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Tough Love - Crux Fermentation Project

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Tough Love
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88
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
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:
No notes at this time.

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

California

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

09-15-2013 17:00:52 | More by duluoz
More User Reviews:
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switzer

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-04-2013 05:53:31 | More by switzer
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distantmantra

Washington

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

05-29-2013 16:35:54 | More by distantmantra
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dirtylou

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-16-2013 21:06:48 | More by dirtylou
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

06-07-2014 21:34:34 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

10-22-2013 01:29:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-12-2014 03:37:20 | More by Boozecamel
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-29-2014 03:34:59 | More by LotsofLupulin
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Austin_M

Texas

5/5  rDev +25.3%

07-25-2014 16:12:22 | More by Austin_M
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-30-2014 04:50:06 | More by CraigTravor
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Eighty

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-27-2013 00:24:15 | More by Eighty
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-23-2013 11:53:52 | More by metter98
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-14-2014 14:18:39 | More by ShanePB
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digita7693

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-19-2013 06:39:47 | More by digita7693
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-25-2013 05:38:53 | More by rbrefbeerman
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AnchorsAndAxes

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2013 20:01:47 | More by AnchorsAndAxes
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-20-2013 18:59:48 | More by dbrauneis
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

11-30-2013 14:56:03 | More by Thorpe429
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-16-2013 06:41:48 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-14-2013 23:41:43 | More by JRod1969
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-29-2013 04:33:03 | More by drewone
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John_M

Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

06-16-2013 18:29:32 | More by John_M
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

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

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

09-07-2013 21:19:19 | More by fsck
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oregone

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

06-13-2013 20:42:56 | More by oregone
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Tough Love from Crux Fermentation Project
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.