Rue D'Floyd
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Style:
American Imperial Porter
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 9.64%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
768
From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
98
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Rue D'FloydRue D'Floyd
Notes: Brewed in Collaboration with Three Floyds.

Imperial P\porter aged in bourbon barrels with cherries, coffee and vanilla beans added.
Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 768 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/13/16; drank 2/24/17 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Brown/black appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Milk chocolate, hazelnut, cherry, coffee & mild cinnamon notes in the nose; wow!

Thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate, vanilla & cherry flavors up front; medium roast coffee bean & mild booze heat notes on the finish.

A delicious, balanced, complex stout (this ain't no porter). Epic.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Sep 02, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/13/2016. Pours dense opaque pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, red/black cherries, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, fruit skin/pit, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, coffee, cherries, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hops/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, red/black cherries, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, fruit skin/pit, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very mild herbal, grass, roast, char bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, red/black cherries, vanilla, cream, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark bread/crust, light licorice/molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, coffee, cherries, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hops/fruity yeast flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet, bourbon/oak spice, and tart/tangy fruit balance; with zero cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness, bourbon/oak spiciness, and tart/tangy fruit. Mild increasing warmth of 13.5%, with zero lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing flavored barrel aged imperial porter. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, coffee, cherries, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hops/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tart/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly soft/silky feel for the huge ABV. Perfectly balanced between super rich malts, vanilla, cherries, fruity/nutty coffee, and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Mild earthy hops and fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier quality style example. Pretty mind blowing stuff. Heard infection rumors around about this beer, wasn't sure what collab side had them. This was a home run.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 01, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle. Pours black with dark tan head. Lots of smoked meats on aroma with some bourbon and cocoa. Taste of dates, raisins, bourbon, smoked meats, coffee, cocoa. Really don’t get any vanilla. Very well done “porter”.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! Took me a while to get a hold of this but boy was it worth the wait! Perfect amount of cherry and vanilla adjuncts. The high ABV isn’t even noticed it is so tasty!

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JLK7299 from North Carolina, Dec 31, 2018
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4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a 7venth Sun snifter glass.

A: Pours dark oily black and opaque. Forms a thin tan head that fades quickly with low visible carbonation.

S: Big semi-sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Dark roasted sweet malts, a touch of char that I’m not sure if is from the barrel or the malts. No cherries particularly on the nose.

T: Chocolate, roasted malts, and the cherries that I didn’t get on the nose. Vanilla, oak, and bourbon all in balance, with some char or maybe hint of smoke near the end. This is a sweet malt bomb through most of the drink, with just a touch of hop and roast bitterness near the end. It finishes with sticky sweet malts and bourbon and just hints of a lingering cherry sweetness.

M: An insanely heavy, thick body for a porter - but honestly at 14.4% how are we pretending this is really a porter? The alcohol presence is incredibly well-integrated and balanced. Low carbonation sensation with a slick sticky mouthfeel.

O: Wow…I'm really impressed. This is probably my favorite stout (let’s call a spade a spade) that I've had from The Bruery. And WAY better than Floyd d'Rue.

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4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle #1839
Bottled 12/13/16
750ml bottle poured into Hoarders tulip

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger khaki colored head that has short retention before settling to a ring around the edge.

S- a nice balance of charred malt and woody bourbon barrel up front, followed by sweet dark cherry, laced with vanilla cream, caramel-fudge brownies, cracked pepper, dark chocolate & earthy cofffee

T- slightly charred malt up front mixes with oaky bourbon barrel, immediately followed by a cherry note that pops through, providing just a hint of tartness, but a flavor of ripe black cherry. Mid-palate gives notes of dark chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla cream. The finish brings out some peppery coffee notes and lingers of cherry, barrel & roast

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish, perfect

O- the cherry is perfect in this blend, slightly tart-yet-sweet. Alcohol is hidden quite well, given the abv. One of the best beers to come out of the Bruery, well done

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Mar 11, 2018
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4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 2/7/17 from notes

L - Pours a dark cola brown with a thin mocha head
S - I get amazing notes of coffee, chocolate, sweet cherries, and just a hint of alcohol
T - The flavors are deep rich molasses, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla. This is followed up by some maraschino cherry tartness and just a touch of heat.
F - The mouth feel is velvety smooth and juicy.
O - I've got to admit this is right up there with the weekday beers. Not quite as bold, but the depth of character is incredible.

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brewaddict from California, Feb 22, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well this is a quandry. Remember last time's infection of this bottle? They took care of it, full refund. Do I factor that beer into this score? I dunno, we'll see. I'll think about it as I continue.

