Collaboration Series: Floyd D'Rue - The Bruery

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 24.62%
Wants: 17
Gots: 31 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  14.70% 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 Rum Barrels with spices added.
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Photo of Wayne17
4.73/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've seem a lot of negative reviews of this and I get why people aren't into it. I absolutely love this. I wish I had another bottle for Christmas Day. Reminds me of my drunk aunts holiday eggnog. Nice and spicy and rummy and sweet. Smells of coconut rum and cinnamon. This would get me through awkward family photos and bad sweaters and terrible presents from people I hardly know. I certainly didn't expect a "balanced" beer out this. I expected an enormous bold juggernaut, and the Bruery and FFF delivered. Cheers.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%

4A: Pours dark and viscous.

3.8S: Super spicy. Allspice? Ginger?

4.2T: Oh my god. It tastes like...Christmas. Rum. Spicy and rich and dark (roasted) stong. Eucayltotus. Pine needles. Booze. Tar. The more ridiculuois the flavors get, the more I like it.

3.6M: Slightly light. Intriguing.

4O: Interesting and compelling. I like it.

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud.

Pours no real head, little dark bubbles, super dark black with no light, it absorbs light, long legs that just coat the glass and never slide downwards, like a wall of legs .

Nose is WTF?! A weird blend of everything, a cooked cinnamon and baking spices, little spiced rum thing, lots of cinnamon and possibly allspice, with some vanilla, a straight molasses rum and rummy booze, weird candy orange peel cointreau like aroma, choc and cocoa.

Taste starts with more orange liquor and rum, lots of candied orange peel, cinnamon too, like a nice rum punch, fresh raw molasses and candy, a big booze flavor too, wamrth, tingle, etc, and some nice vanilla, orange vanilla icing, and just a touch of cocoa. It has a nice cake like flavor, rum cake with orange vanilla icing with cinnamon and baking spices. Actually quite nice, just really boozy. Finish is sticky and a bit syrupy sweet but not cloying, fair booze warmth too, more rum cake and orange vanilla icing, little spices, cinnamon, etc.

Mouth is heavier bod, little syrupy, decent carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall much better than expected, yes it's really booze and pretty rummy, but that's what it was supposed to be, it started pretty much as Black Tuesday and they aged it in rum barrels, so that it is this drinkable is surprising, with a nice cinnamon, orange, vanilla, spices, etc. Really interesting.

Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking porter. Black coffee body with nice dark mocha head. Ok retention and low lace.

S - Spice forward nose, almost Christmasy. Raw anise, coriander, and raisin. Basil, fennel seed, and booze.

T - Super smooth with seamless integration. Thick molasses and fruitcake center layered with licorice, vanilla, rum, pistachios, gingerbread, chia tea, orange zest, and toffee. Highlights of oak, coffee, and nutmeg.

M - Silky smooth with a perfect medium-full body for the style.

O - Outrageous. One of the best imperial porters I've had.

Photo of rudzud
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black hue with a thin mocha halo.

S - Aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, rum, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, orange liquor.

T - Taste is lots of cinnamon and spices, orange liquor, chocolate, loads of rum which was to be expected. Rather boozy but come on, it's almost 15%! Rich rum cake, heavily spiced. Well executed.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, somewhat heavy and syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was really good. Of course it's's rum! Seriously, it's almost 15% and rum. What do your expect...should be higher rated.

Photo of mverity
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Proof. Pours an inky black with tan head that faded into a medium collar. Good legs and lacing. Aroma is dark malt roastiness, some herb/spiced vegetalness. Taste is much like aroma, with a sweet vanilla/citrus. Really enjoyable. Thick and viscous mouthfeel, with low carbonation.

Photo of nem2006
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with a thin dark brown head which did not hold. Appeared viscous while pouring and swirling in the glass confirmed it. Drank from a red wine glass.

Nose was booze through and through. Like an overly strong rum and coke with added hints of coffee.

As soon as it hits the palate, booze, booze and more booze. However you can pick apart the two types of alcohol; rum and the beer. Undertones of roasted grains, coffee (dark espresso to be more precise). The spices are completely masked by the booze.

This beer was a little softer on the palate and smoother after it warmed up a bit. I know people are down on this beer, but frankly it was not as big a let down for me as for others. It clearly needs to be laid down from 10+ years, however the possible contamination recommends against it. I enjoyed this beer for what it was; too young.

Photo of blues_fever
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite delicious and would love again!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Thin khaki collar. A few stray bubbles.

Smell - Whoa, rummy. Spices and rum. Vanilla. Smells like Captain Morgan.

Taste - Lots of vanilla. A little oak. Spices. An overwhelming amount of rum. Chocolate comes out in the finish, but it's almost completely overwhelmed by rum and spice.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and boozy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - It's all rum and spices, but I really like it.

Photo of IKR
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 Vintage
14.7% ABV
Sampled in Bruery Tulip

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest dark beige head that immediately dissipated. Not bad looking otherwise but the lack of a head means I have to ding it based on my preference.

Smell: Rum, vanilla and cinnamon are the prominent notes I get. For me this is a good smelling beer.

