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Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 430
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 28.28%
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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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
1.83/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I rarely feel the need to leave a negative review on a beer. I rarely write reviews at all, but when I do, its usually because I really enjoyed a beer and want to share about it. But this beer was so bad that the story must be told.

It was promising looking. Very dark, great lacing and nice copper head.

The smell was enough to let me know I was in trouble. It smelled like a hot mess. A mixture of Raisonettes and Booze.

Taste- goodness gracious. It was so awful that I am really just spitballing to come up with anything that reflects the pungent taste of sweet and bitter malts, boozy with no character, cloying chocolate syrup and raison puree.

Feel- hard to rate. I hated the first couple of sip so much and they lingered so bad that I just threw my head back and went down the hatch.

I think I just do not get Du Claw. Every beer I have had from them tends to be my least favorite beer I have purchased in a long time. Some people love them. I have some friends that think they're the bees knees, but I just don't feel it

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Photo of russwbeck
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours out like motor oil, but only yields about a finger of fizzy brown head. The head doesn't lace at all, nor does it stick around for all that long. 2

S: The aroma is pretty boozy, but chocolate and vanilla also play large roles. The bourbon is there, but isn't as prominent as I would like. It smell like the taste is going to be very sweet if it wasn't for the booze. 3

T: The taste is very boozy, but the sweetness that I thought would take over, doesn't. The booze is cut by a nice amount of chocolate and vanilla. The bourbon and some oak come out at the end. Overall, the taste is good, but doesn't stand out in the style. 3

MF: The body is a bit too thin and undercarbonated for my tastes. The balance is good, but it's missing an aspect to make it stand out. 2

O: I wanted this to be great, but the flavors just aren't robust enough. The beer hints at being great, but isn't there yet. I enjoyed it, but not for a style that boasts some of the best beers I've ever had. 3

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Photo of taylor714914
2.85/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of John_M
2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at max's today

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is all chocolate; dark chocolate, milk chocolate, etc. There is some vanilla and a hint of coffee as well, but the chocolate really dominates in this beer. On the palate, this beer is really over the top. It's quite sweet, with considerable chocolate and noticeable bourbon. Really, the sweetness is excessives in this beer, and really hurts this beer's drinkability. Even the sample size glass is more than I can handle, and in combination with the high alcohol, this beer is flat out cloying. Mouthfeel is full, with a long, very sweet, boozy finish.

I want to give DuClaw an E for effort with this beer, but the level of sweetness in this beer is just more than I can handle. Maybe a chocoholic would enjoy this beer, but it's just not working at all for me.

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Photo of b3shine
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to oversized tulip (thanks to ksurkin for this one). Looks decent; black with nice lacing. Smells okay; VERY boozy (but cheap booze). Taste and mouthfeel are very pedestrian - it's hot and boozy, and I'm curious to know what bottomfeeder in the bourbon market they got their barrels from. Overall, an okay beer, but it's a good thing it's a limited release...because it would collect dust on shelves if it weren't.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber, bottled in 2011 (bottle states 9% ABV)

A: Pours pitch black with 2-3 fingers of mocha brown head. Good head retention.

S: Balance of barrel character (sweet bourbon, charred oak) and sweet stout notes: lots of coffee and chocolate, a little dark fruits. Very sweet nose.

T: Extremely sweet, cloyingly. As with the nose, there is a lot of flavor going on and the barrel treatment was done fairly well (contributes to the base beer without overpowering it). Sweet milky chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, and slight dark fruits. A little bit of alcohol is present, but nothing offensive. The sweetness, however, is. It's sweeter sweet. Kahlua is what one friend called it.

M: Full, sticky sweet body. Light carbonation. Sweet finish. More carbonation would likely help cutting through the sweetness.

O: While I did like the flavors in this one and thought it was an example of good barrel aging, the overwhelming sweetness was a huge turnoff that led me to a drain-pour of most of my glass and others mixing with Vodka to make it more drinkable. A lot of potential for this one, but unfortunately it's just not drinkable.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fair barrel aged Imperial Stout, a bit too sugary and mono-chord though.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Aged looking cream label with ale notes. Side paragraph offers a note about characteristics, intent, and quality. Front shows date in barrel 03/11/2011 and date out of barrel 09/19/2011, and barrel No 20 of 20. Notes 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, short creamy head with good surface memory and lacing.

