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Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

334 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 72
Gots: 95 | 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 sbrotschul
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Given a bottle of Retribution by a colleague, as it was recommended by the store. Living near Bel Air, MD, it is nice to know that a local brewer is putting out a good product. (A far cry from Iron City in Pittsburgh!)

Appearance (4.25). Out of the bottle pours another dark black beauty. Little to no head leaves lines on the glass like little chocolate fingers.

Smell (4.5). A mild smell -- not as strong as some, but thankfully missing any type of smell of syrup. Coffee and chocolate at first, but as it warms, the bourbon smell coates the nose which in turn warms the heart.

Taste (4.75). The first mouthful is of coffee roast & bourbon. It hits all areas of the tongue and the mouth, coating it in liquid goodness. A chocolate-vanilla taste competes with the alchohol -- a great battle.

Mouthefeel (4.25) Wonderful feel -- flat no carbonation makes the beer lack punch -- but you don't buy a beer like this for the bubbles.

Overall (4.5). I'll pick up a few more bottles to see how they cellar ... but I first picked up a bottle of Retribution (and a few Imperial Eclipse Stouts) to give to my brother.

sbrotschul, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of thedirtystayout
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

thedirtystayout, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of bmur112
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

bmur112, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of browniewithnuts
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My First Review!

A: A deep dark black appearance. A thin brown lacing that dissipates pretty quickly with only a thin brown circle remaining.

S: Strong bourbon notes up front followed by dark chocolate and a hit of vanilla

T: Bourbon right up front dominates the palate. The burnt malts come through strong up front as well and lingers throughout. The roast flavor stays with you well after the sip. There is a hint of dark chocolate and vanilla as well but the bourbon and malt flavors dominate the sip.

M: It is thick but not overly thick or syrupy. It has a flavor that lingers in the mouth well after the sip. Though not overly thick, the flavor coats the mouth and throat. A great after meal drink.

O: Very solid value for a Barrel Aged Stout. The chocolate notes don’t dominate and the other flavors really distinguish it from a lot of bigger stouts.

browniewithnuts, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

DonFrap, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -2.9%

tobelerone, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -15%

leschkie, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -2.9%

ADTaber, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Stouttyme
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Stouttyme, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of aleckpa
3/5  rDev -27.2%

aleckpa, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of runner440
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

runner440, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of dpomranky1
3.75/5  rDev -9%

dpomranky1, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of nickthetick
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time reviewing on here in quite a while, very excited!

A: pours a glossy, and almost oily, opaque black into an American pint with a thin skim of brown bubbles for a head ( may have been a result of a well meaning bartender wanting to pour a full glass). As it sits it leaves no lacing and nice fingers running down the glass. Looks like a pretty heavy beer and not one to be toyed with.

S: a huge hit of bourbon and slight hints of dark chocolate mingle well and are right out in the front followed closely by a dark roasted and burnt malt note that makes me remember this is a beer.

T: as soon as it hits the tongue there is a moment of bitter burnt bread that is quickly swished away by a subtle dark chocolate which is in turn swept away by the larger bourbon notes. Things get complicated with some soft caramel and vanilla hints and an even more quiet mossy quality give the lingering flavor of a scotch on the tongue. It keeps you wanting so much more just to see what flavor you will pick up next. And through all of that, there remains a hint of that dark burnt bread.

M: I always laugh at people that say all dark beers are like 10-W30 motor oil; but if that is there true interpretation of stouts this beer is surly where it came from. Viscous and heavy, I think I'll have a light dinner now. It is warm through the whole ride and at the end almost leaves your tongue tired.

O: all the good attributes I have reviewed, time for some of the bad. The Bourbon can get a little overpowering. I like stouts and especially ones aged in/with or infused with a little bourbon or scotch, don't get me wrong. I also like this beer but wouldn't want more than one or two on a lazy cold night but drinkability isn't an issue because I would like another shot at this a couple, maybe 10, years down the road. Overpowering bourbon aside this is a good beer that I didn't expect to be drinking tonight ( the bartender suggested it) but I'm glad I came across it. A good beer but too soon to tell if its one in a million or one of a million.

nickthetick, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Robdrinx
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Robdrinx, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of usaftenor
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

usaftenor, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

brycevolk, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -2.9%

ncaudle, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of maynard713
4/5  rDev -2.9%

maynard713, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

DavoleBomb, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Evan, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2.9%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of BirdFlu
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised this beer's rating isn't higher... It comes off almost more similar to other barrel-aged strong ales, but certainly borders the line for a stout... Flavor is more similar to an Angel's Share or such.. very sweet.. good body for a stout, though, and good sweet aroma.. If nothing else, could almost see it requiring a little more ABV to bring the burn up to a BCBS level..If you have a very sweet tooth certainly seek this out. If not, look out..

BirdFlu, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of boogercrack
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

boogercrack, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of pwsoldier
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

pwsoldier, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -2.9%

DSlim71, Aug 09, 2012
Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.