Retribution | DuClaw Brewing Company

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468 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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%.

Added by Kegatron on 10-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
468
Reviews:
85
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
118
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 468 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of polopaul20
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bel Air location. Initially comes off a bit thin, but aroma and taste more than make up for it. Lots of vanilla, molasses, wood accents, slightly smoky. Slippery mouth feel, after burn halfway down the gullet.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harrisjohnson
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Omnium
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dommys pizza
A. Brown black with a finger of tan head very little lacing.
S. Roch bourbon and roasted malt, sweet caramel, toffee, black cherry.
T. Dark and rich malt, dark fruit, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate.
M. Thick and clingy velvety texture.
O. Pretty solid bba beer.

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Photo of sposter4
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**
JAN 10, 2015
Sampled about 2 hours after having Brooklyn Black Ops. Very comparable.Stronger whiskey in the aroma and more overall flavor. Maybe not quite as smooth as Black Ops, but very nice. Actually, it is smoother and better than Black Ops. Would not have thought that, but it's true.
**

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Photo of Pete_IV
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kell50
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jshusc
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brewduder
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beastcpa
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bob402
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonk
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice barrel aged stout but was lacking a little bit in the mouth feel as well as the barrel notes… The nose I was getting off of it excited me for the taste which was a little bit lacking but still extremely tasty overall!

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Photo of atone315
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, thrown in barrels on 3-28 and bottled on 9-1. Definitely not a sweet beer, this was still a perfect brew for an after dinner desert. The roastiness was outstanding, usually that's lost in beers that are barrel aged....speaking of which, 6 mos was perfect match for this one. Just enough boozy kick to let you know it's there, but not so much that it overpowers the base beer. I was searching for this one for awhile, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Sean_King
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TedStrosser
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks for the bottle, Josh. Bottled 10/14/2013.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of very dense and soft looking head that slowly faded into a fuzzy and lasting film. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Bourbon dominates the nose with hints of anise, caramel, and vanilla. The nose isn’t hot, but the bourbon pretty much dominates everything.
T: Tons of bourbon barrel up front with thick and creamy flavors of chocolate, anise, fudge, spicy oak, and a touch of vanilla in the finish. The finish has hints of toasted marshmallow and caramel, and the aftertaste is full of spicy bourbon barrel, anise, and slight leather and honey. I get nuances of molasses and coffee throughout.
M: Thick body with a heavy and chewy mouthfeel. The booze isn’t hot, but there is a strong bourbon barrel presence. Carbonation is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is noticeable but not hot.
O: I’m very surprised how much bourbon flavor there is with almost two years of age on it. Fairly complex overall, and definitely dangerous drinkable. Not the world’s best, but definitely worth checking out. Thanks again StormKing47.

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Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 468 ratings.
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