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Singularity | Driftwood Brewery

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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:
#1,338
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
165
pDev:
9.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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134
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of Zaximus
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IanSpindler
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of D_Min
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beervana
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with a pillowy beige head. A nice sweetness on the nose, getting mostly vanilla but some milk chocolate as well. Taste hits with a good kick of bourbon but little in the way of an alcohol heat, maybe a bit of dark chocolate. A smooth roastiness and a touch of hop bitterness come out on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, very mouth-coating. All in all, one of, if not the best barrel aged stouts from Western Canada.

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Photo of sohearn
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EastVanBeerNerd
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TRiGS
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of lylehopkins
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Rcfoster
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Larz_73
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Beersnake1
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of seldomseen
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of yancot
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 510a
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013. Pour is opaque but in the light you can see dark brown with redish hues at the fringes. Nice head that fades to a beige ring. Not glass coating. Smell is subdued; bourbon notes (caramel, vanilla and a very distinct cinnamon note). Toffee and golden syrup come in later. No chocolate or roasted malt notes. No hop presence. Flavor is more of the same - intense bourbon, Jack Daniels-y, without a ton of heat. Still that cinnamon note with some vanilla panna cotta and flan. Great carbonation that gives it a very smooth, creamy feel. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Aggro
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of matto4444
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Singularity from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 165 ratings
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