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Tough Love - Crux Fermentation Project

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Tough Love
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89
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 20
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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 duluoz:
Photo of duluoz
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

duluoz, Sep 15, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev 0%

switzer, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of distantmantra
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with red rings around the edge. Nice tan of head foam is retained on the top.

S: Notes of red wine, coffee and bourbon are apparent.

T: The coffee and some vinuous touches are very forward, with a bit of bourbon lingering in the background.

M: Thick and full-bodied but not overpowering.

O: Great first barrel-aged brew from the guys at Crux. Interested to see what these bottles do in another six months or so.

distantmantra, May 29, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

dirtylou, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

StoutItOutLoud, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev 0%

Boozecamel, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Austin_M
5/5  rDev +25%

Austin_M, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of CraigTravor
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

CraigTravor, May 30, 2014
Photo of Eighty
4/5  rDev 0%

Eighty, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev 0%

metter98, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ShanePB, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of digita7693
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

digita7693, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

dbrauneis, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Thorpe429, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev 0%

JRod1969, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev 0%

drewone, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bier Stein the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer is every bit as attractive on the nose, as I pick up considerable dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, light coffee, light leather and light tobacco. The flavor profile replcates the nose pretty closely, with the dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla seeming to dominate the flavor profile. The beer is moderately sweet, but there's enough hoppy bitterness on the finish to dry out the modest sweetness. Mouthfeel is fairly full and soft, and the finish is long with some light bitterness. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile; there's no sense of heat or heaviness on the finish.

Very nice RIS, but I'm not sure it's quite up there with beers like the Abyss and Super Nebula.

John_M, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of fsck
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

fsck, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of oregone
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

oregone, Jun 13, 2013
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Tough Love from Crux Fermentation Project
89 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.