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DuClaw X-1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter)

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The first release in DuClaw’s 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bomber from The Perfect Pour, Elkridge, MD. Viscous, oily, near black pour with a silky tan head on top. Nose is richly sweet as expected, but in addition to the hints of roast coffee the spice and grain give this a depth dimension that redeems it from being overly cloying. The hefty mouthfeel gives it even more of a bready quality, an earthy dessert like a hippie muffin or something. Plus breakfast stout. What’s not to like?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3027) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1730) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2055) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
abcfan (691) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (626) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5582) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle. I didn’t realize I’d 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)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2655) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (500) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
Tap at Max’s 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. Didn’t really get the rye! Medium bodied, little carbonation, good smooth finish.


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