S - Sweet malty nose… Chocolate but one can sense plenty of sugar already… Hint of vanilla, maybe whiff of bourbonesque oak...

T - Sweetness over the malty touch, sure enough there is a hint of coffee, dash of vanilla, but sugary sweetness takes front stage… Really faint bourbon strangled under the sweet character.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation, slightly sticky and with that sweetness pretty cloying.

O - All in all it is a bit short as a sipper, given the expectations and hype not too exciting really...

Notes: Too sugary for me, one of the least memorable barrel aged stouts I've tried in a long while. Not that it is something terrible but certainly quite forgettable for me.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber of this with some friends. Had an interesting timeline on the bottle with date into the barrel and date out of the barrel. Very strong alcohol smell on this one, oh boy. Taste is thick, lots of vanilla and bourbon notes, with the burning alcohol taste. Finishes somewhat smooth, decent mouthfeel. Some decent chocolate notes as well. Definitely not one for the weak, a very strong in your face beer.. but has a pretty good flavor profile. Glad I tried it... but the booziness brings it down a notch.

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Photo of corby112
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 12/9/11
*From notes

-- Barrel 20 of 20 --

A: Rich leather brown to fair black. A standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head with nice retention and lacing.

S: Creamy vanilla and coconut flesh. Not nearly the char bomb I'd thought it may be.

T: It's got a bit of burnt char up front, though it doesn't stick around long. Within seconds, the residual sugars overwhelm the palate. Massive quantites at that. At only 9% ABV (per the label), there's a bunch of unfermented sugar here that, with additional time in the fermentor, would dry this up. Sure there's some toasted coconut, bourbon and such, but as it is, this is like drinking spiked chocolate milk. It's just too sweet for me to handle, though letting it warm does help.

M: Well they've nailed the feel, which is a godsend. The velvety, creamy body keeps this drinkable.

O: While not a bad beer, DuClaw's Retribution was certainly a personal dissapointment. I was really looking forward to getting into this one, and in the end, it's cloyingly sweet and hard to drink. Ferment those damn sugars, up the ABV and make everyone happy.

My reccomendation? Skip this and grab another DuClaw offering: the less expensive and far, far superior Oak Aged Black Jack Stout.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, barrel 12, shared by Jeff, served in a snifter.

Appearance is syrupy and viscous, dark chocolate body with a quickly fading tan head. Cover the glass in legs and settles in a thin collar. Massive boozy and bourbon aroma with roast malt, brown sugar and milk chocolate. Despite having had this on tap and taking a good whiff of the aroma, I gagged on the sweetness the first time I took a sip from this bottle. It's intense. Bourbon and vanilla dominate the chocolate presence (which was stronger on draft) than the barrel in this bottle. Medium thick body, fairly robust and creamy, but unfortunately this beer crosses the line of being too cloying for my taste in the finish. I feel like there is more too appreciate here than just the initial barrel blast, but as this warms and becomes even sweeter I'm not the one capable of enjoying it. I'd like to try some different barrels of this and get some age on these; certainly impressed with DuClaw's recent offerings.

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Photo of tehawful
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DuClaw's Retribution is an imperial stout aged in Kentucky white oak barrels. My particular bomber was taken out of the barrel (after the standard 6 month stay) on 9/21/12.

Retribution pours pitch black, with a fizzy, dark mocha head that leaves significant lacing. The smell is very sweet, with high notes of dark berries, chocolate and espresso, and a low note of alcohol. The smell is pleasant, though a little scattered.

As the smell suggests, the sweet notes of espresso, chocolate, dark berries, vanilla and caramel create an (overly) sweetened chaos upfront...though the charred barrels carry the bourbon taste to even out the back end. What I really appreciate here is the fact that the bourbon is infused into the beer...as opposed to an artificial taste on either end. Mouthfeel is extremely rich and smooth.

