Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by akorsak:
3.8/5 rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On cask at Al's. With chocolate and jalapenos.
A: The stout is pitch black, an eggshell white head blanketing the top. Not much in the way of lacing.
S: The bourbon barrel is present, not intense though, more of a blended stout/barrel combination. Plenty of chocolate but the jalapenos are nowhere to be found. The result is chocolate on top of light bourbon, plenty of sweetness without a balancing bite.
T: Again, the chocolate and stout elements, along with the barrel, stand out at the expense of the jalapeno. The chocolate is very sweet and milky, standing out against the roasted malt base. The bourbon barrel, a blend I'm thinking, adds a bit of wood and vanilla but not the normal blast of bourbon. I keep looking for the peppers but just can't coax them out of the chocolate morass.
M: A good drink even without the jalapenos - chocolate is liquid and sweet, at home within the sweetness of the barrel. The stout side is strong but not forboding.
Serving type: cask
08-05-2012 19:11:26 | More by akorsak
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4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on 9/23/2013 on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Very dark brown with 1-finger of quickly receding light brown head with minimal lacing.
S: Beautiful aroma of vanilla, light coconut, dark chocolate, black coffee, and roasted malt with a nice dose of burnt and medium caramel. The barrel notes really complement the base stout well.
T: The flavor is not quite up to the high bar of the aroma, but it is no big lagger as the sweetish caramel and chocolate notes really mesh well with the vanilla, coconut, and light oak tannin notes. The dark chocolate and espresso in the nose are there and add complexity. It is a pretty sweet BA imperial stout, but it has enough bitterness from the roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate components to pull it off. It does have a touch of tobacco character bordering on ashiness with warming. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.
M: The body is too light for the style and doesn't work too well with the sweet nature of this beer. THe carbonation is low as it should be for the style.
O: If this beer had more body, it would be a killer BA imperial stout, but it is for those who enjoy the sweeter version of the style.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 02:51:53 | More by argock
Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.