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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 658   ABV: 21.92%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The name says it all! This unique brew comes in officially at 21.92% abv. This was accomplished by the use of 3 different strains of yeast and a lot of TLC. Technically an ale, but this monster has complex flavors and aromas that suggests characteristics of mead and fruit wines. Be sure to sample Colossus at several different temperatures including heated. That’s right!...heat it up to about 105’F for yet another unique experience of flavors and aromas! 2006 is the swing top bottle and 2011 is the 22 oz. bottle.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Victor at Ryan’s hotel room tasting after session one of EBF in Boston. Pours a hazy honey gold amber with a medium sized white head. Honey, vinyl, vanilla. Sweet honey candy, very sweet. Too sweet to drink, I struggled with this one. Very slow lingering warming alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (39609) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
22 fl oz bottle, courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is dry and caramelish malty. Sweet and caramelish flavoured. Slight sugarish. sweet and smooth flavoured into the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Cool. Tried at Woodshop 5.0. I’ve been eager to try this 22% beast. Very, very sweet and very very bitter. Completely underattenuated. The sugar is an eye opener. Amber color. Wow.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Thanks to Captain Cougar for bringing this to Woodshop 5.0. Nice beer, but a tad sweet with some alcohol burn.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3367) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle at Woodshop 5.0. Pours copper with no head. Nose is sweet with a high alc nasal burn. Taste is sweet, nice and decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2010
22 oz bomber-clear amber color w/a mohogany tint & no head. Sweet raisin aroma. Very sweet flavors of raisins, toffee, caramel, & some faint candied sugar. Amazingly, the alcohol is not overpowering, but it has quite the warming property to it. A definite sipper, very sweet, almost like a mead or aptiff. Great after dinner drink, but you aren’t gonna drink too much of this. I think it will age well, we’ll see. Long sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
(1L flip-top bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a clear amber body with small off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, apple, herbs, orange, cinnamon, and maple. Flavor of honey, raisins, maple, caramel malt, some cherry, and light herbs.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Kook Fest tasting.
Rich amber with a thin beige film. Aroma is sweet and fruity with some slight pondwater and very spicy. I really can’t smell the huge alcohol at all but it’s certainly a warming smell. Flavour is just unbelievably sweet. The alcohol is hidden so bloody well I just can’t help but question the abv claim. Very spicy and so SO sugary on the way down leading to a full on cinnamon finish. Now I’m reading the commercial description, I wish we had tried it warmed. Good enough but far from excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2010
( 1L fliptop bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours clear brownish-red. Nose of bread, caramel apple. Taste is alcohol, sweet pecans, caramel, toasted biscuits and syrupy. For 22% it’s actually quite hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4033) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Late entry from Noogfest High Five. Impression: "French toast with maple syrup" mead. This was awesome. Not nearly as hot as I was expecting considering the ungodly abv.


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