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Colossus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 65
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  17.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in 2006, 2011, and again in 2014 to push the limits of our own skills and imagination, Colossus is dark amber in color and full-bodied with a perceptively sweet flavor profile accented by notes of apple, and a surprisingly tame alcohol presence on the palate in light of its staggering 17.3% abv. This astounding alcohol content is achieved through fermentation alone; no alcohol is introduced at packaging nor it distilled. Multiple grains are used in conjunction with three different yeast strains to produce a beer that simply defies classification… and most laws of nature. One sip of this behemoth brew and you’ll agree: Sometimes size does matter!

2011 Batch - 21.92% ABV
2014 Batch - 17.3% ABV

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 04-01-2009)
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Photo of ColdWaffles
4/5  rDev +8.1%

This is the 2014 version.

Poured into a goblet from a regular 12 oz pry off bottle, immediately catching a load of booze on the nose. Surprised to see a beer in this style and ABV not corked.

Looks like an amber cider. Almost no head or lacing.

Flavor is a mix of dried dark fruits, seemingly real citrus, Belgian yeast, apple and citrusy hops. Kinda tastes like sugar, spice and everything not nice.

Sticky moderately carbonated heavily alcoholic ale.

Interesting beer. Score is for how much the flavor seems to develop over the course of the drink.

ColdWaffles, Thursday at 01:25 AM
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

jaymo18, Wednesday at 12:47 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

grimey68, Oct 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

DoubleSimcoe, Oct 17, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

Tim725, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of kbuzz
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

This is really just a mess of a beer. Too many high fermentable sugars results in a thin bubbly boozy brew with little identity. Lots of cider notes, astringency and fusels. For the price, it should be avoided...certainly are better versions of an American strong ale out there. I have another bottle, so might revisit it and revise this if I have even a slightly better experience, but as of now, this was a drain pour for me...

kbuzz, Oct 14, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +1.6%

Ngntjp, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of teromous
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

17.3% ABV, 2014

Appearance: Very nice copper and orange colored transparent body with a thin but well-standing white head. Very little lacing, but that could be expected in a beer this high in alcohol content. Good visible carbonation.

Aroma: Massive alcohol scent. It smells like rubbing alcohol. Honestly with this burning my nose it's hard to pick up anything else. I'm sure there's more too it...I keep getting a couple of other scents that poke in but not long enough to really put a finger on what it is. It doesn't smell horrible or anything, it is just very potent.

Taste: It certainly does have more going for it in the flavor than it did in the aroma. There is a kind-of grape like flavor to it, followed by dates, some cinnamon, and a bit of cedar. The alcohol is definitely present. I wouldn't call it a wealth of complex flavors but it has enough to keep things interesting. I feel that the cinnamon flavor masks a lot of the beer, making it hard to really pick out any nuance.

Mouthfeel: It burns. It's pretty hard to drink this alcohol bomb so be prepared to sip on it for a while.

Overall: It's well worth trying. I would obviously recommend it to those who enjoy high alcohol beers, but namely Belgian ones with a bit of fruity and spicy character to them. You will get enough flavor out of the beer that it won't end up tasting like pure alcohol. I definitely recommend having some food nearby, especially crackers or pretzels to refresh the palate after taking a sip or two.

teromous, Oct 12, 2014
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Colossus from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.