Rue D'Floyd
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #10
Ranked #308
4.47 | pDev: 8.72%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Rue D'FloydRue D'Floyd
Notes: Collaboration with The Bruery

Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cherries and Vanilla beans added.
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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spring 2014 vintage; drank 1/31/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

Minimal dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Marshmallow, dark cherry & rich mocha nose. Bold!

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Rich mocha, coconut & dark cherry flavors up front; a mild cinnamon bite settled on my lips over the course of the session. Bourbon warmth emerged as this warmed.

A delicious, complex monster of a dessert treat. Wow!

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Sep 02, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle. Pours black with dark tan head. Lots of smoked meats on aroma with some bourbon and cocoa. Taste of dates, raisins, bourbon, smoked meats, coffee, cocoa. Really don’t get any vanilla. Very well done “porter”.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My husband traded for this last summer and just cracked it as a New Years treat. Wow it is SO good! Sweet but not overly. Cherry and vanilla flavors are noticed but not overwhelming. Delicious!

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Momma_Knapp from Connecticut, Dec 31, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 3//17, had 4/28/17.

Pours near black, opaque and lightly oily looking, with a half inch, quickly dissipating head of darker foam and some soapy lacing. Smells of bourbon, malt, vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, oak, light smoke, a light kind of mustard aroma. This smells great. The taste is roasted malt, bourbon, cocoa, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, oak, some molasses, light alcohol. Really smooth for the ABV, creamy, a great full body, well carbonated.

Whatever barrels they used are incredible, great flavor and aroma. Such a well crafted beer. Did not get any cherries out of it, though. At a higher price point, but well worth a purchase.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 06, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle poured into snifters.

Dark, near pitch black, opaque with thin whispy tan head and collar.

Aroma of bourbon barrel and rich vanilla and sweet cherry.

Flavor has smooth bourbon barrel, hints of bittersweet baking cocoa and vanilla beans. Sweet candied cherries and a hint of fresh cherry tartness. Not full on sour as some have said, mine has been in the fridge for a few months.

Pretty rich body, bit syrupy, smooth lighter carbonation.

A complex and full flavored brew. The hint of tartness may not be on purpose, but went with the cherry flavors. Rich vanilla and bourbon in the aroma and taste.

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Dec 11, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My god, this is rich.

It's a strange beer though. Obviously, the bottle has changed - it's far from new (at the time of opening), and there have been numerous reports of souring or infection. My bottle is not infected - no gushing, no total lack of carbonation, etc. It just has a strange sourness to it on opening the bottle. As the beer warms, that sour has become very subdued. The vanilla and bourbon are incredibly rich, nearly overwhelming. While the bottle is "only" 14.4%, it hit me quite hard - I don't think that I'll be finishing the bottle in one session.

Very minimal head. Slightly sour nose. Rich, thick, wonderful mouthfeel. Complex taste - lots of vanilla, the advertised cherry seems to have faded. All the same, this has aged pretty well. I'm really enjoying it.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Oct 27, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Courtesy of @FFFjunkie's BIF box. Poured into 3 Floyd's teku glass. It pours jet black with a finger of foamy, mocha-colored head and lacing. The nose is bourbon-forward with cocoa, freshly-brewed coffee, cherry, and subtle vanilla. The taste opens with a blast of tart cherry and bourbon. The chocolate and coffee and more subtle. I like the way the flavors blend. I've heard that over time the cherry gets stronger so it's hard to tell how different it would have tasted a couple of weeks ago. Still, as someone who likes dark fruit, I'm enjoying it. It's medium-bodied, not particularly viscous, with moderate carbonation, and you cannot ignore the 14.4% ABV, which catches up with you. Overall, this is a terrific porter brewed by great brewers. Even if the taste has changed, it's still terrific.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Oct 21, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this side by side with the Bruery version, this one definitely seemed off ... but it soured nicely (albeit it straying far afield from the target)

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krome from Illinois, Oct 06, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The cherry blends well with the bourbon flavor. This beer is very sweet and bourbon forward. Mouth feel is full bodied for a porter. Its what you would expect these two breweries to produce.

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danh53 from Florida, Sep 16, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a midnight black with a very thin tan head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is cherries, roasted malts, dark chocolate and light bourbon.

T - The taste follows the aroma with tart cherries, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts and bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - The cherries are the star of the show. They balance nicely with the dark chocolate and roasted malts. Deceptively easy drinking for 14.4% ABV.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Aug 26, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Floyds.

Oh my goodness this is fantastic. Solid notes of cherry and vanilla with roasted malts. Medium to full bodied, slight carbonation. ABV heat hidden well, but packs a serious punch. Very well-constructed and balanced. A yuge winner.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Aug 14, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big chocolate, followed by by cherries and an underlying vanilla sweetness. A bit on the sweet side due to the adjunct flavors but drinks well for the ABV.

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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight tan head. Aroma is a molasses and dark fruit combination. Taste is also a combination of molasses and dark fruit with a bourbon base.

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Radcpa from Washington, Aug 06, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2017 vintage.

A: Pours black with a thin cap of lively and crackly tan head, which recedes quickly to a thick ring. Pretty good retention.

S: Rich cocoa, dried cherry, mild roastiness, sweet vanilla, with a moderate bourbon kick. All elements are in nice balance.

T: The cherry comes through much more, imparting a bit of a twang, but is backed up by light dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. The cherry is a bit dominant and lingering. The flavor is much more imbalanced than the aroma.

M: Medium-full body with a medium, sharp carbonation that cuts through the richness.

