Collaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd | The Bruery

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Collaboration Series: Rue D'FloydCollaboration Series: Rue D'Floyd

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cherries, Coffee and Vanilla beans added. Brewed in Collaboration with Three Floyds.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of dvmin98
4.85/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of BWood
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of dannydetox
4.32/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of dro7
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of TrojanRB
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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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Photo of Biskills
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of Furlinator
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2017.
On tap at the Bruery tasting room on 01/18/17.
Pitch black with a half-inch mocha head. Huge coffee aroma. The taste is mostly coffee with a pleasant sweet cherry finish. Perfect balance. NOT to be confused with Floyd D' Rue, which is the one with infection issues.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great cherry notes, not overly sweet and very smooth. I like the Porter base in this vs. the traditional stout base. This was definitely not infected, so we got lucky!

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Photo of mythaeus
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Infected, but actually enjoyable. Seems the all of the intended flavors are all there except that it was sour. Hang on to it for another year and you'll have a sour walez! :)

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Photo of MLDucky
3/5  rDev -32%

Started to turn, I'm giving this an okay rating because I could tell at one point there was something great here. Unfortunately I didn't get to quite experience that great beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Not infected. Thin dark brown head, no retention, low carbonation. Aroma is sweet and nice with a good amount of spice.

Beer is thick and strong, hides the alcohol well. A sipper. I drank the whole bottle over the course of a couple of hours. Pretty happy with it.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with little carbonation. Smell: coffee, vanilla, chocolate, sweet bourbon. coffee dominates. The nose literally bursts from the bottle when opened. This was incredible. Taste: very different from nose, to be honest. Super sweet and the bitter cherries overpower the coffee. Chocolate is there, but a little less than the nose. The cherry and blackberry notes definitely dominate. Super surprised by how different the nose and taste are. This literally tastes like a chocolate filled with cherry. Quite amazing. Mouthfeel is good. Definitely creamy, but not as viscous as some of the Bruery stouts.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

1811th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip and FFF Teku
750 Ml

Thanks to Jlindros for this one

App- Right out the gate this pours a big black motor oil black with some brown highlights and a fizzy 1 finger head that went away very quickly. The cling was a bit non existant on this one. Not a surprise.

Smell- When I pull a big whif I can find some heat to it. Most of the aromas focused on the vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and cherry flavors. I get much more cherry than I was thinking on this one. The oak was there as well bit a subtle note to it.

Taste- So I think I was expecting a little to much from this one and had to remind myself it was a porter and not a stout. I think I tricked myself into thinking it was something it wasnt. The aromas transfer over quite nicely to the flavor of the beer with more choclate covered cherries. The alcohol was much more subdued on this one than the Bruery version. I actually finished this one quite quickly.

Mouth- A bit of a medium body with a medium carbonation level. Again not a stout. I have to remind myself. The residual flavors remind me of a cherry Dr. Pepper. A bit smooth soda like flavors.

Drink- This was a nice beer to sit and watch TV with. A big beer to drink solo. Was a good sipper with unique flavors and aromas to balance out a big heat behind it.

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Photo of jegross2
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Rue D'Floyd, an imperial porter aged in bourbon barrels with cherries, coffee and vanilla beans added brewed by The Bruery out of Placentia, California in collaboration with Three Floyd's Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana. This beer was unintentionally infected with lactobacillus, meaning that it is apt to develop off/unintended flavors over time. The Bruery, in their mea culpa email about the infection, asserted that it would be best by June 30, 2014 (i.e., no infection flaws apparent if drank by then).

Score: 93

March 2014 vintage bottle served in a 2011 Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 07/19/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with a thin layer of khaki head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Okay lacing, average retention. 4/5

Smell: Vanilla bean ice cream, coffee, brown sugar, light roast, bourbon, cherry and a hint of chocolate. The cherry (and bourbon) is much more pronounced in the nose of The Bruery brewed version of this beer than the Three Floyd's brewed version, but it is still pretty subdued overall. The aromatic mix is nice, and the vanilla is quite lovely, but it is not quite as marvelously integrated as the Three Floyd's version was. 4.5/5

Taste: Bourbon-forward flavor followed by ample chocolate (much more so than the nose). Oaky vanilla on the finish. Not getting much cherry right out of the fridge, but as it warms up, a little bit of restrained cherry flavor comes through on the back half. Long-lasting finish of bourbon and oak. A bit of alcohol heat and more sweetness comes across than I recall in the Three Floyd's version. No off flavors present in this bottle as of late July 2014. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Similar mouthfeel to the Three Floyd's version, but with more alcohol heat. Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Viscous, chewy and a little creamy mouthfeel. Sweeter than I recall the Three Floyd's version being. 4.75/5

Overall: Very good, but it's not quite the robust beast that the Three Floyd's brewed version was -- whether that be because of slight differences in the brewing process or the coffee element or otherwise.

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 5.10.14

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thin dark brown head that is gone fast.

