Sometimes We Just Stay Home and Drink: #7 DuClaw Retribution 2018 Chocolate Caramel Cookie, Bourbon Stout with Caramel, DuClaw, Baltimore, Md.
Date: June 4, 2019 —
The Story— Oh really. You need to add caramel to an Imperial Stout?! An Imperial Stout done well is enough. So we almost didn’t pick this one up, but we’re glad we did. An 11.5% knee-wobbler, you’re only going to have one, but DuClaw has done so many “this should not be good but it is” beers over the years, we put it in the cart and took it home. But .. wait for it– the 2018 Retribution is even better — check it out tomorrow.
The Beer– Huge Imperial stout with bourbon and rich cocoa and fudge. Very rich and creamy as it develops with bourbon richness and booze that almost seems rum-like. So nicely chewy, rich cream chocolate as it drinks. Peter Paul Mounds! Ellie liked the chocolate marshmallow and salted caramel mocha. Oh yes, we both noted, and booze– whoof!
Value —4. If you’re looking for an intriguing stay-at-home beer stoke up the fire and pass on a second round.
Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.
Sometimes we just stay home and drink beer — hundreds of them over the course of the year as we hunt for a new favorite. The searching for the beer of the day never stops, so for a while, there will be fewer travel-oriented posts and just some to-the-point descriptions of beers we’ve enjoyed.
We’re often asked to share our tasting notes on over 33,000 beers; this blog is in answer to those requests. Not all our notes, though. The great beer writer Michael Jackson admirably followed the Thumper Rule, and we’ll try to do the same. (“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.”) All the beers we post are from the top half of our ratings and most are from the top quarter. Of greater value, we think, are the stories behind the beers, and we try to give you enough about the brewery, the style and the places to find great beer to help you on your own beer journeys. At CulturAle Press we try to write books and publish posts that will help you “Drink Well and Travel Safely.”