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Colossus High Gravity HybridColossus High Gravity Hybrid

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

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

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joe for breaking out this brainbuster... Review from notes.

Ominously large liter bottle with yellow wax, as pictured here. Poured placidly into a small snifter, bright vibrant orange with high clarity. A loose ring of bubbles cluster on the surface.

Aroma was sweet and fruity... plum, apple, slight spiciness in the background. No real hint of alcohol, just fruit syrup sweetness, and little else.

Sticky sweet fruit cocktail of plum, pear, and apple. Malt? Nope. Syrupy body, and rather sweet, which effectively masks the alcohol. Surprisingly drinkable. A 22% booze bomb is the perfect way to end a night, just be sure to split the bottle 8 ways or more... thanks Joe!

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Photo of oline73
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the pints and pancakes even at T-bonz. Poured into a Colossus snifter. They had maple syrup made with Colossus at the event.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with very small bubbles. This beer clings to the glass. There is a layer of off white head that goes away.

Smell: Very sweet. Notes of dark fruit and cherries. Definitely picking up some of the alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Really sweet with hints of dark fruit, caramel, maple, and cherry. I'm picking in the alcohol, but it's actually really well balanced given the incredibly high abv. The finish is a bit bitter, which only fit alright with the rest of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the thick side. This one sticks to your mouth. The carbonation is mild and the finish is extra dry.

Overall: Really smooth considering the abv. I think this one was better than the last batch.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slips out of the liter bottle a clear, deep, dark amber body with a small, white head. Sure, it's short-lived, but it's surprising one can form at all what with all that alcohol in here. Oh, but check out those legs!

Smell: Scent of light caramel shoehorned in amongst eye-tearing, monstrous (and monstrously huge) notes of tropical fruit punch, Bacardi 151 rum, and pound cake. My my my.

Taste: Grimacingly sweet jolt upfront, along with a big sip of spiked punch and further wild berry candy notes. No real hop character or bitterness, unless it long ago expired from alcohol poisoning. The bottle suggests heating it beyond 100 degrees for kicks. Though I don't have a thermometer handy, there is a microwave nearby! 45 seconds on high sounds about right. Right? !!! Okay, well, the heat brings about a touch of Grade A maple syrup, but it also unleashes a surge of isopropyl alcohol, though this brings about the good, wholesome fun would have doing shots of hot sake. The latter half offers up more fruit flavors and perhaps a splash of Midori. Finishes with an unyielding candylike sweetness and a kick of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: American Strong Ale, indeed! It's more of a shooter than it is a beer. Perhaps it's a hot, chaotic mess, but it's still strangely alluring (minus the $40 price tag though).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

now this is the definition of a massive beer!!

Poured a deep dark brown, with a big head that fadeed to nothing. Some nice lace down the glass, lots of activity left in the film on top, looks good. Smell was so complex it is even hard to describe. Everytime you went near it you smelled something different. Bready tones the first time, spiceness the second, alchol, some fruitness, a bit of the hops, it offeres a variety in every sense of the word. the taste is big, thick, full of alcohol, which is not even remotely hidden here. Lots of dark fruits and berries can be found in here if you look. Grassy tones, apricot, pear, very complex and lots of flavors seem to be battling each other. Almost tastes like a cross between an american and belgian strong due to al the complex things going on in here

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

The drowsiness is catching up to me, and without the music I had earlier, I can't think of a good lead-in for this brew. Dammit. Well, let's go this route: I bought this bottle based on the intriguing description on the label and the strangely high ABV (and equally high price tag...). Now, I'm not sure what an epic beer ought to look like, but this one does not appear all that impressive: a surprisingly clear garnet with a minimal amount of fuzzy head. Impressive? Nope, but pretty nonetheless. The smell, on the other hand, comes across exactly according to expectations: heavy alcohol tones, bordering on the kind of antiseptic you are bombarded by during every visit to a hospital or old folks' home, o'ershadowing some sugary maple, honey, and cherry highlights. You can definitely tell this guy's gonna hurt ya. Not quite, surprisingly. Yes, there's still a kick o' the 'hol, but it's not as bad as expected. Instead, the honey, cherry, sour apple, and maple flavors come through in a big way, creating some sort of syrup combo (cough and pancake) that strains the buds to their very limits. I'm stuck between opposing positions here: I'm not happy with the flavors, but, at the same time, I don't hate them either. It's both, the epitome of a love-hate tasting. My tongue is like the woman from "Chinatown" or the plastic surgeon from "The Venture Brothers". Confusion reigns, but it is clear that these flavors are not sticky and are also not hampered by anywhere near excessive carbonation, but they do sort of malinger for a while during a very long, dry finish. Honestly, I don't think I could guzzle this if I wanted to, and I'm kinda glad about it. Still, I'm thankful for the experience.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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 stakem
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this monster at a recent tasting. Talk about bad decisions? Seriously who puts a 20+% abv brew into a 1 liter swingtop wax dipped bottle... And what type of gathering does it take to whip something like this out? Donno but we should do it more often!

Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears a clear amber orange color with a white cap that fades quickly holding tight around the edge of the glass. Some spotty lace makes it's way along the walls of the glass and sticks. When swirled, translucent legs droop down the glassware.

The smell of this brew is sweet caramel malt that is quite candy-like somewhat reminiscent of candied apples. It has some toasty grain scents that get mixed with a scent of molasses and some spiced aspect like nutmeg. More sniffs reveal some brown sugar suggestions and a bit more fruity alcohol.

The taste of this brew is sweet, very sweet but it needs to be to combat the amount of alcohol that's included. There is a persistent flavor that suggests oxidation with a faint cardboard character but it isn't distracting. The main flavor profile here is candied, molasses and a spicy sort of brown sugar. After the initial shock and awe of sweetness, this brew offers a drying bitterness that is somewhat herbal and had an aftertaste that is lightly smoky like a burnt molasses.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For the huge abv, it was very approachable and I would certainly drink it again. During the tasting of this brew Deuane made the comment that this tastes like the beer version of Boilo... Honestly, I can't disagree with that. Spot on with that comment Deuane, thanks again for sharing!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled August 27th 2014.

Very clear, with a little bit of fine carbonation that litteraly looks stuck in the glass, with a big bright tangerine orange color. Non existent head and a filmy oily to watery top. Big spotty bubbled collar, with little retention. Some sticky legs and barely a little spotted dot lacing.

Fruity white wine aroma, more in a sense of a faint white port. Hints of apricot and nectarine ripe fruit, with a thick skin. Big amounts of sweet honey coming off and a hint of booze but not very large surprisingly. Pretty good so far.

Palate is real intersting. Big huge honey coating on this in feel but not too syrupy. Good amounts of citrusy to tropical hops that feel like mushy fruit. Huge amounts of honey sweetness. Big long lasting bitterness and large alcohol heat, with a big stomach pit warmth on the finish. Liquid honey sugar tasting and feel quite a bit. Manages to stay away from liquor angle enough to give some barleywine/strong stock ale and hop roots to stick to the ground.

It's a lot like drinking a very flavorful malt tree sap, but in a way kind of fun. Doesn't really have much wow appeal, more of a go for broke sense. Regardless it is still enjoyable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the is interesting and probably the best example of a high alcohol beer hiding its alcohol. Seriously.

Beer is amber with a mild haze, small head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and smells a little like apples, the beer has this fruitiness to it but there is close to no alcohol in the nose.

Beer is thin and super sweet, reminds me of apple brandy. Shockingly not boozy, very sweet, not bitter, mildly dry finish. I'd wager to say I'd have this again. Illogical, very smooth for a beer of this strength. Shocking really.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. I believe this was the second release because it came in a 22 ounce bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is very sweet with a lot of dark fruit, light tartness, caramel and brandy notes.

The flavor is similar. There is a ton of sweetness in this beer. There are also some dark cherries and brown sugar in the flavor, as well as a lot of alcohol. Even though the alcohol is extremely noticeable, I still think it is somewhat well hidden for a beer of this strength.

Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes forth from the bottle with little froth, nor bubble, until at last a thin ring of tiny bubbles forms and wraps the snifter. The ring of head stays there the duration, beckoning.

Aroma of cinnamon, masking 17.3% ABV commanded by the 2014 batch. Alcohol is not in the aroma so much as malty sweetness and spice. And a spiced ale this ale is.

