Few beers can be described as truly distinct. Well, here’s one of them: Driftwood Brewery’s Singularity Russian Imperial Stout.
Everything about this limited release stout, from Driftwood Brewery, sets it apart from the competition: the bottle, the flavours, and most of all the experience.
It’s big, it’s black, and its tip is covered in wax…cough…it’s the 650 ml bottle that houses this one of a kind stout. When you stroll through the craft beer section, it will jump out. The lettering is a deep charcoal on a black label, so you’ll stop just to see what this beer is. When you notice the details, four months in bourbon barrels, limited release, and an 11.5% alcohol content, you’ll ignore the price and grab a few bottles off the shelf. As mentioned before, it’s wax sealed, giving it a cellar beer appearance.
Second, the flavours. The list goes on with everything Driftwood has packed into this stout. Before it even reaches your lips, the bourbon aroma will get you warmed up. Follow this up with chocolate, licorice, caramel, vanilla, espresso, even cookie according to some, and bourdon to top it all off, and you’ve got one happy stout drinker. Another treat is a bit of an alcohol flavour, so it becomes a beer you’d sip, savour, and simply enjoy. Some reviews claim the 2012 release is smoother than the 2011, so for those who found it to be too much last year, may want to give it a another shot.
Lastly, the experience. When a friend asks you what this beer is like, you’ll have trouble putting it into words. Without a doubt you’ll most likely say, “it’s an experience.” It can’t be compared to anything else, and with so many flavours, and all beer drinkers tasting some more than others, you can’t really pin point one that is dominant. Driftwood describes it as a, “beer of infinite density.” They also note that, “four months in Kentucky bourbon barrels have transported this formidable ale to a place beyond the event horizon.” Sounds about right.
So if you’re a fan of craft beers, and are in the mood for an experience, pick up a bottle of Driftwood Brewery’s Singularity Russian Imperial Stout.
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