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Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

356 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 77
Gots: 96 | FT: 9
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:
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 added by: Kegatron on 10-14-2011)
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in barrel 3/28/14, bottled 10/1/14:
Pours an opaque black with a modicum of deep tan head that layers the beer but fairly quickly dissipates. Strings of carbonation cover the surface throughout the pour, but the foamy edge lacing is the sustaining remnants from the initial pour. Lacing is good, and a quick swirl bring forth a froth from the edges. Nose has a bourbon note to it but is on the tart side of BA stouts, a familiar nose that I always have trouble describing. I am going to use cherry wood, knowing that it exists, but not knowing if it exhibits the tart, somewhat cherry-like scent I get.

The taste starts somewhat dark side of bitter - maybe bittersweet - chocolate. The bourbon taste comes in with a stronger tartness. Again this taste is familiar, but seems almost as if old milk was used to produce the chocolate (given that lacto- bacteria is used in good sours, this should not necessary be considered bad). The feel is medium at best, carbonation adding some feel. The beer does coat the mouth, but the core flavors don't linger, leaving a root beer like after-taste.

This is a decent beer. There are no obvious flaws other than I have found (currently) two styles of imperial/BA stouts, a more tart style (this, Black Butte XXVI; and a more sweet style, Evil Twin Doughnut Break got one). I prefer the sweeter style (Doughnut Break being a towards the extreme side), but I have run into this style enough to say its a decent version of the style, and if you can understand my likely made up substyles, use it as you wish. I think it's at least a beer worth trying to form your own opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

22 oz bomber. Bottled on less than a month ago after barrel aging for 6 months. Pours dark deep chocolate brown almost black. 2 full fingers off lingering head. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and roasted malts. Tastes just like it smells. Delicious thick and heavy. Very boozy with burn going down. More vanilla and bourbon in the after taste. Incredibly high ABV but goes down without fighting back too much. Could probably mellow more if I let it age around 6 months or longer. Strong espresso, chocolate and bourbon favors. Full bodied. Not for the casual craft beer drinker. Hard core imperial stout. Love it.

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Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.