I was already very excited about The Drake‘s 3rd Annual Dark Beer & Chocolate event. Then they posted that they had been aging a keg of Driftwood’s Singularity from 2015 in their cellar, which they were going to open just for this event. Well, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I have one of these in my cellar, but this meant I could keep it aging even longer!
Then I got the flu. Not just the “man flu,” but extreme flu with a fever of 101F and the whole nine yards. I was pretty much convinced that I was not going to be able to go, but then at the last minute my sense of taste came back and I found the strength to make it out. Beer can work miracles!
Beer of infinite density. Massive, rich coffee and chocolate flavour mingle with the vanilla and dried fruit. A beer to be shared and savoured. Can be cellared. Enjoy with (or as) dessert!
- Style: Russian imperial stout
- ABV: 12.2%
This beer pours out pure black, like the heart of a black hole, with half a finger of dense crema head that lasts until about halfway down the glass and leaves some light patches of puffy cloud lacing.
The nose has a subtle aroma of bourbon that has mellowed with age and is now rich without being overly boozy; this is complimented by notes of toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.
The palate is dominated by sweet dark malts, gentle bourbon, plums, raisins, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, liquorice, and a touch of smoke and leather.
The mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and smooth, with light cask-level carbonation that suits the style perfectly; it finishes slightly sweet, which is unsurprising given the high percentage, but isn’t sickly.
I’ve been drinking Singularity for about four or five years now and I don’t think I’ve had a bad batch yet. I remember the 2015 batch being incredible when it was new, but aging it for two years made it taste like the “singularity” had become a wormhole to a universe of pure flavour and aroma. OK, maybe I’m stretching this metaphor a bit…
I’m so glad that The Drake laid this keg away for two years. It’s a great testament to how serious they are about craft beer. When the event had finished, they still had some on tap. However, I doubt it will last long.