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Singularity - Driftwood Brewery

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 116
Gots: 30 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
2011-11.8%(silver foil) , 2012-11.6%(black wax) ,
2013-11.8%(black wax) , 2014-14.6%(black wax)

Our 4th annual release of Driftwood Brewery’s Singularity has been conditioned for 3 months in authentic Kentucky bourbon barrels. This aging process adds warming notes of bourbon and oak that push this Russian Imperial Stout beyond the event horizon. The result is a beer of infinite density and depth of character.

(Beer added by: ericj551 on 01-18-2011)
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

tbeckett, Tuesday at 12:53 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

This is a serious beer. It will steal your soul if you don't respect it. Bottle says 14.6% ABV but it's probably higher than that. Aged 5 months. Black as night. Head is a unique and gorgeous gradient from brown to caramel to beige near the top. Bourbon on the nose. Chocolate, Caramel, coffee, sugar, molasses, and lots of bourbon. Super malty goodness. One bottle of this stuff will probably get you well on your way to slurring your words. Truly a special, unique, and delicious beer.

TRiGS, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

hopsolutely, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of lylehopkins
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

lylehopkins, Aug 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Rcfoster, Jul 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Larz_73, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Beersnake1
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage poured in late June, 2014. Poured from bottle into tulip. Initially cold from the fridge, but let it warm over an hour.

Appearance: Black as night, with a gorgeous brown head. Good amount of carbonation.

Smell: Holy crap! The nose blew me away. Lot's of bourbon, but nice sweet malts. Picking up a bunch of dark fruits. Very excited to taste this one!

Taste: It doesn't disappoint, but definitely a bit different from the smell. Very nice bourbon flavors, with a sweet aftertaste. Alcohol comes through, which I bet would ease off with some age. It's almost 15%, so a bit of aging would probably be great! There is also a massive dark fruit bomb on this. Cherries, plums, and blackberries. A bit of grape as well. Very nice! This is a perfect treat after dinner!

Mouthfeel: Wow! A smooth and creamy feel. This one lingers nicely. I just want more!

Overall, this is an amazing beer. This is a beer that I would seek out and keep in my cellar. I can only imagine what a bit of age would do to this! Driftwood did a fantastic job with this one!

Beersnake1, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Phobicsquirrel, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

seldomseen, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

schnarr84, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

yancot, May 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

510a, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Kurmaraja, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Beerzebub
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.

Looks like a serious beer - deep red and gold highlighted black

Somewhat closed aroma at first, but opens up over half an hour or so as it warms in the glass. Dark and brooding. Burntness (with a touch of smoke, deep, almost industrial, or like a train station), molasses, a Scotch ale sort of maltiness, mild bourbon barrel, and hints of dark fruit like raisins or figs.

Quite a bit more intensity on the palate than suggested by the aroma - bittersweet molasses, burnt caramel/sugar, dark chocolate, orange rind, bourbon, mild licorice. Starts fairly sweet, but finishes bitter and almost dry. Quite a long finish, impressive, with the flavors lingering for a minute or more. Powerful, and delicious.

Medium-full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth texture. Noticeable alcohol, but quite drinkable for what it is.

Good stuff. Thanks to the very helpful staff at 16th St Liquor in West Vancouver for the recommendation!

Beerzebub, Apr 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Justindouglas7, Mar 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Aggro, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

matto4444, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of MacBrew
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been a fan of this seasonal from Driftwood for the last few years and I've been waiting impatiently for il's arrival.
It didn't disappoint.
What I do enjoy is this beer at fridge temp and room temp. (It's a sipping beer, not a sessional)
Different flavours come forward as it warms.
Rich, smooth and despite then high alcohol, it goes down without a burn.
The toughest part about this beer is getting through the black wax.
Takes a moment of patience, but well worth it!
Love it!

MacBrew

MacBrew, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JasonLovesBeer, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Driftwood Brewery's 'Singularity' 2012 vintage @ 11.6% used to be my 50th review on bottle , so .. now the current 2014 vintage @ 14.6% will become , from both *cask* at the recent Victoria Beer Week kickoff event & 650 ml bottle going price $12 , my latest re-review

A-pour is a very dark brown/black from the cask/bottle to almost black in the glass with a small tan head that quickly dissapates leaving a minimal lace ring along the VBW glass

S-smells of bourbon , orange rind & ripe dark fruit's & some sweet spices , hint's of oak ,

T-taste is still complex , barrel aged bourbon up front followed by sweet dark fruit & a chocolate/sweet vanilla combine in the middle , near the end a dry roast coffee finish , wow

MF-a bit viscous , medium carbonation and definate big full body , love the ABV buzz !!

Ov-great beer , oh and it's local , even at the $12+ / bottle , this beer is a stand-out winner , could possibly be 'the best beer buzz ever' (yeah I said it) , a must have in anyone's cellar ,
not sure what is best/favourite vintage , I seem to be enjoying the '13 vintage lately

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Retsinis for sharing this one at his tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am only getting bourbon qualities in the aroma.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

zestar, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

Rado, Feb 22, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage bottle dated black wax
Pours dark dark dark brown into HotD tulip. Minimal head reduces quickly to thin line of bubbles around edge.
Burnt dark chocolate dominates, coffee present. Alcohol makes itself known but not too much so.
Not overly smooth which I like. Flavors shout out their presence. Nothing subtle about it. If you want overly smooth, buy an oatmeal stout.
A pleasure. I wish I had bought more of them when I had the chance.

NWer, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

KeKeKumba, Dec 26, 2013
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Singularity from Driftwood Brewery
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