Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Ret12 (452) - Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
annunz123 (853) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
ansermadide (1518) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
scottw86 (1092) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.