The flavor has cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses and just a hint of heat. Others have likened the taste to a spiced (cinnamon) liquor and I second that notion. Smooth, vanilla like elements cinnamon sugar and slight fruitiness. Quite nice, unbelievably smooth.

Full, velvety smooth body, drinks like a scotch on the rocks. Slight tempered burn. This is extreme beer, gone extremely right.

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Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the lovely Arundel Mills Mall DuClaw location. Served in a 6 ounce brandy snifter.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, brownish amber color with good head retention and little or no lacing. The nose is enticing, as I pick up brown sugar, calvados apple brandy, vanilla, maraschino cherry and light chocolate. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but this beer is so sweet and boozy, it really drowns out all the other flavors. On the other hand, the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, as this beer is not at all hot or tiring on the palate. Obviously, this beer is very rich and a bit heavy/weighty on the palate, but thats to be expected in a beer with this kind of abv.

An interesting beer, but it took me over a half hour just to drink my 6 ounce serving (my cheeks were starting to warm half way through). In small portions, this would make a nice after dinner drink or liquer. Not sure what I would ever do with an entire bomber of this stuff.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since I have a sweet tooth I was dying to try this and glad I splurged 30 bones (live a little)...poured a reddish copper with small head that died quick and left tiny lace running down my snifter. A boozy aroma of malts as I pick up hints of roasted but mostly some caramel, syrup/molasses and/or sugary goodness, cinnamom and spicy pepper and a touch of chocolate, and for some reason I'm getting a touch of fruit like cherry (the label says apple but it smells/taste like cherry to me). Taste is more of the same as this is an intense brew yet for all its thick, sticky, syrupy, malty goodness I feel that it is surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Real sweet as the caramel, cinnamon, touches of chocolate, and cherry-like fruit (although w/ label saying apple one could say this beer resembles a strong apple brandy), but also a dry edge as the spices and cinnnamon come into play. I also get a minor citrusy hop bite on the backend, which gives the slightly boozy and warming finish a little crisp snap. This beer was great to sip on and it took me a long time to sip and I think i had a minor buzz but it was worth the price as the sweetness doesn't get grating and kept going down easy and the warming enhanced the sweetness but the beer doesn't get too boozy.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from the Wine Source. Shared at the Brass Rail with Ffejherb, Pumpkin1 and others.

A: The ale is a darker amber color that, I swear, has a bit of cinnamon red to it. No head, although the 21% price tag probably has something to do with that.

S: The nose is cinnamon and apple and, oh yeah, booze. The spices are strong, sweet with the apple. Frankly, I am floored by the nose, sweet and sticky without betraying too much alcohol.

T: Green and yellow apples, equal parts tart and sweet, drive the flavor, a down-to-earth cider flavor that is complemented by an abundance of cinnamon and honey. Surprisingly, there isn't much heat here, not nearly the alcoholic boost that you'd expect for a 21% beer. The spiciness lingers long after each sip, a nice digestif.

M: The mouthfeel is overwhelmed by the apples and spices, but in a good way. The flavor is big and bold, concentrated enough that one could easily call this a licquer.

D: At 21% this is a sharing beer. We had 6+ people and it was still a struggle. Not one to try on your own.

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Photo of tigg924
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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 maximum12
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yourefragile for providing this bottle in a springtime trade. Of course, this is one I just thought I should try given, you know, the mildly high ABV. Most of these I've had turned out not to be gimmicks, but just good brews. Here's to hoping the trend holds. Split with my wife, thank goodness.

Luckily, I don't have to go to work tomorrow (or for the foreseeable future!). Pours flat & cold as a pre-freeze Minnesota lake in November. Same color, too, a dark clear orange, zero head. Smell is subtle. Alcohol, cinnamon, bit of apple & orange jelly. All faint.

Colossus is sweet enough to cause my kids upstairs. Sweet runs riot, then breaks into the arms depot & redoubles the mayhem. Within that are a wellspring of treats: candied apples, sugar-rolled oranges, maple syrup fortified with brown sugar, caramel squares, cinnamon. All followed up with another atomic blast of rolling boiled sugar. Surprisingly, this is a gentle, easy-tempered brew that wouldn't even be stopped at a checkpoint for having alcohol on its breath - it deserves a Nobel for hiding it. The definition of syrupy, this is thick as grade B molasses & almost as carbonated.

