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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1332) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Ratebeer winter gathering. A: Pours a nice amber hue with a small off white head. No retention or lace. S: Sweet and boozy. Lots of honey and apple puree. Mild dark fruit with hints of spice. T: Boozy right from the start. Rich honey sweetness with nice dark fruit tones. Mild chocolate with hints of maple and molasses. M: Rich sweet and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3822) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle I brought to post EBF tasting. Brown pour with a light tan head, Huge honey sweet aroma and some abv. Sugar bomb, almost like a mead, honey sweetness covers a good amount of the 22% . Also some spice, and fruity flavors. This could give TNP and StB a run for its money if iced...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Bottle from SL. This was a fun one, especially while the Flyers were in the third period fighting to complete their comeback from an 0-3 first period start in a series they were down 0-3. This helped settle things down. Pour was ruby red to brown not much head, syrupy thick almost on the pour. Aroma of rich malts, caramel, honey. Flavor followed, honey the strongest, mead-like character, some molasses and very faint brown sugar, ligher fruits rounding out the finish (peaches and pears?). The mouthfeel was thick but not too sticky despite the pretty darned sweet character of this thing. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (725) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma is of fruit, honey, wheat, and spice. There is not much alcohol in the aroma, which is surprising. Taste is of very dry honey, dark fruit especially raisins, and wheat. Lingering taste of sugary, dark fruit. The alcohol is well masked, but you definitely know it is there. It doesnít creep up on you, in facerapes you for the entire beer. Mouthfeel is sticky, but drinks easy. The drinkability given the amount of alcohol is frightening. Iíve seen others compare it to a mead, and I would have to agree. It does have many characeristics of a mead. I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2010
Pours copper with sparse carbonation. Smells of molasses, warming alcohol. Tastes of pronounced alcohol, sweet, some molasses. Cloying sweetness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2010
bottle at RBWG pours light caramel with a medium off white head. Aroma is strong booze, and light notes of dark berries. Super sweet rock candy and syrup flavor with a HUGE alcohol burn in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6164) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sampled at RBWG 2010. Wonderful spicy honey flavor on this. The alcohol is very hidden. This could be dangerous! Panty dropper for sure... dang!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Arayaga2 (1812) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 Reddish brown with almost no head. Aroma is sweet and grapey with a bit of cinnamon. Taste is the same with pronounced cinnamon; fruity, vinous grapey,and finishing in honey. Itís *almost* cloyingly sweet, and powerfully alcoholic, but not nearly as bad as it could or should be at this level. I prefer this to DFH 120 $22/22oz

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bought this a year ago and let it aged. Served in the glassware that comes with Sam Adams Utopia. As an added plus, the bottle was had been previously opened and resealed with the special plug thatís attached to the bottle. Carbonation keeps well even after several weeks. Beer poured a deep Amber & brown color. Still had a nice little head and even some lacing after the bottle had been opened for several weeks. Aroma is of bready, malty characteristics with a pleasant rum smell. Wonderful sweet malty taste with notes of dark fruits -- plums, raisins, dates, currants and even an orange taste. Very complex and constantly changing in the mouth. Very thick and syrupy -- practically chewable. What would you expect with a 20%+ beer? This is a sipping beer, to be savored and enjoyed at the end of the evening -- much like a fine port or sherry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2010
In short: An exaggeratedly sweet boozy beer. Train wreck.
How: Bottle 22oz. Post-EBF tasting session #2 with east-coast crew
The look: Partly cloudy dark golden body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose of booze and some kind factory mega-sweet dessert. Body is sticky, oily, slimy. Taste of booze syrup poured over the sweetest baklava that you can imagine. So sweet that it almost hides the booze. This is just too sweet. This is even sweeter than what I what I expected from a 22% brew. Maybe the sweetest drink Iíve ever had. The Colossus of DuClaw, one of the seven wonders of Maryland. Really. This beer sucks ass but try to name seven better man-made creations in Maryland. See, you canít.

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