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DuClaw Bourbon Barrel X-1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter)

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A velvety imperial porter, aged in a bourbon barrel to add notes of vanilla, caramelized sugar and charred oak to its bittersweet balance of rye malt and real chocolate. Off with that top, and...start eXperimenting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and had notes of rye. Flavor of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, subtle caramel and some rye spices. Medium-full body, low carbonation, roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle .. . Pours a dark brown .. . Medim bubbles .. . Dis tooth be crackiN .. . S sc . Mild bourbon, chocolate, light rye, and mild roast .. . A rather delicate porter, pretty tasty .. . . Skeeter? I barely Doug her.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Tasting at Kevinís. Bourbon nose. Some chocolate. Low carbonation. Sticky. Not as high abv as taste suggests. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Day after tasting bottle courtesy of GT. Brown black, carbonation has faded. Intense choco-rye aroma. Lots of depth, rich and malt centered. Bourbon isnít overwhelming, helps to hold the beer together. Sweet, enjoyable, lots of coffee notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle shared with friends. Nice dark creamy pour. Has hints of bourbon, charred woody notes, chocolate and fudge. A little bit on the bitter side but thatís too be expected. Good showing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (2156) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bomber pours a dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet not overpowering bourbon, vanilla, with chocolate backing and some rye spice. Taste has a really nice balance, bourbon remains dominate but not overpowering to chocolate and rye spice, oak barrel makes its presence known and the texture helps to make this extremely drinkable. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
In short: A chocolaty, woody, bourbonny big fat black ale with fun rye and spiciness. Very good beer.
How: Bottle 22o shared at post-HF 2012 Harvest party.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose has a strong bourbon barrel presence that contrasts with bright notes of rye. Taste is dominated by vanilla, then bourbon, toasted wood, chocolate cake, medium rye presence, a spike of rye/woody spiciness, overall milky sensation. Very full viscous mouthfeel that is carbonated enough to avoid feeling too sticky. Certainly a very sweet beer but it didnít feel cloying at all. I liked this one more than I though I would. My last rating from the Hill Farmtead 2012 Harvest event, and you know that feeling you have when you come back from a long week-end of non-stop drinking and you feel revitalized and full of energy? Me neither.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2012
22oz bottle: Pours a mostly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a spotty-lacing froth of dark tan head. Has a sweet vanilla bourbon nose with some dark caramel and chocolate malts. Starts with good fullness and toasted caramel sweetness with lots of fresh bourbon oak and molten dark chocolate with a touch of spicy rye before a slightly drier roasted finish. Has good complexity and lots of bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle. Subtle, well-balanced aroma of chocolate malt and roast on this one ... This drinks with more of a chalky, baking chocolate essence ... I get very little if any whiskey additions, nor does the beer bely its 8% character. Sneakingly easy to drink. (#4805, 10/21/2012)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3456) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Viscous black pour that throws up a thick tan head. Complex aroma of chocolate, coffee, Bourbon. The flavor is sweet with lots of chocolate and just enough of the booze to be advantageous. Very nice for a chilly fall day.

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