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Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 82
Gots: 117 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 10-14-2011

A full-bodied, Single Barrel Bourbon-aged Imperial Stout with rich aromas of espresso and dark chocolate, and smooth roasted malt flavor. Aged for 6 months inside charred Kentucky white oak bourbon barrels to add the natural vanilla and caramelized sugar flavors of the bourbon soaked wood to the beer. Each bottle run is drawn from a single barrel, making each batch a unique drinking experience. ABV from 10.5% to 11.5%.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 402 | Reviews: 73
Photo of Casey3236
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MunsonRoyE
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pretext
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tjmiller718
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of halo3one
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_kenneth
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
1.83/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I rarely feel the need to leave a negative review on a beer. I rarely write reviews at all, but when I do, its usually because I really enjoyed a beer and want to share about it. But this beer was so bad that the story must be told.

It was promising looking. Very dark, great lacing and nice copper head.

The smell was enough to let me know I was in trouble. It smelled like a hot mess. A mixture of Raisonettes and Booze.

Taste- goodness gracious. It was so awful that I am really just spitballing to come up with anything that reflects the pungent taste of sweet and bitter malts, boozy with no character, cloying chocolate syrup and raison puree.

Feel- hard to rate. I hated the first couple of sip so much and they lingered so bad that I just threw my head back and went down the hatch.

I think I just do not get Du Claw. Every beer I have had from them tends to be my least favorite beer I have purchased in a long time. Some people love them. I have some friends that think they're the bees knees, but I just don't feel it

Photo of AMCimpi
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GJ40
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Too sweet for me. And the bourbon overwhelms. Why not just have a bourbon at that point?

Photo of Highbury09
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a thick, oily, jet black coloring with a low profile, foamy, tan head that quickly settles out into a halo. Aromas of bittersweet baker's chocolate, bitter and roasted espresso, hints of wood and char, vanilla highlights from the booze, and earthy undertones. Flavors are extremely rich and heavy, with a blast of bittersweet dark chocolate forward, followed by a heavy hand of dark roasted coffee/espresso. Very well balanced. The highlights provide a significant layering and a ton of nuances, including rich vanilla, boozy warmth, char notes, and molasses. Extremely robust and full bodied. The aftertaste is all the rich and sweet blending together perfectly, including some caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and booze. There's a pretty solid booze warmth building as I go, too. The finish is smooth, layered, and velvety. Fantastic beer!

Photo of mbfolk
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
A - Black, looks like coffee, small head that dies off quickly.
S - Smell of vanilla, alcohol and raisins.
T - Flavor is alcohol forward with dark fruit, almost licorice. The vanilla comes out as the beers warms.
M - Thick and chewy.
O - A good solid bourbon barrel aged Stout. Definitely improves when warmer.

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cmq103
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A well done bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. This reminds me of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout with a bourbon twist. A thick, slow sipping powerful stout meant to enjoy over time. Duclaw did well with this one. I'd definitely buy again, perfect for a cold winter night.

Photo of Magslikesbeer
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WckdVbz
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.