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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6627) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (3200) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2140) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8324) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3519) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (830) - - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (937) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (6067) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2015
7/III/15 - 37.5cl bottle @ ACBF 2015 (Vichte) - BB: n/a (2015-331) Thanks to 77ships and AdamJackson for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, creamy beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of bourbon, sweet, caramel, alcohol, sugary impression. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: lots of vanilla in the start, bit sugary, dried fruits, dusty, nice, quite some alcohol though. Aftertaste: hoppy bitter touch, some coffee, mocha, roasted, alcohol, dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (7532) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
Draft - Dark roast, some chocolate, some booze and wood. Jet black with a decent brown head. Boozy sweet bourbon, very unbalanced and a bit hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpimento (2458) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2015
Wow, for being an almost still very strong beer like this, it’s actually very drinkable; quite a good brew. Barely a head, so barely any carbonation or carbonic tang. But what is there really does work well and balances in a masterly way the rich characteristics of the very thick sweet components. I pick zero off flavors, even into the finish which in my experience, especially for this kind of beer, is rare. I can drink this stuff - and get sloshed. Really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (16394) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
Bottle from Beer Monger, Portland, corked and caged; vintage 2014
Pitch black color, thick, with small brown head. The aroma is initially mild, but then it starts developing interesting waves of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, cookies. Full bodied, yet the mouthfeel is lean, sweet in moderation; the flavor is dominated by the dark chocolate, almost to De Molen levels, the roasted malt is present but not ashy; there is just a bit more liquorice than necessary, a hint of dark fruits, a bit more bourbon barrel; while getting warmer, this beer gratifies the palate with multiple layers of flavor and some tobacco and leather; strong bitterness, with a nice pungency in the final, including a touch of anchor peppers.
Great beer, a real pleasure.

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