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Pumpkin Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
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DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: stakem on 10-18-2013

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32 oz growler, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, pitch black color with thin wispy clouds of head that completely dissolved away to form a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt and whiskey, thanks to the aging in the bourbon barrels. Some notes of smoke, vanilla, caramel, but not much at all in the way of hops.

Taste: Boozy malt bomb up front, followed by some whiskey and then tons of caramel. Strong notes of roasted malt and a little smoke. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, with no carbonation whatsoever, but that could be because it was poured out of a growler. With an ABV of 11.5%, there is a significant alcohol presence on the palate, a very pleasant warming.

Overall: Jesus, this is another awesome imperial stout! I love how much caramel there is in the flavor, and how nicely it’s balanced with the roasted, smoky malt. Delicious!

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

for a beer this big is drank quite nice and there was just enough pumpkin for me to know it was a pumpkin beer. wish there was a little more pumpkin, but hard to complain about a double digit beer that is this easy to drink.

Photo of JNForsyth
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Curran last night.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a mocha-colored head of about one inch, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells chocolate, coffee, vanilla, a small amount of pumpkin, and a hint of bourbon.

The taste runs pretty similarly for me- not as much pumpkin as I'd expect, but a good amount of dark chocolate and dark roasted malt, and a bit of bourbon and oak. Doesn't honestly feel like the barrel aging did a whole lot here. When I see barrel-aged pumpkin stout, I expect those advertised flavors to be a bit more prominent. It's slightly disappointing that it's not.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a full and creamy mouthfeel, and a slightly higher than expected amount of carbonation, giving it a prickly finish.

This had some issues that I described above- it was a well-made stout, but didn't stand out in terms of the expected flavors I wanted to get.

Photo of harryhops
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of huysmans
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of EvoRich
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Saved this for today, Thanksgiving. Mine has a little over a year on it. Out of the barrel date was September 2013.

Look: Pours nearly pitch black with just a touch of brown, pours with a thin tan reddish head which fades very quickly to nothing more than a small ring.

Smell: Bourbon and chocolate. Not much pumpkin But it smells great regardless. Hoping pumpkin shows up a bit more in the flavor.

Taste: Well, sad to say, I don't get much pumpkin. I still get a lot of bourbon, wood, and burnt, dark chocolate flavors. Has a nice sweet, yet burn flavor. I'd say almost too much bourbon, too strong. If the bourbon wasn't so strong, I'd have rated it a bit higher.

Feel: Very full bodied and creamy. Has a nice slight bourbon burn to it.

Overall: It's hard to rate this, because as a beer, it's pretty good. But, the smell and taste don't really match the name. I get very little to no pumpkin aroma or flavors. Like I said, it's pretty good, but on the other hand a let down, because I was expecting a bourbon soaked, pumpkin flavor explosion. Instead, it's basically just very strong bourbon aged beer.

Photo of earlholman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of thedoubler55
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

A: A very dark brown in color with a nice finger tan head at the top that left some nice lacing around the glass as you drank it.

S: Lots of bourbon up front, with hints of chocolate, caramel and some cinnamon as well, I thought the nose had barely any pumpkin.

T: Up front lots of chocolate and bourbon along with some caramel as well, the spices from the pumpkin are barely noticeable. I didnt get much of it when I drank this one.

M:Medium/heavy bodied, good amount of carbonation, a little spicy on the tail end.

O: Not a bad beer, was just expecting more from a beer that costs so much, I think I paid $27 for this brew, not a lot of pumpkin at all, lots of bourbon I expected more pumpkin from this one.

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Agreed with most on the lack on pumpkin, and definitely on the price. Good beer - but not a good pumpkin beer (regardless of style).

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of OpusMike
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Barrel aged from March to September 2013. Almost black with little head. Smelled and tasted of bourbon. No pumpkin and very little spice. An ok bourbon beer, but too expensive.

Photo of Pav5069
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jessealmlie
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of GreenMind
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of rspauldi
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Cook82
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of -NESTO-
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Pumpkin Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.