Collective Arts Brewing / Dugges Bryggeri Origin of Darkness Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Raspberry, Chocolate & Mint – American Double / Imperial IPA at 11.6% ABV (C$7.00 at Collective, 355 ml, packaged on 7-Sep-2022, acquired 6-Oct-2022, reviewed 6-Nov-2022)
Appearance: nearly solid black with a short, short-lived fizzy brown head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: mint, bourbon, raspberry, oak, roast malt & chocolate. (7/10) Taste: high sweet, high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full slightly slick body, soft carbonation, sticky warming lingering bitter finish. (4/5)
I said the last one of this series was different, but in a “different is good” kind of way. This one… this is is different in a “that boy ain’t right” kind of way. Specifically, the mint is just bizarre, and more than a little reminiscent of someone rinsing their toothbrush in my beer. It overwhelms almost everything else, though there is a little raspberry eventually lingering in the finish. Not entirely a success for me, but not without its charms. (14/20)
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