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Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd - The Bruery

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 575
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 41.55%
Wants: 136
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  14.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cherries, Coffee and Vanilla beans added. Brewed in Collaboration with Three Floyds.
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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great cherry notes, not overly sweet and very smooth. I like the Porter base in this vs. the traditional stout base. This was definitely not infected, so we got lucky!

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Photo of mythaeus
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Infected, but actually enjoyable. Seems the all of the intended flavors are all there except that it was sour. Hang on to it for another year and you'll have a sour walez! :)

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Photo of MLDucky
3/5  rDev -31.5%

Started to turn, I'm giving this an okay rating because I could tell at one point there was something great here. Unfortunately I didn't get to quite experience that great beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Not infected. Thin dark brown head, no retention, low carbonation. Aroma is sweet and nice with a good amount of spice.

Beer is thick and strong, hides the alcohol well. A sipper. I drank the whole bottle over the course of a couple of hours. Pretty happy with it.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev -3%

1811th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip and FFF Teku
750 Ml

Thanks to Jlindros for this one

App- Right out the gate this pours a big black motor oil black with some brown highlights and a fizzy 1 finger head that went away very quickly. The cling was a bit non existant on this one. Not a surprise.

Smell- When I pull a big whif I can find some heat to it. Most of the aromas focused on the vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and cherry flavors. I get much more cherry than I was thinking on this one. The oak was there as well bit a subtle note to it.

Taste- So I think I was expecting a little to much from this one and had to remind myself it was a porter and not a stout. I think I tricked myself into thinking it was something it wasnt. The aromas transfer over quite nicely to the flavor of the beer with more choclate covered cherries. The alcohol was much more subdued on this one than the Bruery version. I actually finished this one quite quickly.

Mouth- A bit of a medium body with a medium carbonation level. Again not a stout. I have to remind myself. The residual flavors remind me of a cherry Dr. Pepper. A bit smooth soda like flavors.

Drink- This was a nice beer to sit and watch TV with. A big beer to drink solo. Was a good sipper with unique flavors and aromas to balance out a big heat behind it.

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Photo of jegross2
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Rue D'Floyd, an imperial porter aged in bourbon barrels with cherries, coffee and vanilla beans added brewed by The Bruery out of Placentia, California in collaboration with Three Floyd's Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana. This beer was unintentionally infected with lactobacillus, meaning that it is apt to develop off/unintended flavors over time. The Bruery, in their mea culpa email about the infection, asserted that it would be best by June 30, 2014 (i.e., no infection flaws apparent if drank by then).

Score: 93

March 2014 vintage bottle served in a 2011 Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 07/19/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with a thin layer of khaki head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Okay lacing, average retention. 4/5

Smell: Vanilla bean ice cream, coffee, brown sugar, light roast, bourbon, cherry and a hint of chocolate. The cherry (and bourbon) is much more pronounced in the nose of The Bruery brewed version of this beer than the Three Floyd's brewed version, but it is still pretty subdued overall. The aromatic mix is nice, and the vanilla is quite lovely, but it is not quite as marvelously integrated as the Three Floyd's version was. 4.5/5

Taste: Bourbon-forward flavor followed by ample chocolate (much more so than the nose). Oaky vanilla on the finish. Not getting much cherry right out of the fridge, but as it warms up, a little bit of restrained cherry flavor comes through on the back half. Long-lasting finish of bourbon and oak. A bit of alcohol heat and more sweetness comes across than I recall in the Three Floyd's version. No off flavors present in this bottle as of late July 2014. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Similar mouthfeel to the Three Floyd's version, but with more alcohol heat. Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Viscous, chewy and a little creamy mouthfeel. Sweeter than I recall the Three Floyd's version being. 4.75/5

Overall: Very good, but it's not quite the robust beast that the Three Floyd's brewed version was -- whether that be because of slight differences in the brewing process or the coffee element or otherwise.

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 5.10.14

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thin dark brown head that is gone fast.

S - Bourbon, coffee, cherry, vanilla. As advertised.

T - Bourbon, cherry-coffee with a vanilla finish. Awesome.

