Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by taylor714914:
2.81/5 rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
After a train wreck of a beer in the pumpkin version, I was curious to see what the standard retribution was like. Well that was certainly a mistake. This stuff is horrible. As a huge BA stout fan, I was left scratching my head, wondering what went wrong. Booze and burnt malts followed with some rather sharp oak flavors dominated this beer. Nothing about it seemed rounded out or complimentary. Seemed more like a mediocre imperial stout that was barrel aged, hoping to improve it, only to disjoint it further and provide for some expensive drain pours. Thinking about the divine retribution, cacao and vanilla retribution? I’d think twice.
Serving type: on-tap
12-20-2013 14:01:30 | More by taylor714914
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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 281 ratings.