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Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

281 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 69
Gots: 80 | 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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hmph

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Delaware

5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Vermont

5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 05:04:43 | More by Viciousknishs
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hdofu

Maryland

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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Khazadum

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to Jay and his wife Patty for grabbing this for me on their thanksgiving trip.

A- Perfect inky darkness, a finger of mocha colored head dissipating down to a thin collar. The lacing is very sticky and delightful to view. Jet black body as it should be.

S- A sharp ethanolic bourbon nature is the first thing I see. However, this is quickly overrun by the dark fruit, cherry and dates, a sweet deep and dank caramel. Molasses even. It is delightful to drink it in. The back end is the roasted body that isn't burnt but toasted.

T- You can tell this is a bourbon barreled beer right off the bat. This is all about a light spirit nature, alcoholic but very manageable and drinkable. It has the sweetness you come to love of bourbon, the malty nature, the dark fruits. It all blends into the base beer as well before you truly understand if this is a fine bourbon or a great beer. So sweet and yet roasty all at once. The finish is a glorification of all that is great roasted coffee. It embodies the taste you get when you walk into a fantastic coffee shop. When all is said and done and you give it a bit of time, a wooden flavor that must be oak smacks you in the lips.

M- Syrupy, creamy, velvety. Delicious flavors linger and drive you to want more more more! Dry finish with a bit of alcoholic bite occasionally. The heat never becomes something unbearable. Truly a point of contention for some, but for me I welcome it.

What a great beer. If this wasn't 15$ a bottle I may buy a case of this for my own enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:36:41 | More by Khazadum
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 05:21:45 | More by chodinheaven
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lucasdave

Delaware

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-22-2011 16:09:24 | More by lucasdave
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baconsausage

Vermont

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-20-2011 10:31:37 | More by baconsausage
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-19-2011 04:43:38 | More by BeerThursdays
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 17:09:11 | More by yourefragile
Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.