Driftwood Brewery Singularity Russian Imperial Stout 2015: One of BC’s hardest to find beers as it generally sells out pretty fast, this Russian Imperial Stout is brewed to a strength of 12.2% abv and spends about 4 months in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels before being bottled. Most places put bottle limits on this release (anywhere from 1 to 3 bottles per person) so you need to shop around to get a decent amount of them.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours an intimidating dark brown colour coffee like colour with 1 finger of thick tan foam and some centered carbonation. The aroma starts with inviting dark chocolate nibs and well toasted bread, leading into black licorice, tar, espresso, sweet caramel, tobacco and booze.
Flavour: Upfront is very dark roasted coffee, robust chocolate and hints of sweet caramel which are followed by a creamy marshmallow like velvety middle that tends to linger as if it wanted to be admired for a few moments more. The finish blends in some burnt wood and dry soot with savory black licorice as it sneaks down your throat and warms your stomach.
Overall Impression: The most balanced Singularity I have had so far, super drinkable without aging. It will cellar wall, but I don’t know how much it will improve versus other years because this one is so drinkable now.
Rating: Awesome at 9/10, up there with the best of the barrel aged Russian Imperial Stouts.
Food Pairing: Dark chocolates with caramel or truffles go so well with Imperial Stouts, I’ll be sure to pair them up with this one next time I open a bottle.
Here you can see them getting it out of the barrels at the brewery. Is it weird that the sight of barrels makes me thirsty now?