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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

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RATINGS: 143   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. 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
heemer77 (5133) - 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 didnít 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Courtesy of Hopscotch. At the Otakuden Throwdown. Served hot. Creamy head with a burnt copper color. Nose is wood and port. Lots of caramel and dark fruit with hints of aroma hops. Flavor is super rich and a massive massive mouthfeel. I can taste alot of residual sugar but even so tons of caramel comes through with suprising amounts of bitterness. Sweet portlike notes of caramel, cranberries, figs and raisins. I actually thought this was pretty badass but its a crazy beer for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Sampled at Noogfest High 5. Pours copper with a bubbly beige head. The aroma is rum, maple, wood, and alcohol. The flavor is insanely sweet. Maple syrup, fruits, sugar. The alcohol is masked by the sweetness, which isnít saying much because it is so obnoxious. Thereís a long-lasting sugary aftertaste as the dense beer leaves residue in my mouth. Itís ok, I guess, but this is unnecessarily over the top. It is really, really hard to drink something this sweet.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
NachlamSie (2855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Sampled at Noogfest, provided generously by TheBeersomellier. So, I understand that this is a giant beer and that it is meant to be sipped slow in tiny proportions. I understand that this is very different as a barley beverage. I understand this is supposed to be sweet like port or mead. Even with all the caution going into this, it is way, way, way too sweet. It is pure, unadulterated, concentrated sugar. It is like drinking straight high fructose corn syrup. The amount of sugar in my mouth from one tiny sip makes my teeth grimace in pain as the cavities instantly explode along my gumline. I cannot tell you how sweet this is. Iíve never had any alcoholic beverage this sugary. No meads, no ports, no cordials, certainly not any beer. I canít get over this. Even a 1oz. sample is too much. I had a good four or five sips trying to get into this one and gave up before the type II Diabetes kicked in. I canít imagine attempting to finish even a small pour into a 6 oz. snifter. I cannot come up with any circumstance to enjoy this as a drink. Perhaps as a topping on a dessert this could be passable, but it may be even too sweet for that. That being said, this is certainly a product of an impressive feat in brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4807) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Draft at the 2009 MD Spring Fest. Super sweet, not unlike GM. Amber-orange color, looks moderately filtered. Thick and sugary, yet somehow drinkable. Really quite mellow in a liqueur-like vanilla way. Creamy, some orange syrup. Great for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle shared by Sparky27 at Hellbillyís tasting. Sweet aroma of tobacco. Amber body with off-white head. Flavor of sweet molasses and sugar butter candy. Alcohol has a body warming effect. WOW!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2009
pain brought on by sparky27... rich amber color with an expected short lived white head. looks thick. it smells good enough... cinnamon, maple syrup, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, grainy sweetness and a boozy burn. sweet cannot begin to describe this beast... iím tearing up just rethinking about it... it tastes like super sweet wort with an astringent bitter finish... a kick in the teeth of alcohol too... i canít do it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle shared by Sparky27 @ Hellbillyís Holiday Tasting. Really enjoyed this one (more than the rest of the crew, I think). Ruby red pour with a whispy white head that left a bit of lacing. Impressed by the carbonation in this 21% monstrosity. Aroma of brown sugar, cotton candy, maple syrup, and alcohol. Honey, caramel malt, candied sugar, and dark fruit in flavor. Not as syrupy as one would expect. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4448) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Appearance: Slips out of the liter bottle a clear, deep, dark amber body with a small, white head. Sure, itís short-lived, but itís surprising one can form at all what with all that alcohol in here. Oh, but check out those legs! Smell: Scent of light caramel shoehorned in amongst eye-tearing, monstrous (and monstrously huge) notes of tropical fruit punch, Bacardi 151 rum, and pound cake. My my my. Taste: Grimacingly sweet jolt upfront, along with a big sip of spiked punch and further wild berry candy notes. No real hop character or bitterness, unless it long ago expired from alcohol poisoning. The bottle suggests heating it beyond 100 degrees for kicks. Though I donít have a thermometer handy, there is a microwave nearby! 45 seconds on high sounds about right. Right? !!! Okay, well, the heat brings about a touch of Grade A maple syrup, but it also unleashes a surge of isopropyl alcohol, though this brings about the good, wholesome fun would have doing shots of hot sake. The latter half offers up more fruit flavors and perhaps a splash of Midori. Finishes with an unyielding candylike sweetness and a kick of booze. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: American Strong Ale, indeed! Itís more of a shooter than it is a beer. Perhaps itís a hot, chaotic mess, but itís still strangely alluring (minus the $40 price tag though).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle shared by Sparky27 at hellbillyís holiday tasting. Deep amber pour with a small head. Aroma of huge sweet malt, dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is also big and malty, very sweet with lots of alcohol. Good, though a bit sweet. Very tasty when mixed with fruit! Thanks Eric.

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