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Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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very good

78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 428
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 82
Gots: 116 | FT: 10
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%.
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Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

in barrel 3.19.13
out barrel 9.23.13
barrel 12 of 15

acquired in Maryland in October although now it is available here in nj

writhing and sizzling head, it seemingly can't wait to evaporate at first but then magically it stalls into about a half finger of head, nice dark cocoa head of tiny bubbles that are being replaced as they disappear into the ether of this bitter cold night, sporting both lacing and legs this is right on for the style, nearly pitch black hue here with a few travelers of light kind of bending around the edges of the bottom of the glass, the devil himself (insert lawyer name here) could probably hide within the realm of this beast

bourbon and cherries, slight oak and some smoke, cocoa notes are sunk into the next layer being mired in the very strong booze/bourbon smash, really reminiscent of whiskey for obvious reasons, the bottle mentions espresso notes but I do not detect those here in this
particular offering (and hell I love me some espresso and hookers, but that review would be for eros.com...), as this sits a while longer the burnt notes really come out as do the subtle points of soaked wood, really complex offering here thanks to da' barrels

taste etc...
the carbonation is pretty low, too low imo, this drinks relatively heavy but not as thick as one might expect, pretty boozy but not overly so (I would say spot on in that department), after a few sips there is a real nice subtle char flavor sitting in your mouth which I have to report is like totally awesome (hey, I grew up in the 80s, definite warming in the gut from the ABV here, not a burning hole through your stomach... just a nice hobo on the street drinking wild turkey warming, letting this sit more than a few minutes you lose all the carbonation, I recommend pouring an sipping it quicker, it is much better with the added boost of carbonation, the coffee notes seem more apparent along with subtle chocolate notes, deeper into the bottle now this is drinking boozier

worth checking out. I have some mixed feelings about this brew. Certain aspects are just fantastic but somehow as an overall package it does not blow me away. It has quite a nice kick that overdone that speaks to the craft here, but it just doesn't totally do it for me like say Jessica Alba

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Photo of atone315
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, thrown in barrels on 3-28 and bottled on 9-1. Definitely not a sweet beer, this was still a perfect brew for an after dinner desert. The roastiness was outstanding, usually that's lost in beers that are barrel aged....speaking of which, 6 mos was perfect match for this one. Just enough boozy kick to let you know it's there, but not so much that it overpowers the base beer. I was searching for this one for awhile, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bainbridge Street Barrel House.

Solid black pour, with a finger of brown head that receded to a ring, good retention, dots of lacing on the glass. Everything I'd expect from a stout in the nose, dark malts, cocoa, coffee, along with some marshmallow sweetness, and barrel notes that were somewhat muted. In the taste, dark malts, fudge and creamy sweetness, coffee, dry oak, light notes of bourbon and coconut. On the verge of being a mess, but never really reaching that point, all elements just keeping themselves together enough for this to be a tasty brew with decent drinkability. Body was medium, mouthfeel was fairly smooth if a little syrupy, with some booze heat expectedly present.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put in barrel 3/28/14 taken out of barrel 10/01/2014.Pours ink black with a creamy deep beige head that leaves an almost full ring of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Vanilla/bourbon in the nose along with alcohol soaked dark fruit,and mild roast.Bourbon is big in the nose along with brown sugar and dark fruit,a hint of lactic-like sourness is there as well.Odd in the fact I don't get alot of roast or coffee but I like the fruit and the bourbon components.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tigg924
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste is bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, and a bit of raisin. Very tasty and smooth. One of the better bourbon imperial stouts that I have had in a while. I will get this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.