S - Bourbon, coffee, cherry, vanilla. As advertised.

T - Bourbon, cherry-coffee with a vanilla finish. Awesome.

D - Heavy body with lower carbonation.

O - Great Flavors and layers. Great stuff. The infection scare worked on me. I wish I bought more then one bottle.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking porter. Black coffee body with a dark mocha head (maybe just a touch darker than it's Floyd D'Rue sister). Low retention and lace.

S - Jalapeño, touch of smoke, vanilla, old weathered oak, dates, currents, and dry blackcherry soda.

T - Holy crap. Stellar flavor profile: awesome integration, outstandingly fresh fruit character, and fantastic balance. Deep, rich, fresh, dark cherry flavor permeates the entire profile along side vanilla, bourbon, wet wood, creamy dark chocolate, caramel, plum, currents, blueberries, honey, and cognac.

M - Outrageously smooth, medium-full to full body.

O - This beer is both the best imperial porter and the best cherry beer I've ever had. Kudos of the highest degree.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another split with rudzud.

Super super dark black pour, thick heavy motor oil pour, dark mocha colored head with little lacing.

NOse very nice, with a Black Tuesday crossed with Hunaphu kinda, super dark chocolate malts, cocoa dust, expensive Belgian chocolate, caramel, etc, into nice bourbon and barrel, vanilla barrel. If I really dig deep I can get some choc covered cherry notes, also some interesting raw cookie dough like malt aromas, but so much choc fudge and bourbon with nice malt base.

Taste big dark malts, sweetish with lots of cocoa, dark chocolate and Belgian cocoa, etc, Super dark black malts, into lots of vanilla and barrel, nice bourbon without going bourbon heavy, mostly nice vanilla barrel rounding. with a mild booze warmth and heat, nice fudgey dark malt chocolate, etc, with some little coffee and roast. Finish brings more cocoa, vanilla, some bourbon barrel, a nice coffee comes through more, little booze heat, even coffee grinds coming through, little booze, sticky and semi sweet coming, light alcohol overall though.

Mouth is heavier bod, soft and creamy, fair booze, nice carb, etc.

Overall this is awesome, great base beer, nice barrel and vanilla, nice fudgey, decent coffee and roast, nice bourbon, etc, booze hidden well, etc.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark black hue with some thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of huge vanilla, great bourbon notes, barrel, coffee, just awesome. I really don't get much cherry. Big chocolate, vanilla, fudge cookie dough notes.

T - Taste is delicious chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, light coffee. Great roasted malts, no cherries but great chocolate and vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, alcohol is hidden nicely, goes down easy.

O - Overall this beer was very tasty, quite tasty, awesome chocolate and vanilla and bourbon. I laugh at the people who thought this might be you discover lacto in a lab, that's not surviving the almost 15% ABV! Hahaha

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Photo of jdprmd
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pitch black with dark tan head that disappears relatively quickly… not the best lacing but I can already get some great aromas… this will be good.

S - Vanilla, cocoa, marshmallow, bourbon, oak, coffee… all blended very well … a large empesis on the blend of vanilla forming this fantastic marshmallow taste, that is brought together with bourbon. No Cherry or fruit smell's from this.

T - Graham cracker marshmallows damn this is good… no bright cherries shining through but dark fruits begin to surface on the way down and finishes with a great bourbon taste that gives you a warming feeling. Perfectly blended vanilla and roasted coffee notes. No souring taste of infection or off taste… I guess I got lucky? As it warms to room temp carmel and toffy tastes start coming through

M - Smooth smooth smooth… very creamy everything is coming full circle here. It could be a hair thicker to improve the mouthfeel but no complaints.

O - For 14.4% abv this drinks way to easily… to bad this is a one time brew because I want more. Drinking this whole bottle in one sitting is happening. I will have to get more to share with friends.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a perfectly black beer topped by half a finger of dark tan that is quick to fade to a small collar and leaves no lacing
S: Smells of bourbon, coffee and alcohol
T: Taste is slightly tart cherries with coffee, chocolate and hints of vanilla with some nice barrel flavors. swallow brings more cherries, coffee, bourbon, alcohol and some roasted malt
M: this beer is on the heavier side of things and has soft but adequate carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: Delicious and decadent. This beer had some tart flavors that came back as the beer warmed up. All signs point to an infection with lacto but I bought this beer with eyes wide open.

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Photo of KevSal
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

b1 original rating 4.5 using overall system

poured batch 2 into bruery snifter

looks fantastic big bad porter

nose is huge bourbon and vanilla for the most part. some nice sweetness in the back end. not much cherry abs slight coffee

flavor is much different than the nose, huge bourbon and vanilla with some coffee and cherry! cherry is coming thru great and gets bigger as it warms. it really taste as i remember

mouthfeel is full but not over the top. slightly thinner than on the thick side.

overall they did it! they actually did it! this one is a home run! go out and get it, it might be even better than batch 1! luckily we can age this guy this time

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