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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6127) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2013
375, corked, capped, and waxed. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that falls immediately away to not too much. Big sweet bourbony nose, some apricot showing. Lots of roast and coffee as well. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Roasty sweet coffee and black liquorice body. Long ashy roasty finish. Everything’s here, everything’s nice, not really a new spin on a style we’ve had a million times by now. Very good stuff. Just a lot like what everyone has done.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Black pour with tan head from 12 oz bottle at home. Chocolate, oil, raisin aromas. Taste changes a little each sip. Cocoa, plum, vanilla, leather, and of course bourbon taste. Complex and delicious beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (1743) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
"Faaaaaaaantastic. Took a chance on this one at $1 per ounce, but it was worth it. One of the best of a very good 2014 so far. The bottle said something to the effect of "bold, yet nuanced" and that couldn’t be more accurate. Motor oil dark with nice brown head. Light smoke under dark chocolate and roasted malt, slightly spicy from the rye, and an undertone of bourbon. No one aspect took over and none was underdone. Fantastic balance."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle at Crux with Taylor on a fantastic Friday. Pour was given to me by Russell Crecraft. Pours black small head that goes away. Aroma is roasted malt, some sweet malty toasty notes, hint of rubber but in a nice way. Taste is thick roasted malt, leather, toffee, hint if sweet malt. Nice full bodied stout that is keeps a drinkable quality.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 Bottle (2013 batch). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate, roasted grain, coffee), with notes of vanilla, wood, whiskey/bourbon. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A nice if somewhat fatiguing rendition. I would have liked to try it prior to the long barrel aging, probably was a nice base stout before age dulled it into something less interesting. More finishing bitterness and a fresher, more vibrant nose would probably make this 4+. Tartness is fruity/berry-like and pleasant...helps the balance a bit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
Dark brown/black with a light chocolate head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, fudge, bourbon, molasses, hint of leather. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a roasty finish. Taste is chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, hint of smoke and leather. Yum.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle shared by Bacterial! Dark black pour, no carbonation and an aroma of mild dark chocolate. Flavor is charcoal & peat melded with bitter chocolate, and dry woody bourbon on the aftertaste. I dig it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1552) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle from 2013. Waxed, capped and corked! Some subtle spice in the nose. Dark oily pour. Licorice, ash, bitter chocolate and alcohol finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (2986) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
Glass, draught, during the Barrel Aged Beer and Whiskey Festival, trip to Portland (Oregon), savoured on January 20 2014; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: bourbon, roasted barley, cocoa, molasses, soy sauce, light vanilla, light tobacco; mouth: bourbon, roasted barley, cocoa, molasses, soy sauce, light vanilla, light tobacco, unpleasant acridness, a-bit-short finale in bourbon with presence of this unpleasant acridness, medium body, a bit thin; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Verre, en fût, durant le Barrel Aged Beer and Whiskey Festival, voyage à Portland (Orégon), savourée le 20 janvier 2014; œil : noire, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : bourbon, orge torréfiée, cacao, mélasse, sauce soya, léger vanille, léger tabac; bouche : bourbon, orge torréfiée, cacao, mélasse, sauce soya, léger vanille, léger tabac, âcreté déplaisante, finale un peu courte en bourbon avec cette âcreté déplaisante, corps moyen, un peu mince; en résumé : correct

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8419) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to Homer321. Pours oily black with brown head. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, roast chocolate, smoke, chocolate covered cherry and vanilla bean. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nikiel (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours opaque black with dark tan foam. Smells sweet of vanilla and chocolate with hints of butter, bacon, coffee and a little alcohol burn. Tastes sweet of raison, chili, chocolate and mild coffee.


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