Colossus High Gravity Hybrid | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.68/5
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212 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in 2006, 2011, and again in 2014 to push the limits of our own skills and imagination, Colossus is dark amber in color and full-bodied with a perceptively sweet flavor profile accented by notes of apple, and a surprisingly tame alcohol presence on the palate in light of its staggering 17.3% abv. This astounding alcohol content is achieved through fermentation alone; no alcohol is introduced at packaging nor it distilled. Multiple grains are used in conjunction with three different yeast strains to produce a beer that simply defies classification… and most laws of nature. One sip of this behemoth brew and you’ll agree: Sometimes size does matter!

2011 Batch - 21.92% ABV
2014 Batch - 17.3% ABV

Added by Kegatron on 04-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,286
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
212
pDev:
19.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
58
Trade:
5
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Photo of Herbabee
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well now, i'm confounded as to how to even rate this thing within the usual BA parameters... it seems that the sole mission of this concoction, by design, is just an expeditious spike to the bloodstream (2018 vintage @ 20% ABV??). Sure, the coriander, orange peel and cinnamon may try to exude some flavor and savor going in and down... but I might prefer to go for a Courvoisier, or something flammable for this sort of effect. The distrib near my work has quite a few cases of it in stock at present... now, were this the ever-elusive Stickee Monkee, then it would be a no-brainer to snap up as far as precious, individually-boxed 12-ouncers go. But to me it would be unfathomable to quaff - err i mean, ever so slowly sip - with any regularity. I'll keep the 2nd bottle i purchased handy in the cellar... in the event of a bad toothache and it's after hours for the dentist.

Mind you, it's not that this was an all-out drainpour - DuClaw was very inventive in devising this concoction - but, if curiosity killed the cat, i'm not sure that satisfaction will bring him back.

Definitely, definitely a "dare" bottle. If you dare. But be thee 'ware. That is all.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 Vintage.
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Amber. Clear. No head.

Nose
Golden apple, cherry, pear, toffee, caramel, and cinnamon.

Taste
Golden apple, pear, and cherry. Toffee, caramel, and slight molasses. Touch of cinnamon and orange zest. Brandy-like warming finish.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, smooth, and warming.

Overall
Hiding the abv is the name of the game and this was done extremely well.

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Photo of smithj4
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle release, it pours clear amber color with a 1 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly and left very nice spotty lacing, much better than expected. The bottle lists the ABV at 20% ABV, which seems unusual based on the staying power of the head so that is impressive.

Smells like brandy, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light booze, sweet malt, dark fruit that’s starting to rot, red wine and orange peel. For a malt bomb, this was complex and very well balanced.

Tastes surprisingly smooth with the booze and malty sweetness dominating, with brandy, apple brandy, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, Belgian candied sugar, brown sugar, orange peel, syrup, mild spices and rum soaked grains. It’s impressive how drinkable this is considering how strong and boozy it is...one of the finest strong ales I’ve ever had.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As I continue to winnow through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I am finding beers that I do not even remember purchasing! In fact, I have so many DuClaw beers hanging around that I am embarking on a horizontal tasting for the next few days. This should be interesting.

From the bottle: "Three malts, two strains of yeast, and a variety of spices combine to create a behemoth brew of unmatched proportions, disguised by notes of apple, peach, cinnamon, and honey. One sip and you'll agree ... Size Matters!"; "Respect_the_Fluid".

Yeah, I'm hitting their biggest beer for the grand finale of this horizontal. This review is for the 2014 vintage. I was saving it for last & it may be the only thing that I drink today. I will be taking it slow, including the pour since its bottling date is 08/27/14, making it over two years old. It all begins with a Pop! of the cap, followed by a gentle pour. This elicited nothing but wisps, so I performed an in-glass swirl to produce a brief finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly returned to its original wispy state. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose smelled of freshly baked apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon and/or nutmeg as well as having a vanilla scent. My my! Apple pie ala mode (vanilla). My maternal grandmother made the only apple pies that I ever liked and this smell was evocative of her culinary creations. Mouthfeel had a very light carbonation so it sat on my tongue like a big dollop, continuing the ice cream analogy. Thick, viscous and slightly hot, plus I was afraid to actually swallow it. The taste matched the nose - fresh, hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg. OMFG! This is far too easy to drink to be safe. I only poured half of the bottle's contents, so I am going to put the cap back on & take a little break. Finish was semi-dry, not hot at all and lingering with the spices, but off set by the inherent sweetness of the honey & whatever else they put into this behemoth, I mean, Colossus. Phew.

Slight addendum(s): warming, the haze dissipated and good clarity resulted; I lived through the experience; the spices became much more pronounced as it warmed.

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Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage. Pours clear, orange-yellow in color, with minimal head. Taste is cinnamon, vanilla, cherry, coconut, toasted malt, and big alcohol heat. Complex and tasty. Very heavy bodied with next to no carbonation. I would get this one again.

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Photo of gjoker321
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of McMatt7
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yancey82
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't love it. Didn't hate it. Very sweet and boozy. Surprisingly drinkable at 17.3. Wouldn't get it again but definitely glad I tried it.

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Photo of maxifunk777
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chefduff2
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vinithing
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polopaul20
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgeddis
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MDandPA
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly smooth for 17.3%!
Warms like a shot of good bourbon.

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Photo of MasterPenguins
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bandi
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel, apples, cinnamon and booze are present in the nose. It kind of smells a little like an alcoholic version of apple cinnamon oatmeal.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a little sweetness. Notes of alcohol become noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for something that is 17.3%. There is some alcohol in the finish, but most is well masked from the taste. The mouthfeel isn't that heavy, sticky, or syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

Note: 2014 vintage

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Colossus High Gravity Hybrid from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 212 ratings