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Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

292 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 71
Gots: 82 | FT: 8
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 b3shine
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

b3shine, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ao125
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers period.

Intense chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, sugar, and roast - all at once. It tastes exactly like a bourbon barrel imperial stout should taste, with zero compromises.

This is the perfect beer to pair with cheesecake, fruit tarts, chocolate, cannolis, or dessert cheese plates.

It's fantastic - and even better is the fact that I don't have to go on wild goose chases for it, from beer stores that only get one case, if they're lucky.

Try it - you won't be able to stop drinking it.

ao125, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel 2 of 20.

The beer is opaque and near black with a towering beige head that lingers for several minutes, plastering the glass with sticky lacing as it recedes.

The aroma brings big scents of bourbon, detectable from a few feet away. Secondary smells include chocolate, oak, roast.

A bit of vanilla emerges in the flavor, and perhaps a touch of coconut. However, this beer is all about the chocolate and bourbon. Nicely done, and on the verge of attaining the next flavor score. A bit sweet, but I had no problem finishing the bottle solo.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Lingering flavors of sweet, roasted malt and a bit of booze.

Overall, a nice offering from a local brewery. There seems to be some deviation in the various batches. I look forward to revisiting this beer, and perhaps sampling a different batch.

Huhzubendah, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a ruddy dark brown with thin lacing and just this oh so wonderfully big aroma. Lots of bourbon notes, most noticeably toffee and vanilla. Tastes sweet with a vanilla forward flavor and an obvious bit of alcohol without running hot. This is a good one. I’d love another.

elNopalero, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of mhbarber
4.5/5  rDev +9%

mhbarber, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of groetman
4.5/5  rDev +9%

groetman, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

billab914, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

mdfb79, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

stephenjmoore, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Thorpe429, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of larryi86
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

larryi86, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of hmph
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

hmph, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of heyta
4/5  rDev -3.1%

heyta, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
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.

Daniellobo, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Runofthemiller
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Runofthemiller, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
4.5/5  rDev +9%

AleWatcher, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Pencible
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.

Pencible, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of chilly460
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.

chilly460, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mjaggers
4.5/5  rDev +9%

mjaggers, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Chaney
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.

Chaney, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +9%

weaselchew, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev +9%

sholland119, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of lukepistol88
5/5  rDev +21.1%

lukepistol88, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of wsnich
5/5  rDev +21.1%

wsnich, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of decadance
4.5/5  rDev +9%

decadance, Dec 18, 2011
Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.