While Retribution is incredibly more sweet than I would prefer in an imperial stout, I appreciate the craftsmanship that was evident, as it is usually lacking in DuClaw bottle offerings. I'm not sure I would by it off the shelf again, but it was an interesting experience nonetheless.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Fruity, chocolate. Oak. Not much bourbon. Slight tang.

Taste - Dark fruits. Kinda tangy. Chocolate. Some bourbon and oak. Vanilla and fudge.

Mouthfeel - Tang is weird. Low carbonation. Chewy.

Overall - This tang is weird, but I like it. Red wine and fruit characteristics blend well.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very deep brown or black in color, no light shines through. Not much of a tan head, but a little bit of froth that dissapates quickly down to patches. Stringy lacing down the glass. The smell is in the sweet range with lots of bourbon barrel aging very evident. Almost smells like a good bourbon in its booziness, but really nice notes of coffee and chocolate shine through for the distinction. You can really smell the grains in this, as the dark roasted malts give that roasty aroma out amidst the sweetness. A touch of sourness rounds it all out. Very aromatic beer.

Creamy mouthfeel that is almost milky. This is where the sourness seems to come from, but it doesn't taste bad. Its a woody and boozy kind of sour that does fit in with the loads of chocolate. A touch of coffee brings about a welcome bitterness that attempts to reel in the sweetness, but falls a little short. This beer is very sweet in its chocolate milk like taste, combined with some dark fruits like raisins. That sweetness does tend to become cloying after a bit, making it a little tough to handle at times. The alcohol seems to be the culprit here as everything, despite the sweetness, is going fine until the boozy finish when that cloying pucker is felt. This is a shame for me, because I'm really enjoying the malt flavors and the the milkiness even, but the cloying mouthfeel is just too much. At 9%, I figured it would be about average for an Imperial stout, but the combination of the alcohol and the chocolate malts and milk used don't seem to work very well together.

So all said, this beer didn't quite work out for me. I didn't hate it by any stretch of the imagination, but the cloying feel was too much to overcome, even though there were some very well put together ingredients. I will probably not seek this one out again.

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Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin tan head scattered across the top of the beer. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a sweeter, milk chocolaty flavor mixing with some woody oak, vanilla, brown sugar and light bourbon. It's very sweet, but the bourbon is pretty nice in it.

The taste has a very sweet, almost sugary flavor to it right up front. I get some chocolate and brown sugar to it as well as a little caramel. The finish shows some good bourbon barrel flavors to it, but it's not enough to completely overcome the cloying sweetness.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style, but not a great one. The underlying beer was a little overly sweet and sugary to me, while the barrel aged character in it was pretty good. A little more balance in it and it could be a very good beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Another split from rudzud as a trade helper. Still havne't really had anything I really like from this brewery, so hopefully this will break the spell.

Mild creamy dark head no lacing, very dark beer little legs.

Nose starts with dark malts, little roast, and bakers choc, candy syrupy, mild earthy herbal component, mild molasses candy.

Taste super sweet, candy syrup, mild super sweet choc, caramel molasses, little chewy caramel candy, little vanilla barrel and whiskey but barely. Finish is sticky and sweet, syrupy, chewy, little choc. Very sweet and syrupy, if not for that at least it would have been more drinkable.

Mouth is thick and syrupy, light carb, little booze.

Overall meh. Super sweet and almost undrinkable. Not a very good imperial stout.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Into the barrel on 3/11/2011 and out of the barrel on 9/19/2011. Barrel #19 of 20.

3.5 A: Black color. A little over one finger of light brown, frothy/creamy head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer this big and just a tiny ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Really wonderful nose on this. The barrel aging is done to perfection. Smooth leathery bourbon with mineral, apple, wood dust, and cantelope aromas. Underneath there is a supple roastiness, chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, and a hearty neutral malt sweetness. If you dig even deeper, you may find a note or two of coffee. Sweet overall, but with good balance.

3.5 T: The taste is an amplification of the nose. This is a sticky, sweet stout. It's a bit cloying for sure. Lots of toffee, molasses, and caramel. Roastiness, chocolate, coffee are underneath all that. Big neutral sweetness. A good bit of leathery bourbon with vanilla, oak, apple, and nondescript light fruitiness. It's a tasty beer, but it's too sweet to drink a whole bomber of (which I plan to do).

