[BANISHED] Tough Love | Crux Fermentation Project

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4.26/5
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[BANISHED] Tough Love[BANISHED] Tough Love
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

Added by distantmantra on 05-29-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,104
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
314
pDev:
8.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
75
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 314 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woemad
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
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 -4.2%
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 -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhilKeller
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer21
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darktronica
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of CPAles
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarleyWhyNot
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dankacheese
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frekky
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amguerra305
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours like thick motor oil with barely an inch of dark khaki head that quickly dissipates. Smell is barrel forward with a malt roasty back bone and some alcohol heat. Vanilla comes through rather pronounced on the front end. Taste is somewhat sweet with strong chocolate notes and an alcoholic bitter back end. Rather tasty even if not quite as balanced as it should be. It looks much thicker than it feels with a decent amount of carbonation. Overall the beer is very good and tasty but it is not nearly as balanced as it should be as the alcohol is kind of biting on this one.

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[BANISHED] Tough Love from Crux Fermentation Project
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 314 ratings