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Tough Love - Crux Fermentation Project

Tough Love
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88
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%


Brewed by:
Crux Fermentation Project visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: distantmantra on 05-29-2013)
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Reviews by Rosanne:
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Rosanne

California

4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

slight bourbon alcohol aroma, mid carbonation, sweet bitter balanced initially then a little bitter then sweet linger. Smooth, coffee and chocolate but more chocolate, can taste something else... It's the vanilla. Dark chocolate linger. Delicious. Later the linger is bourbon.

Shared a tulip on-tap (but drink most of it) after a sharing a flights at the brewery; Crux Fermentation Project, Bend, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 05:10:07 | More by Rosanne
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 9.21.13

A - Pours a dark opaque brown-black with a dark tan head that fades very slowly.

S - Lots of chocolate, a hint of burnt coffee, and some vanilla.

T - Burnt oats and coffee, bitter and not very enjoyable.

D - Good carbonaation with a heavy body.

O - Bitter and burnt - the nose is nice, but it ends there.

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10-22-2013 05:33:23 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Alieniloquium

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very thick and dark. Stains the glass. Nice. Not much by way of a head.

Smell - Very nice bourbon. Vanilla. The oak is the best part though. Rich dark chocolate. Slight smoke.

Taste - Less intense on the bourbon. Rich chocolate. Oak is strong. A little too strong. The bottle says spices and I can see that if it's true. Licorice and some red wine notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and rich. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Complex. Better aroma than taste, but not by much.

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zhanson88

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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks go out to Rbald42 for sending this one my way.

Appearance: Pours out a moderately viscous looking, almost inky black color. A good 1" of espresso head forms, which has excellent retention and decent lacing. Pretty high carbonation for the style is noted showing on the edges of the glass. Really nice looking stout.

Smell: This one took a while to open up, as I poured it cold. Once it begins to though, some nice scents begin to come out. A fair amount of roast and espresso are prevalent. Perhaps a bit of dark chocolate sweetness. Woodiness, vanilla and bourbon show from the barrel as well. Nice balance of bitter and sweet it seems on the nose.

Taste: Sweet and bitter dark chocolate makes up the bulk of the malt flavors in this stout. It takes an interested turn after that, that I did not catch on the nose. Some nice dark fruit character peeks out, with hints of cherry, fig and raisin. A notable amount of vanilla, with some oakiness and hints of bourbon round this out. More wood and vanilla show than actual bourbon notes, which are understated.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium-full bodied, with a high amount of carbonation, which combines to make an incredibly smooth and soft mouthfeel. Overall, one of the better stouts I have had recently. Nice balance, although I would not have minded to see a bit more bourbon character.

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10-20-2013 03:45:21 | More by zhanson88
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maximum12

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HuskyinPDX for this miniature bottle. Purple wax, capped & corked for some mysterious reason, 375ML bottle poured in my regal, leftover-found Orval glass.

No pop when the cap comes off, likewise with the cork: all quiet on the RIS front. However, the nose reaches me about the same time the lack of pop does. Which travels faster, sound or smell? Big bourbon notes wash out while I'm pouring, a boozy assault that travels a lot quicker & further than most barrel-aged Russians. Nose is charred chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Very nice.

Tough Love leads with the nose but goes in a fruitier direction on the tongue. Belying the wonderful nose, this is chock full of rapid-fire fruit - plums or some close relative. Underneath the barrel remains strong, with bourbon & contributing vanilla. Roast sneaks back in the middle along with a rabid alcoholic bite, & my belly temp begins to rise. Finish is strangely sharp, bitter fruitiness; hmph. Very thick, enough to slow my normal glacial drinking pace.

Not sure what to think of this one. It has everything but the World Series ring to prove it belongs with the big boys, but the fruitiness is distracting & detracting. Very good, but on the crux of greatness.

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10-15-2013 02:26:53 | More by maximum12
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer -- slick and jet black. Nice tannish-brown head on it.

All roasty chocolate in the nose. No real sign of the bourbon or oak.

A bit of sweet molasses upfront and some light spice (probably from the rye), followed by a big wave of dark, bitter chocolate. The bourbon is subtle and in the background, just where I like it to be. Not picking up a ton of oak. A little bit of booze on the finish, but I wouldn't call it hot. Some time is going to help it for sure, though.

Great mouthfeel -- not overly thick and syrupy like some in this class can be. Nice carbonation keeps it from feeling overly viscous.

Great beer. With some time on it, look out.

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Tough Love from Crux Fermentation Project
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.