Rue D'Floyd | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-23-2014

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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BA ThickNStout hooked me up with this bottle along with it's "twin", Floyd D'Rue. Enjoyed out of a brown bottle with a bottling date of 3/13/14 etched on the side and a sticker ordering me to drink by 6/30/14 and to keep refrigerated, as it may contain the dreaded Lactobacillus. Poured into a large snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours an inky dark, dark brown bordering on black, with just a hint of cola caramel brown on the edges where the light penetrates. A fairly aggressive pour yields just shy of one finger of rich cocoa brown foam that begins to recede almost immediately, fading to just a lacing wafting of film swirled across the surface. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell - At first, I get mostly notes of vanilla along with some hints of cherry tartness and a pretty noticeable heat from the bourbon barrels. As it warms, the richer elements of dark chocolate, faint coffee and roasted malt become more apparent, lending a wonderful complexity to the aroma.

Taste - At first, the cherry is very aggressive, with clear acidity coming through and pushing all other elements to the side. That gives way to a smooth sweetness from the vanilla on the aftertaste alongside some faint coffee bitterness. As with the smell, this beer doesn't really take off until it has a chance to warm up, with the sweetness from the fruit and vanilla being balanced by char bitterness from the roasted malt and coffee characteristics. The bourbon is fainter on the taste than it was on the smell, and the heat that was clear on the aroma is all but hidden until after the swallow, where there is a bit of warmth in the chest, like you'd expect from hard liquor.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and moderate-to-low carbonation, with a silky, viscous mouthfeel and a slight burn from the heat of the alcohol.

Overall, this is a really interesting and unique beer. I love the fact that the barrel aging hasn't turned this into a beer that tastes like it's had a shot of whiskey dumped into it. Instead, it lends a complexity alongside the sweet and bitter notes from the malt, coffee, vanilla and cherry. As far as I'm concerned, FFF and The Bruery have produced two worthy beers here--Fd'R was good, and this one is just fantastic. With no signs of infection thus far, I'm regretting not getting at least one more bottle of each.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of BWood
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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 aleigator
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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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4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big beer. Smooth. Not a lot of booziness for a 14% beer. Bourbon coffe and lots of vanilla flavor powers this lightly roasted porter.

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