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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4082) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
Tasted in 2009. Copper in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of booze, brown sugar and malt. Taste is of bread dough, malt, caramel, toffee and brown sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a cloudy amber with small off white head. The aroma is a fruity malt and oak. Medium mouthfeel with a vanilla oak flavor and sweet finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. A good American strong ale from DuClaw.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2709) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Brownish red pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, very sweet, and maybe some dark fruit. Taste is sweet, more alcohol, a little caramel, brown sugar, and some spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (675) - Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Almost sickeningly sweet, but the taste is awesome. Syrupy goodness -- my imagination compares this to a potion you would consume in a game like Diablo. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
wowza. 2009 vintage 22oz. this definitely drinks almost like a mead, very sweet and rich and thick. nice carb though. good stuff, drinks well for a while but its just an uphill battle against cloying after a while. some oak to dry this out and add some of the sweeter sweet flavors like vanilla and caramel would be really nice. right now its sweet but really dark pitted fruit, some prune, etc. but with some nice things underneath that could be brought out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Poured 750ml into a chimay glass. Has a scotch color with no defined head. Notes of baked figs with strong notes of alcohol. The aroma translates to the taste. It goes downs surprising well given the high alcohol. This beer exhibits more complex and enjoyable favors has it gets closer to room temp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seekingup2 (80) - - DEC 12, 2011
Draft @ bel air location, and 22oz bottle. Definitely had a "liquor" aroma, as well as heavy spices. Very high alcohol content and to me it definitely tasted like it. Great for what it is, just not my style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Pours a brownish red with small off white head little lacing. Aromas of apples, cinnamon, and booze. Taste is sweet, notes of apple, kind of like a cider. Little carbonation, warms as it goes down. Overall, this has nice flavor but too big for me. The ABV is high and fairly well hidden, but still too sweet and too much booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. I believe this was the second release because it came in a 22 ounce bottle. The beer pours a reddish-orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is very sweet with a lot of dark fruit, light tartness, caramel and brandy notes. The flavor is similar. There is a ton of sweetness in this beer. There are also some dark cherries and brown sugar in the flavor, as well as a lot of alcohol. Even though the alcohol is extremely noticeable, I still think it is somewhat well hidden for a beer of this strength. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4314) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Overripe banana, grain, and apple aroma. Hazy ochre, thin head. Syrupy sweet banana, apricot, and triple sec flavor with triple sec strength. Apploe skins also detected. Extremely without balance, no hops. The alcohol is strong but palatable. Actually more drinkable than DFH 120, but with far less hops. Not awful, but I’d rather have more balance.

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