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As some of you may recall, I had myself a bit of fun with the Origin of Darkness series of brews last year.  Of the two I tried, one was absolutely amazing and the other I found so off putting I couldn’t bring myself to drink enough for a review, leaving that “honor” for my wife instead.  After making sure to review the ingredients I felt pretty good about this one, though.

Beer Name: Origin of Darkness (with Vanilla, Toasted Coconut, and Lactose)

Brewery: Collective Arts Brewing and Donut Monster (Hamilton, Ontario)

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.5%

Description: Brewed in collaboration with Donut Monster the brewery’s friendly, neighborhood donut shop, this variation of their Origin of Darkness imperial stout was aged in bourbon barrels along with “classic” donut ingredients like vanilla, coconut, and cream.  Read more about it here.  This particular bottle was from the 2018 vintage.

Appearance: It had a thick black body with faint tan lacing that formed with the pour and quickly faded away.

Smell: Sweet and boozy with a pretty significant amount of bourbon.

Taste: Started with a mix of creamy malts and dark chocolate.  The additives came through strongest mid-sip, with moderate notes of vanilla and toasty coconut highlights.  The finish was hot with plenty of bourbon and some nice barrel notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick body with low carbonation.

Hype: I was moderately excited about this, even in light of that black truffle experience.

Overall: I really enjoyed this and think they did a pretty good job capturing the essence of donut.