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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 441   ABV: 14.7%
Floyd D’Rue is one half of a collaboration between The Bruery and 3 Floyds Brewing Co. Both breweries being known throughout the kingdom of beer geeks for larger than life barrel aged beers, it was only fitting that this brew would be something of a similar scale. Working together to create a brand new recipe for an imperial porter at 14.7% ABV, the beer was then laid to rest in rum barrels for one year. Going with a "spiced rum" theme, additions of vanilla bean, orange zest, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, star anise, nutmeg and fresh ginger were added just prior to bottling. The result is a fantastically robust ale with hints of citrus, rum, chocolate, molasses, exotic spices and toasty oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Sample at the Inventory Reduction Beer Tasting on 08/08/2015. Deep dark brown color with a medium thick khaki head that recedes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of oak, chocolate, malt and spice. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, roast malt, dark chocolate and cinnamon. The finish is sweet and boozy with a spiced rum/bourbon and malt aftertaste. Pretty good beer all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8794) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
Pours like black syrup. Intense nutty, roasted, rum notes. And again mint. Mint, rum, sweet-roasted stout notes. Aniseed is there indeed. Syrupy feel, fiery alcoholheat. Not my taste - infected?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GlasgowTAD (839) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle at all killer no filler. Pours jet black with a quickly disappearing brown head. Aroma is ginger, booze and something resembling chilli. Taste is ginger, cardamom, chilli heat, gingerbread, slightly doughey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (4547) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 29, 2015
750 ml. bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, spice, and alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, spice, vanilla, coffee, and run. Not infected, just missed the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (732) - - JUL 16, 2015
Deep black. Thick-looking. Not much head, but what does appear is a deep reddish-brown like clay. Sweet aroma. Maple, ginger root, orange peel, vanilla bean. A little heavier toward the zest than the barrel. Rummy. Black strap molasses rum, rich and maple-heavy. Vanilla bean is less prominent than in the nose, but still rounds out the flavor a bit. Orange is big, blending with the vanilla in a sort of chocolate version of an orange julius. Finish is impressively clean and dry, with lingering spice bitterness. Moderate CO2, lighter body than expected. Fizzy. I tried this beer on draft when it first came out -- it was a spice rack, huge on the ginger, cinnamon and orange zest. I don’t know if it was the time or just the difference between bottle and keg, but this version is vastly different and vastly improved.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1882) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
Black with a minimal beige head. Aroma is chocolate, orange liqueur, rum, nutmeg. Full bodied, lightly syrupy mouthfeel, reasonably well balanced on the palate with a slightly boozy finish. Taste is Grand Marnier, chocolate, orange peel, rum. So orangey.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 8, 2015
On tap at the source. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is cinnamon and licorice. Flavor is strongly licorice and dark fruits. Doesn't work well yuck. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3701) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2015
Draft at the Bruery. Pours deep dark brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes very rich, like burnt coffee, booze, roasted malt, licorice, espresso, and dark bitter cocoa. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like coffee, cocoa, licorice, vanilla, and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Ever-polarizing, I actually liked this one. Buying many bottles probably bumped me up the list to be a Hoarder this year as well :) Pours think and dark with a thin head. The aroma is almost entirely spiced rum, but there is a licorice note that is quite strong as well. On the palate, there is an almost minty quality that compliments the spiced rum flavors, but the downside is the extremely sticky mouth feel. You almost need to drink water in between sips. Still tasty though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/18/15] Draught at The Bruery in Placentia. 2014 edition. Opaque black. Aroma of chocolate, wood and lots of rum and alcohol. Sweet flavor with chocolate, wood and lots of boozy rum. Medium to full-bodied. Good, but too much boozy rum for my liking.

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