Pours a hearty brown and black color. 1/2" off white tan like head. The aroma drops chocolate, cherries, bourbon and coffee. The infected version had some cranberry going for it.

Taste, the uninfected version was fucking bad ass. Coffee popped hard, bourbon was just the nice complimentary type that wasn't understated but also wasn't oppressive and hot. The cherry was done in the right proportion and kind of the lightest impact of the adjuncts. Mouth feel, wow, amazed how easy to drink and enjoyable this is at such a high abv. I packs the usual coffee/bourbon/chocolate into a beer amazingly, literally with a cherry on top.

It seems like people agree with me, they love this beer, but yet I almost never hear any chatter about it. Bruery people are the best people, making it so easy for others to acquire without gouging.

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4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily, night black color with a fluffy mohagony colored head, slowly fading to a ring of lacing at the rim of the glass.

The nose of this is bursting of roasted coffee and vanilla milk chocolate, enriched by the oaken, spicy barrel. These go very well together, creating an intriguing complexity which reminds me of a slightly boozy Schwarzwälder-Kirschtorte, with only nuances of sugared cherries cutting through the profound, roasty maltiness.

Drinks silk and smooth, with an oily thickness, which reveals its huge body even better than the light alcohol bite during the finish.

Tart cherries define the beer‘s taste from first glance, which, at the beginning is a little startling, since it is so unusual for a stout to offer a nice tartness up front. This blends well into rock sugar and caramel, establishing the stout‘s more expectable sweetness, and just to make sure everything is under control here, the cherries then get dipped into melted bitter chocolate, revealing a coffee bean roastiness. The coffee gets a pleasant red berry tartness from the cherries, which works astonishing well with the coffee‘s roast quality, soothed by a calming vanilla note, adding a wooden sweetness. The bourbon barrel adds a little heat and a chewy spiciniess, which in no way pushes the beer too far, but instead enriches the already existing flavor complexity, resulting from the adjuncts. Finishes tart, sweet, roasty with a huge load of chocolate, which makes everything blending together, with a late barrel dryness, partly enhanced by the coffee bitterness, partly by the cherry tartness.

A wild ride on the tongue - this is intense and mind blowingly well balanced. I expected an adjunct onslaught, battering against my palate uncomromising, boy was I wrong. This works great, everything seems to fall into place playfully, creating a decadent and both challenging and rewarding imperial stout, which, despite its abv, I can‘t stop sipping.

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aleigator from Germany, Nov 29, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice mouthfeel and aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Didn't get much cherry or vanilla on the nose, but on the pallet the flavors came through well and mixed very nicely

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wulfie85 from California, Sep 03, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery reserve snifter. Thanks Ryan for sharing this one!

Pours a deep brown translucent body with a decent sized brown head that reduces to a layer of foam.

Aromas of coffee , freshly ground coffee grounds, cherry and chocolate, heavy vanilla bourbon.

Taste is chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, milk chocolate, lightly tart cherries, finishing roasty and lightly bitter. Medium heavy mouthfeel, can't tell this is 13.5%. Low carbonation.

I get every flavor as advertised here. Awesome beer.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Aug 27, 2017
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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an inky black with a thick mocha head that slowly settles over a minute or so

Big time cocoa nose, with hints of cherry

Vanilla, cherry, dark chocolate. More coffee. Layered and very complex.

Really well balanced. Not overly sweet, but nice big body.

Fantastic beer. One of my favorites from the Bruery

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mattsmith413 from North Carolina, Aug 17, 2017
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4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

had this a few times and most recently the fresh 2017 batch. The description of this beer is spot on with everything that comes through. The "strong porter" versus a stout is certainly obvious when drinking. Smooth milk, creamy chocolate. The cherries and vanilla really has a nice presence with great balance in this beer. It definitely is smooth with no heat and drinks more like a 10% beer.

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rabbott2 from Illinois, Jul 24, 2017
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4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Rich onyx hues with a dark sandy head and moderate lacing
S: A bit of the barrel on the nose with dark chocolate, raspberries, and cherries
T: Layered profile of dark roast coffee, sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, and fruit
F: Medium body with ample carb
O: I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than the 3 Floyds version, although both are excellent porters. Decadent and full flavored - very tasty.

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Fireman_RK from North Carolina, Jun 15, 2017
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4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This new 2017 version of RDF is solid as hell! Nice deep chocolate notes and a slight fruity (cherries I assume) hint to it! Light bourbon barrel notes at the finish but still super smooth

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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was just tremendous. There are lots of flavors - vanilla, coffee, cherries, but none of them dominates. I was hesitant when I saw tart cherries on the label, but it adds a nice dark fruit flavor. The big winner here, though, is the mouthfeel - so creamy. Great beer.

