Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd - The Bruery
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4.38/5 rDev -2%
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.
06-01-2014 05:00:00 | More by LambicPentameter
4.24/5 rDev -5.1%
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!
05-29-2014 23:37:41 | More by gueuzedreg
4.61/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-29-2014 23:14:04 | More by alaimoa
Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.