Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by hdofu:
4.8/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
I had just about lost hope of ever trying this beer after it ran out on the second day of the premiere party and a subsequent visit to the pub when they just ran out. I was in the liquor store when I happened upon a bomber of it and decided to pick it up. The bottle I picked up was from barrel 10 of the 20 from 3/11/11
The thirst think I noticed with this beer was a punch in the face with molasses from the smell, the kinds you get from fresh fudge. The beer poured dark brown with a thick but small head that almost looked like a frosting. Taste was no holds barred a supper sweet taste of chocolate and molasses initially finishing in dark chocolate... however as it heated up the chocolate got darker and darker making it even more enjoyable. This was a full bodied beer that did not try to hide the heat from the alcohol.... which I respect and like in a imperial stout. I'd honestly say this was a perfect beer, though not an everyday beer so I had to take off points in the overall.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2011 03:05:23 | More by hdofu
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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.