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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 658   ABV: 21.92%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7870) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle, big thanks to Ericandersnavy. Pours with a brown body and a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, sherry, floral notes and honey. Taste is still quite sweet with caramel, honey and marmalade. Syrupy mouthfeel with a really sweet finish. Surprised that it is this big, with so much residual sugar and still carbonated. Not sure that it is really as big as it claims to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3066) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle shared by hopscotch @ otakuden’s Vero Beach Throwdown. 1 liter bottle served hot. Pours amber color with thin white head. Aromas of cinnamon, molasses and alcohol. Flavor is lots of spices and lots of alcohol, Moderately sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11075) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle sample at Noogfest High 5. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex caramel malt and fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex sweet drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle sample at Noogfest High 5 thanks to TheBeerSommelier. Poured amber with an off-white head that settles to a ring. Aroma of fruit and caramel. The flavor found brown sugar, fruit, spice, and hints of perfume. Medium body and sweet throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Amber pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma of dried fruit (raisins). A more sweet fruity flavor with tones of raisin as well. Just a tad thin and watery but very nice offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Noogfest High 5. Sample from a bottle thanks to TheBeerSommelier. Dark brown-red with a quick white head. Aroma is brown sugar, fruity, caramel, alcohol. Taste is just liquid brown sugar, sweet maple syrup, sugar fruit topping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11217) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
1L bottle @Noogfest High5 Thanks thebeersommolier–pours no head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, medium fruit. Taste is sweet medium malt, medium fruit, woody, syrupy. As a sipper for a sample size 3.4, can’t see a pint of this though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle (served very warm)… O’sS&BS-I-T-YVBThrowdown… Dark beer. Spicy, sweet aroma offers cinnamon and other autumn and winter spices along with a good dose of dark rum. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and faint carbonation. Sweet, spicy, lightly herbal flavor is very reminiscent of a good glögg. Hearty, to say the least, warm and boozy. Great warm. Don’t know that I would have enjoyed it cool or even at room temperature, but Jim Wagner did suggest it be drunk warm, as a glögg. Thanks to scraff for providing the bottle!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Shag (2637) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2009
If Buddy The Elf started rating beers this would be his only 5.0 rating! This poured an amber color with a white head. The aroma contains some molasses, raisins, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Look up cloying in the dictionary and you will likely find a pic of this beer. Jumpin geezus christmas says Buddy the Elf. I want to put this on everything I eat! More cinnamon, honey, dark fruit, and molasses flavor. To say the texture is syrupy would be an understatement. Overall this is too sweet and boozy to be enjoyable. Save yourself the $40 and just drink pancake syrup if this is your bag. Just a Colossal MESS!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Ok, this is an interesting one. I sampled it at Noogfest High 5 and found nothing to like other than the smell. The body was medium copper colored. The nose was initially straight booze. Then I began to get some blueberries and leather. The taste was another ballgame. I was disgusted by the sweetness from the first sip and as I had a few more, it didn’t get any better. It was like drinking straight molasses with some raisins mixed in. A failure from the start, this beer should not be released for public consumption. An absolute mess and a travesty for the price. My 1.7 is a generous rating. Horrid.

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