Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd - The Bruery

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 141
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
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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 deebo
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big beer. Smooth. Not a lot of booziness for a 14% beer. Bourbon coffe and lots of vanilla flavor powers this lightly roasted porter.

Photo of TommySudz
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/13/14. Poured into a 0,4 l tulip.

Dark reddish brown, no opaqueness at all. A very slight head on pour that disappears quickly.
Smell is similar to other Bruery strong porters/stouts; sweet vanilla, raisin, light cocoa. Some caramel as it warms.
Taste is sweet initially with vanilla, bourbon and cocoa. Coffee lingers on the palate with a nice 'warning' on the way down. As it warms the coffee and cocoa become more apparent and some slight bitterness appears.
Mouthfeel is smooth, almost silky. Light carbonation makes it reminiscent more of a port than a beer.

Overall this is an exceptional beer. The Bruery had concerns that some additional yeast was introduced and the beer would be sour, so they recommended drinking it before July. Fortunately this wasn't the case here. This beer is definitely enjoyable from cold to warm. I would like to see how it tastes after a few years, if I can find another bottle.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of IKR
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage
14.4% ABV
Sampled in Bruery Tulip

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest dark beige head that slowly faded. Nice lacing down the glass. Good looking beer.

Smell: The coffee and vanilla compete for star billing here. Mild Bourbon and perhaps the faintest hint of cherries round out the nose. There is not the slightest hint of infection. So far so good.

Taste: Upfront coffee and vanilla feature just like the nose suggested. Mild Bourbon, roasted malt notes, and tannic oak notes also come through. The finish features the coffee and vanilla notes with the barrel notes (Bourbon and tannic oak), and perhaps the subtlest hint of cherries creeping through in the finish. Very restrained alcohol presence for the ABV, to the point where I have a hard time believing the listed 14.4%. As I near the end of my pint my buzz tells me it is 14.4% but the taste profile is alcohol free.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Spot on for the American Porter style category it's listed under.

Overall: Great beer. Whether the potential infection strikes further down the road is not known, but right now this is an ass-kicking beer. to be honest, the coffee and vanilla notes likely require the beer to be drunk while it's fresh, so the potential infection could be a good thing for the full appreciation of the beer.

Photo of jegross2
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle acquired through the Hoarders Society. Bottled 3/13/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours oil black with almost two fingers of cinamon hued head. A modest halo remains throughout but leaves no lace.

Sweet, inviting nose od coffee, vanilla cream, hot chocolate, cherries, caramel and mild bourbon. I keep coming back to enjoy more of this.

Hot damn this is fantastic! A lucious harmony of sweet creamed coffee, oaky earthen vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, soft bourbon, caramel, molasses, cherry skins, fudge, brown sugar and a nice boozey heat. No one flavor dominates because there are so many delicious ingredients working in concert. Undeniably hot but it all works so well.

Syrupy, moderately heavy feel with a balanced carbonation that is soft overall yey tingles on the sides of my tongue. All adjuncts dance near-equally in an aftertaste that lingers delightfully. Coffee, cherries, bourbon and vanilla.

I often see a list of additions to a beer and have a rough time identifying them in the taste. That is certainly not the case here. Rue D'Floyd is arguably the best collaboration that I've ever encountered and stands up favorably to the crem de la crem of big dark beers from both Three Floyds and The Bruery. Super happy to have bought multiple and actually lament not procuring more. Outstanding!

Photo of Flip4beers
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of MisterKilderkin
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer from The Bruery

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.36/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Auracom
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle opened at DLD 2014, thanks Al! Despite the lacto news, this still sounded incredible to me and I was very happy for the tick. 3 oz. in multiple pours into a glencairn.

A - Voluminous-looking porter, that's for sure. Easily the darkest color I've seen in this style. Very little carbonation.

S - Cherries, for sure. Wax, mocha, crushed vanilla bean, variety of baking spices, dust, wood boards.

T - Slightly vineous, cherry skins, a bit of offbeaten sweetness, rich toffee blended with vanilla oil, harmonious lesser oak near the finish.

