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DuClaw X-1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter)

DuClaw X-1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter)
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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The first release in DuClawís new eXile series of beers. This is an imperial porter that utilizes a special chocolate rye malt along with real chocolate in the brewing process. Plenty of chocolate flavor, but falls short of being too much. The chocolate rye malt lends its own unique flavor to this big, flavorful porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a viscous black with a thick tan head. The nose has notes of soy sauce and chocolate. A little smokiness emerges as it warms. Full bodied and rich on the tongue. A little sweetness combined with notes of soy, dark chocolate, earthy malt, and smoke. Quite the combination. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1674) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with thin, tan, fluffy head. Aroma is chocolate and malts. Flavor is awesome. Chocolate, malts and a perfect mouthfeel. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (1878) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Shared bottle at craft ale house. Pours black with no head. The aroma Is rye and sweet dark malt. The taste is sweet with a rye spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
abcfan (677) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Pretty amazing stuff! Pours black with no head. Aroma is chocolate, cherries, coffee, tobacco, and light smoke. Silky smooth in mouth, slightly oily. Finish is slightly tobacco / coffee, with a bitter, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (585) - Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Deep mahogany almost black in color with a medium,tan head. Aroma is rich and full of chocolate,malt and some yeast. Flavor is good not over powering at all more porter then chocolate but the chocolate still present in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle. I didnít realize Iíd had the bourbon-aged version of this earlier ... did that backward, me thinks (and that one wrecked me). This has a pleasant, albeit maybe a little chalky, aroma of baking chocolate. It drinks with a weird blend of fudge, prune, and grape leaves. The mouthfeel is quite chewy, not unlike half-cooked brownie dough. (#4806, 10/26/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2561) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2012
I thought this was very good. Pours dark brown with a thin brown head. The aroma had a good deal of chocolate, roast malt, vanilla and bread. The flavor had the same, nicely balanced with just a hint of hops. Sweet and smooth, this is a fine beer for the upcoming winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (480) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Pours black with a nice head. Aroma of bitter malt. Smooth taste of chocolate and malt. Nice palate though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7000) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
Tap at Maxís Taphouse, Baltimore - 22/05/12. Dark brown approaching black with a medium tan head. Big chocolate nose, lots of roasted malt backing this up, puff of smoke to finish. Tastes marry nose allied to a little dark fruit and a hint of vanilla. Didnít really get the rye! Medium bodied, little carbonation, good smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass. A: Pours a very dark brown color - hell, I think Iíll call it pitch black. The beer looks decently thick while itís being poured, as well. The head is a two finger lighter tan color with lowish retention, but a fantastic texture; one that leaves a spotty wall of lacing as it recedes. A damn nice looking beer. S: Chocolate (lots of it), lighter coffee, some licorice, and plenty of roasted malts. A textbook porter, yes, but the aroma is nonetheless tantalizing. Rye malts are neutral on the nose. T: Fantastic. Itís partly reminiscent of Founders Breakfast Stout, one of those beers so good itís hard for me to analyze and pick apart the flavor profile - I just want to drink the stuff. The initial tastes of chocolate are awesome, before giving way to a midtaste of darker fruits and faint vanilla. Slight rye spiciness finishes things nicely as a complement to the roasted malt, providing a nicely subtle layer without hurting balance. Not too bitter or sweet, although midtaste flavors have a light sweetness to them. M: The body is medium, while the texture has a nice smooth feel to it. Rye partially scrubs the palate clean with a pleasant drying sensation, but thereís still a slight lingering aftertaste of roast, fig, and plum. Moderately carbonated and insanely drinkable. O: Itís one of those beers that manages to combine a big flavor profile with incredible balance/drinkability, to the point where Iíd seriously contemplate killing a second bomber of this. Pairing this with dark chocolate really allowed this to come into its own. Without a doubt, itís one of the better porters Iíve had to date.

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