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Tough Love [Banished] - Crux Fermentation Project

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Tough Love [Banished]Tough Love [Banished]

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Crux Fermentation Project visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-09-2014

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Reviews by charlzm:
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3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Vurt for the bottle!

Consumed February 8th, 2014 from a corked, capped, waxed bottle. The wax and cap came off easily enough, but the cork wound up in a million crumbs inside the beer when neither of my corkscrews could remove it. Oh, and I splashed beer all over the counter and broke off part of the neck. Lucky I didn't get cut. Most of the contents made it into a snifter at about 60 degrees F. It started off cooler, but by the time I actually got the beverage into the glass, well... it had warmed up.

Anyway, beer pours black with a one-finger deep tan head. I didn't get to enjoy the head as I has a spoon, scooping cork fragments out of it. The head had dissipated by the time I got enough cork out to begin drinking.

Dark chocolate malt aroma. Some vanilla as well. Dashes of alcohol and dates/prunes.

Flavor is intensely bitter chocolate. A little vanilla. Cocoa. For the hard work required to actually get to the liquid, I was unimpressed.

Mouthfeel is a little thick and smooth, but this body is thinner than one would expect. Of course, it does have the occasional cork nugget to make things more exciting. Alcohol heat is pretty noticeable.

Overall, there are no real flaws (save for the packaging) but neither is there anything exciting going on here. For all the special ingredients listed (rye, wheat, bourbon barrels, etc...) there is not a whole lot of evidence of such on the palate.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of griffeyb
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew small snifter. Cellared for about a year. A bit disappointed to open the bottle to absolutely no 'pop', then relieved to see that his was corked as well as capped. Nice pop from the cork. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a fine,thin hot cocoa colored head with great retention and lacing. Enticing aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, oaky vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is dark toasted malt, slightly sweet, bourbon, light oak and vanilla, mild chocolate, finishing with sweet toasted malt and chocolate liqueur. Somewhat thin bodied for a RIS, but still adequate. A light bodied, but full flavored barrelled Russian imperial stout.Plenty of bourbon, but does not overwhelm the substantial malt body. Good oaky vanilla notes. I like the presentation of the Crux bottles and they seem to be following up classy packaging with well made beers. This was an expensive small bottle, but fufilled its promise.

Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of alcstradamus
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Who cares? Looks fine. Small head quickly dissolving. Lots of carbonation bubbles for such a big beer.

Smell - Chocolate covered cherries, raisin, molasses, slight bourbon booziness,....really smells complex and phenomenal. Reminds me of Lost Abbey Angel's Share in the aroma

Taste - First sip at above-cellar temperatures appears a bit less complex than the aroma, but it is a tough act to follow. Lots of raisin sweetness on top of the bourbon booziness. I do pick up some fruitiness as it warms. A bit of brown sugar perhaps? The complexity is there, but the balance is actually what is most impressive about it.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and sufficiently carbonated. Usually beers this full bodied feel creamier to me which I actually prefer, but I can't complain too much about a sufficiently carbonated 12% beer. It isn't an easy feat.

Overall - People who know me know that I am incredibly cynical nowadays about craft beer. I have had too many 'great' ones to be impressed anymore....but this did impress me. Imagine a properly carbonated but slightly less tasty Angel's Share. I would keep this stocked in my fridge if I had the chance.

Photo of deschutes_fan
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

375mL Bottle dated Jun '13 with purple wax, capped and corked (really?)

- Pours a deep brown/black with 1/2" of tan foam. No lacing.

- Smells of roasty malt, bourbon, and oak. Maybe some faint stone fruit notes.

- Good toffee and charred bourbon taste to start with some nice roasty bitterness and some lactose sweetness. Oaky dryness on the finish. Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery for the style, a major downside. Also the rich flavors fade quickly with an unpleasant lactose sweetness that lingers.

- Overall, this is a decent attempt with some good flavors, but also some flaws.
The thin body is almost a deal breaker on its own. The lingering lactose is not my favorite either.On the other hand, the initial flavors are well balanced and pleasant.

At a cost of $13/bottle, this is more per ounce than all the top dogs of the style (BCBS, Black Note, Parabola, Abyss). Combined with the pretentious waxed/capped/corked combo, Crux needs to rethink this beer and adjust the recipe and price. This should be obvious considering I purchased this bottle almost a year after its release.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: vanilla bourbon and dark fruits
T: cola, dark fruits, dark chocolate, looooong finish

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

On the drier end of the spectrum with a savory smoke and umami flavor, perhaps a touch of soy sauce. Tannic. The barrel comes through withough imparting any harsh spirit elements ... but some would say that it's too restrained.

This is one for folks that want an earthier, drier, oaky execution.

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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saved a bottle from our trip to Bend in October. Bottle was corked, and it smelled of barleywine upon opening. Poured pure black with a slight hint of head. Scent is sweet - molasses, caramel. Taste starts sweet and finishes with bitter hops, but balanced throughout. A real treat.

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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Tough Love [Banished] from Crux Fermentation Project
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