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 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 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 brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out chocolate brown with a nice head that delivers the lacing goods

Smell: Chocolate fudge, cherry and vanilla

Taste: Chocolate fudge, up front, with developing cherry, vanilla and Bourbon tones in the mid-palate; the finish brings more of the same but the aftertaste is overly sweet

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Much better than Floyd d'Rue but a little too sweet to be a top echelon beer on my palate

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Nice khaki head. Stains the glass a little. Medium collar.

Smell - Coffee, bourbon. Dark fudgy chocolate. Smells pretty sweet, surprise surprise.

Taste - Nice bourbon and coffee. Very sweet. Oaky. Very chocolatey. Sweet fudgy finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and boozy. Medium carbonation. Sweet, but I don't mind so much.

Overall - Toeing the line of too sweet, as the Bruery tends to do.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a mocha brown head that is rich and quick to fade. A swirl revives the cap leaving some additional spotty patchy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is real nice. Toasted coconut, oak and bourbon mingle with vanilla, caramel and an overwll burnt sugary feel. Some roast coffee blending to chocolate that seems like brownie batter.

The taste has a bourbon kick with some tang of cherry, raw oak, coffee, earth and cacao long into the aftertaste. Some vanilla sweetness with almost an earthy, pithy cherry flavor that is natural and flirts with tartness but the booze and chocolate/earth temper that extended fruit flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite boozy and a unique blend of booze and tangy cherry. All the other additions in this seem familiar and work together. The cherry seems a bit disjointed and out of place but it isnt strong enough to distract. I would not mind drinking this again with age but considering the infection risk/warming I wont be buying any more of this even though it is infinitely better than it's rum counterpart.

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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 Mikeypnh
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours super black, very nice thick mocha head. Sticks around for longer than I expected. The smell is mostly coffee, some chocolate, bourbon, strong bitter coffe is the main component here. Coffee also very upfront in the taste, with a bourbon kick towards the end. After a few sips I can taste the vanilla sneaking in there at the end with some oak, as well. I can't detect any cherry yet, maybe as it warms up. But I also can't taste any infection so I'm ok with it. The coffee and vanilla is enough to keep me interested. Mouthfeel is medium, only slight carbonation, and a very easy drinker considering the high abv. When it warms up I can pick up the slight cherry tartness. Not so much the cherry flavor, just the tartness. It's a nice little beer. I'm not the biggest fan of coffee so it's not going to rate as high, but it's very flavorful, and most importantly not infected.

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Photo of Flip4beers
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.
Smell- The aroma of this beer is fruity, mild licorice scent, coffee, roasted malts.
A- Dark, no head, opaque.

Taste- coffee upfront, lingering fruit notes while sipping. Roasty malts, not too sweet, dark chocolate.
Overall- I think, in my opinion, I would like more bourbon and oaky notes to be up there in my list. Im wanting more sweet notes rather than the sour lingering cherry notes. Coffee overpowers the porter and somehow it makes my ratings a bit lower than I expected the beer to be. Almost well balanced but Im comparing everything to Parabola, which is my all time fav. Its a good quality beer but wishing more bourbon aging.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle I brought to share at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, and coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and slight cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great coffee and vanilla characteristics, but the cherry addition is fairly subtle to me.

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Photo of Auracom
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle opened at DLD 2014, thanks Al! Despite the lacto news, this still sounded incredible to me and I was very happy for the tick. 3 oz. in multiple pours into a glencairn.

A - Voluminous-looking porter, that's for sure. Easily the darkest color I've seen in this style. Very little carbonation.

S - Cherries, for sure. Wax, mocha, crushed vanilla bean, variety of baking spices, dust, wood boards.

T - Slightly vineous, cherry skins, a bit of offbeaten sweetness, rich toffee blended with vanilla oil, harmonious lesser oak near the finish.

M - Very smooth, hefty body, balanced finished between sweet and bitter.

D - Way less cloying than many Bruery beers of this heft, and I love when they can manage that. The last offering from them to keep it this in-check was Bourbon Smoking Wood [oft-underrated]. The mid-palate richness of the vanilla really hit the spot and the infection hadn't taken hold at all.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black with thin lacing, coffee in color no legs. Medium guming of the glass.

S- Sort of a bland cinnamon up front, coffee, bourbon barrel; cinnamon comes on more toward the back end. I am not sure if that is even part of this beer.

T- Nice and thick; just the right amount of carb here. It is odd drinking a ba stout/porter from The Bruery that is not cloyingly sweet. Pleasant in that way.
The coffee is upfront, I am still getting a cinnamon sting on my tongue. This does have the nice qualities of a porter being lighter than a stout.

M- A bit thin for my liking, but this is still really good with the M. Just the right amount of carb, then there is the cinnamon sting on your tongue.

O- I think the collab was a success. Well done!

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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 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 johnnnniee
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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 popery
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Davepoolesque
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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 mdfb79
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 LambicPentameter
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
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 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 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 TommySudz
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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 PHBoiler
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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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