Well the first beer from the Collective Arts collaboration series didn’t exactly turn out as planned (or maybe too much as planned). We did, however, have a much better experience with this one though I for some reason again failed on getting a good picture. Below is the label art from the brewery website.
Beer Name: Origin of Darkness
Brewery: Collective Arts Brewing (Hamilton, Ontario) & KEX Brewing (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Style: Imperial Stout
Description: Part of a series of collaboration beers made with brewers from across the globe, this time Collective Arts paired with KEX Brewing from Iceland. This variant of their storied stout was aged in Bourbon barrel along with Icelandic cocao nibs, sea salt, vanilla, and lactose.
Appearance: It poured a thick black body topped by a foamy tan head.
Smell: Sweet malt upfront, followed by hints of cocoa and vanilla.
Taste: Started out with rich, creamy sweet malts taste with some distinct chocolate notes. This was followed by bittersweet cocoa with hints of vanilla and sea salt lurking on the periphery. Mild to moderate bit of heat on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth body with low carbonation.
Hype: We picked this up on account of some eye-catching bottle art and really delicious sounding mix of ingredients. Full disclosure we drank this before the truffle beer so we went into this one pretty carefree.
Overall: I liked this a lot. The base stout very good and the additional ingredients were used to good effect to enhance rather than dominate the brew.