I'm going to be sipping this one for a couple of hours. Either that, or be asleep someplace between here & bed. Damn. Good beer that could easily be split 4 or 5 ways.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage poured from bottle into a snifter glass

Appearance – The beer pours nice golden color with a two finger head of a white thick foam. The head fades fast at first, but then settles at one finger height where it has a good level of persistence. The beer has a rather thick look upon pouring as the carbonation bubbles seem to struggle to stream up through the body of the beer. Eventually the head does fade leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is very bready overall with other aromas of caramel and toffee and some aromas of fruits with white grape, pear, and apricot all there. Along with these aromas comes a decent showing of spice, with cinnamon and nutmeg being the foremost. As may be expected for a beer of 17.3 % that was only aged for a bit of time, a decently boozy and warming rum aroma is there as well, producing a rather nice and warming and actually rather palatable aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a doughty and very sweet taste with notes of toffee, caramel, and fruit flavors of an apricot, pear, and peach flavor. While not too boozy or spiced upfront, both do quickly come to the tongue with the spice gaining a moderate level of intensity to the end, while the boozy get moderatly hot and potent. The spice flavors are largest of a nutmeg and allspice upfront, but move heavier in cinnamon toward the end. All the white some other fruit flavors of grape and plum join the flavor profile brining even more sweetness to the brew. As stated prior, the alcohol gains intensity toward the end with it bringing a nice warming rum flavor to the tongue. With a little bit of a more herbal and earthy hop taste coming at the very end of the taste profile, one is left with a warming sweet and boozy (but not as boozy as may be expected for a 17.3 % abv. brew) taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side, as may have been expected for a brew of its potency. For the sweet and warming tastes of the brew it was rather appropriate, keeping this one a slow sipper as it should be.

Overall – I was actually quite surprised. I was expecting something a bit boozier in nature, but the sweetness and doughtiness of the beer really nicely balanced the rummy booziness of the beer and made it very palatable. For such a big beer this one was rather well done.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clearish amber color - honestly, I expected something darker here. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. Since the texture is bubbly like soda (and since the gravity is so massive, natch), retention just plain sucks. No lacing either, but there are some impressive alcohol legs. (3)

Smell: Whoa, this is spiced? I'm definitely picking up some notes of cinnamon here. And booze. Wow, I can't believe it, a 17.3% beer smells boozy! Aside from the booze, there are also huge amounts of sugar, alongside some fruit punch, apple, white grape, brown sugar, and a little diacetyl. While it doesn't smell particularly appealing per se, it earns brownie points just for being so damn unique. (3)

Taste: This is intensely sweet. And intensely spicy. And intensely hot. It starts off with massive notes of apple cider before gaining a cinnamon-laden middle and a boozy finish. After many sips, caramel flavors start appearing in earnest. Normally, cinnamon in a beer bothers me if it's not ballasted by a load of sweetness - well, that's not a problem wit this beer, that's for damn sure. It's starting to dawn on me...the initial flavor is apple cider, and the finishing flavor is cinnamon whiskey...HOLY CRAP THIS IS LIKE A 12 OZ BOTTLE OF ANGRY BALLS. Though the alcohol presence is strong, it's well restrained - unlike the sweetness, that is. This is one of those brews where I need a drink in between sipping this to cleanse my palate. I never like doing that while drinking beer, but it genuinely works in making this beer seem (slightly) less cloying. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Since it's so sweet, it leaves behind huge amounts of residual sweetness on the palate, while the back of the throat and esophagus are heated by the alcohol presence. On the tongue directly, booziness is suppressed (more like smothered) by the huge sweetness. There's a small prickle of carbonation to help will it down more easily. (2.5)

Overall: I like to think that I get this beer. I don't necessarily like it, but I get what DuClaw was shooting for here. The main problem here is that it's way too sweet without showing much in the way of nuance or depth. I fear my subjectivity against monster beers like this is hurting my score, but even still, I wouldn't buy it again. (2.75)

2.79/5: Rather unsophisticated, but if you enjoy mixing apple cider with Fireball, you'll probably love this

