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Colossus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 66
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  21.92% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 04-01-2009)
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nrbw23

Ohio

1.33/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:52:45 | More by nrbw23
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Zbeetleman

California

1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

07-07-2013 05:56:31 | More by Zbeetleman
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JMBSH

Colorado

1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

03-29-2014 04:38:20 | More by JMBSH
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trafordboy

Maryland

1.65/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 23:35:49 | More by trafordboy
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.11/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 06:51:30 | More by Ryan011235
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

03-03-2013 21:06:25 | More by DonFrap
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sneth019

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

02-10-2012 01:55:29 | More by sneth019
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TomG2751

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

03-10-2014 00:19:44 | More by TomG2751
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Exiled

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

11-14-2011 23:12:16 | More by Exiled
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StrangeBrewer76

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 18:31:05 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

05-12-2013 03:16:52 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-10-2012 07:45:31 | More by ygtbsm94
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-04-2013 06:12:46 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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GapingMcNulty


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-29-2014 00:24:03 | More by GapingMcNulty
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-06-2013 15:36:17 | More by jmarsh123
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-13-2012 19:15:11 | More by mendvicdog
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-01-2013 05:33:31 | More by phishphorce
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 16:34:16 | More by inlimbo77
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BlackWednesday

New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 07:13:31 | More by BlackWednesday
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willPS21

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 06:47:04 | More by willPS21
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jmslade7

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-02-2013 03:38:25 | More by jmslade7
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slay

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-25-2013 00:09:42 | More by slay
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pquijal

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-19-2013 21:19:38 | More by pquijal
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matt062286

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-10-2012 15:17:47 | More by matt062286
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-11-2013 02:55:20 | More by zestar
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Colossus from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.