Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd - The Bruery
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4.23/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
06-05-2014 18:11:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.06/5 rDev -9.2%
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
05-26-2014 23:16:42 | More by brentk56
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
07-13-2014 02:19:50 | More by jlindros
4.34/5 rDev -2.9%
From 05/17/14 notes. Got a few bottles of this in the RS this year and very glad I did. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.
a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of very dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves quickly, looks great.
s - Smells of milk chocolate, vanilla beans, coffee, toasted malts, milk, cream, coffee grinds, light sweet bourbon, and caramel malts. Awesome nose, lots of coffee and vanilla to it. Not getting any cherries at all but that's ok.
t - Tastes of more coffee than the nose, espresso, milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, cocoa, roasted malts, toffee, toasted malts, caramel malts, burnt malts, bourbon and light dark fruits. More coffee than the nose, very good.
m - Thick, full body and low to moderate carbonation. A little hot but not bad at all considering the ABV.
o - Overall I thought this was a very good porter, with no signs of infection whatsoever. Tons of coffee and some nice vanilla and chocolate to it was well. No real cherries to it, and the bourbon is lighter than I expected, but I thought this was a great beer. Well worth buying.
05-19-2014 15:30:43 | More by mdfb79
4.09/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
05-12-2014 17:40:10 | More by stakem
District of Columbia
4.61/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
06-08-2014 02:30:04 | More by Huhzubendah
4.44/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
07-17-2014 06:08:04 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.3/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-25-2014 01:16:43 | More by johnnnniee
Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd from The Bruery
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