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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. 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - 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 (2122) - 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 (6103) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Copper pour. Sweet aroma. Tons of brown sugar and honey. Flavor is sweet, almost like a mead. Not hot, but sweet as hell. Wow. Tasty for a few sips...then too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle at RBWG--thanks, Scott! Strong honey aroma with a congruent sweetness which masks the forewarning of the high ABV. Sticky. Highly quaffable. Enjoyed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Poured a deep copper. Overtones of honey in aroma and flavor. Incredibly easy to drink despite the alcohol. Must exercise caution with this one:) A tad thin on the pallet. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
22oz bottle at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours a transparent copper amber with a small ring of off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel with a touch of candy corns and light fruits. Starts with good fullness and rich caramely sweetness with a touch of cinnamon and plenty of alcoholic burn in the finish. Pretty complex for an ounce or tow, but thereís no way Iíd be able to finish a whole bottle. Amazing how much residual sugar there is with this much alcohol present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle shared by Vtafro served chilled. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Honey sweet with a syrup y sugar bomb etoh warming. Pineapples, vinous, honey and apple sweetness. A huge warming, quite the accomplishment iíll give credit to a solid effort, canít wait to see the ice bock version of this lol, it can happen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle at Ryanís Midtown Hotel room tasting post EBF 2010: Hazy deep orange pour with a tan film of head. Honey bomb aroma- a touch of resiny vegetal under the extreme excessive maltose. Thick, syrupy body. Sugar bomb. Abrasive, astringent honey like thick maltose. They used a colossal amount of malts indeed.

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