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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BazookaJoe (266) - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4975) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Sooo, finally got to try this one after hunting it down for years. This poured a ruby red color with pretty much no head at all. Aroma made me very weary, smelled liek this one was going to be an insane sugar bomb, but had the smell fo booze, dark fruits, and lots of sweeet caramel. Flaovr was actually better than expected from the aroma. Of course it’s sweet for the high abv, but not nearly as cloying as expected, and booze is hidden pretty well too. Pretty much a novelty beer, but certainly drinkable in small doses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bomber someone sent me - forgive me for not remembering who! This is one bizarre brew. I’m at a loss - the nose is apples, some cinnamon and... something? The flavor is cinnamon, apple, malt, and... I have no idea how to describe. Lychee? No... I don’t know. It’s good and stuff. Booze is really well hidden. not sure what to make of this, but I like it. I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle:   Deep dull amber, a bit dirty, thin sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Heavy caramel malt aroma, sweet, some citrus peel, a little dank.   A little like Samichlaus (sp).   Super sweet citrus start, very candied, very warming.   This is a sipping beer.   Thankfully its not overly cloying, which really surprises me.   Big sweet candied citrus peel with some other soft spices.   The bottle mentions Apple, Cinnamon, and Honey.   I can see that.   Body and mouthfeel are surprisingly moderate.   Again, weird its not cloying or thick and syrupy.   Well, maybe slightly syrupy.   Finishes clean, lingering candied citrus bits, and some big warming from the alcohol.   I was thinking at 21% it would be a drain pour, but surprisingly its not.   Better than expected.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Hazy brown/dark orange pour with thin, tan head. Aroma of raisins and champagne. Taste of raisins, honey, and fruit cider (minus the sour) as well as a nice caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
22oz bomber poured into rocks glasses. Pour was a dark amber color with virtually no head. Sweet smelling aroma of apple cider and booze. Mouth follows suit but adds a syrupy texture. Goes down surprisingly smooth and has a somewhat dry finish. Solid sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2012
When I first had this I figured this was a novelty ale. Smells delicious sweet. Taste was a like apple cinnamon syrup with a warming finish, at 22% that is expected. The sure strength of this brings it down, yet I will still have a 6oz serving when its on tap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Koelschtrinker (11736) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 23, 2012
Hefiger, sehr süßer Beginn, der dann zuckriger wird. Zu süß. Zuvor wenig alkoholisch, die Süße wird drückend. Kaum trinkbar. /11/8/7/6/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Sample at the Central OH BA Tasting at From The Vine on 06/02/2012: This aptly-named beer is a dark reddish-amber color with a minimal white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, dark fruit and malt. Tastes somewhere between and Mead and Port Wine if that is possible. The finish is syrupy and fruity. Interesting to say the least, and a nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (16807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
22nd November 2009
ChrisOs Kook Tasting. Slightly hazy dark amber beer. Light nose of sweet malt. Low carbonation. Semi soft and semi dry palate. Sweet malt and fruits. Subtle spicy cherry and strawberry. Dried fruits and subtle raisin. Mild caramel and then inevitable aniseed alcohol that is also quite sweet. Finishes a little warming but nothing like 22%!!. Sweet, strong and of surprisingly subtle flavours. Very dangerously drinkable!

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