Imperial stouts come and go, but this enthusiast is silently praying that DuClaw keeps Retribution around for ages to come. When you’re staring the bottle in the face, it doesn’t look like anything special. Standard label, brown bottle; standard, right?
The second this beauty graces you with her aroma, you’ll be in love. Retribution is bourbon-aged, and comes up to 11.5%. Three of these in under and hour, and I had to decide on waiting to write up this review until the morning. The scents of vanilla, cocoa and coffee alone get you going, but when you throw back that first sip, you’ll melt into your chair.
It’s a dark beer, but it goes down nice and easy. There’s relatively no aftertaste beyond a few seconds, and in most cases, I’d consider that a good thing. However, if Retribution could linger on my lips for an eon, it would still end too soon.