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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. 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2013
hazy amber, thinnest white head, faint oily top. Toasty almond and dust nose, pleasantly soft, expecting far worse. Hot flavor, thin and burning with cane sugar elements. Stinging ethanol burns, so thin, sugar burning throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (5311) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Pours a cola brown with zero head. Legs like a scotch. Nose of honey and booze, a little brandy, some spice. Flavor is sweet, earthy, boozy, brandy, pear, honey. Boozy, hot finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (14139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Hazy amber color, almost flat. Aroma is medicinal, vegetal. Taste is sticky burnt caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5259) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle thanks to Beerandblues2. Poured a clear amber color, absolutely no head. Flavor is sweet malts, some smooth barrel type notes, sweetness, caramel, toffee and plenty of alcohol burn. Better than I expected with the abv this one has.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10331) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is toast and cookie malt, alcohol, dates, earthy hops, figs, oak and vanilla. Flavor is sweet malt, spicy alcohol, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1760) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle from MikeM409. Pours is a light caramel, mostly clear as I could see light through it. Aroma was lacking but the flavor was sweet and boozy, but not overpowering. Drinkable considering the abv, actually was pretty damn good. I expected nothing and liked it a fair amount.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle shared by the Hoff! Light tan pour no carbonation and not much of a noticeable aroma. Flavor big sweet boozy carmel, slightly spicy and surprisingly balanced considering the high ABV. Really glad I got to try this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9605) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle @ MPLS LOL tasting, courtesy of my Minnesota friends. Thanks Kyle. Pours a hazy reddish brown appearance with little head. Fairly sweet, caramel, light chocolate, boozy, mild fruity aroma. Pretty smooth, toffee, vanilla, a bit woody, light honey, banana flavor. Honestly pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (1826) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Yum! Thanks Hoff! Hazy caramel pour. No head. Malty boozy caramel vanilla in the nose. Hot, but balanced. Really nice to sip!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BazookaJoe (265) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Pours medium brown, with a sweet boozy aroma. For being 20% it hides the alcohol very well. Very sweet and fruity that finishes clean. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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