O: Pretty tasty. The aroma is quite nice, but the flavor would be improved by dialing back the cherry contribution.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, Aug 04, 2017
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4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure black pour, with dark mocha foam. Good retention and lacing. The aroma is phenomenal. A beautiful blend of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. Just a faint hint of the tart cherries. On taste, the cherries, vanilla, and bourbon hit first. Well balanced and extremely flavorful. Waves of fudgy chocolate, oak. Medium full body, low moderate carbonation, and a balanced, slightly dry finish. A superb brew from FFF and The Bruery.

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BSiegs from Illinois, Jul 29, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Toasted coconut, milk chocolate, Vanilla, a wisp of cherry skin and oak. Roasted malt profile, but nicely balanced with the sweetness level. Medium bodied. Semi-dry finish. This is delicious.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Jul 14, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From 22oz bottle into snifter.

Dark upon pour, which only deep amber color coming through when put up against light. Minimal foam head upon pour and onlu stuck around edge of glass. Taste is very well balanced! The vanilla is coming through nicely but balanced well by the mild cherries. The cherries do become more pronounced as the beer warms but it's not that medicianl cherry flavor but more smooth. The bourbon note isn't overwhelming but really tying the whole beer together well. Mouthfeel is medium-thick.

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eppie82 from Illinois, Jul 01, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a pinky head. Aroma, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, Bourbon, littl like butter. Taste-cherries, and vanilla, creme, dark chocolate, little booze to heat, little coffee. Mouthfeel is thick, and slick. Overall, yeah this is very good. Quite the dessert. Loving this!

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NoYouDidnt from Indiana, Jun 06, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, green session. Black color with a creamy, brown head. Aroma has fudge, brownies and chocolate. Taste is also fudgy and fruity with slightly astringent cherry notes. Quite smooth overall.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Jun 04, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice solid chocolatey Porter collaboration between two very solid Brewers...however this is a little overhyped and not necessarily all that special in my mind...probably wouldn't seek out again

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4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Viscous motor oil black with mahogany edges and a thick, milk chocolately blanket. It's so sticky that drops stick on the mouth of the bottle and void black globs drip off the neck no matter how you pour it.

Wow, haven’t had many of these by FFF, and I can see why they're usually so hard to get (aside from the price!). Smell is dark chocolate and nougat with oak, fudge, Tootsie Roll, a little bourbon and gooey caramel.

Oh my, taste brings dark chocolate, molasses, dark caramel, vanilla, spiced raisin, and oaky spicy bourbon heat. Then comes in some sharp, roasted nuts, but just barely a slight hint of bing cherry and Barq's root beer. There's even a little maple from the barrel.

While there is a little burn and tang in the finish, it has a frothy, full body that's slick and sticky with a substantial fizz. I've had a few beers by FFF listing cherries in the ingredients, but they never really come through in a meaningful way.

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 25, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from JLA1221 (nice Rue D'Floyd swap!). Bottled 3/3/17. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours jet black with two fingers of dense tan head. The froth fades to a thin veneer and narrow belt that fails to impart any lace.

Smells sweet and inviting. Huge vanilla up front, joined by bourbon, milk chocolate, sugar, oak and faint cherry. Outstanding and I keep coming back for more.

This stuff is delicious. Bourbon glazed vanilla beans, chocolate fudge, cherry purée, caramel, faint coffee, dark fruit skins, some roasty malt and a hearty pat of booze. Despite the obvious alcohol speed bumps I'm drawn to keep sipping.

Smooth, near-creamy, medium full body with fairly mild carbonation. Finishes like a cherry-kissed, bourbon-enhanced vanilla brownie.

My high bar and expectations for this brew had been set by my experience with The Bruery's release of Rue D'Floyd. Without any intended knock to that version, Three Floyds has nailed it with this one. By using sweeter, rather than tart, cherries and leaving out coffee they have allowed vanilla to become the star of the show. Outstanding.

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4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

had this a few times and most recently the fresh 2017 batch. The description of this beer is spot on with everything that comes through. The "strong porter" versus a stout is certainly obvious when drinking. Smooth milk, creamy chocolate. The cherries and vanilla really has a nice presence with great balance in this beer. It definitely is smooth with no heat and drinks more like a 10% beer.

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rabbott2 from Illinois, May 01, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a righteous hookup from my man dankacheese, thought i might never get to try this one. its a killer beer, huge on all counts, blurring the line between stout and porter pretty hard, im not sure there is much of an appreciable difference between this and the big stouts of the world, maybe a little less body here, but the bitter roast is all there, and of course all the alcohol. the bourbon presence on this is striking to me, its so woody and whiskey forward but super mellow and mature. i like that the vanilla doesnt overtake it either, it works with the whiskey flavor, and certainly does add a little sweetness, but it doesnt dominate. the cherries taste to me more like cherry juice, and they are also somewhat in the background, i taste them more in the very beginning before they sort of get subsumed by all the dark grain and the heft that comes with it, maybe slightly sweet and slightly medicinal, but i smell them more than i taste them, like a jelly filled donut with cherries or something, its less real fruit to me, but that could be all the other stuff going on in here influencing it. lots of chocolate to this, a hint of coffee, plenty of brown sugar sweetness too, boozy but its not insane for how strong it is, just really really good, and nicely refined for how enormous it is. a great one to share, its always a special occasion when any 3 floyds beer comes out!

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4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Black with a bit of a tan head. It lingers a bit in a ring around the glass.

S- Boozy, dark chocolate, some cherry and just a hint of vanilla.

T- Fairly boozy when cold. Oak, milk chocolate and a little vanilla. Cherry comes in on the finish.

F- Thicker than most stouts I've had. Smooth with a bit of alcohol burn on the finish.

O- Slightly too boozy for my taste. However, it's pretty balanced and tasty other than that.

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Zoomslowik from Illinois, Apr 15, 2017
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