D - Heavy body with lower carbonation.

O - Great Flavors and layers. Great stuff. The infection scare worked on me. I wish I bought more then one bottle.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking porter. Black coffee body with a dark mocha head (maybe just a touch darker than it's Floyd D'Rue sister). Low retention and lace.

S - Jalapeño, touch of smoke, vanilla, old weathered oak, dates, currents, and dry blackcherry soda.

T - Holy crap. Stellar flavor profile: awesome integration, outstandingly fresh fruit character, and fantastic balance. Deep, rich, fresh, dark cherry flavor permeates the entire profile along side vanilla, bourbon, wet wood, creamy dark chocolate, caramel, plum, currents, blueberries, honey, and cognac.

M - Outrageously smooth, medium-full to full body.

O - This beer is both the best imperial porter and the best cherry beer I've ever had. Kudos of the highest degree.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another split with rudzud.

Super super dark black pour, thick heavy motor oil pour, dark mocha colored head with little lacing.

NOse very nice, with a Black Tuesday crossed with Hunaphu kinda, super dark chocolate malts, cocoa dust, expensive Belgian chocolate, caramel, etc, into nice bourbon and barrel, vanilla barrel. If I really dig deep I can get some choc covered cherry notes, also some interesting raw cookie dough like malt aromas, but so much choc fudge and bourbon with nice malt base.

Taste big dark malts, sweetish with lots of cocoa, dark chocolate and Belgian cocoa, etc, Super dark black malts, into lots of vanilla and barrel, nice bourbon without going bourbon heavy, mostly nice vanilla barrel rounding. with a mild booze warmth and heat, nice fudgey dark malt chocolate, etc, with some little coffee and roast. Finish brings more cocoa, vanilla, some bourbon barrel, a nice coffee comes through more, little booze heat, even coffee grinds coming through, little booze, sticky and semi sweet coming, light alcohol overall though.

Mouth is heavier bod, soft and creamy, fair booze, nice carb, etc.

Overall this is awesome, great base beer, nice barrel and vanilla, nice fudgey, decent coffee and roast, nice bourbon, etc, booze hidden well, etc.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark black hue with some thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of huge vanilla, great bourbon notes, barrel, coffee, just awesome. I really don't get much cherry. Big chocolate, vanilla, fudge cookie dough notes.

T - Taste is delicious chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, light coffee. Great roasted malts, no cherries but great chocolate and vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, alcohol is hidden nicely, goes down easy.

O - Overall this beer was very tasty, quite tasty, awesome chocolate and vanilla and bourbon. I laugh at the people who thought this might be infected...so you discover lacto in a lab, that's not surviving the almost 15% ABV! Hahaha

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Photo of jdprmd
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pitch black with dark tan head that disappears relatively quickly… not the best lacing but I can already get some great aromas… this will be good.

S - Vanilla, cocoa, marshmallow, bourbon, oak, coffee… all blended very well … a large empesis on the blend of vanilla forming this fantastic marshmallow taste, that is brought together with bourbon. No Cherry or fruit smell's from this.

T - Graham cracker marshmallows damn this is good… no bright cherries shining through but dark fruits begin to surface on the way down and finishes with a great bourbon taste that gives you a warming feeling. Perfectly blended vanilla and roasted coffee notes. No souring taste of infection or off taste… I guess I got lucky? As it warms to room temp carmel and toffy tastes start coming through

M - Smooth smooth smooth… very creamy everything is coming full circle here. It could be a hair thicker to improve the mouthfeel but no complaints.

O - For 14.4% abv this drinks way to easily… to bad this is a one time brew because I want more. Drinking this whole bottle in one sitting is happening. I will have to get more to share with friends.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a perfectly black beer topped by half a finger of dark tan that is quick to fade to a small collar and leaves no lacing
S: Smells of bourbon, coffee and alcohol
T: Taste is slightly tart cherries with coffee, chocolate and hints of vanilla with some nice barrel flavors. swallow brings more cherries, coffee, bourbon, alcohol and some roasted malt
M: this beer is on the heavier side of things and has soft but adequate carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: Delicious and decadent. This beer had some tart flavors that came back as the beer warmed up. All signs point to an infection with lacto but I bought this beer with eyes wide open.

