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Rue D'Floyd | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Rue D'FloydRue D'Floyd

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cherries and Vanilla beans added. Brewed in Collaboration with The Bruery.

Added by jplopez21 on 05-17-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 137
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Curran today.

This one pours an oily and very dark black, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

This smells really, really strongly of sweet cherries, both cherry fruit and sweet cherry juice. It smells authentically like cherry, not artificial which is nice. Beyond that, there's a little bit of vanilla, much less than advertised, and a bit of chocolate.

This was really, really tasty, but I might not have known it was bourbon barrel aged if I hadn't looked at the label. The barrel character is pretty subtle, with really no bourbon, and a bit of vanilla that was more likely derived from the actual vanilla beans. However, the cherry flavor is uber delicious, and quite sweet, but not too sweet. This luckily doesn't reach Dark Lord levels of sweet.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a lower level of carbonation, and a creamy but slightly slick mouthfeel.

This was as good as expected. I'm not sure if people were worried about infection issues with the 3 Floyds versions, but this one had no issues of that sort.

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Photo of M_J_Z
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Finally decided to open this up last night and share with two friends. It was awesome. The cherry, vanilla and bourbon flavors were precise and delicious. We agreed that this was similar to Life is Like; wish I had the guts to open my bottle of that and compare this and that side-by-side, but I'm keeping LIL for a bit longer.

The only weird thing about this is that the beer is called a porter. It drinks like a stout and might as well be one; I've never heard of a 14.4%-ABV porter before! Haha.

An excellent beer - definitely seek this out if you're on the fence and/or have the means to get it. Wish I had more.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pour at a bottle share. This, Black Gold, and Black Tuesday were my person highlights of the night. Poured with a dark medium thick body. Huge sweet slight vanilla aroma. Mmm, really good. Tastes like drinking liquid chocolate covered almonds. Some hints of vanilla. This is amazing!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Viscous looking. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Lots of vanilla. It's vanilla all over. Milk chocolate. Bourbon. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Cherry behind it all.

Taste - Very sweet. Cherry is stronger, but can't combat the sweetness. Chocolate and fudge. Milk chocolate. Bourbon gets stronger in the finish and eventually oak and bourbon are the only flavors.

Mouthfeel - It's boozy and huge. Medium carbonation. Heavy body.

Overall - Boozy and very tasty. Not quite diabetes, but pushing the limits.

Adjunct note: A tiny amount of George T. Stagg and some maple syrup make this decadent.

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Photo of Dawgboned37
4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Dark and thick. The smell was the only part of this beer that I didn't think was great. It smelled bready, with almost a cardboard scent. Hints of vanilla and chocolate did come through in the nose, but the aroma wasn't what I expected. Fortunately, the flavor was pretty incredible! Chocolate, vanilla, roasty malt, slight bitterness, with a light cherry finish. The texture was fantastic as well. Thick and chewy, similar to a russian imperial stout.

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Photo of d5001986
4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a deep inky black with small mocha-colored head that dissipates very quickly.

S: Very aromatic. Booze, chocolate, coffee, molasses, black licorice, and vanilla. (my son told me he thinks it smells like brownies)

T: Bourbon, roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and a touch of cinnimon. Finish is smokey and the cherry is there, just barely.

M: Medium body, very low carb. The lack of carbonation gives it a smooth feel. Also is sticky and provides a little burning sensation from alcohol.

O: I think this is a great stout. Only a minor negative for me is that I prefer a bit more subtlety from the barreling. Other than that, this is a complex, tasty treat! Becomes quite easy to drink as it warms, not a good thing for 14.4% abv!

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Photo of jegross2
4.79/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Rue D'Floyd, an imperial porter aged in bourbon barrels with cherries and vanilla beans added brewed by Three Floyd's Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana out of their facility in collaboration with The Bruery. The Bruery version, which also has coffee in it, was reportedly infected with unintended lactobacillus (it still tasted good fresh, but the infection likely means it will develop off/unintended flavors over time). However, this version was brewed and aged separately by Three Floyds and thus does not share the same concerns as (or the coffee in) the Bruery released version.

Score: 98

May 2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed 2013 Midwest Belgian Beer Fest tulip and enjoyed on 06/01/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with minimal head that totally settles. No lacing or retention, but nice browning effect from the swirl. 4/5

Smell: Rich, desserty vanilla and chocolate cake, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses and light cherry. Wow. Smells incredible. The cherry character is not very prominent on the nose, but it is there. This is one of the best stout/porter noses I have encountered in a while. 5/5

Taste: Much more cherry in the flavor. Upfront is a nice mix of cherry, chocolate and a vanilla flavor that tastes like a donuts glaze. Bourbon and cherry flavor on the back half, with a big, lasting chocolate-vanilla flavored finish. The bourbon character comes out more and more as it warms up, and the longer you let the beer sit on the tongue. Lovely integration here. No real booziness. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Viscous, chewy and a little creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, but not cloying and very balanced. 5/5

Overall: Incredible. Viscous, decadent and robust, without being cloying. This is one of Three Floyd's and The Bruery's best barrel aged stout/porter releases. Heck, this is better than over half of the Barrel Aged Dark Lord releases to date.

Cost: $30 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of Casedogg43
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber from FFF! Shared with a couple good friend.
Hold on to this one why? Age it Why? Lol
This is right up my alley and hit my pallet with a perfect match!

Dark & thick. More mouthfeel than most stouts!
Big abv is hidden well.

Bourbon notes then the vanilla and cherry slide in perfectly.
Grabs your taste buds as It goes down and pallet craves more!

Can't say enough about this offering. It is spot on.

It's what I hoped for when hearing these two breweries hooked up on this one!

Cheers to both of them!

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Photo of jplopez21
4.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the Three Floyds version of the collaboration between them and The Bruery. Brewed, barrel aged and bottled by Three Floyds in Munster. No known infection from this version. This version however is missing the coffee that The Bruery one has

Pours a beautiful dark black color with an inch of tan head and sticky lacing. Huge bourbon nose up front that overshadows any other smells in the beer. Predominant bourbon taste up front but not overwhelming compared to the nose. Subtle vanilla flavors with lots of malt. Not too sweet; nor too bitter. Slight cherry flavor on the back end. Love the nice thick chewy mouth feel.

Overall a very smooth and tasty beer for such a high ABV.

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Rue D'Floyd from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.62 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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