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

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The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pkalix
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

no head on the first pour. forced head with a more volatile 2nd pour presented an ultra-fizzy, coca cola-like sound and site.... burnt brown and yellow.
smell is wonderful. soft sweet booziness, vanilla. with it an excitement and aroma much like an Eclipse. some fruitiness in the nose also. this was a great surprise on popping the cap and a very nice aroma.
taste is sweet, mellow barrel flavors, vanilla, some tart fruitiness and booze. but the booze is not harsh, just a mellow presence. very well done. very smooth. minimal bitterness, maximum flavor.
I like the label also. a little bit of the eye-catching splash that 3 Floyds is know for....

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Jules11788
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a jet-black color that let's no light through; barely any head; light lacing

S: Smells strongly of roasted coffee, vanilla, and dark malts; no presence of cherry. Man that coffee smells good

T: Rich, chocolate-covered coffee beans up front; the roastiness is accentuated in the middle and back of the tongue with a good wallop of vanilla; finishes sweet with a coffee bitterness that lingers. There's a slight hint of tart fruitiness that is hiding in the back, but the other flavors overpower it. Not a complaint though.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, but surprisingly mild for such a high abv beer. This brew has the perfect amount of "chewiness" without being overly boozy

O: A fantastic beer, and a good amount better than the Floyd D'Rue, though both are great. I'm sad that I won't be able to age any of these

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Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
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 IKR
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage
14.4% ABV
Sampled in Bruery Tulip

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest dark beige head that slowly faded. Nice lacing down the glass. Good looking beer.

Smell: The coffee and vanilla compete for star billing here. Mild Bourbon and perhaps the faintest hint of cherries round out the nose. There is not the slightest hint of infection. So far so good.

Taste: Upfront coffee and vanilla feature just like the nose suggested. Mild Bourbon, roasted malt notes, and tannic oak notes also come through. The finish features the coffee and vanilla notes with the barrel notes (Bourbon and tannic oak), and perhaps the subtlest hint of cherries creeping through in the finish. Very restrained alcohol presence for the ABV, to the point where I have a hard time believing the listed 14.4%. As I near the end of my pint my buzz tells me it is 14.4% but the taste profile is alcohol free.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Spot on for the American Porter style category it's listed under.

Overall: Great beer. Whether the potential infection strikes further down the road is not known, but right now this is an ass-kicking beer. to be honest, the coffee and vanilla notes likely require the beer to be drunk while it's fresh, so the potential infection could be a good thing for the full appreciation of the beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle acquired through the Hoarders Society. Bottled 3/13/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours oil black with almost two fingers of cinamon hued head. A modest halo remains throughout but leaves no lace.

Sweet, inviting nose od coffee, vanilla cream, hot chocolate, cherries, caramel and mild bourbon. I keep coming back to enjoy more of this.

Hot damn this is fantastic! A lucious harmony of sweet creamed coffee, oaky earthen vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, soft bourbon, caramel, molasses, cherry skins, fudge, brown sugar and a nice boozey heat. No one flavor dominates because there are so many delicious ingredients working in concert. Undeniably hot but it all works so well.

Syrupy, moderately heavy feel with a balanced carbonation that is soft overall yey tingles on the sides of my tongue. All adjuncts dance near-equally in an aftertaste that lingers delightfully. Coffee, cherries, bourbon and vanilla.

I often see a list of additions to a beer and have a rough time identifying them in the taste. That is certainly not the case here. Rue D'Floyd is arguably the best collaboration that I've ever encountered and stands up favorably to the crem de la crem of big dark beers from both Three Floyds and The Bruery. Super happy to have bought multiple and actually lament not procuring more. Outstanding!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is near black with a thin layer of crema on top. Lasting head retention with sparse lacing on the snifter. Delectable aroma, featuring chocolate covered cherries, espresso beans, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Cherries and chocolate meld beautifully with rich roast and silky smooth coffee. Bold and flavorful with a myriad of flavors flowing seamlessly together. An outstanding beverage, well exceeding my expectations.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Mmmm bottle fresh before the so called funk kicks in. Jet black pour with small fizz mocha bubbles. Smells of chocolate, coffee, burnt sugars and vanilla. The taste follows nose but fairly strong sour cherry as it warms. Truly great depth with a bit of bourbon heat. Feel is thick and silky with great carb.

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Photo of anteater
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a nice thick dark tan head

S: Powerful aroma, I could smell this one from pretty far away. Just huge bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla.

T: Everything that they advertise - coffee, cherries, vanilla and bourbon. The important thing here is that the cherries aren't overbearing and neither is the overall sweetness of the beer. It is a very sweet beer, as you may expect from the Bruery but has a great balance.

M: Really nice and thick, coats your mouth

O: This may beat out Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain for me. The abv is still huge but totally manageable and I could have drank more. Great layers of flavors packed into a delicious huge bourbon barrel stout.

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Photo of bcm75
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks really thick. Almost black with hints of maroon around the edges of my tulip, and a beautiful dark tan head that dissipated quickly.

S - More subdued bourbon than some other Bruery releases, which was a pleasant surprise. I'm not getting much cherry, but there are some nice coffee notes.

T - Big, as expected. No sign of infection. This is not nearly as alcohol-forward as would be expected of a 14.4 beer. Vanilla and cherry are both subdued (cherry very much so), but subtly add to the overall flavor picture. I'm getting some hints of unsweetened chocolate. I wouldn't really call out any of the multitude of ingredients listed on the label - they work so well together, rather than calling attention to themselves individually.

M - Viscous and creamy. Very heavy-bodied for a porter; stout-like.

