Colossus - DuClaw Brewing Company
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1.33/5 rDev -65.1%
A- Pours a odd murky reddish brown color with a very thin head. Pretty much no head just a few bubbles and no lacing.
S- A bit of darker fruits, incredibly sweet smelling and alcohol.
T- BAM! Smashed in the face with sweetness. A totally stupid amount of sweetness. That's all there is to this beer.
M- Medium in body with a syrup like feel to it. Carbonation was pretty low.
O- I'm struggling to drink this glass. Way too sweet.
07-31-2012 20:52:45 | More by nrbw23
1.65/5 rDev -56.7%
Yikes! Not what I expected at all. Tastes like corn syrup with maple flavor added. If Aunt Jemima brewed a beer I imagine this is what I think it would taste like. The beer has good carbonation and a nice look to it but there is way too much unfermented sugar left in this beast. The reason the alcohol is hidden so well is because of the sugar. I don't have a problem with sweet beers either...this one just missed the mark for me.
09-25-2010 23:35:49 | More by trafordboy
2.11/5 rDev -44.6%
Poured into a snifter on 6/1/12
A second contribution from Buggy. Keep 'em coming old bean.
A) Burnt, rusty brown. Not much head, of course.
S) Super sugary. Mostly burnt molasses with some maple syrup. Booze heat. Some caramel and, for some reason, vanilla.
T) This tastes truly sugary. What the hell? I've never had a beer this sugary. Molasses, caramel, cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup. Sugar candy s**t.
M) Thick, sweet, sugary feel. Carbonation is low and simply cannot hold up to the weight of the beer.
D) Even a little bit is too much.
09-26-2013 06:51:30 | More by Ryan011235
2.63/5 rDev -31%
I tried this once before, more than a year ago for the first time and didn't like it at all so I saved a second bottle for nearly a year to both improve its taste and my appreciation. Fail.
The pour is a deep golden that collectively looks like brown bottle color with only a slight crescent of head around half the rim.
Raisins primarily and alcohol with something like coconut in the nose. Very sugary.
Tastes more like a sweet barley raisin liquor than anything in my mind. It would be a good mixer in another drink; like a Colossus and ginger ale but now I'm just imagining. Sickly sweet that gets very bready is the syrup subsides and succumb to the underlying alcohol scrubbing. The finish is dry but not clean.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, with little carbonation. This should be a sipper but you'll want another drink on the side.
I'm having trouble finishing a single glass. This might make a good marinade or other cooking ingredient. Not a beer.
08-09-2009 18:31:05 | More by StrangeBrewer76
3.28/5 rDev -13.9%
22oz, not sure on the date.
Hill Farmstead wine glass
A: Pours a light amber color. No head on this guy, but it's to be expected at that ABV. No lacing as well. Alcohol feet when you swirl, but that is about it.
S: Very sweet smelling. Lots of sweet malt. Bready chewy notes. No hops at all. Some caramel and toffee.
T: Taste follows nose. Amazing how the alcohol is fairly well hidden under that sweetness. But the sweetness is extremely cloying. Tough for me to stomach much more than my 4oz pour. Don't even taste a burn of the alcohol with that sweetness.
M: It's full but a thinner full bodied brew.
10-26-2012 16:34:16 | More by inlimbo77
3.38/5 rDev -11.3%
22 oz bomber-clear amber color w/a mohogany tint & no head. Sweet raisin aroma. Very sweet flavors of raisins, toffee, caramel, & some faint candied sugar. Amazingly, the alcohol is not overpowering, but it has quite the warming property to it. A definite sipper, very sweet, almost like a mead or aptiff. Great after dinner drink, but you aren’t gonna drink too much of this. I think it will age well, we’ll see. Long sweet finish.
07-16-2011 07:13:31 | More by BlackWednesday
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
I was ill-prepared for this beast. I had no idea I was coming face to face with such grotesque (twisted) fruit and floral flavors. Difficult to pick a fruit exactly, it seemed like some chaotic combination of prunes, rosepetals, allspice/ginger/instant cider, peach/mango, some red and green jolly ranchers, robitussin, and cotton candy.. Yeah, I'm not standing by that as scientific but it's somewhere in that arena in terms of sugary-floral-sickly-sweetness. This was an issue at first because prior to opening I was thinking bitterness, brandy, no. It should be noted that my sweettooth is pretty weak... yeah, keep your rumplemints, gran marnier, and jaegar. The sweetness was so unexpected that at first my crutch to deal with it was some homemade jalapeno salsa which I'd have intermittently through the first couple oz's. That leveled it out quite well, and at the point I had waded in past my balls, I was able to drink it like a normal human. By the end, I had finally come to enjoy the bizarre and extreme concoction, both for its uniqueness and for the wallop it was giving my tongue, and its medicinal warming. I have a feeling that like many things, a beer of this stature is an acquired taste. It was remarkable how well-disguised the alcohol is, considering. Now that I know what I'm up against, I think I'm ready for another bout with this one to get a better reading, and for nuking it, which I didn't know was possible. And yes that will then be a shot, which might even need a chaser. Obviously drinkability is low for the average brute, unless you drink gran marnier shots with breakfast. Everyone should buy this if they see it to reckon with it's unique presentation when normal human beer seems boring, or to make drinking a 22 with a pal more akin to a sporting event of straight-face keeping.
02-12-2010 06:47:04 | More by willPS21
Colossus from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.