Origin of Darkness - Lervig
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Origin of Darkness - LervigOrigin of Darkness - Lervig
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Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #523
Ranked #2,827
4.33 | pDev: 7.16%
May 06, 2022
Oct 15, 2021
Origin of Darkness - LervigOrigin of Darkness - Lervig
Notes: If anyone knows Mike and Dave from Lervig in Norway, you know they like to have a good time. And what is more fun than a milkshake?! In honour of all things fun, we created an 'Origins of Darkness' version of a Peanut Butter and Chocolate milkshake. Brewing an Imperial Stout which we then aged in freshly emptied Bourbon barrels from Kentucky, adding a unique and distinct vanilla sweetness. Next up, Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Lactose - the perfect combo!
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4.6 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on May 06, 2022
4.36 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts on Apr 30, 2022
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4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours pitch black with a very thin tan head. Heavy amount of sludgy lacing.

S - Aroma is peanut butter, chocolate and borubon.

T - The taste is peanut butter, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Very light bourbon heat in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with fizzy dry finish.

O - Solid peanut butter stout. My only complaint is I wish the barrel was more prominent in the flavor.

Apr 07, 2022
4.41 by einman from Minnesota on Apr 04, 2022
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4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Derek from Canada (BC)

Not much carbonation or head. Aroma of peanut butter & chocolate, with light vanilla and oak. Flavour is similar, with a nice vanilla sweetness. That peanut butter works really well with the bourbon... Jim Beam? Great mouthfeel, not too heavy, with a slightly drying finish. Incredibly well balanced.

Mar 31, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Collective Arts Brewing 'Origin of Darkness - Lervig' @ 11.6% , served from a 355 ml can
A-pour is black from can to glass with a small tan head , dissipating into a minimal lace ring along the tulip
S-Bourbon , with hints of peanut butter in the background
T-creamy smooth Imperial stout , very sweet chocolate , slight peanut butter swallow
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-amazing Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake BA Imperial stout
prost LampertLand

Mar 17, 2022
4.5 by paulish from New York on Mar 14, 2022
4.26 by Taenim from New Jersey on Feb 27, 2022
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4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured at fridge temp. Pours jet black with brown head. Big bubbles form on the top and stick around. Nose is chocolate milkshake, vanilla, and a bit of bourbon. The taste is smooth and creamy. Chocolate, vanilla cream, maple, peanuts, and toffee. Really nice. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, a really nice collaboration. Definitely a dessert stout.

Feb 01, 2022
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Poured moderately hard from a can into a snifter glass, slowly accumulating a crazy viscous head that stuck around forever. Most unusual head I've seen, a bit like a milkshake actually. Deep brown color under the brown head. Smells a bit of peanut butter and chocolate, good but subtle. Taste keeps making me say "wow" throughout my drink. Definitely the best PB and chocolate stout I've ever had. A bit of sweetness, maybe a mild hint of bourbon, and somehow not boozy tasting at all. So amazing. Just slightly thick bodied with a little bit of carbonation. So so good.

Jan 28, 2022
4.24 by DaPan from Canada (ON) on Jan 22, 2022
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4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a 13 oz Teku glass canned on 9/22/21. Pours near pitch black with a 2 finger big bubbled head that leaves a thin wall of film with solid retention. 4.25

Aroma peanut butter, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and sweet bourbon. 4

Taste follows peanut butter, cocoa, vanilla beans, and bourbon very interesting flavor and nose, but not in a bad way at all. 4

Mouthfeel is above average, not dry, gentle carbonation and it works well, and at 11.6% it has a bunch of flavor but still goes down easy. 4.25

Overall this is a truly unique stout, man they loaded up on the peanut butter and makes for an interesting flavor that the palate won’t soon forget. 4

Jan 18, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Greywulfken from New York

An imperial milkshake stout with peanut butter and chocolate - aged in bourbon barrels, because, why not? lol - but it also says "stout brewed with natural flavors" which can suggest an artificiality despite the "natural" in the descriptor...

Well, lemme tell ya - lol - there was definitely peanut butter in this...

Huge nose and flavor - but the head looked it was covered in peanut butter nodules or something - absolute blast on the nose and palate - truly and exactly, a bourbon barrel peanut butter and chocolate stout - take it or leave it... Rich and creamy with ample peanut butter, a solid bourbon barrel chocolate stout backbone, and a somewhat off-putting head lol - I don't care, BA... Oh, but beware the finish - it's a clumpy peanut buttery mess - drink it but don't look at it - just like a Heady Topper lol - fun beer - hits all the marks it shoots for - but, buyer beware, it was $8.99 for a 12 oz. can here on Long Island... I thought it was worth it, but I'm numb to it at this point... lol

Jan 06, 2022
4.5 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Jan 01, 2022
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4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

Let's start with the elephant in the room: the appearance. This beer is nearly impossible to rate in terms of appearance, as even a slow, careful pour results in the buildup of a head unlike anything I've ever seen. It's firm, chunky, concrete, and lasts for days (I suspect; I didn't actually let it sit for days). It looks like Demolition Man's vehicle safety foam, and it sits atop the (by comparison) thin body, apparently resistant to change. Thick clumps of the brownest shaving cream you've ever seen stick to the glass as though frozen in time as you sip.

