Colossus High Gravity Hybrid | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
206
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
19.14%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
60
For Trade:
5
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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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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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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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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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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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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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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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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Colossus High Gravity Hybrid from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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