Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Driftwood Brewery - Singularity Russian Imperial Stout

13.8% ABV

"Four months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels have transported this formidable ale to a place beyond the event horizon. Singularity Russian Imperial Stout: beer of infinite density. Best enjoyed at cellar temperature!"

The Pour

Poured this stout from a 650ml bottle at Bar Volo in Toronto. Black as night, like used motor oil. This is a gorgeous completely opaque Russian imperial stout. Little to no head, obviously because of the high ABV.

Aroma

Dark chocolate, mocha, espresso, coffee. Just a huge, huge nose on this beer. A wonderful rich, deep aroma backed by a gorgeous bourbon / vanilla note.

Taste

Huge chocolate, espresso and bourbony vanilla. The four months that this beer stayed in bourbon oak barrel added amazing depth to this offering. The best Canadian Imperial Stout I've ever had. With that deep dark chocolate note there is plenty of bitterness, that is not a punch in the mouth or too much to handle. Silky smooth, with that 13.8% ABV delightfully masked. Scrumptiously balanced.

Overall impression

Holy shit. This has to be one of the best, if not the best example of an imperial stout in Canada. While you will never be disappointed with a Peche Mortel, this bourbon aged beauty offers a depth that only barrel aging can offer. Amazing chocolate, roasted espresso notes with that boubony warmth. You would never guess that this is almost 14% ABV except for the fact that the head just won't stay. Incredible. A+ for sure!

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