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Colossus | Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.

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Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by comat0se on 02-09-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by comat0se:
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at 1st Annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival
Listed at an O.G. of 1.124
From Del Mar location

Aroma: Black cherries, fruits, malt

Appearance: Deep copper with red highlights, good head retention

Taste: Cherries, sweet, rich fruitiness, some small solvent notes which remind me of cherry robutussin, but they are small. Alcohol is very very well hidden, it's really amazing that this is a 15% beer!! Slightly dry, astringent, paper-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, broken by medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice beer with some small flaws, still amazes me that it was 15%...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a reddish brown color with a very small light brown head. The head fades quickly leaving almost no laces.

The beer has a very strong alcohol aroma. It also smells very malty, and caramel like. I can not detect any hop aroma.

The flavor of this beer is dominated by the alcohol. It tastes almost brandy like. It has a huge malty sweet flavor. I taste very little hop flavor.

This beer has very little carbonation. It is very full bodied. It leaves a very sweet caramel aftertaste. The alcohol warms as it goes down.

This beer would make a pretty bad session beer I think. It is very high in alcohol. That makes it hard to drink. The alcohol also makes the flavor very aggressive. This beer was a massive beer. I am happy to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of scottoale
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in 10oz. glasses only, very dark copper-brown with virtually no head or lace. Carbonation bubbles of various size emerge from below.

The nose is strong of boozy alcohol, dark ripe fruit and massive malt. It smells stronger than it's 15.1% ABV .

The taste is big and sweet with dark roast malt and a bourbon barrel alcohol that is absolutely delicious...very strong and warming. Overall it reminds me of a super strong old ale.

Big, thick body that's somewhat chewy and very smooth with alcohol waivering through out. This is one big sipper that's not for the faint hearted...drink with caution. Cheers!

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

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego
The beer as it set in my glass a limpid clear mahogany brown with a minimal head and very patchy lace that was an off-white color. Nose was fusel alcohol, quite sweet, the start cloyingly sweet, nicely malted, and the top middling in its feel. Finish was benign in its acidity, the hops pertinent in their spiciness but “Alcohol” dominates this brew and at 15.1 percent ABV, that is quite understandable, one of those beers, that is way over the top for most people, but I do enjoy them on occasion

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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival which was hosted at the Pizza Port in Carlsbad this weekend. Listed as 15.1% ABV on the Beer List that was handed out. Yep, that’s Fifteen Point One - Holy Shite!!! Damn the very nice woman with the Red T-Shirt who was serving – she gave me a large 8 ounce sample of this, when I only wanted a 4. Oh well.

Appearance: Flat looking hazy dark brown colored body with the occasional ruby hint. Some bubbles on the surface but not many. A tip of the glass and a quick swirl revealed good levels of conditioning though. Yet there was almost no head whatsoever. Looked Flat and Bloody Dangerous!

Nose: Rum & Raisin entrance. Figs, Dates and alcoholic malts. Lots of alcohol in this one, very pungent but with a dark-fruity.

Taste: Warming, dark & fruity. The incredible amount of malts were balanced well with what must have been a gargantuan amount of Hops. This is 15.1% yet it still has balance and poise. Malts and alcohol start the experience, dark fruits and a bitter-sweet chocolate middle – that warms in the mouth, and as the beer is swallowed. The hops really come through the ending though. Biting crispness in end gives the beer a clean feel. Lingering dark fruits in the astringent ending.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely Massive – just as expected. The dissolved carbonation in the beer still manages to give a creamy feel in the mouth. Smooth.

Drinkability: One was enough! LOL. How can you mark for this Drinkability? Tough one – it doesn’t drink like a 15.1% beer though so I suppose the 4 reflects the fact that it drinks well for its very high gravity.

Overall: A HUGE beer that was far from the alcoholic ‘mish-mash’ that I was expecting. Actually a very good beer when the strength is considered. Well Worth a Try and an amazing creation.

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Colossus from Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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