Colossal Five | Port City Brewing

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3.88/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Great American Beer Festival 2016 Silver, English-style Old Ale.

COLOSSAL V is a rich, full-bodied ale that hews close to the English tradition of old ales, with a dark mahogany color accentuated by ruby highlights. Flavors of toffee and dried fruit are complemented by a subtle hop presence. This beer is specifically crafted for cellaring months or even years.

Added by HattedClassic on 02-07-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,999
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
34
pDev:
7.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Griffin2
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
L - Pours a hazy brown with a slight white head.
S - Smells of dark fruits and booze.
T - Starts out with caramel and dark fruits with some sweet toffee on the finish. A little boozy, but in a nice way.
F - Medium body with light carbonation.
O - Perfect for sipping on a cold night.

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Photo of jschauss
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, a tad murky; frothy, sticky head. Deep roasted grain notes; toffee; cocoa nibs. Rich, malty flavor; toffee and caramel; just the right touch of alcohol presence with a note of hop bitterness. Very rich and velvety on the palate; sweet with a slight dry edge at the finish.

Overall, this is a luscious, very satisfying old ale, strongly profiling a rich, roasted malt backbone with a nice balance of sweetness and a touch of alcohol to bring everything together. Too bad I only have one more bottle as I think this would age well over a couple of years.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of zp6167a
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown as it pours, and black in the glass, with a small tan head.

S: Rich caramel and molasses, with touches of dark fruit, and toffee.

T: Slightly fruity with caramel notes at the beginning, followed by toffee and a long caramel and toffee finish.

M: Medium thick, with very active carbonation.

O: CHuck this in a bourbon barrel, an whew boy! You'd have a time!

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Photo of MeLoynes
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidHume
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seedyone
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Deep ebony look w/creamy yet slim head. Slight lacing on the retreat. Malty slightly licorice aroma that arrives big time in he taste. Smooth, medium texture caps the experience of this well made brew. The 9.8% ABV is what stays the hand from flagging the bartender down for a quick refill, but I'll be back.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cyrano41
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.
Murky, rust brown color with very little head.
I smell molasses and malt.
Very little carbonation, thick and flat on the tongue.
Very sweet malt flavor, maybe bread and chocolate I'm picking up.
I'm not familiar with the style, so take my rating with a grain of salt, but I didn't enjoy this one so much.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky, reddish-brown color with a half finger tan cap. Nose is caramel, raisin, plum, chocolate, and a touch of green apple as well. Toasted bread (with crust), heavy caramel, chocolate, and a background hop bitterness that gives good balance. medium-full body, finishing fairly sweet while being balanced by a bit of lingering bitterness. Alcohol presence is about where I would expect it to be, present, but not hot.

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Photo of MattXT
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbexphys
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTHomer
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: opaque; medium brown with a reddish tint; 1 finger medium tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: caramel, molasses, chocolate;

T: follows the nose from start to finish with a little dark fruit; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; hides the ABV really well;

O: very enjoyable;

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Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky brown with just a hint of red. There is a thin ring of head that leaves small amounts of lacing. The aroma needs time to warm to its peak, with dark fruit and dark sugar dominating. The taste is much the same but has just enough hops to balance it. The body has a nice thick weight and feel but also just a smidge too much carbonation.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks @cjgiant for this nice little sample from Port City. Bottled on 1/29/16
Rather dark for style with some red in the highlights and in the sun. Nice small and dense tan head.
Aroma is rather indistinct with more yeast than malt character. But there is some rich malt that isn't too suit or fruity. No discernible hops.
Flavor is nice. Good fullness on the feel adn soft too. Enjoyable mix of flavors with an extended bitterness and drying on a rather long finish. Nice hop character that never dominates and blends nicely with the malt. Speaking of the malt - a little chocolate, a hint of non-sweet candy up front, a little caramel, a little dried fruit and a smooth hit of alcohol enhance and not distracting.
This is a nice drink. I'm a fan of old ales and this one fits the bill nicely.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 1/29/2016:
This beer pours a deeper brown, looking a tad hazy, though it's hard to make out. Nice tan head thickens slowly towards the edges. Lacing is pretty nice.

Nose is leaning a little chocolatey, with some notes of fig and a bit of cola. With some warmth, the chocolate fades and the cola turns more spicy - cinnamon and light brown sugar. A little light on the aroma strength. Feel is medium in heft, and there is a nice massaging carbonation feel that is quite nice.

The taste itself doesn't go as chocolatey as I might've thought. The flavors aren't overpowering, but are nicely layered: a little cola and chocolate to open; then a little bit of spice, helped by carbonation; the bittering agent comes in next, adding the lightest of woodiness as well; lastly the fig note peaks out as the flavors slowly fade.

A nice brew and I don't get the alcohol at all. This seems to have some of the aspects of a deep, bold brown, especially in the opening. The spice notes come in more with warmth. The bitterness is different, and the ending lingers with that dark fruit flavor, taking this definitively away from that style. The bottle says it can be aged, but I'm not sure if I'll be patient enough to find out.

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Colossal Five from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 34 ratings