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[BANISHED] Tough Love | Crux Fermentation Project

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[BANISHED] Tough Love[BANISHED] Tough Love

Brewed by:
Crux Fermentation Project
Oregon, United States

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

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Reviews by charlzm:
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3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Vurt for the bottle!

Consumed February 8th, 2014 from a corked, capped, waxed bottle. The wax and cap came off easily enough, but the cork wound up in a million crumbs inside the beer when neither of my corkscrews could remove it. Oh, and I splashed beer all over the counter and broke off part of the neck. Lucky I didn't get cut. Most of the contents made it into a snifter at about 60 degrees F. It started off cooler, but by the time I actually got the beverage into the glass, well... it had warmed up.

Anyway, beer pours black with a one-finger deep tan head. I didn't get to enjoy the head as I has a spoon, scooping cork fragments out of it. The head had dissipated by the time I got enough cork out to begin drinking.

Dark chocolate malt aroma. Some vanilla as well. Dashes of alcohol and dates/prunes.

Flavor is intensely bitter chocolate. A little vanilla. Cocoa. For the hard work required to actually get to the liquid, I was unimpressed.

Mouthfeel is a little thick and smooth, but this body is thinner than one would expect. Of course, it does have the occasional cork nugget to make things more exciting. Alcohol heat is pretty noticeable.

Overall, there are no real flaws (save for the packaging) but neither is there anything exciting going on here. For all the special ingredients listed (rye, wheat, bourbon barrels, etc...) there is not a whole lot of evidence of such on the palate.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Who cares? Looks fine. Small head quickly dissolving. Lots of carbonation bubbles for such a big beer.

Smell - Chocolate covered cherries, raisin, molasses, slight bourbon booziness,....really smells complex and phenomenal. Reminds me of Lost Abbey Angel's Share in the aroma

Taste - First sip at above-cellar temperatures appears a bit less complex than the aroma, but it is a tough act to follow. Lots of raisin sweetness on top of the bourbon booziness. I do pick up some fruitiness as it warms. A bit of brown sugar perhaps? The complexity is there, but the balance is actually what is most impressive about it.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and sufficiently carbonated. Usually beers this full bodied feel creamier to me which I actually prefer, but I can't complain too much about a sufficiently carbonated 12% beer. It isn't an easy feat.

Overall - People who know me know that I am incredibly cynical nowadays about craft beer. I have had too many 'great' ones to be impressed anymore....but this did impress me. Imagine a properly carbonated but slightly less tasty Angel's Share. I would keep this stocked in my fridge if I had the chance.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of googs509
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of chossboss
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prospero
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppySeb
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage on tap at the brewery Tasting Room in Bend.

Look:opaque, essentially black body with a decent tan head.
Sweet, boozy malt-based aroma with notes of vanilla, prunes and faint spices.

Flavor: rich, moderately complex mix of the elements from the aroma plus some wood notes. A bit too sweet although there's a substantial bitter kick in the finish.

Feel: slick, near full body.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark in color stout with a very pleasant and strongish aroma, that follows into a very solid barrel taste the keeps a bit of the malts coming through. Well done.

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Photo of acurtis
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of GilGarp
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage served slightly chilled into a tulip glass.

Wax over cap over cork, this beer is certainly packaged to be aged and takes some work to even get it out of the bottle. Pours an inky black color and develops a good inch plus of tan head. Good retention too for a beer of this strength.

Aroma is full of sweet dark cherries, vanilla, and bourbon. More subtle notes of the base stout's roasted malts.

Flavor is a sublimely balanced mix robust imperial stout, dark fruits, bourbon, and vanilla from barrel aging. The stout is roasty and bitter with coffee and dark chocolate. This bitterness is balanced out with the sweetness from the bourbon.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated. Very smooth for the strength although the alcohol warms after a few sips.

Overall an excellent example of the bourbon stout and worth seeking out 2015 to age for next year and beyond.

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Photo of distantmantra
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with red rings around the edge. Nice tan of head foam is retained on the top.

S: Notes of red wine, coffee and bourbon are apparent.

T: The coffee and some vinuous touches are very forward, with a bit of bourbon lingering in the background.

M: Thick and full-bodied but not overpowering.

O: Great first barrel-aged brew from the guys at Crux. Interested to see what these bottles do in another six months or so.

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Photo of FinnishTheBeer
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of SamuelR
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jmccraney
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very thick and dark. Stains the glass. Nice. Not much by way of a head.

Smell - Very nice bourbon. Vanilla. The oak is the best part though. Rich dark chocolate. Slight smoke.

Taste - Less intense on the bourbon. Rich chocolate. Oak is strong. A little too strong. The bottle says spices and I can see that if it's true. Licorice and some red wine notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and rich. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Complex. Better aroma than taste, but not by much.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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[BANISHED] Tough Love from Crux Fermentation Project
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