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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey, Apr 24, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the nose I get caramel, coffee, vanilla, and an astringent note that had me worried at first (wasn’t obviously cherry to me, but it subsided as the beer warmed). Palate starts off with caramel, coffee, and chocolate, with vanilla, chocolate fudge, and sweet-and-sour black cherry rolling in (with no sign of infection, happily). Getting some smoke and leather on the finish, with cinnamon, toasted coconut, and cherry lingering on the aftertaste. It’s very good, and much better than any other of the Bruery bottles I’ve popped recently, but I wouldn’t say it’s world class, mainly due to the only moderate barrel complexity. To put it another way, I’d likely max if it became available again to Reserve members, but I wouldn’t trade anything high end to get it.

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floyd_pugman from California, Apr 23, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter
From: heresy22 on Beer Advocate
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received March 20, 2017
Consumed: April 9, 2017
Reviewed as: American Porter
Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 13, 2016

Thanks, Chris!

Had two tasters of this at The Bruery Society Kickoff Party on Jan. 7, 2017. It was my favorite out of the ~20 beers I tried. Excited when I walked into my office one day and this was waiting for me. Thanks so much, Chris! Gave it a 4.75 (out of 5) on Untapped at the time and I expect this to be around that once again.

Poured a black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy tan head, which thinned out rather quickly. Serene setting underneath. Very good spotty lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25)

First sniff brought me back to that glorious day of The Bruery greatness. Got rich coffee malts, smooth oaky bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, cocoa, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, hints of black cherry, semi-char wood, chocolate syrup, milk chocolate, gooey fudge and some earthy leather. (Smell - 4.75)

Taste might have even been better than the nose. Wow. This once again brings me back. Got sticky milk chocolate, smooth oaky bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, cocoa, cinnamon, coconut flakes, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, hints of tart cherry, chocolate syrup and gooey sugary fudge. Incredible. (Taste - 4.75)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 5.00)

Whoa. Maybe even better than I remember. Definitely in my Mount Rushmore of beers. (Overall - 4.75)

4.75 | 100 | A+

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BucannonXC5 from California, Apr 17, 2017
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4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was exceptional. All the flavors came through on the nose and tongue. The cherries were the star. Tart and sweet. The coffee and vanilla beans were not overpowering. The bourbon was very slight, which played well with the other flavors. A lot of times, the bourbon overtakes everything, but not here. Very very very well done.

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DVMin98 from North Carolina, Apr 16, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is fair. Not much head. Smells of the vanilla and base beer with slight barrel. On the sip you get a nice cherry burst. Slight coffee there and some good chocolate. Feel is to be as expected from a porter. Just slightly thinner than a stout. Overall an amazing beer. Great collaboration.

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BWood from California, Apr 06, 2017
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4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

was excited to try this one on draft at the long beach Beer Belly One Night Stand. deep brown black brew with a tan head;plenty of lacing remained one the glass. nose was redolant of cinnamon, coconut, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. attack is peppery, with baking chocolate, deep roasted malt, and chocolate covered sour cherry rounds the midpalate. on the finish, I get vanilla and malt ball, with a chewy texture, though something tingly and tannic lingers at the end.

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dannydetox from California, Mar 23, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is coffee, cherry, with a slight bourbon sent.
Taste is coffee, very sweet cherry, chocolate, with a suddle cask character. I originally really loved this beer from tap, but from the bottle it tastes sweeter than I remember. From the bottle, it seems as though the cherry may be masking the overall complexity of this ale.

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dro7 from California, Feb 25, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle

Pours an inky black with a thick mocha head that slowly settles over a minute or so

Big time cocoa nose, with hints of cherry

Vanilla, cherry, dark chocolate. More coffee. Layered and very complex.

Really well balanced. Not overly sweet, but nice big body.

Fantastic beer. One of my favorites from the Bruery

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TrojanRB from California, Feb 10, 2017
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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS is The Bruery's best offering to date. A real feat to incorporate the cherry in such a perfectly balanced way. If you are able to find one I highly recommend it!

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4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2017 bottle Im giving this a total 5 because I've been a hoarder for 8 years, and this is without a doubt the best beer Bruery has done, at least since I've been drinking Bruery offerings.

Amazing head retention and viscous in mouthfeel. I've never been a fan of fruited stouts but the cherry accents and compliments the robust notes of coffee chocolate and vanilla while keeping its presence known throughout. Th coffee on this thing in incredibly in your face and melds perfectly with the malt profile. At 13.5% this beer is just stellar and reminds me very much of the Floyd D Rue with same recipe

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Biskills from California, Jan 19, 2017
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