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Pumpkin Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stakem on 10-18-2013)
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Chaney, Apr 07, 2014
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JMS1512, Oct 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

qcbrewer, Nov 12, 2014
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Gonzoillini, Nov 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

earlholman, Monday at 05:51 PM
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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Max's during BBW 2013 (from notes, 10/27/13).

A: Pitch black with a bit of lacing.

S: Spicy. Cinnamon. Clove. Allspice.

T: Roasted malts. Pumpkin pie spice. Sweet malt. Smokey at the end with a malt and spice aftertaste.

M: Prickly and coarse.

O: I enjoyed it but it really is just Retribution with Pumpkin spices in it.

gillagorilla, Oct 29, 2013
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4.32/5  rDev +10.5%

jessealmlie, Oct 29, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was tempted to age this one a year or so, but couldn't resist...

A - Slightly less that a fingers worth of active dark menacing brown froth... Limited retention as this one quickly fizzes away... All that is left is the slightest of splotchy lacings and an uber thin collar... The color is a dark flat black with a dark raspberry red hue lingering beneath the surface... Completely still with no discernible carbonation...

S - A huge nose with lots going on... The bourbon barrel aging is at the forefront... It's a bit hot, but still rather pleasant and inviting... Next up are the traditional stout notes... Chocolate nibs and some light roasted malts... Not picking up anything in terms of pumpkin... I'm trying to trick myself into thinking there is a hint of spice, but I don't think it's there... Since this one is listed as an American Double / Imperial Stout, that's not a big deal in my book... Very nice aroma... Lots of depth and a good bit of complexity...

T - There's a lot going on in terms of flavor... The barrel aging is present but much more subdued... The stout components are dialed up a notch... The roasted malt is more prominent... The dark chocolate notes are subtle but present... The pumpkin becomes much more apparent and is what I think really smooths out what I expected to be a bit of a boozy mess... It's a mix of sweet pumpkin puree and subtle spiciness... While it's much better than expected there's a bit too much going on and I'm not sure all the diverse flavors compliment one another the way I would expect...

M - Full bodied... A bit chalky and a bit gritty... A limited bit of prickly carbonation...

D - I wasn't quite sure what expect... I figured this would either be a big hit or a big miss, but it reaches respectability somewhere in the middle... So so appearance, excellent aroma, interesting but slightly conflicted flavor and a somewhat sub par mouthfeel... Definitely much more a stout than a pumpkin beer... I'll have no problem putting down that rest of the bottle... Additionally, it should be noted my wife is surprisingly a big fan of this brew and she doesn't usually take kindly to barrel aged stouts...

philbe311, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bigfnjoe, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

OpusMike, Nov 04, 2014
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IrishColonial, Jan 01, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in color with a finger of frothy tan head that retains rather well. The nose has the definite presence of bourbon but it also has caramel notes as well. The flavor profile includes dark fruits, bourbon and a trace of chocolate. The roast profile is not terribly bold. The finish was dry with a slight alcohol burn and a touch of sourness that could come from the pumpkins.

Not much pumpkin present in this offering. Not having had Retribution, it is hard for me to say how it differs from its parent beer.

57md, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

ckollias, Dec 09, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | 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.

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 really good. But, the smell and taste don't really math the name. I get very little to no pumpkin aroma or flavors. Like I said, it's really great, but on the other hand a let down, because I was expecting a bourbon soaked, pumpkin flavor explosion.

EvoRich, Yesterday at 07:28 PM
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Pumpkin Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.