DuClaw Colossus (2006 & 2011)

 
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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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. 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.

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3.8
yespr (47068) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
22 fl oz bottle, courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is dry and caramelish malty. Sweet and caramelish flavoured. Slight sugarish. sweet and smooth flavoured into the finish.

3.6
anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sweetish spicy malty dark fruit and caramel aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel finish.

2.5
Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Hazy amber color, almost flat. Aroma is medicinal, vegetal. Taste is sticky burnt caramel.

4
madmitch76 (25344) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
22nd November 2009
ChrisOs Kook Tasting. Slightly hazy dark amber beer. Light nose of sweet malt. Low carbonation. Semi soft and semi dry palate. Sweet malt and fruits. Subtle spicy cherry and strawberry. Dried fruits and subtle raisin. Mild caramel and then inevitable aniseed alcohol that is also quite sweet. Finishes a little warming but nothing like 22%!!. Sweet, strong and of surprisingly subtle flavours. Very dangerously drinkable!

2.3
Koelschtrinker (21318) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 23, 2012
Hefiger, sehr süßer Beginn, der dann zuckriger wird. Zu süß. Zuvor wenig alkoholisch, die Süße wird drückend. Kaum trinkbar. /11/8/7/6/7

3.6
harrisoni (19189) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle at Chriso’s Kook Tasting 09. Thanks to Ken again for this. Pale chestnut colour, lasting dark beige head. Soap powder and sweet malt. Sickly. Raisins, dried fruit. Malt loaf. Some dry malt, very tasty, bit of heat.

4.1
jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to Rich at Jimmack’s tasting. Pours clear amber. Nose and taste of cane sugar, sweet molasses, oak, booze and caramel malts.

2.8
brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle @ Presidential Suite. Thanks, Peter. Flat mahogany pour with no head. Smells of booze, cherry cough syrup, and caramel. Lots of grape juice and kind of a mulled cider character. Flavor is significantly better and lacks a lot of the cough syrup that was on the nose. Sort of a grape juice and caramel sweetness. A bit of grape juice and sweet cider. Maybe some honey and a lot of black cherry. The destitute man’s Millennium, I guess.

3.8
bhensonb (15617) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
This one courtesy of ericandersnavy. Thanks man! Pours clear reddish copper with a slight beige head. The nose is big on malt and fruit. Sort of red berry. No heat issue. Full bodied with mildly frothy carbonation. Flavors are like plum, berry, honey, spice, malt, and I bet I could imagine more. It’s fairly complex. Heat is barely detectable. Rather like a not so sweet mead.

3.7
djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a cloudy amber with small off white head. The aroma is a fruity malt and oak. Medium mouthfeel with a vanilla oak flavor and sweet finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. A good American strong ale from DuClaw.


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