Retribution | DuClaw Brewing Company

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4.12/5
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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
Ranking:
#2,250
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
473
pDev:
10.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
118
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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 +2.9%
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 -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TedStrosser
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Date in Barrel 03/28/2014, Date out of Barrel 10/01/2014

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of boozy bourbon, vanilla, and oak over the top of moderate aromas of roasted dark malts, bittersweet chocolate, and dark fruits (prune, fig, and raisin).

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted dark malts with a light to moderate amount of dark fruit sweetness (prune, fig, and raisin). That is followed by strong flavors of boozy, bourbon, vanilla, and oak from the barrel aging as well as a moderate flavor of bittersweet chocolate. Light to moderate amount of roasty bitterness which does not linger in the finish but the lingering flavor is bourbon.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Enjoyable but pretty boozy, definitely a slow sipper but it matched well with my breakfast for dinner tonight (blueberry granola pancakes, sausage, and cinnamon baked apples).

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Photo of tigg924
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste is bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, and a bit of raisin. Very tasty and smooth. One of the better bourbon imperial stouts that I have had in a while. I will get this again.

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Photo of GetTheYayo
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of budmanbrando
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too sweet for me to really enjoy.

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Photo of StartedwithSAM
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 50° F into a grand snifter.

Appearance: This imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels pours quickly and appears black with dark brown edges when held up to natural light. There is a 1 to ½ finger of head with sparse lacing.

Smell: At 50° F the nose is bourbon forward and sweet. As it warms, the bourbon retreats yielding to a more Belgian sweetness and very subtle roasted malt.

Taste: Again at approximately 50° F it is bourbon forward, with a subtle sweetness of raisins or dates. As it warms the only characteristics of the imperial stout to emerge is the recognizable cocoa. The cocoa finishes and lingers a bit on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. This has a much thinner feel than I prefer for an imperial stout, I don’t get the feel good coating that I anticipate but it doesn’t take away from the beer itself.

Overall: So far DuClaw’s beers have been hit or miss with me. Many of their offerings have been too sweet which, to me, is not my preference. I love my stouts to be bold, smoky and peaty. I have had a few Belgian-style imperial stouts and this would fit the style as one. I was just disappointed that they didn’t try to move out of their comfort zone of sweetness and try something bolder with more roasts. That being said this would be something I could pick up and store for the holidays as a winter warmer.

Cheers!

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nosavingsaccount
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Palsie
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KJ2013
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

great beer. really loved it

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Photo of Raziel313
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlothB77
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Little too hot and bourbony and chemically compared to other BA stouts. and this was after 6 months aging.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mj81
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer4B
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MunsonRoyE
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Retribution from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 473 ratings