Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by corby112:
3.29/5 rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Pours pitch black, completely opaque, viscous and oil like with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Good retention for the style and ABV with streaks of spotty lacing left behind.
The aroma of this beer has a prominent bourbon barrel presence that is very nicely integrated into the elements of the base beer. Complex barrel character with some slightly charred oak, spicy, sweet bourbon, vanilla bean, marshmallow and toasted coconut without completely overwhelming everything else. Underneath, there is a nice mix of sweet, dessert-like malt and subtle roast. Slightly smokey/toasted with hints of burnt toast, dark chocolate, coffee bean and toast countered by caramel, toffee, flourless chocolate cake and fudge-y sweetness. Very inviting.
Lighter body than expected and slightly watered down which is surprising considering how it poured. Unfortunately, it's also not as complex or flavorful as the aroma suggests. The complex barrel presence found in the nose is lacking and what is there isn't integrated very well into the base beer. Very strong oak presence with dry, charred oak and toothpick flavor that lingers throughout, dominating the palate. Very faint vanilla character along with a weak spicy bourbon flavor that just isn't very appealing. There's also some lingering boozy heat but the 11.5% is decently masked. The barrel presence is much stronger than I prefer overpowering the complex malt bill that I was hoping for. Much more roast than sweetness which compliments the oak and spicy spirit but it hides all of the dessert-like that is needed for balance. Overall, this beer looks and smells pretty good but the body is too thin for my liking, the barrel flavors aren't very good and it's a bit one dimensional.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2014 09:35:21 | More by corby112
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4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2013 release that spent six months in the barrel, bottled on 9/23/2013. Pitch black in color with a creamy, khaki-colored head. The sticky foam leaves sparse, tattered lacing. Cherry-vanilla infused cocoa dominates the aroma. There's little else going on, including fusel alcohol. It's a one-note aroma but it's very nice.
Flavor is plenty sweet initially, but then hop bitterness and/or roast astringency arrives and provides balance. Oaky cherry and vanilla flavors. Tinge of alcohol on the finish. Some harshness from the carbonation persists, but the mouthfeel softens over time.
Got this bottle as a birthday gift and was pleasantly surprised. This is a very well-done barrel-aged stout.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2014 17:34:46 | More by gr0g
Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.