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Photo of Pencible
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque light mahogany with bit of white head.
S: It smelled like sweet apple and honey and caramel, with some cinnamon wheat bread and alcohol.
T: It tasted like apple cinnamon and sweet honey, with a little caramel and wheat bread and white grapes. The aftertaste was sweet and lasting, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick any syrupy with some carbonation. Huge thick body.
D: This was a very nicely brewed beer, given the alcohol level. Scent and taste weren't too over the top. But the body was like sludge and the alcohol was obvious, so it must be sipped. Could probably age forever, but nice now. Bold and complex, and great to contemplate. Recommended.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle of the 2014 vintage pours a mostly clear copper color with a small cap of white head. Not much fore retention or lace.

Nose is JP 8 rocket fuel and vinous fruitiness with a caramely malt base. Smells scary.

Taste is grimace-inducingly strong with the malts not enough to cover for the massive wave of alcohol. Not enough hops to provide a bitter, clean finish either. There are better huge beers out there, but most of those tend to fall in the stout category where the alcohol can be balanced by a heavy malt load. Its an interesting beer to try, I can finish my bottle and would like to see what a 3 or 4 year old vintage would taste like, but I wont go searching for this. Too boozy.

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Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ratebeer winter gathering.

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a small off white head. No retention or lace.

S: Sweet and boozy. Lots of honey and apple puree. Mild dark fruit with hints of spice.

T: Boozy right from the start. Rich honey sweetness with nice dark fruit tones. Mild chocolate with hints of maple and molasses.

M: Rich sweet and boozy.

D: Not really drinkable. Nice flavors but too much of everything. Just never really comes together.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this beast on 3/25/10.

A - Poured a mildly carbonated, orange copper-toned body with a slim off-white head that settled into a patchy retention and a smidgen of lace around the glass.

S - Spicy apple and cinnamon notes are apparent right from the start, while the alcohol presence remains quite restrained considering its beefy 21% ABV. Having said that, the fume of alcohol definitely becomes much more apparent as the liquid reached room temperature. Nose is sweet and spicy overall.

T - Initial flavor reminds me of hot cinnamon candy with spicy apple dessert notes. Colossus boasts extreme fruity and spicy attributes, no doubt. The caramel malt and honey sweetness quells the alcohol heat quite a bit.

M - Warm and tingly on the palate with plenty of boozy warmth but mainly from the cinnamon. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation.

D - Yeah, Colossus is a monster with plenty of heat, but its not as menacing as a 21% ABV brew would imply. Don't let it scare you... this is spicy, fruity and quite drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review from notes- Had this on-tap at DuClaw Arundel Mills on 10/11/14.

A- Body is nearly transparent dark amber/topaz hue. Served with a thin white collar which maintains well down the glass but leaves no lacing.

S- Nose is astringent and boozy which does not come to a surprise considering the ABV. The astringency is the most prominent- but the nose is quite complex with a lot of apple, cinnamon, and grain in the background.

T- Upfront is apple-cinnamon with a thick malty backbone-caramel seems to come through the most-but it could be the mix of apple/spices that makes me want to taste caramel. The finish is quite hot, but not overbearing. A big boozy alcohol heat and remnants of the initial flavor are left over.

M- Feel is low carbonation, relatively medium to heavy in weight, and slightly sticky overall-but the boozy astringency is there in the feel.

O- Overall this is a nice big beer,and probably the nicest extreme beer I have had. The alcohol is there-but its not overpowering or annoying-it is also much more present in the nose and mouthfeel than it is in the actual flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this draft beer out of a small snifter glass at Duclaw in Bowie, MD.

A: Mahogany – amber ale with a small white wispy lace that quickly disappears.

S: Wow - strong fruity aroma – like a barley wine but stronger.

T: Smooth rich ale with a strong fruity background and generous sweetness. Carmel, spices, cinnamon and syrup are all present. Alcohol is dominant but balanced nicely by the sweetness so it is not too overpowering.

M: Full body and light carbonation

O: This is a sipping beer @ 21 % alcohol by volume. It is strong and robust and amazing! Wow – That is all I can say.

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Colossus High Gravity Hybrid from DuClaw Brewing Company
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