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Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

288 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Liberatiscioli

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.5%

02-23-2014 04:20:44 | More by Liberatiscioli
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-22-2014 14:53:11 | More by wisrarebeer
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PerHops

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-21-2014 05:59:01 | More by PerHops
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-17-2014 23:33:15 | More by blindpiggie
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Jlabs

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-17-2014 23:04:38 | More by Jlabs
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-17-2014 22:34:49 | More by imperialking
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-16-2014 02:08:37 | More by lonewolfcry
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-15-2014 22:23:29 | More by bigeyedfish89
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B-Low

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-13-2014 23:53:32 | More by B-Low
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-13-2014 02:08:32 | More by whatname
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stortzfam

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-11-2014 15:09:56 | More by stortzfam
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-08-2014 21:14:20 | More by Hessian257
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POSTY10

Delaware

5/5  rDev +20.8%

02-08-2014 14:00:42 | More by POSTY10
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ArdyExfor

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-08-2014 05:38:04 | More by ArdyExfor
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-08-2014 01:48:07 | More by NYR_Rob
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-06-2014 02:43:00 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-06-2014 02:06:32 | More by XmnwildX12
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-04-2014 15:56:00 | More by JohnK17
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

2013 release that spent six months in the barrel, bottled on 9/23/2013. Pitch black in color with a creamy, khaki-colored head. The sticky foam leaves sparse, tattered lacing. Cherry-vanilla infused cocoa dominates the aroma. There's little else going on, including fusel alcohol. It's a one-note aroma but it's very nice.

Flavor is plenty sweet initially, but then hop bitterness and/or roast astringency arrives and provides balance. Oaky cherry and vanilla flavors. Tinge of alcohol on the finish. Some harshness from the carbonation persists, but the mouthfeel softens over time.

Got this bottle as a birthday gift and was pleasantly surprised. This is a very well-done barrel-aged stout.

02-03-2014 17:34:46 | More by gr0g
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-03-2014 03:02:07 | More by TimoP
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-26-2014 16:06:51 | More by cfinch2
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Ego

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

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

eyes...
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

nose...
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

verdict?
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

01-26-2014 06:09:38 | More by Ego
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Chevelle66

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-21-2014 00:06:49 | More by Chevelle66
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-20-2014 16:49:04 | More by JohnnieNepal
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CreightonSM

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-20-2014 05:05:17 | More by CreightonSM
Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.