Tough Love - Banished 2020 Series
Crux Fermentation Project
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A Note on This Beer
Every November, folks around Bend, Oregon start clearing out fridge space, polishing their finest glassware, and eagerly calling up family and friends to make plans. It’s not Thanksgiving — it’s Crux Fermentation Project’s annual release of Tough Love Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout!
It comes as no surprise that this year is a quieter release, without the usual, big taproom party. But, that hasn’t stopped the sheer excitement among locals! Like @Jeff D., who raves, “Been waiting for this all year!” And @Mary R. who says, “Yes! Dark fruit, vanilla smooth, and bourbon. Going to age nicely.”
While many others, like @Skye F. and @Liana R., bemoan the fact that they don’t live in Bend, we managed to get access to a small stash for Tavour members. This year’s Tough Love [Banished] 2020 is the 8th addition to the series, and it tastily evokes all the years of Crux’s barrel-aging mastery.
To craft it, the brewers used copious amounts of dark, roasty malts for velvety chocolate and coffee flavors. They also added sweetly spiced black strap molasses. Then, they “banished” the brew to Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels for a year, allowing its mocha richness to become wrapped in delicate notes of oaky vanilla, dried cherry, and leather.
And, it clocks in at a body-buzzing 14% ABV!
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