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Retribution | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#4,207
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
482
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
120
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 482 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of brap
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! My first taste was more of a big gulp which was mistake. If there is such a thing as a sipping beer, this is it. I had no idea what I was drinking as my hubby picked me up a bunch of random tap stuff and got me a growler of this.

There is a lot going on here. After my palate calmed down I could really appreciate the sweet undertones, it's almost like maple candy and bourbon, which makes sense because apparently it is barreled but the sweetness really comes through, it's almost like a liquid dessert. This one gets better with each sip but really sneaks up on you not nearly as boozy as its ABV suggests.

I loved this and it stood out from similar bourbon barreled beers I have tried. Every sip seemed to bring a different flavor profile too, really trippy. Vanilla, caramel, even a little peppermint going on. Crazy, it's like an everlasting gobstopper, ten courses in one. Pick it up if you get the chance.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark beige head.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of brown sugar.
T: The taste follows the smell but has stronger flavors of bourbon and brown sugar.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of flavors of bourbon and sweetness from the brown sugar. It's tough to picture how strong the beer is because any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

Serving type: can

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

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/22/18 barrel date, 10/22/18 canning date...

Pours dark into black in an over-sized snifter, with a finger plus of dark foam on top... This is the type of bourbon barrel stout I like - not too sweet, more bittersweet than syrup-sweet, with aromas of coffee, cocoa, and roasted malt - and a dry bitter char on the finish... The bourbon and barrel impressions are gracefully-handled - not boozy or hot, but very subtle and refined... A very well-executed ale...

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Photo of sisterofba
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2014 Vintage Warming alcohol leads to chocolate, coconut and a touch of pecan late. Slightly thinner than I prefer.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parkwood
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NMA
4.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jlang2012
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smanson56
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J10Jordan
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PassMeAZima
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Lark, pours pitch black with a small tan head that faded average time and left decent spotty lacing. Head did not have the legs I expected from a barrel aged stout.

Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, fresh coffee grinds, cocoa powder, vanilla, faint piney hops, bourbon and some oaky notes. The chocolate really dominates and helps mask the ABV.

Tastes like it smells but with a lot more chocolate and bitter dark coffee, then some roasted grains, peat moss, chocolate syrup and burnt wood. The ashy char notes works well with the chocolate sweetness and let the complexities tie it all together quite well. This brew repeats the same profile as the nose with a lot of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, coffee grinds, cocoa powder, vanilla, faint piney hops, bourbon and some oaky notes. The bourbon is an accent in this case but helps keep this smooth and true to the style. A real fine brew that's easier to drink than it should be at 11.5% ABV.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 482 ratings