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Driftwood Singularity Russian Imperial Stout

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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Imperial Stout
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 438   ABV: 14.6%
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Four months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels has transformed this formidable Russian Imperial Stout to somewhere beyond the event horizon; the result is a beer of ’infinite density’ and compelling complexities. ABV initially 11.8%.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (9882) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. 800th imperial stout. Pours oily black tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate roast, bourbon, oak, toffee and vanilla. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5483) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at the RBWG after grand tasting - tasting
Thick black oil with a small tan head, some lacing. Mild aroma of chocolate and woody. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and woody
Good

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (4587) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle during the RBWG Lobby Share. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is roast, wood, and chocolate. Medium mouth with rich chocolate, wood, roast. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hungover (2) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015 does not count
I really enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Rich rich rich and smooth. Its all chocolate when it hits the tongue then the bourbon finish really completes the journey. Im not a stout guy at all, but I bought several. Its roasty, its toasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3305) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
2014. Bouteille partagée. Une robe bien foncée. Un nez de chocolat, mélasse noire et café. L’alcool est bien présent. La bouche est chaude avec des saveurs de chocolat et de mélasse. C’est puissant.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7231) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle, via trade with dresden (thanks Steve!)-- my first beer of 2015, shared with Grippitis and others. This is the 2012 vintage. Hearty near black pour with a low dense reddish-brown head. Rich aroma of bitter chocolate, sweet bourbon, dark roast. Heavy body with good flavour density and a velvety mouthfeel; flavours of bitter chocolate, black malts, vanilla, caramel. Great balance here, very enjoyable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3436) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
Vintage 2014. Très noire cette robe. Comme une vieille huile. Mousse plutôt petite qui se transforme en anneau. Nez de mélasse, de rôti, de vanille et d’alcool. J’ai l’impression de quelque chose qui reste insaissisable. Une première gorgée qui révèle une douceur de bourbon vanillé. Une autre et les suivantes remplies de mélasse, de chaleur et de chocolat noir. Ce n’est pas mauvais mais cela manque, à mon avis, de finesse ou de savoir faire. En bouche, un corps robuste avec un apport modérément bas de bulles et une texture presque liquoreuse. Une finale amère et alcoolisée, incontrôlée ou incontrôlable. Définitivement, une bière impériale qui n’est pas très facile à boire.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1518) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Pours jet black with a loose heavy swirl of burnt tan head. Huge forward bourbon nose, sweet and caramelly. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Velvety velvety smooth. Sweet mid palate showing plenty of residual sugars, along with caramel and vanilla from the barrel and a nicely balanced roastiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vadie (883) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Noir. Très noir, avec un col moyen beige. L’arôme très fort du réglisse, et quelque chose que je ne peut pas vraiment décrire, mais il resemble de la nourriture du chien. En bouche c’est plein de réglisse, du bourbon, un peu du chocolat, du café, et un peu de malt torréfié avec une bonne finition amer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Strange aroma, especially out of he bottle, for a bourbon imperial stout. Loads of graham cracker, which lessens a little when poured and is not present in the flavor. Super super smooth for 11%+, if not as big as the imperials I’ve gotten used to. Smooth cocoa and roast with a pretty mellow bourbon influence. Good but not great."


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