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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Tough Love is bold but nuanced, an homage of sorts to the traditional Russian Imperial Stouts and the ruling style of Catherine the Great. We Construct it with dark, roasted malts, malted rye, and oak-smoked wheat, and then banished it for nine months in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. The aging smooths out the edges on an otherwise bold statement, and bitterness succumbs to tender strokes of vanilla beans, hints of dried cherries, and new layers revealing themselves with each sip.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (1390) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2015
From a 375 ml bottle Vintage 2014 with purple wax, capped and corked. Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is of bourbon and the taste is dark fruits, oak and vanilla which had a delicious bourbon licorice finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (4490) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2015
From a 375 ml bottle shared at home. Vintage 2014 with purple wax, capped and corked. Pours black with a tan head. Bourbon nose. Flavors of candi sugar, dark fruits, oak and vanilla. Boozy finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Blairgus (3334) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2015
20 July 2015 (2013 bottling), bottle. black. nose is amazing! dry malt, dry tobacco leaves, molasses, leather. med body and mildly fizzy. tobacco, sweet tobacco, molasses, big alcohol. there is nothing wrong with this beer. it is amazing in every category!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Brown black, subtle chocolate and light espresso. Great stuff. Light alcohol into the finish. Thanks, Dan ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (3251) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Stas & Vova. Black with a tan head. Chocolate, agave, vanilla, wood and some coconut aroma, lots of coconut, vanilla and dessert-like taste. Silky, full body, a little spicy sensation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2170) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2015
2014 bottle pours as most stouts do, dark, thin light khaki head. Bourbon and vanilla nose. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, oak, light chocolate. Nice. Big burly body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8448) - Tel Aviv, - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Stas & Vova. 2014 bottle. Black with some brown foam. Great aroma of bourbon, vanilla, lots of coconut, chocolate and slight booziness. Sweet flavor, a bit boozy, with bourbon, chocolate, lots of coconut, and a bit of vanilla. Quite full-bodied. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3543) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2015
12.7 oz bottle. Black with tan suds. Nose is caramel, molasses, faint smoke and bourbon. Medium body with a mild tingle and sharp alcohol. Taste is bourbon, prune, port wine, smoke, vanilla and molasses with a touch of spicy rye. Great blending keeps any of the multiple ingredients from overpowering.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (871) - - MAY 10, 2015
375ml waxed, capped and corked bottle. Rich roasted malt aroma with notes of molasses, cherry, vanilla and bourbon. Pours black with a thin brown head with some retention and lacing. Starts with rich, complex flavors of roasted malt and molasses. Finishes very smooth with notes of bourbon, vanilla and cherry picking their way through before ending with a slight alcohol burn. Excellent brew!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (945) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2015
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown with a thick, foamy, dark brown head that lasts. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, smoke, cherries, bourbon, dark chocolate and light wood. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, cherry, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and light wood. Full bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation with a dry end. Warmth on the end.


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