Sometimes We Just Stay Home and Drink: #8: DuClaw Retribution 2018, Baltimore, Md.
Date: June 5, 2019 —
The Story— DuClaw hasn’t reached the distribution levels of Dogfish Head or Heavy Seas, but it’s been a creative and professional brewery even since its brewpub days in Bel Air, Maryland. Their strong beers are both interesting and professional, and this showcases the brewery’s ability to turn out mind-bending strong beers that nonetheless sip easy and long. At seven bucks it’s something of a bargain and I wish I had corralled a few more to lay down.
The Beer-Wow. Very rich, dark chocolate. Heavy cream, herbal and fruit and orange are underneath it all. Oh, big, oh, big, oh roast chocolate plus… yum. Ellie found it unctuous if somewhat hot.
Value —Good to Very Good. The can might put you off, but get over it–it’s the 21st century. A value in any container.
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.”