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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 (6265) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alsaill (1) - - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
Dark dark brown. Tannish head started out good but dissipated to a nice ring. Some booze aroma, some chocolate, not much bourbon. Mouthfeel is nicely smooth but not overly thick. Lots of chocolate, mocha. Some bourbon, some booze. Mostly cocoa. Finishes with a nice bitter chocolate sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2349) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle sent from homer, like over a year ago, thanks! Split with drowland, pours black with no head at all, also should note this was a bitch to open, wax dip and cork? Jesus. Aroma had some vanilla mixed in with dark chocolate and some bourbon, flavor has a chocolate front end with some bourbon in the finish, pretty subtle, nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2014
12/25/14. 375mL bottle... I believe Homer321 sent this to myself and cbfobes last Christmas... here goes! First of all, fuck this stupid brewery. Waxed, capped, and corked? Then the cork wouldn’t even come out without crackling all over in the beer. Black pour with a small tan head that fades to a small ring, almost no lacing. Rich aroma, ashy, sweet figs, brown sugar... reminds me of a foreign imperial stout, just a touch of bourbon. Rich flavor, ashy, a touch of soy sauce, mild bourbon, sweet brown sugar, not bad. Thanks, Homer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mackRIS (35) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Pour from the bottle. Pout jet black with some head. Aroma is coffee, roast, bourbon, dried sweet fruit, vanilla. Taste is sweet chocolate, bourbon, dried cherries, vanilla. and mouthfeel is fully body. Great RIS!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (252) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle (12oz): black with brown head. Smell bourbon and dried sweet fruit. Taste is similar. Very nice sipper. Sweeter than I exspected.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (519) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2014
Nose is malty, bourbon, coffee, dark fruits. Taste is bourbon, malt, coffee, chocolate. Much better than Ratebeer gives credit for it. Very decent IS.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5855) - Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2014
375 ml bottle to snifter (2013 vintage; shared by GAbell). Looks good; a slightly translucent very dark cola with foamy beige head. Smells of dark malt, oak, chocolate, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4754) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle: Many thanks Hannont: Served in a Chouffe glass: Pitch black with a small lively dark brown head. Aromas of roast, cookies, liquorice, vanilla, wood, wood roast, some spices and chocolate. Flavour is good roasty and bitter with a softer and slighter bourbon/vanilla tones, some smooth spice tones, light wood roast/liquorice/liquorice wood, quite nice but a bit more soul/body wouldn’t be bad at all! Aftertaste is bitter, spice, roast, chocolate and wood roast. Low carbo, light fizzy watery mouthfeel, more than medium bodied and a light dry, bitter light watery texture.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3630) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2014
Thnx to steacy! Pours black, small grey head. Smell is bit spiced. Tad sweet, roasted malts. Taste is full, sharp roastyness, vania, sweet, bit honeyish, intense wood ( id guess chips, but im far from sure) Very nice,.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (517) - - OCT 30, 2014
375 ml is 2013 vintage, thanks Swarts. Pours a deep black with no light passing, and a lasting beige head. Aroma is roast, bourbon, coffee, cacao,and dark fruit complexity. Flavor is same with a spicy hot boozy character that mellows into a warm dark roasty complexity with a tobacco sweetness. Full bodied, active carbonation, complex bitter finish.


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