Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd - The Bruery
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4.34/5 rDev -2.9%
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).
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.
07-20-2014 05:47:24 | More by jegross2
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
Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd from The Bruery
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