Tough Love - Crux Fermentation Project

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Tough Love
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BA SCORE
89
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 19
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:
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(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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of jmccraney
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Austin_M
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of CraigTravor
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of digita7693
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Noonan425
4.04/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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Tough Love from Crux Fermentation Project
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.