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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

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RATINGS: 144   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4986) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2009
big thanks to ericandersnavy for this bottle. amber with a cream head. sweet bready notes and candied apples for the aromas. very nice on the palate with a nice fruit flavor and light alcohol.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cavie (3971) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Way to come through pal. Heavy orange pour. Aroma stings the nostrils. Heavy, heavy sweet. Taste is richly sweet. Sweet bready notes. Very well done. The ABV is hidden so well! Sweet sweet finish as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7894) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3213) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11560) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5342) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11335) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9953) - 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!


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