3.5 M: Heavy body. I like heavy bodies on imperials, but the problem is that it's also too chewy, which results from the sugar overload. It causes some moderate amylase clumping in the back of the mouth. Otherwise, it'd have a good creaminess.

3.5 D: Not a terrible beer, but it has the sweetness of BT without the crazy booziness, so I'd bet that many out there would like this.

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Photo of rudzud
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown with a thin mocha head that fades to leave spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of some light vegetative, gentle chocolate, light bourbon, something isn't quite right here.

T - Taste is incredibly sweet, cloyingly so, light chocolate, sweet malts, light bourbon. Just way too sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is way too sweet, but drinkable.

O - Overall this was a bit disappointing, alcohol is hidden nicely though awfully sweet.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Max's Fells Point.

A - Jet black, one finger khaki head, minimal lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate and tons of booze.

T Super sweet, 50% milk chocolate, 50% bourbon!

M - Full bodied, heavy, medium carbonation.

O - Glad I got to try it, a sipper for sure!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Barreled 03/21/2012, released 09/21/2012, Barrel No 15 of 15. Really nice labeling, love the color, and this craft be cherished rules be damned bottle cap.

Body color pours, very dark, a classic walnut black, but virtually no head at all made, barely a millimeter pencil collar of light tan and hardly anything for a top. Slightly filmy. Very opaque. A little more suds, and this would look real impressive.

Nose brings lots of chocolate sensations. A little hint of roasted grains, but a big whipped up mocha that dominates. Very inviting, a faint fruit hits behind but it's not big enough to distinguish. Pretty solid and impressive.

Palate though gets a bit fleeting. There's a distinct distracting fizzy carbonation on this, that gets into sharp club soda which distracts quite a bit. Fleeting palate, with a front palate drying sensation. Lots of deep roast character and charring, but also quite a bit of hint of wet.

Overall I can't get past this soda character, it's taking away too many of the possible good qualities of this brew. There's potential here though, I think this has the possibility to just be tweaked a bit to be made a little better, and hit the mark. It's ok.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vanilla, oak, a hint of chocolate. Slightly sour? On the thinner side. It's pretty good..............................................................

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

aged this bottle for 2.5 years. and well honestly i wish i let it age for another 3 or so years. its still super sweet. like molasses.

overall its ok. if you do buy a bottle id but a second that you can age for about 5 years.

other then being super sweet overall flavors of molasses, cocoa, and figs.

mouthfeel is syrupy with a light carbonation on the back end.

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

Bottle in barrel 3/28/14, bottled 10/1/14:
Pours an opaque black with a modicum of deep tan head that layers the beer but fairly quickly dissipates. Strings of carbonation cover the surface throughout the pour, but the foamy edge lacing is the sustaining remnants from the initial pour. Lacing is good, and a quick swirl bring forth a froth from the edges. Nose has a bourbon note to it but is on the tart side of BA stouts, a familiar nose that I always have trouble describing. I am going to use cherry wood, knowing that it exists, but not knowing if it exhibits the tart, somewhat cherry-like scent I get.

The taste starts somewhat dark side of bitter - maybe bittersweet - chocolate. The bourbon taste comes in with a stronger tartness. Again this taste is familiar, but seems almost as if old milk was used to produce the chocolate (given that lacto- bacteria is used in good sours, this should not necessary be considered bad). The feel is medium at best, carbonation adding some feel. The beer does coat the mouth, but the core flavors don't linger, leaving a root beer like after-taste.

This is a decent beer. There are no obvious flaws other than I have found (currently) two styles of imperial/BA stouts, a more tart style (this, Black Butte XXVI; and a more sweet style, Evil Twin Doughnut Break got one). I prefer the sweeter style (Doughnut Break being a towards the extreme side), but I have run into this style enough to say its a decent version of the style, and if you can understand my likely made up substyles, use it as you wish. I think it's at least a beer worth trying to form your own opinion.

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