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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.


4.1
   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 Johnson’s old Dutch tea cup china, soft whites with lavender flowers decorated in tasteful minimalism, a better pairing couldn’t 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 one’s being. That was my moment with the DuClaw Colossus.

I’m not sure how she would taste cellar temperature, and I’m 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 can’t promise the old Dutch china, but I am sure you will find something equally worthy.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nickmbeer (15) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Aged this bottle for 6 months. Pours a dark amber and looks magnificent. Aroma consisted of fruits and hops. When first tasting it I experienced vanilla, honey, fruits, and maybe some caramel. The alcohol is hidden extremely well but I could not have more then a glass or two for it is very sweet. Great beer for taste, not for drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Hazy amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is spicy hops and caramel. Sweet caramel flavor is incredibly strong, stronger than the citrus hop by far. Quite pungent. Not as hot as expected for 21 percent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle at Chriso’s Kook Tasting 09. Thanks to Ken again for this. Pale chestnut colour, lasting dark beige head. Soap powder and sweet malt. Sickly. Raisins, dried fruit. Malt loaf. Some dry malt, very tasty, bit of heat.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle at chris_o’s "smash kook’s granny tasting". Alround rating: Noteably sweet, caramel, herbal hop, noteably fruity, lots of prunes and other fruits soaked in honey, some cinnamin. Alc is very well hidden, like this is no way 15%+ i genuinly dont believe its that high. Remarkably easy to drink. Winner!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. The look is clear, copper amber in color with not much of its off white head. The smell is alcohol, dark fruits, caramel, lots going on. Really strong alcohol in the taste but maybe not 22%, sweet, syrupy, thick feel. Caramel and fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a great looking deep amber red with off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel and dark fruit. Flavor is sweet, fruity, alcohol, malt, WoW, taste great! Mouth feel is heavy body, syrupy, low carbonation. Overall, very interesting BIG beer, lots of flavor......Strong shit!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Thanks to ericandersnavy for this one. Orange pour with a small off white head. Aroma is caramel, orange, honey, booze. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, banana. Hides the booze well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2009
it took me a year but i finally tracked this down thanks to scraff. poured amber/ruby with a white head. aroma was great with candi sugar??, caramel, and some dark fruits. flavor was pretty much the same. this thing was sweet beyond all belief and thats what i liked about it. had a nice slick body. this bad boy was worth the wait. we didnt get to try any heated because the bottle was finished. maybe next time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
This one courtesy of ericandersnavy. Thanks man! Pours clear reddish copper with a slight beige head. The nose is big on malt and fruit. Sort of red berry. No heat issue. Full bodied with mildly frothy carbonation. Flavors are like plum, berry, honey, spice, malt, and I bet I could imagine more. It’s fairly complex. Heat is barely detectable. Rather like a not so sweet mead.


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