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Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and thick. This is a heavy looking beer right off the bat. The head is small and brown. The liquid looks viscous, perhaps not Black Tuesday viscous, but the 14.4% abv is apparent. The aroma is a rich and packed with flavor. Lots of chocolate, big vanilla, coffee, coconut cream, caramel. The cherries get a bit lost in the mix, but if you swirl up a little head, some fruity acidity pops up (hopefully, that's not just the infection setting in - it does smell like cherries, though). There's little booziness to it. It just smells like a mix between a delicious chocolate cake and a sweet vanilla-flavored coffee with a glass of sweet bourbon. The taste is similar to the aroma, simply full of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and sweetness. The cherry flavor seems a bit more apparent, but as the beer warms, the rest of the beer pushes it out almost completely. The whole thing comes together really nicely. Vanilla is particularly big but doesn't take the beer into cloying territory. The vanilla, coconut and bourbon flavors are big but the chocolate, caramel and coffee are big enough to provide them with a proper stage. Without the huge, richly sweet backbone, this beer's flavor profile probably would be somewhat off-putting, but this beer pulls it off. Mouthfeel is thick and huge with low carbonation. There's some alcohol burn, but it adds to the overall character and c'mon, it's 14.4% abv. Anywho, this beer is delicious, and it's a shame that it had an infection problem, but at least, that pushed me try it sooner rather than later. I continue to be hugely impressed with The Bruery's ability to make these very strong beers delicious.

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Photo of anteater
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a nice thick dark tan head

S: Powerful aroma, I could smell this one from pretty far away. Just huge bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla.

T: Everything that they advertise - coffee, cherries, vanilla and bourbon. The important thing here is that the cherries aren't overbearing and neither is the overall sweetness of the beer. It is a very sweet beer, as you may expect from the Bruery but has a great balance.

M: Really nice and thick, coats your mouth

O: This may beat out Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain for me. The abv is still huge but totally manageable and I could have drank more. Great layers of flavors packed into a delicious huge bourbon barrel stout.

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Photo of Flip4beers
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.
Smell- The aroma of this beer is fruity, mild licorice scent, coffee, roasted malts.
A- Dark, no head, opaque.

Taste- coffee upfront, lingering fruit notes while sipping. Roasty malts, not too sweet, dark chocolate.
Overall- I think, in my opinion, I would like more bourbon and oaky notes to be up there in my list. Im wanting more sweet notes rather than the sour lingering cherry notes. Coffee overpowers the porter and somehow it makes my ratings a bit lower than I expected the beer to be. Almost well balanced but Im comparing everything to Parabola, which is my all time fav. Its a good quality beer but wishing more bourbon aging.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is near black with a thin layer of crema on top. Lasting head retention with sparse lacing on the snifter. Delectable aroma, featuring chocolate covered cherries, espresso beans, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Cherries and chocolate meld beautifully with rich roast and silky smooth coffee. Bold and flavorful with a myriad of flavors flowing seamlessly together. An outstanding beverage, well exceeding my expectations.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark and thick. Just a really inviting look to it. Smell was classic bourbon barrel. Vanilla and oak kind of dominated but picked up faint traces of coffee, milk chocolate and maybe a hint of dark fruit skin. Taste was just smooth, bourbon heaven. as it warmed, I definitely started to pick out the coffee and on the back end the cherries start to shine. This was fantastically viscous with just the right amount of carbonation to really coat your mouth. Absolutely no hint of infection at all. A dynamite beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle I brought to share at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, and coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and slight cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great coffee and vanilla characteristics, but the cherry addition is fairly subtle to me.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black with a thin brown head that sort of sticks around throughout the glass. Huge coffee nose. Only a hint of bourbon on the nose. Taste is big roasty coffee with some dark fruit/cherry at the beginning and hints of bourbon/vanilla on the finish. The mouthfeel is a rich porter and not as thin as some may expect. This beer is a delicious coffee bomb.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BA ThickNStout hooked me up with this bottle along with it's "twin", Floyd D'Rue. Enjoyed out of a brown bottle with a bottling date of 3/13/14 etched on the side and a sticker ordering me to drink by 6/30/14 and to keep refrigerated, as it may contain the dreaded Lactobacillus. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours an inky dark, dark brown bordering on black, with just a hint of cola caramel brown on the edges where the light penetrates. A fairly aggressive pour yields just shy of one finger of rich cocoa brown foam that begins to recede almost immediately, fading to just a lacing wafting of film swirled across the surface. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell - At first, I get mostly notes of vanilla along with some hints of cherry tartness and a pretty noticeable heat from the bourbon barrels. As it warms, the richer elements of dark chocolate, faint coffee and roasted malt become more apparent, lending a wonderful complexity to the aroma.

