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Singularity - Driftwood Brewery

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 112
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by peensteen:
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black, minimal tan head that hangs around the edge of the glass, some spots of lace show up. Big bourbon presence in the nose, roast malt comes through, nice oaky notes, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, the oak is really impressive here. Taste is of bourbon, oak, vanilla bean, nice roasty notes, alcohol is present and at times a little high, coffee comes through in the finish, well balanced. Full body, nice dense weight, light to medium carbonation, syrupy at points. Solid brew, one of the tastiest bourbon barrel stouts from Canada for sure I wish I had a bottle to put away for a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 16:27:30 | More by peensteen
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Rcfoster


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-09-2014 04:11:34 | More by Rcfoster
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Larz_73

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-04-2014 04:56:31 | More by Larz_73
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Beersnake1

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 00:26:22 | More by Beersnake1
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Phobicsquirrel

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-01-2014 03:09:49 | More by Phobicsquirrel
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seldomseen

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

05-28-2014 22:20:25 | More by seldomseen
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-25-2014 07:06:11 | More by schnarr84
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

05-12-2014 06:20:53 | More by yancot
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510a

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-30-2014 18:17:14 | More by 510a
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev -7%

04-28-2014 03:13:52 | More by Kurmaraja
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Beerzebub

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 10:28:35 | More by Beerzebub
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Justindouglas7


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-31-2014 02:41:21 | More by Justindouglas7
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Aggro

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-23-2014 23:50:52 | More by Aggro
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matto4444

Missouri

4/5  rDev -7%

03-19-2014 05:46:44 | More by matto4444
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MacBrew

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 02:26:41 | More by MacBrew
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-09-2014 18:56:35 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Driftwood Brewery's 'Singularity' 2012 @ 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-good/great beer , oh and it's local , a GREAT 'RIS' , 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 ,

prost LampertLand

Serving type: cask

03-06-2014 04:30:15 | More by LampertLand
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 20:37:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-23-2014 04:25:02 | More by zestar
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Rado

California

4/5  rDev -7%

02-22-2014 22:41:58 | More by Rado
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NWer

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 20:12:40 | More by NWer
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

12-26-2013 03:21:49 | More by KeKeKumba
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-10-2013 15:36:53 | More by rogerdandy
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11-09-2013 03:28:05 | More by bobsy
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 version into a goblet. Pours inky black with very little head and a similar amount of lacing.

I smell vanilla from the barrels and other woody notes. The whiskey is apparent as well but not overdone. I get just a little bit of roast but not much. Not super complex, but interesting and enjoyable. It also has a fair bit of boozy heat.

I get more roast than in the nose, but it's still gentle. There is some roasty, or maybe it's hoppy, bitterness as well, particularly on the back end. I don't notice the oak and vanilla as much as in the nose, but I do get more as it warms. Or the whiskey. But it is still quite good. Malty sweetness emerges more as it warms.

Nicely carbonated, full body, medium viscosity with some bitterness leading into and lingering after the finish.

This bottle has a year on it, and it strikes me as one that could have benefitted from some more time. There are a number of interesting elements in play including vanilla and other barrel characteristics such as the booze, malty sweetness, and roast. They don't always mesh perfectly, but this is good a beer that is on the verge of being very good.

My friends who shared this with me are saying that some previous years' versions were better.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:29:37 | More by sprucetip
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Singularity from Driftwood Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.