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Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd - The Bruery

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 572
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 41.55%
Wants: 137
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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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 Mikeypnh
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours super black, very nice thick mocha head. Sticks around for longer than I expected. The smell is mostly coffee, some chocolate, bourbon, strong bitter coffe is the main component here. Coffee also very upfront in the taste, with a bourbon kick towards the end. After a few sips I can taste the vanilla sneaking in there at the end with some oak, as well. I can't detect any cherry yet, maybe as it warms up. But I also can't taste any infection so I'm ok with it. The coffee and vanilla is enough to keep me interested. Mouthfeel is medium, only slight carbonation, and a very easy drinker considering the high abv. When it warms up I can pick up the slight cherry tartness. Not so much the cherry flavor, just the tartness. It's a nice little beer. I'm not the biggest fan of coffee so it's not going to rate as high, but it's very flavorful, and most importantly not infected.

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Photo of bcm75
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.6/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

no head on the first pour. forced head with a more volatile 2nd pour presented an ultra-fizzy, coca cola-like sound and site.... burnt brown and yellow.
smell is wonderful. soft sweet booziness, vanilla. with it an excitement and aroma much like an Eclipse. some fruitiness in the nose also. this was a great surprise on popping the cap and a very nice aroma.
taste is sweet, mellow barrel flavors, vanilla, some tart fruitiness and booze. but the booze is not harsh, just a mellow presence. very well done. very smooth. minimal bitterness, maximum flavor.
I like the label also. a little bit of the eye-catching splash that 3 Floyds is know for....

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of IKR
4.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of TommySudz
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd from The Bruery
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