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DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

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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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Clear to slightly hazy orange brown color. Aroma is sweet, sugary and alcoholic. Flavor is sticky, sweet, sugary, candy like. Boozy crispy pie crust with brown sugar. Cloying sweetness which I usually enjoy. Slick honey mouthfeel. A sipper, didn’t enjoy as much as I though I would. Would love to try again if given the chance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Had this at a tasting at the home of "hannont" a few weeks ago. Colour... clear, orange-amber with no head. Nose... loads of candied orange, pekoe tea and spice. Palate... holy cats! What a colossus!! Aside from the gentle CO2, there’s nothing else low key about this ale! Majorly cloying with booze out the wazoo, followed by toffee, orange spice cake, honey, sherry, candied orange chunks and marzipan. This is like a robust Grand Marnier!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Bottle, big thanks to Ericandersnavy. Poured a dark amber w/ white top. Aroma was of apple and cinnamon. Flavor was of a sweet caramel apple. Good sweet beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, 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 (6680) - 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 (3027) - 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 (965) - 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 doesn’t 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. I’ve 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 (6355) - 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.

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