O - Spectacular. It's a pity about the infection, I would love to cellar one of these for awhile. It's a steal at the discounted infection-related price, compared to normal Bruery pricing, but that's assuming you plan on drinking it in the very near future.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 2014 vintage
- Bottled 14-Mar-14 / Picked up 24-Apr-14.
- Sticker on bottle with drink by date 30-Jun-14.
- 750mL bottle poured into Lost Abbey teku on 1-May-14.

Very black, very stout-like color and consistency in appearance.

Aromas of bourbon wood with mocha, graham cracker, frozen yogurt vanilla, hints of cinnamon and some other spice going on..

Bourbon vanilla and roasted coffee up front in taste. The mellow oak and vanilla notes rests on top of the tongue. The slightly tart cherry flavors slide down beneath my tongue. Finishes with deep mocha chocolate with some spice... only cinnamon comes to mind right now.

Heavier than a regular imperial porter, but definitely not as dense as most barrel-aged imperial stouts. Soft, velvety texture with some tang from the tartness and a bit of spritz from the carbo. Finishes with a bit of chewy chocolate texture. Very little heat considering the abv.

This is one of the best porters I've ever had. Love everything that's going on here and melding so well.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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 jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 jdprmd
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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 PHBoiler
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black with a thin brown head that sort of sticks around throughout the glass. Huge coffee nose. Only a hint of bourbon on the nose. Taste is big roasty coffee with some dark fruit/cherry at the beginning and hints of bourbon/vanilla on the finish. The mouthfeel is a rich porter and not as thin as some may expect. This beer is a delicious coffee bomb.

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Photo of TommySudz
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/13/14. Poured into a 0,4 l tulip.

Dark reddish brown, no opaqueness at all. A very slight head on pour that disappears quickly.
Smell is similar to other Bruery strong porters/stouts; sweet vanilla, raisin, light cocoa. Some caramel as it warms.
Taste is sweet initially with vanilla, bourbon and cocoa. Coffee lingers on the palate with a nice 'warning' on the way down. As it warms the coffee and cocoa become more apparent and some slight bitterness appears.
Mouthfeel is smooth, almost silky. Light carbonation makes it reminiscent more of a port than a beer.

Overall this is an exceptional beer. The Bruery had concerns that some additional yeast was introduced and the beer would be sour, so they recommended drinking it before July. Fortunately this wasn't the case here. This beer is definitely enjoyable from cold to warm. I would like to see how it tastes after a few years, if I can find another bottle.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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 LambicPentameter
4.36/5  rDev 0%
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 jegross2
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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 mdfb79
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 05/17/14 notes. Got a few bottles of this in the RS this year and very glad I did. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of very dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves quickly, looks great.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, vanilla beans, coffee, toasted malts, milk, cream, coffee grinds, light sweet bourbon, and caramel malts. Awesome nose, lots of coffee and vanilla to it. Not getting any cherries at all but that's ok.

t - Tastes of more coffee than the nose, espresso, milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, cocoa, roasted malts, toffee, toasted malts, caramel malts, burnt malts, bourbon and light dark fruits. More coffee than the nose, very good.

m - Thick, full body and low to moderate carbonation. A little hot but not bad at all considering the ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good porter, with no signs of infection whatsoever. Tons of coffee and some nice vanilla and chocolate to it was well. No real cherries to it, and the bourbon is lighter than I expected, but I thought this was a great beer. Well worth buying.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark and thick. Just a really inviting look to it. Smell was classic bourbon barrel. Vanilla and oak kind of dominated but picked up faint traces of coffee, milk chocolate and maybe a hint of dark fruit skin. Taste was just smooth, bourbon heaven. as it warmed, I definitely started to pick out the coffee and on the back end the cherries start to shine. This was fantastically viscous with just the right amount of carbonation to really coat your mouth. Absolutely no hint of infection at all. A dynamite beer.

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Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black and thick. This is a heavy looking beer right off the bat. The head is small and brown. The liquid looks viscous, perhaps not Black Tuesday viscous, but the 14.4% abv is apparent. The aroma is a rich and packed with flavor. Lots of chocolate, big vanilla, coffee, coconut cream, caramel. The cherries get a bit lost in the mix, but if you swirl up a little head, some fruity acidity pops up (hopefully, that's not just the infection setting in - it does smell like cherries, though). There's little booziness to it. It just smells like a mix between a delicious chocolate cake and a sweet vanilla-flavored coffee with a glass of sweet bourbon. The taste is similar to the aroma, simply full of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and sweetness. The cherry flavor seems a bit more apparent, but as the beer warms, the rest of the beer pushes it out almost completely. The whole thing comes together really nicely. Vanilla is particularly big but doesn't take the beer into cloying territory. The vanilla, coconut and bourbon flavors are big but the chocolate, caramel and coffee are big enough to provide them with a proper stage. Without the huge, richly sweet backbone, this beer's flavor profile probably would be somewhat off-putting, but this beer pulls it off. Mouthfeel is thick and huge with low carbonation. There's some alcohol burn, but it adds to the overall character and c'mon, it's 14.4% abv. Anywho, this beer is delicious, and it's a shame that it had an infection problem, but at least, that pushed me try it sooner rather than later. I continue to be hugely impressed with The Bruery's ability to make these very strong beers delicious.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by AdamJackson, thanks for the opportunity!
Wow talk about polar opposites!
Huge sugary chocolate and caramel maltiness with bits of coffee and just a hint of cherry. Light toffee vanilla and hints of oaked bourbon round this one out. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation. I could sip on this beer forever. Hugely complex and nicely meshed.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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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