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[BANISHED] Tough Love | Crux Fermentation Project

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4.25/5
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325 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crux Fermentation Project
Oregon, United States
cruxfermentation.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,709
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
325
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
77
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 325 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ppavlick
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black. An espresso foam colored head that sits two fingers high in my tulip, eventually setting while leaving thick lace in its wake. As the beer sits the lacing disappears. No lacing as I drink the beer. No visible carbonation.

Intense roasted malt, burnt toast, nutty, dark chocolate, chocolate cake batter, molasses, vanilla, dark dried fruit, dark bread. A hint of alcohol but never distracting. There’s an earthyness that could be the rye malt. Gets more doughy and bready as it warms. Chocolate covered cherry cordial as it warms. The nose is downright world class.

Up front notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, bitter coffee, lemon rind / pith bitterness. Getting some sweetness in the middle like vanilla. It’s not clear to me what spices are used in this beer. I’m getting touches of cinnamon and hints of cardamom, but who knows. Could be flavors from something else, as there’s a lot going on here with the bourbon barrel, oak smoked wheat and the rye malt. Getting lots of chocolate and fudge as it warms up. The beer finishes dry, woody and bitter. Contributions I assume from the barrel and the oak smoked wheat. The beer is not smokey.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and it coats the palate nicely. Maybe a nice contribution from the wheat? But the finish is aggressively dry and bitter.

This is an intense beer. Initial aroma sets the stage for a huge RIS. It’s dry, wood-forward and bitter. At first I thought too much so. This beer mellowed as I drank it and as it warmed. The sweetness came out more to balance the bitterness.

This would pair divinely with steak. A Cajun ribeye, a coffee rubbed steak or anything Oscar style where the richness of the beef and crab would nicely complement the bitterness of the beer.

Enjoyed it more as it warmed.

This is an excellent beer. It’s not your run of the mill stout. It definitely stands out as unique and for that I respect it.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really outstanding RIS, which is not surprising from Crux. This one has been in my cellar for a year. Nice to look at, darkest brown but just a tad thin at the edges. The aroma really warms things up with pleasure-center-pleasing notes of milk chocolate and clean bourbon. ...and the taste follows beautifully with the chocolate becoming much darker with edges of dry cocoa, a hint of dark fruit but very little sweetness and just the right balance of bourbon. Clean mouthfeel, though I’d prefer just a little more viscosity. I’m looking forward to seeing what this will be like with a couple more years on it.

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Photo of jheimbigner
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADTaber
2/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clearly infected

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Photo of rarigney
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is very dark brown with a moderate tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma and taste of dark roasted malt, dried fruit, vanilla, and bourbon. Medium to full bodied with a moderate alcohol warming.

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Photo of Noles9585
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woemad
3.31/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tried a sample, and couldn't take the plunge.

I like bourbon. I like it a lot. But if I want a beer that tastes entirely like bourbon, and not at all like a stout, I'll just have a bourbon. No balance to this at all, and the bourbon-ness wasn't smooth at all, but quite hot and harsh. I'm a long ways from the boozier the better mindset of my misbegotten youth, which is what this seems to be an appeal to.

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

2016 bottle.

Beer pours a deep brown-black, with a mild brown head. Smells promising - cherry, a bit of vanilla maybe? Surprisingly, there is still a bit of acetone sharpness to the alcohol. Not what I'd expected. It mellows as the beer warms, but still provides some contrast to the cherry. I suspect the cherry has faded from the taste a bit as it isn't particularly forward in the taste.

The beer is slightly thin, but is generally quite good.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhilKeller
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 version. The nose is a mixture of chocolate, vanilla, and cherries. Taste is more of the same with an added dose of bourbon. Still to hoppy for my taste. Another year sitting and I’m sure it will be better.

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Photo of addicted2thebarrel
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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[BANISHED] Tough Love from Crux Fermentation Project
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 325 ratings