Tough Love - Crux Fermentation Project

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Tough Love
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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 zhanson88:
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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

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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%

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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.

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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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.