Taste: Cinnamon, rum, and vanilla feature just like the nose suggested. After the Cinnamon, rum, vanilla, roasted malt notes, and tannic oak notes come through and linger in the finish. The finish is not as sweet as I feared due to the oak and roasted malt notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a low to medium level of carbonation.

Overall: A unique twist on the porter style. Not at the level of Rue D' Floyd for my tastes but still a good beer. One of the things I like about the Bruery is their different spin on beer styles. Sometimes this results in their beers being very polarizing. This beer is definitely in that camp. If you have an open mind on beer styles and unique flavors this is worth trying.

Photo of kbuzz
1.25/5  rDev -62.5%

tasted like Jagermeister. An awful idea and flavor combination.

Photo of dpool
1.86/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thank god I only bought one. It sounded interesting and I do love me some rum so I thought I'd give it a go. Pours nice and dark but with a super carbonated head. Aroma is straight spiced rum...capt mo style. Taste is harsh in a few ways...rum alcohol kick, spice burn, cough syrup like sweetness. Mouthfeel again is unpleasant with the intense carbonation creating a champagne like experience. I see a trend of supporting beers just for trade value. While everyone's palate is different, to me this tastes like rummy cough syrup. Drain pour

Photo of SHODriver
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger of tan head that fades quickly to a small collar and leaves no lacing
S: smells of rum and spice with a bit of chocolate and a slight note of molasses
T: taste is bubble gum and spice with some rum notes and alcohol. swallow is more rum and spice with some coffee and roasted malt
M: this beer is fairly heavy on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish with a bit of alcohol burn
O: I think some lacto might actually improve this beer. I don't know what all is going on but it isn't good and I don't know if time will help.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired theough the Hoarders Society. Bottled 3/17/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours black with two and a half fingers of foamy tan head. The bubbles slowly fade to a thin halo without leaving any lacing whatsoever.

Holy crap, what an intense rum nose! The rum is way up front with other scents of heavy spicing, nutmeg, gingerbread, cocoa and tons of sugary sweetness.

Strangely appealing blend of flavors. Spiced rum, fudge, gingerbread cookies, nutmeg, burnt sugar, vague coffee, mildly woody and lots of booze. The rum makes this incredibly sugary sweet with a substantial alcohol burn. Luckily I'm just fine with both of those and think it's quite tasty.

Sticky, medium full body with lively carbonation. Rum, gingerbread baking spices, chocolate and coffee linger on the tongue for a long, sweet, boozy finish.

I can absolutely understand how some people could be turned off by the spectacular, near cloying sweetness and striking alcohol presence. I happen to enjoy it and think this is a very unique imperial porter. Similar to a gingerbread stout that has been doused in spiced rum. Glad I bought multiples so I can share with more friends.

Photo of rand
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

From 750 mL bottle to snifter (given there's no established 'imperial porter' category, the glassware used for a big stout seems appropriate)

A: It pours black and oily and viscous...almost no head to speak of, and any lacing left behind slowly cascades down the glass.

S: Boozy and oaky, with distinct notes of black licorice, molasses and cinnamon. I'm not picking up enough of the caramelly, buttery aspects of rum barrel-aging, as the licorice-molasses notes dominate.

T: The flavors are even more disjointed and splashy. Licorice and molasses notes are at the front, followed by notes of cinnamon and perhaps allspice or nutmeg. The booze and oak attempt to even things out, but the flavors are just all over the place. I read people reference Jager...I was thinking Goldschlager mixed with molasses.

M: Nice chewy complexion with plenty of oily slickness. All of the big dark ales from both of these breweries have incredible mouthfeel.

I appreciate what they were trying to do here, but the results are just not that good. The flavors are big and layered and complex but don't work in harmony with each other.

Photo of mportnoy
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Undrinkable drain pour at this point.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.89/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received this bottle along with it's twin from fellow BA ThickNStout. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a standard crown and a sticker mentioning that the bottle may contain Lactobacillus and to keep refrigerated and consume by 6/30. Poured into a standard wine glass.

Appearance - An aggressive pour is only able to coax out a half finger of ecru colored head that resembles the consistency of soda foam. Retention is a bit better than soda foam, but not by a whole lot, with the foam fading to a ringlet and a sparse film across the surface in a minute or two. The liquid beneath is a rich, inky dark brown bordering on black. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell - Woah. The rum and spices really dominate the nose on this, especially that distinctive aroma of spice rum, alongside notes of vanilla, cinnamon and even coconut. It's a bit weird, but there really is a sort of rum and cola sort of impression here. That said, there is also dark chocolate and roasted malt to keep it grounded in the beer arena. But definitely not like any beer I've had before.

