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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

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RATINGS: 145   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. 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Aroma:Hot alcohol, raisins, dark fruits. Appearance:Amber in color, with nearly no head. Taste:Really sweet, apples, brown sugar, apple strudel, honey. Palate:Medium to thick body. Overall:This is an amazingly drinkable, well balanced, high ABV beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Bomber served in a tulip. Pour is a deep cider with an orange/red shimmering hue; one finger of lacing with only a touch of lacing. Nose is honey, caramel, must, cellar, earth, light cantaloupe, and barley. Taste is big honey and caramel (could swear this is mead) and barley/earth. The after taste is an odd spiced pure honey. I donít pick up any hops in this brew, or even much malt, itís a honey bomb more than anything. This is an interesting brew; I would flat out declare anyone a liar if I didnít see the 21.92% ABV written on the bottle. You canít taste the booze, or smell it, but there is a slight warming in the chest. I would really enjoy this more if the sweetness was toned down from the current syrupy level. Overall, not bad though!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle, courtesy CheeseMan. Whoa boy, this sucker is a beast! The pour gives a very lightly hazy, deep amber to copper colored body. A small, fluffy head of beige tinted foam settles in to a thin film, leaving wet, drooping lace and some drippy tears on the glass. The nose is obviously monstrously sweet, showing loads of caramel and burnt honey, with a myriad of dark, earthen fruits such as stewed raisins, figs, and cooked dates. Hops canít keep pace, giving just subtle spice and earth notes amidst the avalanche of sweet, fruity malt. Flavors continue down this path, again loaded with caramel and ripe, dark fruits. Dark honey is prominent, nearly as much so as the sticky, toasted caramel. Figs, dates, and raisins are abounds, as spicy, earthy hops again seem an afterthought. Softly carbonated, the palate is coating and sticky, but not as boozy as one might expect. I suppose thereís enough malt in there to keep the alcohol somewhat in check. Still, itís warming and somewhat astringent on the finish. Interesting stuff. Itís certainly better than I though it would be, but then again, I thought it would be pretty horrid. Drinkable in really small doses. Have a good ten people around when you want to crack a bomber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4965) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle shared by richlikebeer at the jimmack invitational 2010. Poured a clear burnt orange with a smaller off white frothy head. Aroma was very hoppy, citrus and pine along with a slight touch of cat piss, sweetness lead by honey and caramel. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a lingering bitterness. Flavor of nice citrus fruits, hop cones, slight pine, dry bread, caramel and alcohol. After the abomination that was Sink The Bismark this one is as easy to sip as a bottle of Poland Spring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to Rich at Jimmackís tasting. Pours clear amber. Nose and taste of cane sugar, sweet molasses, oak, booze and caramel malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Dark red brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, some roast, dark fruits, citrus, and alcohol. Taste of chewy molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, citrus, pine, and alcohol in the finish. Thanks to Rich for sharing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Huge brew shared by cheeseman. Packs a punch of dark malts and dark fruits. Strong alcohol flavor. Fairly good for as strong as it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2889) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2010
A beast shared by the Cheeseman. Pours a brownish with no head. Caramel, toffee, boozy aroma. Taste is honey, malt and surprisingly smooth for such a big beer. Works really well when warm. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Pours turbid deep copper with minimal off-white head. Nose is prune, pear, apple, yeasty spice, malt, honey, fermented fruit. Tastes very rich, huge, with spices, cinnamon,and a gigantic honey dipped fruit flavor that reminds me a lot of the Jagwiga and Canadian eis-ciders Iíve had in the past. Very smooth, well hidden -OH, a bit cloying late, but delicious and very smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma is sweet, with notes of dark ripe fruit, honey, light toasted caramel, malt, figs, raisins, slight hops, apple, and slight spice. Poured amber/copper in color, with a medium-sized, creamy, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout around the edges, and as a film on top of the beer. Lightly hazy. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, figs, raisins, honey, slight hops, and maple syrup. Medium to full body. Viscous, coating texture become lightly dry. Soft carbonation. Dark ripe fruit, malt, honey, fig, raisin, and slight hop finish is dry. 22%ABV is completely hidden throughout...AMAZING!

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