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Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 71
Gots: 84 | FT: 9
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:
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%.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 10-14-2011)
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Photo of mhbarber


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-09-2012 22:16:48 | More by mhbarber
Photo of groetman


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-29-2012 18:26:06 | More by groetman
Photo of billab914


3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

01-28-2012 02:52:26 | More by billab914
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

From 01/15/12 notes. Thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing this one, been wanting to try it.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, burnt malts, and light vanilla.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, sugar, oak, light alcohol. More vanilla in the taste than the nose; a step up for me.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy and not too hot.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good beer from DuClaw; i think after the Oak Aged Black Jack this is their second best beer that I've had. I thought the taste was really nice and balanced. Would definitely like to have it again.

01-23-2012 21:27:25 | More by mdfb79
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

A- Very dark with a light tan head. Head stays around with not a whole lot of lacing.

S- Bourbon right off the bat, I could smell it before I started pouring. Dark malts come through as well along with some light chocolate.

T- Chocolate malt and bourbon come through during the entire taste. Very good blend as neither dominates the other.

M- Syrupy with almost no carbonation coming through. Definitely a sipper, but expected for the style.

O- Very good barrell aged imperial stout. The flavors all combine to make an extremely complex beer that is very enjoyable. I have one more bottle and will probably age it for about a year to let it mellow slightly.

01-22-2012 19:34:04 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of Thorpe429


3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing this bottle last weekend. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours near-black with a thin mocha head and not much in the way of lacing. The nose carries some good notes of chocolate and malt, though the bourbon is a bit heavy. Everything melds together much better in the flavor. Full body with good carbonation and a nice chewiness. Another impressive brew from DuClaw.

01-19-2012 01:02:42 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of larryi86


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

22 oz bottle, bottled 9/19/11 from barrel 8, poured into a tulip
9% ABV according to the bottle

A- Black with a small tan head that fade quickly.

S- Sweet chocolate, caramel malts, vanilla, touch of bourbon, really not get much barrel, but it still smells great.

T- A sweet mess. Chocolate, sugar, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, hot bourbon finish, would like more oak, bourbon, or just something bitter to balance the sweetness. I feel that this is lacking balance and way too sweet. As I am trying this more the flavor is seeming more balanced, but still too sweet.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- I feel this was worth the money to try and I will pick up another bottle, but I will be aging it for at least 1 year, probably more like 2 or 3, just to see if balance will come with age. There are parts that remind me of other great barrel aged stout I have had, but the balance is really not there right now.

01-18-2012 00:33:43 | More by larryi86
Photo of hmph


3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-16-2012 22:28:52 | More by hmph
Photo of heyta


4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-15-2012 13:37:24 | More by heyta
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev -25.1%

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.

01-12-2012 00:13:58 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of Runofthemiller


3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-08-2012 00:49:42 | More by Runofthemiller
Photo of AleWatcher


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-04-2012 02:17:27 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of Pencible


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Barrel 20 of 20.

A: This poured a nearly opaque black, with some tan head.
S: It smelled like dark chocolate and coffee and licorice and brown sugar, with some oak and toasted oats and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like very sweet brown sugar and honey wheat bread and raisin, with some mocha and oak and toasted oats and vanilla. It had a lasting sweet aftertaste that was clean.
M: It was very thick and viscous with some carbonation. Huge body.
D: This was a nice bourbon stout, with very sweet scent and taste. It had amazing body with pretty well hidden alcohol, so it was fairly easy to drink. It could probably age well, but it was nice fresh too. Not the best example of the style, with less bourbon character and more sweetness than most. But it was still really enjoyable.

01-02-2012 20:17:40 | More by Pencible
Photo of chilly460


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

A - The body is pitch black as expected, no head detected, just a thin tan ring of bubbles in the glass.

S - Pretty full aroma, get tons of vanilla, dark roast, leather, maybe a touch of oak. Surprised that the bourbon wasn't really there.

T - Sweetness of this beer is immediately apparent, first is the deep caramel and vanilla flavor. Some alcohol warmth, but can't say I really detected the bourbon. A bit of dark roast coffee, with chocolate as well.

M - Full, thick, chewy...right on point.

O - Nice "monster" of a stout that I'd want from this bottle. Reminded me of BCBS, not as good, but same types of flavors.

12-26-2011 17:15:45 | More by chilly460
Photo of mjaggers


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2011 19:10:57 | More by mjaggers
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Barrel no. 3 of 20; Barrel date - 3/11/2011; Date out of barrel - 9/19/2011. Thanks for this cool piece of info DuClaw!

BA says that this is 10.5%, but the bottle says 9%.

I poured this into my Cigar City snifter.

A: Whoa.... I was talken aback by how fast that head died down. Now, there is nothing there. The extremely black brew was extremely black in its extreme blackliness.

S: I got some buttery bourbon upfront, along with a bit of artificially-flavored grape melted popsicle.

T: Many have complained about the sweetness of this one, but I personally dig sweet barrel-aged brews. It help cut through the bourbon IMO. I got a good bit of heat also. There was absolutely NO dark chocolate, coffee, or soy sauce component to this at all. I have a feeling that if it weren't for the barrel-aging, this might taste like an overly sweet "Storm King."

M: Like most BA brews, this one wasn't creamy, nor was it meant to be. It lays on the palate like a fine port wine with a bourbon backbone. No lacing, of course.

O: I dug this, and I have a feeling that this is the model of a brew that would benefit from extended cellaring.

12-21-2011 02:23:44 | More by Chaney
Photo of weaselchew


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-20-2011 17:48:01 | More by weaselchew
Photo of sholland119


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-20-2011 15:21:37 | More by sholland119
Photo of lukepistol88


5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-19-2011 20:12:15 | More by lukepistol88
Photo of wsnich


5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-18-2011 23:56:45 | More by wsnich
Photo of decadance


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-18-2011 16:54:35 | More by decadance
Photo of Miamilice


5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-17-2011 16:24:48 | More by Miamilice
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

12-11-2011 19:48:27 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of DoctorB2B


5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-09-2011 07:04:53 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of Viciousknishs


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

A- pours a dark dark brown. A finger of medium tan head forms with an average pour. Poor retention as it recedes into a slight paper thin layer of bubbles.

S/T- gigantic layers of vanilla, sweet caramelized sugar and soft oak. The base beer gives a great balanced of milk chcolate and dark chocolate tones. Incredible balance between the sweetness, barrel and roast. Finishes with great roasted malt and vanilla that lingers for forever.

MF- rich smooth mouthfeel with a medium heavy body and soft fine carbonation.

D- really drinkable. Medium sipper of a beer.

12-09-2011 05:04:43 | More by Viciousknishs
Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.