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Driftwood Singularity Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Imperial Stout
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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%, was 14.6% too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2075) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2016
2016 bottle poured. Huge thanks to mcberko for the bottle! Listed at 11.2% Jet black pour with an active tan fizz head and sticking lace. Aroma is chocolate, doughy, and a bit nutty. Big chocolate flavor upnfront, and a little dough, a lot like the aroma. Thick body, lingering cocoa finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (15022) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle split at RBWG ’15 hotel lobby share on the final night, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15. Black with a moderate tan covering. Nose is rich malt, light peppery spice, chocolate malt, charr, light roasted tones, subtle barrel. Taste comprises rich chocolate, dark fruit rinds, spice, trace of bourbon. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a little added boost. Ok impy but doesn’t really get out of 2nd gear for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7382) - Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2015
2/21/15. Sampled during RBWG 2015. Black pour with a nice tan head. Light bourbon aroma, some vanilla and oak, melds well with chocolate and coffee, fudgey. Nice flavor, light bourbon, vanilla oak, fudgey. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (6406) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
Bottle, thanks for all the bottles Todd. I thoroughly enjouyed this one in you backyard and we really enjoyed it at the first Garching Ratebeer meeting! Toffee, light iodine, vanilla, coffee. Almost black, low head. Dry body, dark chocolate, wood, whisky, berries, vanilla and spirit aftertaste. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1605) - Garching, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
2012 bottle with jfb and jonas, thanks capflu. Black color with reddish highlight and tan head. Aroma is cocoa, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is dark chocolate, plums, rich feeling. Not infinite density, but a good benchmark ImpStout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfb (5036) - Freising, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
(bottle, many thanks to capflu & jonas for this one!) pitch black in colour with a small beige head. aroma of bran flakes, liquorice and autumn foliage, with big notes of dark toffee, burnt malts and brown sugar. flavour is mostly the same, brown sugar, roasted malts and vanilla, with a touch of milk chocolate, coconut, cherry syrup and a touch of nettles in the light-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Whatup14 (1269) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
Bouteille 660ml, gracieuseté de lupulist, Thanks Mark! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka fuyante laissant une dentelle éparse. Arôme d’alcool, café, malt torréfié, boisé, cacao, crayon de bois. Goût de malt torréfié, café surtout en fin de bouche, boisé, chocolat noir, alcool (quoi que bien camouflé), noix. Carbonatation faible, corps dense, collante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9286) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2015
On June 22, 2015. Thanks to fiulijn!
Bottle with black wax, 12.2% ABV, 2014 vintage.
Black color, dark brown head. Sweet, alcohol, metallic, roasted taste. Roasted, metallic aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Sweet, malty, roasted, alcohol scent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2966) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle 650ml. 2012 vintage. Pours black with medium beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, butterscotch, caramel, bourbon. Taste is of lots of bourbon, roasted malt, some bitterness, ashy but not in an unpleasant way. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. Overall: Nice bourbon. Nice malt features.

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