLand

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Photo of teromous
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't see a specific bottle date listed, but on the label it does state: "2019 RELEASE"

Appearance: The body is black and it forms a very short brown head that recedes very quickly into a thin ring. Limited spotty lacing.

Aroma: It has a massive, boozy, bourbon aroma. There is a scent of wood and a very strong aroma of pistachios. The pistachio aroma is quite impressive and it draws the nose back to the glass just to make sure that the aroma was accurate. Each time it is the same strong pistachio scent.

Taste: Up front there is this sweet confectioner's sugar flavor mixed with this nutty character and a very rich chocolate ganache. There is a lot going on here and it's like drinking some kind of complex liquid cake. Bourbon pops up immediately after this and punches the palate right in the face. There is so much going on in this beer and each component is very rich.

Mouthfeel: It is thick and full bodied with a richness and an alcohol presence that overshoots the presented "8.4% ALC./VOL." (as indicated by the label). Drinkability is low given the sheer richness of the beer coupled by the high alcohol flavor.

Overall: The flavors and aromas in this beer are very impressive, and that is not something to be taken lightly; with that colossus of character there is also an accompanying richness that can quickly fatigue the palate. The label claims that this is a "BOURBON BARREL-AGED IMPERIAL STOUT BREWED W/ CHOCOLATE & PISTACHIO CANNOLI." Kudos to the brewers because they literally nailed every advertised flavor. This is a very sweet tasting beer that is loaded to the brim with a complement of flavors that only compound its sweetness and decadence. There are constantly beers that make their way into the market that either advertise certain flavors or tout themselves as a dessert beer, but this one truly deserves it. If I see it again I'll pick it up but it will most likely be something that is saved for later. A beer that is this rich can only be savored from time to time. I very highly recommend seeking it out given the almost absurd level of flavor this beer has. It is something that has to be tried and it certainly sets the bar of what is achievable, higher. If you do not like sweeter or richer tasting beers then this one is not for you, but if you have an ounce of adventure then give it a shot.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
12/08/19

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: jet black, thick, medium beige head- and a tad foamy, once faded retention is tough.
AROMA: chocolate, bourbon/wood, a hint of mint.
TASTE: nutty dark chocolate, bourbon mixes in, general nuttiness though I wouldn't be able to decipher it as Pistachio unless I read the label. Bitter dark chocolate and citrus zing from the cannoli make for a touch of a tart/bitter finish.
FEEL: Full bodied, a touch chewy. low carbonation.

Very nice; but not without flaws.

**

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Photo of TreeHouse_Erection
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great bourbon flavor and not too sweet. No head retention for mine unlike other reviews but whatever. Not too much chocolate but it's there. Overall very enjoyable

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Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Decent head production.

Lots of bourbon and dough. Mild nuttiness, cream, and char. Some chocolate and espresso. Definitely boozy on the nose.

Smooth on the palate. A bit of boozy bite up front, but smooth thereafter. Waves of chocolate and vanilla. Delicious.

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Photo of bobv
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml. bottle.
Bottled 21 OCT 2019.

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch tan head over a near black body with sticky lacing. Nose of bourbon, first and foremost; dark malts, chocolate, and slight nuts. Taste mirrors nose with the bourbon leading the way. Dark chocolate, bitter chocolate, and the pistachio cannoli are all represented along with vanilla, caramel, and oak from the barrel. Nice feel and overall, the pronounced bourbon aroma and flavor makes this one of the most boozy BBA 8.4% abv. stouts I've ever had. Cheers to CAB and CR/AK!!!

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Origin of Darkness - CR/AK from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 21 ratings