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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 658   ABV: 21.92%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6155) - 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 (5652) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle - 22 ounce bomber. Copper pour with a short, bubbly tan head. Aroma is very sweet with dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt, and candy. Taste is also very sweet with big malt notes, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and soft spicy notes. Body is thick and syrupy with a strong sugary stickiness and big alcohol warmth. Carbonation is very soft and creamy in this. Ends with more big caramel, brown sugar, candy, ripe dark fruits, alcohol, sweet malt, sugary notes and soft spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sweetish spicy malty dark fruit and caramel aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep copper amber with a minimal off-white head. SWEET aroma of caramel, honey, raisins, brown sugar and alcohol. Very sweet and rich flavor of ripe dark fruit, caramel, raisins, honey sweetness and some notes of molasses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Heavy tastes of spices such as cinnamon, this beer even with its extreme ABV is very drinkable. Warming as it goes down, colossus is a fantastic after dinner beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
annunz123 (948) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2011
It’s never a good sign when you order a beer and they serve it in a brandy snifter. To me, this smelled and tasted more like whiskey than beer. Considering I don’t really like whiskey and thought I ordered a beer, this was a problem. Aroma and flavor are dominated by alcohol, not surprising for a 40 proof beverage. This is a beer for people that don’t like beer. If you find yourself at a DuClaw, go for one of the more traditional beers (the venom, serum, or euphoria)--those are outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2011
2 oz pour at the Bowie location on 7/22/11. dark red pour with no head. deep fruit / sugar nose with layers of figs, dates, raisins and grapes. medium to full body with lots of sugar and dark fruits including layers of cherries. sweet finish with caramel and more dark fruit. the high abv is well balanced - no real alcohol heat. a fun sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2011 Draught at Mt. Airy Inn. Pours a amber color with minimal head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and strong. Taste is like tawny port. Very sweet, but balanced nicely for the ABV. I was expecting cloying sweetness, but while it was very sweet it was also very drinkable. Very strong ABV, but not boozy to my palate. Overall, a nice beer when you want your socks knocked off.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Tap->snifter: Pours a dark brown body with no head, except on the sides. Body is hazy and opaque. Aroma is sweet with a strong bubblegum aroma and a tinge of clove. The body is medium-to-full, very sweet on the tongue with a sweet aftertaste that lingers between sips. The alcohol really is exhibited in each taste, really reminiscent of port wine. A very unique beer.

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