OK, that's a lot of words for just the appearance.

It tastes: awesome. It really does. The bourbon barrel is restrained enough that it comes across as complementary, blending seamlessly with the base stout, chocolate, and peanut butter. The chocolate and peanut butter themselves are rich but balanced.

The mouthfeel would have warranted well over a 4.0 rating, if not for some floaties (likely peanut butter) that are literally noticeable on the tongue, especially as you work your way through the glass. As a texture eater, they're not quite bad enough to spoil the experience, but they are very, very noticeable, and detract significantly from what would otherwise be a smooth, easy-drinking, full bodied stout.

Overall, one of the best of the series in recent memory.

Dec 28, 2021
3.97 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Dec 24, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

Review from notes. 355 ml can served reasonably cold into a pint glass at Beertown in Oakville with an old friend. Cost was an arm and a leg, but really enticing, so figured to give this a shot. Collab with Lervig (from Norway).

Appearance - Ominous, light eradicating blackness that pours black and is black in the glass. Frothy half inch that looks like little bubbles on top of a freshly made milkshake. They are the deepest shade of brown of any stout since maybe Ten Fidy when I tried that for the first time a few years back. Good staying power and little streaks of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell - So much dark chocolate, semi bitter kind, as opposed to 95% Cacao. Bourbon is relatively apparent and well ingrained, some wood from the barrel, but neither overpowers the chocolate. Peanut butter accents all of this and while not prominent, is there in every sniff.

Taste - Lord have mercy! An absolute flavor bomb. Huge amounts of dark chocolate that start semi-bitter but become sweeter as other flavors appear. Bourbon again prominent, making this reasonably boozy, but in never really takes the lead, just complimenting the chocolate all the way. Some wood and barrel give more depth and again the peanut butter shows strongly initially and fades out but then comes back towards the end. A little bit of roasty ash mixed in there. Lots of depth and absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel - Very full bodied, frothy and thick (like a milkshake). Boozy and throating warming but doesn't come in hot. Works with the flavors so well.

Overall - I'm trying to separate my enjoyment from a fantastic lunch with an old friend and the beer separately, really enjoyed my self, but this collaboration was pretty freaking incredible that it helps paint this whole experience even better. As a delicious sipper, a slow burn of a beer packing so much flavor, a must try if you can get it. My best beer of 2021 (so far) and with 10 days to go, It's likely to hold that title. Even so good it crept into my top 10 beers ever. What a brew!

Dec 21, 2021
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4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by stevoj from Idaho

12oz can from Tavour. Thick, black pour, sturdy, brown head, lacing coats the glass. Gorgeous. Aroma is chocolate and peanut butter. Or peanut butter and chocolate? Sweet, luscious. Taste is rich chocolate and peanut butter, full Reese's emulation in effect. Melts on the tongue, velvety, luscious, decadent. Wow! My socks have been knocked off.

Dec 20, 2021
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 19, 2021
3.86 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC) on Dec 01, 2021
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by josanguapo from Spain

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Estudiando y jugando a Fortnite (victoria). Bestial. Todo lo que anuncia perfectamente integrado, resultando en una birra corpulenta y deliciosa en la que uno no es capaz de distinguir cual de los ingredientes es el que aporta más al resultado. Cara pero lo merece

Nov 24, 2021
4.42 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Nov 12, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by leaddog from Canada (AB)

Upon opening, a large amount of beer gushed out. Not sure what happened with the quality control on this one.

Appearance - Pours a jet black with very minimal head

Smell - oak, peanut butter, cocoa, dark chocolate, earthy and leafy hops, roasted malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste - Starts off with minimal oak. Then it goes into the strong notes of peanut butter, cocoa, and dark chocolate. The earthy and leafy hops alongside the roasted malts and earthy yeast round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate to full carbonation. Finishes smooth with the peanut butter and chocolate lingering.

Overall - I'm rather disappointed by this one as I was expecting a lot more. The bourbon barrel was hardly there. This one is the least of my favourites of the series so far.

Nov 07, 2021
4.21 by valianes from Canada (ON) on Nov 04, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

And the O of D is back!
This one was my target, as the others didn't sound quite as good, though I will try some of them.
So the pour.
The head disappears before you can say "head". But there is enough carbonation in here, don't worry. The nose howver is perfect. The peanut comes through, as does the chocolate and the lactose. This latter makes the beer feel really soft.
The peanut butter is probably better represented in this one than I have ever experienced and the chocolate is really, really good, not the usual bitter kind.
The beer does irritate the throat a little and it comes through as too sweet, with the bourbon pushed to the background. So it's not fantastic. But it still is a very strong contender in this, or any other series.

Oct 15, 2021
Origin of Darkness - Lervig from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 25 ratings