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Colossus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 70
Gots: 50 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  17.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 04-01-2009

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of MDandPA
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly smooth for 17.3%!
Warms like a shot of good bourbon.

Photo of MasterPenguins
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bandi
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel, apples, cinnamon and booze are present in the nose. It kind of smells a little like an alcoholic version of apple cinnamon oatmeal.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a little sweetness. Notes of alcohol become noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for something that is 17.3%. There is some alcohol in the finish, but most is well masked from the taste. The mouthfeel isn't that heavy, sticky, or syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

Note: 2014 vintage

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly light sweet boozy nice

Photo of Myst
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeffdillon
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved it, had several large pours from the tap at the local "my favorite" beer store, then took a 4 pack home. Sweet, fruits, caramel, great feel. i may have given it a little less than 5 but reading the reviews by reviewers that obviously thought they were buying a different style of beer pissed me off! I bought this beer because I WANTED a sweet, sticky, strong drink, just like this! I was a treat. Cheers Du Claw, thank you.

Photo of Martyrob
4.64/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good with a nice boozy taste.

Photo of embass
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted like apple pie moonshine for me. Not bad...love the ABV and was happy to try it.

Photo of Immortale25
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AngusOg
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an aged 2011 vintage. One dimensional - too sweet.

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
2.52/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of billab914
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Snowdog
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle of the 2014 vintage pours a mostly clear copper color with a small cap of white head. Not much fore retention or lace.

Nose is JP 8 rocket fuel and vinous fruitiness with a caramely malt base. Smells scary.

Taste is grimace-inducingly strong with the malts not enough to cover for the massive wave of alcohol. Not enough hops to provide a bitter, clean finish either. There are better huge beers out there, but most of those tend to fall in the stout category where the alcohol can be balanced by a heavy malt load. Its an interesting beer to try, I can finish my bottle and would like to see what a 3 or 4 year old vintage would taste like, but I wont go searching for this. Too boozy.

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of rspauldi
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SomethingClever
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into Chimay Chalice

A: hazy dark copper color almost the color of rust hard pour no head

S: cloves spices

T: Apple cinnamon sweet disgustingly so and booze lots of it

M: cloying as shit

O: this is like drinking gasoline with a ton of sugar added, it's absolutely awful

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9%

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Colossus from DuClaw Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.