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Tough Love - Crux Fermentation Project

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 18
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

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Beer added by: distantmantra on 05-29-2013

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1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

375mL bottle.

A: Pours like motor oil and explodes with a foamy mocha head. Due to the quick rise of the head, it dissipates just as quickly. Body captures the light with cruel hands. Leaves some pretty nice legs.

N: Rich bourbon on the nose that leans heavily towards the caramel with and plenty of vanilla backed up by coconut hints. A hint of coffee and milk chocolate. Black licorice and toffee. Some lactose. This is really, really pleasing to me. It all blends together like a professional dessert.

T: Taste, in spite of the nose, leans towards the bitter and smokey. There’s not a lot of sweetness here; it’s more baking chocolate than 66% dark. Lots of coffee. Oak is also somewhat overpowering.

M: Stings slightly and is a fair bit lighter than I would have liked. Very very dry and boozy. Almost overcarbonated. Oats do add a pleasing roundness to the whole.

O: After the nose, this was all downhill. I really wanted to like this a ton, but it just wasn’t happening. An OK beer, but it is too hot and it doesn’t have enough malt sweetness for me.Poor mouthfeel really hurts it.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375 ml graciously shared by Duane. Big thanks buddy!

Egregiously stubborn cork yields the innerds of this bottle. Pours an inky black with little retention.

Smells of smoked woody char and some dark fruits. Not overly vivacious and a bit young maybe.

Very tannic, vinous, and raw. Bourbon is a touch hot and not fully integràted. Lots of smoked maltiness, dark fruit, and a truck load of wood on the finish.

I'd sit on this a bit, but love the opportunity!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml waxed and corked bottle bought from an online store. Man, that is one super stubborn cork; it took me a few minutes to finally pull it out.

A- a small pop when the cork got the hell out of Dodge, it pours a pitch black with about an inch of tan foam with good lacing.

S- big roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, a bit of dark fruit.

T- roasted malt and bourbon up front, light coffee, and then it gets very sweet and hot. Every bit of the 11.5% is there! I get hints of dark fruits like raisins & plums from time to time and the bourbon seems to grow with every sip. There is some light bitterness here but the sweet notes dominate.

M- full bodied, light carbonation, the mouthfeel is fine.

O- I reckon some cellaring would calm things down but as is, it's tasty but hot and a very slow drinker. I like it.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Tough Love from Crux Fermentation Project
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