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DuClaw Divine Retribution No. 1

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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
In early spring of 2011, we brewed an Imperial Stout for the sole purpose of allowing it to age for 6 months inside Kentucky White Oak Bourbon barrels, and RETRIBUTION was born. When the last barrel of Retribution stopped filling just past the half full mark, we were hit by an epiphany: Let’s fill the barrel the remainder of the way with COLOSSUS. We had no idea how it would taste, but we decided to leave it to fate. Retribution is the embodiment of patience, craft and perseverance. But, waiting 6 months to try our experimental blend was perhaps the ultimate exercise in these virtues. The resulting 15.5% abv 60/40 blend of Retribution and Colossus was nothing short of divine. Such an extraordinary beer requires extraordinary packaging. The bottle labels were printed on a 100 year old Chandler & Price platen press (similar to a Heidelberg) named “Bessy” by Gilah Press in Baltimore using specially selected paper to convey the handcrafted precision of the beer. Because the labels were “craft printed”, they do not have pre-applied adhesive, making them unusable in our automated bottle labeler. But, in the true spirit of our craft, our creative director and brewery staff numbered, applied the labels to the bottles, and wax sealed them by hand to complete packaging worthy of our Divine Retribution. We put our hearts and souls into this beer, and it is BEYOND AMAZING. Only 168 bottles of DIVINE RETRIBUTION series #1 were produced and they will be hitting the shelves of select retailers today, so grab one of these extremely limited edition bottles before they’re gone! Oh, and in answer to the inevitable question this post will spur, YES, there will be a DIVINE RETRIBUTION series #2. What we will blend with Retribution in series #2, however, is the real question. Enjoy. Craft be cherished…Rules be damned!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Bomber, bottle #145 of 168. Poured very deep brown with a short-lived, deeper beige head. The aroma picked up lots and lots of sweet bourbon, honey, and raspberry-like sweetness, with secondary black pepper stone fruit, and vinous character.. lots going on, and it was warm and interesting. The flavor opened with tart fruity notes (raspberry seeds and vinous notes more than anything else), with honey, molasses, and rich darker fruit sweetness following.. warm bourbon was laced throughout, leaving peppery hits on the edges and the finish.. syrupy finish with charred molasses, dark fruit, honey, and bourbon. Heavy-bodied with just enough carbonation to keep it moving.. big, bold, and very complex.. quite an experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
22 oz bottle, 81 of 168. Dark brown with fading tan froth. Nose is dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, dates and fig with hints of black cherry. Silky and sticky medium body with a tang. Sexy warming with an airy finish. Taste is cane sugar, smoky dates, wood, bourbon and mocha. Not quite a stout anymore but an awesome American Strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Pours black with a strong sweet sugar aroma. Big sweet body with minimal roast, but strong dark fruit flavors with notes of prunes and figs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwmiller16 (112) - Delaware, USA - NOV 16, 2013
154 of 168. Purchased @ state line. Pours dark brown, very little foam. Nose is sweet with a touch of licorice. Very sweet on the tongue but quickly turns to alcohol burn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jra1983 (32) - york haven, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Pour at Al’s of hampden, Thin head that fizzed away very quickly. As you would expect from a beer of this abv. Smell was of sweet bourbon notes,liqourice, chocolate. Taste follows much along the same lines as the nose. All in all this is an amazingly good barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigguns22 (793) - Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2013
Bottle 91 of 168. Aroma is full of raisins,alcohol,chocolate and fig. Full flavor and sweet like candied raises. A very unique beer that has some mushroom notes and like retribution a great desert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle gratuous of sloth, cheers. A big beer. I’ve had colossus, but never retribution. This blend is amazing. Bold bourbon nosed with a big mouthfeel and long lasting finish. I couldn’t be asking for much better than this. Notes of toffee vanilla and dry oak bourbon finish off the palate. The alcohol is present and boozy but I like it a lot with this style. Sort of feel humbled to be drinking bottle# 50 out of 168.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2831) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - DEC 6, 2012
On tap at Frisco Taphouse & Brewery in Columbia, MD Opaque, black-brown with thin tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, dark roasted malt and chocolate. Taste of molasses, toffee, caramel, vanilla, sweet roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, oak and bourbon. Full body and low carbonation. Rich, full, dark and sweet. Delicious, but maybe too sweet and malty. Plenty of bourbon barrel though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gearz (65) - Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Nice taste. Lots of alcohol on the front with sweet after taste. The Colussus overpowers the retribution a little but good none the less. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Good one here. YEah it is rare but not only that counts. This one has plenty of bourbon.

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