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Divine Retribution - DuClaw Brewing Company

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 321jeff on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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A: Like liquid fig juice in my glass. Hints of purple around the rim. A good pour yields a minor head and no lacing or real semblance of a collar.

S: Sweet bourbon. Hints of candied sugar. It's not overly complex, but it's pleasant enough.

T: Like the regular Retribution (and Colossus to a fair degree), this is quite sweet. Of the two, I get more of the Colossus, which stands to reason. The barrel character stands out here, there's a lot of bourbon all over this thing. A little of this goes a long way, as the residual sugar really begins to grate on me. But it's pretty good stuff. Much better then I'd hoped for.

M: Thick and dense. The carbonation is on point, and it's got a real viscosity to it that helps bump the beer up a notch.

O: I liked it. Was it worth driving all the way to Annapolis to then spend $30 to purchase? No, but it's a worthy tick none the less. It certainly exceeded my expectations, and if I had one in my cellar, I'd hold it for at least another eight to twelve months.

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Pours near-black with a thin mocha head that quickly turns into a collar. The nose carries some strong bourbon notes plus heavy chocolate and a bit of roast. Really strong barrel notes. A bit of vanilla and oak. The flavor is really quite strong and it surprisingly isn't all THAT boozy considering the ABV. Nice bourbon character throughout. Quite good; I'd have this again for sure.

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On tap at Max's the other day. Initially, I was quite surprised to see this was still available from the rare and obscure BBW event from the previous day. At least until I tried it...

The beer pours a blackish brown color with virtualy no head retention or lacing. This looks like a stout that has seen some serious barrel aging, but even so, I was surprised by the limited amount of carbonation in this beer. Didn't pick up much on the nose initially (it was served pretty cold), but as it warmed, I got a nice aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate and light vanilla. On the palate however, this beer was sweet to the point it was nearly undrinkable (it literally was setting off my gag reflex). There was lots of creamy chocalate and vanilla, but this beer was so sweet and boozy, even a 4 ounce sample glass was more than I could handle (fortunately, some BA friends were near by, and I quickly gifted them my remaining beer) . Frankly, I found this beer disgusting (that's how sweet it was), and I'm a guy who normally enjoys bourbon flavored imperial stouts (by comparison, a glass of BCBS I enjoyed afterwards had almost no noticeable sweetness - which should give you some idea as to how sweet this beer was). Mouthfeel was fairly full, and the beer had a very long, incredibly sweet and boozy finish. Alcohol was very noticeable (as you would expect given this level of sweetness and abv.), and I found this beer to be an undrinkable mess.


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DuClaw event at Als. Draft offering served in a snifter. The brew appears black in color with some big bubble composition that fades fast to thin tan head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass with a thin penline of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The aroma has a touch of roasted character before turning all solvent with alcohol that is almost perfume-like with aerosol. Trying to sort through the bad qualities of this brew shows a trace amount of dark fruit like raisons.

The flavor is reminescent of nail polish remover and burnt/solvent alcohol like paint thinner. It is minorly roasty with burnt stale coffee and a hint of raisons. Overall it seems off.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite rough going down. I really hope this is just a new blended batch and not indicative of what the bottles are like. I dont understand how this beer/blend is this terrible considering how much I like Colossus and Retribution on their own. Its almost like the worst barrels from Retribution aging were set aside and Colossus was used to try and hide the faults of the aging gone bad. Just my opinion but this is pretty terrible.

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Aroma is full of bourbon with some mild roasty bitterness in the background.

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Mouthfeel is not as thick as I would have expected for a beer of this gravity. Carbonation is minimal, but I'm good with that. It's not as frightening as I had expected, it's actually enjoyable.

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I had this in a small glass chilled from the bomber.

The color is black with opaque body and thin white head with some spotty lace that sticks. The aroma is malty with sweet presence and mild bourbon odor with some caramel and light nutty scent of wood perhaps. The feel is decent with smooth malt on the thin side with booze of the barrel and mild sweetness with slight creaminess mid palate with mild carbonation and warming finish.

The flavor is pretty good with a dry flavor of malt and caramel adds a mild sweet taste with with strength of bourbon showing through in the flavor with mild creaminess perhaps vanilla from the wood with a more dry taste than straight retribution --perhaps the bourbon has thinned the malt body with some mild spice in the taste. Overall I like this but it is not the best strong ale or barrel aged beer to be honest the alcohol is too prominent in the taste for me but I would not call it a dissapointment either.

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Divine Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.