Floyd D'Rue | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Porter aged in Rum Barrels with spices added.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.89/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received this bottle along with it's twin from fellow BA ThickNStout. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a standard crown and a sticker mentioning that the bottle may contain Lactobacillus and to keep refrigerated and consume by 6/30. Poured into a standard wine glass.

Appearance - An aggressive pour is only able to coax out a half finger of ecru colored head that resembles the consistency of soda foam. Retention is a bit better than soda foam, but not by a whole lot, with the foam fading to a ringlet and a sparse film across the surface in a minute or two. The liquid beneath is a rich, inky dark brown bordering on black. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell - Woah. The rum and spices really dominate the nose on this, especially that distinctive aroma of spice rum, alongside notes of vanilla, cinnamon and even coconut. It's a bit weird, but there really is a sort of rum and cola sort of impression here. That said, there is also dark chocolate and roasted malt to keep it grounded in the beer arena. But definitely not like any beer I've had before.

Taste - The spiced rum element is still very much present here, but the impression of rum and cola is no longer present. Instead, a rich bittersweet cacao component has stepped in to complement the vanilla, cinnamon, and now even some hints of gingerbread to give it more of a traditional stout/porter feel, with spices added. As noted, the rum barrel characteristics are still very aggressive, giving the flavor some considerable heat--this is definitely a sipping beer. As the liquid warms, the spices and rum become more dominant and the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors become more secondary. I actually like the flavor a lot, which is good after the somewhat strange aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied--less full than I expected given that there's an inky, viscous quality to it. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate, and the finish is very sweet, with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall, a completely strange beer, and one not quite like anything I've had before. Of course, it's also the first rum barrel-aged beer I've had the chance to sample. There were no hints of the dreaded infection, and with some minor changes, this could have been a really amazing beer. As it turned out, it's just a good beer. It's too bad the threat of souring prevented me from getting a bottle to age, because it would be interesting to see how this one developed over time. That said, I can't imagine that sourness would improve the beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Wayne17
4.73/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've seem a lot of negative reviews of this and I get why people aren't into it. I absolutely love this. I wish I had another bottle for Christmas Day. Reminds me of my drunk aunts holiday eggnog. Nice and spicy and rummy and sweet. Smells of coconut rum and cinnamon. This would get me through awkward family photos and bad sweaters and terrible presents from people I hardly know. I certainly didn't expect a "balanced" beer out this. I expected an enormous bold juggernaut, and the Bruery and FFF delivered. Cheers.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%

4A: Pours dark and viscous.

3.8S: Super spicy. Allspice? Ginger?

4.2T: Oh my god. It tastes like...Christmas. Rum. Spicy and rich and dark (roasted) stong. Eucayltotus. Pine needles. Booze. Tar. The more ridiculuois the flavors get, the more I like it.

3.6M: Slightly light. Intriguing.

4O: Interesting and compelling. I like it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud.

Pours no real head, little dark bubbles, super dark black with no light, it absorbs light, long legs that just coat the glass and never slide downwards, like a wall of legs .

Nose is WTF?! A weird blend of everything, a cooked cinnamon and baking spices, little spiced rum thing, lots of cinnamon and possibly allspice, with some vanilla, a straight molasses rum and rummy booze, weird candy orange peel cointreau like aroma, choc and cocoa.

Taste starts with more orange liquor and rum, lots of candied orange peel, cinnamon too, like a nice rum punch, fresh raw molasses and candy, a big booze flavor too, wamrth, tingle, etc, and some nice vanilla, orange vanilla icing, and just a touch of cocoa. It has a nice cake like flavor, rum cake with orange vanilla icing with cinnamon and baking spices. Actually quite nice, just really boozy. Finish is sticky and a bit syrupy sweet but not cloying, fair booze warmth too, more rum cake and orange vanilla icing, little spices, cinnamon, etc.

Mouth is heavier bod, little syrupy, decent carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall much better than expected, yes it's really booze and pretty rummy, but that's what it was supposed to be, it started pretty much as Black Tuesday and they aged it in rum barrels, so that it is this drinkable is surprising, with a nice cinnamon, orange, vanilla, spices, etc. Really interesting.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking porter. Black coffee body with nice dark mocha head. Ok retention and low lace.

S - Spice forward nose, almost Christmasy. Raw anise, coriander, and raisin. Basil, fennel seed, and booze.

T - Super smooth with seamless integration. Thick molasses and fruitcake center layered with licorice, vanilla, rum, pistachios, gingerbread, chia tea, orange zest, and toffee. Highlights of oak, coffee, and nutmeg.

M - Silky smooth with a perfect medium-full body for the style.

O - Outrageous. One of the best imperial porters I've had.

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Photo of rudzud
4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black hue with a thin mocha halo.

S - Aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, rum, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, orange liquor.

T - Taste is lots of cinnamon and spices, orange liquor, chocolate, loads of rum which was to be expected. Rather boozy but come on, it's almost 15%! Rich rum cake, heavily spiced. Well executed.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, somewhat heavy and syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was really good. Of course it's boozy...it's rum! Seriously, it's almost 15% and rum. What do your expect...should be higher rated.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of mverity
4.22/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Proof. Pours an inky black with tan head that faded into a medium collar. Good legs and lacing. Aroma is dark malt roastiness, some herb/spiced vegetalness. Taste is much like aroma, with a sweet vanilla/citrus. Really enjoyable. Thick and viscous mouthfeel, with low carbonation.

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Photo of nem2006
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with a thin dark brown head which did not hold. Appeared viscous while pouring and swirling in the glass confirmed it. Drank from a red wine glass.

Nose was booze through and through. Like an overly strong rum and coke with added hints of coffee.

As soon as it hits the palate, booze, booze and more booze. However you can pick apart the two types of alcohol; rum and the beer. Undertones of roasted grains, coffee (dark espresso to be more precise). The spices are completely masked by the booze.

This beer was a little softer on the palate and smoother after it warmed up a bit. I know people are down on this beer, but frankly it was not as big a let down for me as for others. It clearly needs to be laid down from 10+ years, however the possible contamination recommends against it. I enjoyed this beer for what it was; too young.

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