Taste - At first, the cherry is very aggressive, with clear acidity coming through and pushing all other elements to the side. That gives way to a smooth sweetness from the vanilla on the aftertaste alongside some faint coffee bitterness. As with the smell, this beer doesn't really take off until it has a chance to warm up, with the sweetness from the fruit and vanilla being balanced by char bitterness from the roasted malt and coffee characteristics. The bourbon is fainter on the taste than it was on the smell, and the heat that was clear on the aroma is all but hidden until after the swallow, where there is a bit of warmth in the chest, like you'd expect from hard liquor.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and moderate-to-low carbonation, with a silky, viscous mouthfeel and a slight burn from the heat of the alcohol.

Overall, this is a really interesting and unique beer. I love the fact that the barrel aging hasn't turned this into a beer that tastes like it's had a shot of whiskey dumped into it. Instead, it lends a complexity alongside the sweet and bitter notes from the malt, coffee, vanilla and cherry. As far as I'm concerned, FFF and The Bruery have produced two worthy beers here--Fd'R was good, and this one is just fantastic. With no signs of infection thus far, I'm regretting not getting at least one more bottle of each.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black with thin lacing, coffee in color no legs. Medium guming of the glass.

S- Sort of a bland cinnamon up front, coffee, bourbon barrel; cinnamon comes on more toward the back end. I am not sure if that is even part of this beer.

T- Nice and thick; just the right amount of carb here. It is odd drinking a ba stout/porter from The Bruery that is not cloyingly sweet. Pleasant in that way.
The coffee is upfront, I am still getting a cinnamon sting on my tongue. This does have the nice qualities of a porter being lighter than a stout.

M- A bit thin for my liking, but this is still really good with the M. Just the right amount of carb, then there is the cinnamon sting on your tongue.

O- I think the collab was a success. Well done!

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Photo of alaimoa
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Mmmm bottle fresh before the so called funk kicks in. Jet black pour with small fizz mocha bubbles. Smells of chocolate, coffee, burnt sugars and vanilla. The taste follows nose but fairly strong sour cherry as it warms. Truly great depth with a bit of bourbon heat. Feel is thick and silky with great carb.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Nice khaki head. Stains the glass a little. Medium collar.

Smell - Coffee, bourbon. Dark fudgy chocolate. Smells pretty sweet, surprise surprise.

Taste - Nice bourbon and coffee. Very sweet. Oaky. Very chocolatey. Sweet fudgy finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and boozy. Medium carbonation. Sweet, but I don't mind so much.

Overall - Toeing the line of too sweet, as the Bruery tends to do.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out chocolate brown with a nice head that delivers the lacing goods

Smell: Chocolate fudge, cherry and vanilla

Taste: Chocolate fudge, up front, with developing cherry, vanilla and Bourbon tones in the mid-palate; the finish brings more of the same but the aftertaste is overly sweet

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Much better than Floyd d'Rue but a little too sweet to be a top echelon beer on my palate

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by AdamJackson, thanks for the opportunity!
Wow talk about polar opposites!
Huge sugary chocolate and caramel maltiness with bits of coffee and just a hint of cherry. Light toffee vanilla and hints of oaked bourbon round this one out. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation. I could sip on this beer forever. Hugely complex and nicely meshed.

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Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd from The Bruery
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