Rue D'Floyd | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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