Collective Arts Brewing / Bellwoods Brewery Origin of Darkness Wheated Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Dulce de Leche – American Double / Imperial Stout at 11.9% ABV (C$7.00 at Collective, 355 ml, packaged on 30-Aug-2022, acquired 6-Oct-2022, reviewed 20-Nov-2022)
Appearance: nearly solid black with one finger of fine brown head diminishing gradually to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: milky caramel, bourbon, oak, roast malt & chocolate, vanilla. (9/10) Taste: high sweet, high bitter. (9/10) Palate: full slick body, soft carbonation, sticky warming lingering bitter finish. (4/5)
Well, hello! Two of my absolute favourite Canadian breweries collaborating, albeit on a style that I don’t really consider to be the flagship for either. Could be good, could be not so good. …aaand it’s good. Great, actually. I mean, it is what it is: not one you’d want as a refresher after a day working construction, or a post-workout recovery beer, but as a late-night sipper? Boy, howdy. Shamelessly sweet and boozy, but with just the right balance of milky caramel Dulce de Leche and bourbon barrel notes to balance things out. Definitely the best out of the four Origin of Darkness I’ve tried this year, and among the best beers of the year. (17/20)
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