Taste - The spiced rum element is still very much present here, but the impression of rum and cola is no longer present. Instead, a rich bittersweet cacao component has stepped in to complement the vanilla, cinnamon, and now even some hints of gingerbread to give it more of a traditional stout/porter feel, with spices added. As noted, the rum barrel characteristics are still very aggressive, giving the flavor some considerable heat--this is definitely a sipping beer. As the liquid warms, the spices and rum become more dominant and the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors become more secondary. I actually like the flavor a lot, which is good after the somewhat strange aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied--less full than I expected given that there's an inky, viscous quality to it. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate, and the finish is very sweet, with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall, a completely strange beer, and one not quite like anything I've had before. Of course, it's also the first rum barrel-aged beer I've had the chance to sample. There were no hints of the dreaded infection, and with some minor changes, this could have been a really amazing beer. As it turned out, it's just a good beer. It's too bad the threat of souring prevented me from getting a bottle to age, because it would be interesting to see how this one developed over time. That said, I can't imagine that sourness would improve the beer.

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.9%

From a bottle, pours thick black, not alot of head at all. It looks like used motor oil.

Smells like boozy sugar water. A little nutmeg and spice, roast malts, pumpkin, some barrel and smoke. The flavors are messy. a little char from the barrel, cinnamon, coconut, lots of booze. It is so hot going down, wow this is intense.

This is a mess, glad to be moving on to another beer.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle opened on 5.16.14

A - Pours a mortor oil black with a dark brown fizzy head that fades fast.

S - Dark fruits, figs, booze, odd spices.

T - Different spices, beef jerky, black pepper, odd.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - Verry odd and all over the place. Not sure what it was supposed to be.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by AdamJackson, thanks for the opportunity!
Wow talk about polar opposites!
Huge brown sugar molasses and spices in the flavor and aroma. Reminds me of a gingerbread cookie or a winter warmer more than a porter at this point. this might be fine sipping about 2 oz in front of a fire on a cold night but I really couldn't drink much more of this.

Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is extremely spicy and rum driven.

The same occurs on the flavor with lots of sweet rum, sweet brown sugar, and lots of spice character. There are Christmas spices, a sweetness, and a kick of alcohol in the flavor. It lacks porter quality and instead tastes more like the popular shot at some gimmicky tourist bar or college bar.

Photo of Jules11788
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet-black color with a minimal head; let's no light through; very light lacing

S: Oh man, this could easily work as an air freshener mimicking the smells of fresh-baked gingerbread cookies on Christmas. It's aroma is one of the best I've ever smelled

T: The taste is not quite as good as the aroma, but still very good. Rich gingerbread flavors combine with the sweet booziness of the rum to create a beer that demands to be sipped slowly. It's literally like drinking a rum-soaked gingerbread cookie in a beer.

M: Medium viscosity; not as boozy as I would expect, but also not as thick or chewy either. It's a little light in terms of mouthfeel, but seems to hit a nice sweet spot as far as drinkability goes (not too light, but not cloyingly thick)

O: Not as good as the Rue D'Floyd in my opinion, but still a great beer. It's a little unbalanced, but given the amount of ingredients stuffed into this thing, I'm surprised that it tastes pretty good. Glad I got 3 bottles

Photo of MLDucky
2.02/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Friend of mine took a risk and acquired this after the best by date. Unfortunately for us the bottle turned. Not a pleasant taste. It was obvious that at one point this had potential for a tasty beer. Great spice aroma but the sour element took over for us. Wish I could have tried one prior to that recommended date.

Photo of stakem
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a khaki brown head. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface with spotty lace residing on the glass. This brew looka good, unfortunately that is all it has going on that is good about it.

The aroma is quite medicinal and reminescent of jagr. Anise and raw oak give way to something that reminds me of a strange overly cinnamon eggnog. Little to no porter aspect to be found in the nose outside of a faint roast/earthiness that you must struggle to find behind the medicinal aspects.

The taste is spicy with anise, cinnamon, ginger and raw oak. There is a strange cardboard-like papery oxidation. It hints towards that eggnog spice - nutmeg aspect like the aroma hinted. Porter/stout base is completely hidden underneath this overly spiced/adjunct brew. The barrel aspect that evolves is not enjoyable, it seemly focuses on the bad attributes of what some barrel aging does.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite spicy but meh. For being a "fresh release" it tastes heavily oxidized already and over spiced to the point of being medicinal and not enjoyable. I would avoid this. What a shame, im glad there are infection concerns with this...even at a discounted price, had I purchased more based on description alone, id hate myself for wasting the money.

Photo of Phelps
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black. Thick-looking. Not much head, but what does appear is a deep reddish-brown like clay.

Sweet aroma. Maple, ginger root, orange peel, vanilla bean. A little heavier toward the zest than the barrel.

Rummy. Black strap molasses rum, rich and maple-heavy. Vanilla bean is less prominent than in the nose, but still rounds out the flavor a bit. Orange is big, blending with the vanilla in a sort of chocolate version of an orange julius. Finish is impressively clean and dry, with lingering spice bitterness.

Moderate CO2, lighter body than expected. Fizzy.

I tried this beer on draft a few months ago -- it was a spice rack, huge on the ginger, cinnamon and orange zest. I don't know if it was the time or just the difference between bottle and keg, but this version is vastly different and vastly improved.

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Collaboration Series: Floyd D'Rue from The Bruery
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