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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 142   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2730) - 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 (880) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Itís 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 donít 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 donít 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 (2194) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2011
20110615 tap at Bel Air. Motor oil amber with slight white head. Incredibly sweet, lots of canned pear in syrup and maple, and not much hops to keep my interest. Better than the bottles Iíve had, but its still too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
Dark amber in color from the sides and lighter, more clear in color from the top, it has a bubbly white head and almost looks like a double IPA. A strong ale aroma, with moderate hops and a sweet, smoky? Caramelly malt backing. Thereís something dusty about this... makes it different, but good! Flavor is delicious! You really canít tell this has such a high ABV. Really smooth in the mouth... sweet, bright, leaves a sticky sweetness on the lips. Almost like this has evaporated a bit - you can taste it. Sticks to the tongue and dominates the finish with a sweet alcohol. Sweet and so good. Amazing that something this strong tastes so sweet and easy. Iím totally licking my lips. This beer is deceivingly potent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Pours a hazy rich mahogany color. Little to no head with this pour. Smell is sweet with some brown sugar and some hops. Taste is very sweet. Alcohol is masked very well. Like a sugar cube is in my beer! Still impressed they masked the 22 percent of alcohol. Nice work duclaw.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1125) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Poured a very hazy reddish color with a very thin off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, fruit, brown sugar and honey. Taste is very sweet and sugary. Slightly resin flavors and cotton candy. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Some yeasty notes make this taste slightly belgian. Overall it is very flavorful, and the alcohol is well hidden, but maybe a little too sweet.

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