M - Very smooth, hefty body, balanced finished between sweet and bitter.

D - Way less cloying than many Bruery beers of this heft, and I love when they can manage that. The last offering from them to keep it this in-check was Bourbon Smoking Wood [oft-underrated]. The mid-palate richness of the vanilla really hit the spot and the infection hadn't taken hold at all.

Photo of Jules11788
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a jet-black color that let's no light through; barely any head; light lacing

S: Smells strongly of roasted coffee, vanilla, and dark malts; no presence of cherry. Man that coffee smells good

T: Rich, chocolate-covered coffee beans up front; the roastiness is accentuated in the middle and back of the tongue with a good wallop of vanilla; finishes sweet with a coffee bitterness that lingers. There's a slight hint of tart fruitiness that is hiding in the back, but the other flavors overpower it. Not a complaint though.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, but surprisingly mild for such a high abv beer. This brew has the perfect amount of "chewiness" without being overly boozy

O: A fantastic beer, and a good amount better than the Floyd D'Rue, though both are great. I'm sad that I won't be able to age any of these

Photo of MLDucky
3/5  rDev -32.6%

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.

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a mocha brown head that is rich and quick to fade. A swirl revives the cap leaving some additional spotty patchy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is real nice. Toasted coconut, oak and bourbon mingle with vanilla, caramel and an overwll burnt sugary feel. Some roast coffee blending to chocolate that seems like brownie batter.

The taste has a bourbon kick with some tang of cherry, raw oak, coffee, earth and cacao long into the aftertaste. Some vanilla sweetness with almost an earthy, pithy cherry flavor that is natural and flirts with tartness but the booze and chocolate/earth temper that extended fruit flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite boozy and a unique blend of booze and tangy cherry. All the other additions in this seem familiar and work together. The cherry seems a bit disjointed and out of place but it isnt strong enough to distract. I would not mind drinking this again with age but considering the infection risk/warming I wont be buying any more of this even though it is infinitely better than it's rum counterpart.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 2014 vintage
- Bottled 14-Mar-14 / Picked up 24-Apr-14.
- Sticker on bottle with drink by date 30-Jun-14.
- 750mL bottle poured into Lost Abbey teku on 1-May-14.

Very black, very stout-like color and consistency in appearance.

Aromas of bourbon wood with mocha, graham cracker, frozen yogurt vanilla, hints of cinnamon and some other spice going on..

Bourbon vanilla and roasted coffee up front in taste. The mellow oak and vanilla notes rests on top of the tongue. The slightly tart cherry flavors slide down beneath my tongue. Finishes with deep mocha chocolate with some spice... only cinnamon comes to mind right now.

Heavier than a regular imperial porter, but definitely not as dense as most barrel-aged imperial stouts. Soft, velvety texture with some tang from the tartness and a bit of spritz from the carbo. Finishes with a bit of chewy chocolate texture. Very little heat considering the abv.

This is one of the best porters I've ever had. Love everything that's going on here and melding so well.

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of anteater
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of bcm75
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks really thick. Almost black with hints of maroon around the edges of my tulip, and a beautiful dark tan head that dissipated quickly.

S - More subdued bourbon than some other Bruery releases, which was a pleasant surprise. I'm not getting much cherry, but there are some nice coffee notes.

T - Big, as expected. No sign of infection. This is not nearly as alcohol-forward as would be expected of a 14.4 beer. Vanilla and cherry are both subdued (cherry very much so), but subtly add to the overall flavor picture. I'm getting some hints of unsweetened chocolate. I wouldn't really call out any of the multitude of ingredients listed on the label - they work so well together, rather than calling attention to themselves individually.

M - Viscous and creamy. Very heavy-bodied for a porter; stout-like.

O - Spectacular. It's a pity about the infection, I would love to cellar one of these for awhile. It's a steal at the discounted infection-related price, compared to normal Bruery pricing, but that's assuming you plan on drinking it in the very near future.

Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd from The Bruery
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