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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 658   ABV: 21.92%
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. Thatís right!...heat it up to about 105íF for yet another unique experience of flavors and aromas! 2006 is the swing top bottle and 2011 is the 22 oz. bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (37013) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Cool. Tried at Woodshop 5.0. Iíve 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - 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.

   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 arenít gonna drink too much of this. I think it will age well, weíll see. Long sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris Oís Kook Fest tasting.
Rich amber with a thin beige film. Aroma is sweet and fruity with some slight pondwater and very spicy. I really canít smell the huge alcohol at all but itís certainly a warming smell. Flavour is just unbelievably sweet. The alcohol is hidden so bloody well I just canít help but question the abv claim. Very spicy and so SO sugary on the way down leading to a full on cinnamon finish. Now Iím reading the commercial deScription, I wish we had tried it warmed. Good enough but far from excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - 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% itís actually quite hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3990) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Ever since my first glog, the Rorviv Ol-Glog, I have been on a constant look-out for another glog of equally orgasmic proportions, or a suitable beer to warm and sup as a glog. Well, that special moment descended about a month ago in the form of the DuClaw Colossus, a self-styled American Strong Ale of epic proportions, 21.92%ABV epic proportions, that is. When the time came to sup and savor this beauteous beast, Eric and I both concurred that warming her like a glog would be best, and boy were we ever more right.

Served in Grandma Johnsonís old Dutch tea cup china, soft whites with lavender flowers decorated in tasteful minimalism, a better pairing couldnít be found anywhere then in those glasses and in that moment. Steam slowly rose from her deep murky brown and burnished mahogany depths. Tiny bubbles scatter shyly around the sides while a gentle swirl traces soft lace along the sides of my tea cup. Beautiful. Wafting upwards atop a bed of soothing steam is a pervading gentle sweetness, the kind one finds cupping a warm brandy in front of the crackling fireplace. Brown sugar coated red apples, cooked long and slow in their own juices along with fresh cinnamon, maple, molasses, and more brown sugar. Apricot, peaches, and orange are added next to the steeping sweet spiced fruit compote. The final flourish? The finest of brandies and oak-aged rums are added for soul-soothing warmth and further depth. Luxurious fits the DuClaw Colossus perfectly. My first sip is warm just enough and all about brown spices and wood. Warm brandy and rum hit fast and long, immediately tracing long slender fingers across my chest and throat, feathery whispers lingering long after their initial touch. Cinnamon sticks, apricots, peaches, red apples and brown sugar are steeped long and tenderly while maple and molasses thinly coat my lips and tongue. Her finish is on the sweet and dry side with spices lingering in each breath. Dead grass and old wood whispers in the background while each divine quaff focuses her attention on the center of my palate. Divinity is moments such as this, when souls soar and time seems to slow to an infinite crawl, all the better to savor the moment with each aching fiber of oneís being. That was my moment with the DuClaw Colossus.

Iím not sure how she would taste cellar temperature, and Iím not really sure if I care to. Should you have a bottle of this awaiting supping and sharing, give her liquid nectar a slow hot-water bath to warm her thoroughly without burning and discover the gates of heavenly ascension as I did. I canít promise the old Dutch china, but I am sure you will find something equally worthy.

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