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Tough Love - Crux Fermentation Project

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Tough Love
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88
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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

Washington

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a nice jet black with a nice tan cap, some good retention going on here.

S: Nose is dominated by bourbon, coffee and cocoa. A wee bit of vanilla and a pronounced booze sting

T: Coffee, rich milky chocolate and dark fruits upfront with stinging bourbon, booze blended with this. The booze was pretty sharp, the finish had a nice bittering and stinging finish

M: Full bodied, well carbonated, pretty dry and hot but very flavorful and it sits well on the palate

O: Pretty darn good if I say so myself. I wish i could find more. Thanks Libbey for getting me drunk and not taking advantage of me.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 14:34:47 | More by barleywinefiend
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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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John_M

Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-16-2013 21:06:48 | More by dirtylou
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-23-2013 13:09:30 | More by rolltide8425
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wyoming

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 13:23:27 | More by Bitterbill
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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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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-23-2013 23:04:32 | More by vfgccp
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-17-2013 15:57:52 | More by Duff27
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:26:53 | More by maximum12
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-23-2013 04:16:46 | More by strongaf
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-13-2013 18:08:41 | More by kscaldef
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-16-2013 06:41:48 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10-16-2013 23:37:35 | More by egrace84
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.3%

10-26-2013 15:30:45 | More by CoryR
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-27-2013 05:55:05 | More by Kopfschuss
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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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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-15-2013 22:28:11 | More by uturn
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-10-2013 05:54:42 | More by jrohrbacher
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anteater

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -6%

08-04-2013 02:51:20 | More by anteater
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Tough Love from Crux Fermentation Project
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.