Singularity | Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
90.3%
Liked This Beer
4.27 w/ 165 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2011-11.8%(silver foil), 2012-11.6%(black wax),
2013-11.8%(black wax), 2014-14.6%(black wax),
2015-12.2%(black wax), 2016-11.2%(black wax),
2017-13.2%(black wax)

Our 7th 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. At 13.2%, Singularity Russian Imperial Stout 2017 will be a prized addition to any beer cellar!


Added by ericj551 on 01-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,318
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
165
Liked:
149
Avg:
4.27/5
pDev:
9.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked brown and black, not the most impressive appearance, no lasting head/retention/lace. Aroma, strong on the bitter, tart and alcohol notes, but yet, not really given its strength.

Taste was good, the thin body made me think this had just outright liquor added to the barrel, rather than just getting its character from the barrel. Prime the pump. Heavy roast character, some bitter tart thing going on, interesting, different. Chocolate, licorice and vanilla. Really don't pick up oak or barrel as much as I do alcohol, but relative to its abv, its really not all that omniprescient.

One of the best beers I've had from Canada. Who brought this to the Solar Eclipse party? Was it Crystel and her man? Sure am glad I took a picture and notes, as relying on my own independent recollection on this one, is uh, questionable.

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Photo of mattsander
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sprucetip
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got on trade! 2016 vintage served at 10deg C in a challis.

A- Opens well and pours a solid 1.5" high light brown head that stays forever. Nearly 10mins before film out. Super dark brown colour and just a wonderful stout

S- Bourbon and, unfortunately, metallic scent.

T- Bourbon, chocolate and malt hits you right away. After the juiciness leaves it's heat and a lot of it. Too much but it sticks out at you because of the wateriness.

M- Watery. Way too watery for a BBA stout. Makes the heat stick out at you

O- Pretty good brew minus the watery nature of the mouth. Hope they improve their technique. Ingredients you can taste are high quality but......

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with......... Sorry for the common theme however it works...... Chocolate cake with chocolate icing. It just works times ten...

Enjoy

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the BA guys out West, love their reviews. Ok, a rare bottled West beer they didn't send out to me already that's good. Volo:$46 with tax and tip, sharing with Jason. Its black and almost no head. Way too cold, half an hour into it as it warms I get a cask head, some trace of lace condensation on the side of the glass. A little boozy and chocolate aroma, and some strange spice in the finish that seems sour.Its closer to room temperature, and its very bourbon, some oak, carbonation is there.Smooth, buttery, as warmer and there is more coffee and coconut. 14% alcohol as rated by LCBO. Bourbon takes over as the smell. Chocolate in the sediment.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml, black wax-capped bottle, @ 11.2% ABV (2016 edition) - thanks as ever was to rogerdandy for bequeathing me this hard to come by offering - cheers, man!

This beer pours a deep, abyssal black, with subtle basal cola edges when pressed to backlighting, and four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and well creamy brown head, which leaves a decent array of layered sudsy and stringy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of testy Bourbon barrels (wood, spicy rye booze, and neutered vanilla), grainy caramel/toffee malt, black licorice, a muddled dark orchard fruitiness, and some further nail polish remover adjacent astringent alcohol heat. The taste is gently roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, a hint of biscuity toffee, semi-sweet, yet still aggressive Bourbon cask notes (dried vanilla pods, rye/corn whiskey, and musty wood), bittersweet chocolate, edgy cafe-au-lait, a fading melted anise candy character, and more hovering, and about to alight metallic booziness.

The bubbles are fairly inert in their difficult to get excited about frothiness, the body a stoic medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth and creamy, but for a loitering sense of tacky alcohol ingress. It finishes sweet, sure, and moderated to a certain degree by wood, generic fruit, and heat alike.

Yeah, I probably cracked this one open a bit too early (but you never really know, eh, Tofor?), as the big ABV seems to have not yet found its sexy groove, instead evoking a somewhat scratchy persona. At any rate, that's judging this like a typically hyped-up whale, rather than on the merits I sense before me. So, in summary, this is indeed a splendid big BBA stout, the perceivable wowee sauce forgivable enough (see label if you want to quibble about this), and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev -6.3%

9/25/14 pouring from the bomber, into a TG snifter.

Smell a small Brbn barrel aroma, hint of sweetness.

Small thin tan head rims the glass, seems about medium viscosity.

Taste is not overly bitter dark malt. But I get a little; not overly sweet, a little barrel left, smooth , very drinkable, really nothing to turn you away, I may go plop some vanilla ice cream in the next glass, will make a great stout float.

I think I bought this through an internet beer retailer, on '12, it has held up well, ? , 14% , you can't fault this, it is a good beer, a lot of breweries put out an imperial bourbon-barrel aged stout, and it is sad, this is decent, enjoyable, would like to try it fresh sometime, for a comparison.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Marti403
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of KeKeKumba
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Rado
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Rutager for knocking off a flock of my top Canadian wants in one big, beautiful blast. To further the motif, I'm watching Alanis Morisette on Guitar Center Sessions. OK, only for a minute. 2013 batch, 22 oz. bottle, split with my wife. I like the bottle art, too.

First, there's the David vs. the Goliath fight with the earth's crust, er. wax on the bottle. Six minutes later, I'm through, no blood shed, nothing splled or broken. The actual beer is very black, almost as still. Barrel rolls out as soon as the Red Sea of wax parts, but retreats fairly quickly. Big, bloody dark fruits are dominant, mild sweetness, barrel, & vanilla in the backseat.

Singularity tastes like a bourbon aged in imperial stout barrels. Vanilla & straight-shot bourbon are prominent but not overwhelming in the opening bars, but own the afterburn. Numbs the gums like a good bourbon, & there's a healthy alcohol sting. Lots of dark fruit which I'm normally not fond of in this quantity in a stout, but it works here, playing off the alchohoool/bourbonity. Chocolate, scorched forest, licorice, more flame-licked wood. Light bitterness on the aftertaste. That licorice aftertaste - black licorice, unfortunately - is the only slightly unpleasant note. Tummy. Warming. Slowly. Trying. Drink.

This is so close - so close - to being Gyff, instead it's Ruskin. It's also the rare beer that actually goes a bit downhill as it warms & the licorice begins to wrestle control from the barrel. Nonetheless, a very good beer.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of seldomseen
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of matto4444
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of hannydawg
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Smokey roasted malt aroma with a nice barrel character that makes itself know without overpowering everything else.  Grassy and piney hops along with dry, toasted oak, coconut, vanilla and spicy bourbon but the roasted malts and dark chocolate really stand out.  

Thinner bodied than expected with soft carbonation and a decent amount of boozy bourbon but the barrel character is nicely integrated throughout.  Some toasted oak and vanilla bean followed by a prominent bourbon presence that lingers over the sweet and roasted malt backbone into a slightly dry finish.  Underneath the barrel notes, there is more sweetness than roast with hints of silky chocolate, toffee and caramel along followed by some oatmeal, burnt malt and roasted coffee bean.  Well balanced and complex with subtle heat in the finish but the high abv is well masked making this strong beer easier to drink than expected.

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Photo of Jlang2012
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Singularity from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 90.3% out of 100 with 165 ratings
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