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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 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.


4.4
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Smells like chocolate. Tastes like a ton of chocolate. Coffee bitterness, and a touch of black chocolate, in the finish. Resilient chocolate taste. Medium bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Very good porter!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5177) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, dense brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate mint, spicy rye and dark chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, rye, and light coffee. Body is medium with a slightly prickly but still creamy carbonation. Ends with more chocolate, rye notes, dark chocolate, roasted malt and faint coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (500) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2012
(1pt 6oz bottle) Pours a thick dark brown, almost black, with a dark brown, fading head. Strong chocolate, roasted malt, and bourbon aroma; some earthy and bread notes. Chocolate syrup, and molasses. Medium to full bodied, sticky feel. Undercurrents of rye, topped with bourbon and lots of chocolate; roasted malts and earthy character. Some heat from the alcohol; feels like more than 8% abv.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Bomber from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized dark brown fizzy head that fades like cola. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and an earthy note. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, rye and a mild hop note. Medium bodied, smooth, slight lingering bitterness, low carbonation. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2012
22oz bottle. Poured a brown color with an off white head. Aromas of rye, rye bread, chocolate, earthy, and some roast. Tastes of chocolate, lighter rye, caramel, and lighter breadiness. More rye in the aromas and more chocolate in the tastes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Bomber from Wine Sellar, Williamsburg, VA. Pours deep blackish with a finger of khaki head. Nose is very roasty chocolate and black patent malt, heavy cacao, chocolate syrup, molasses, and hazelnuts. Tastes rich, crreamy, with heavy chocolate syrup, hazelnut, and chocolate malt flavors. This one is the perfect dessert beer; thick, rich, ample hops yet not too bitter, complex, and absolutely spot on. Bravo, and I didnít even taste much rye here. Iím going to share a secret that may not be popular, but it is true. In a blind taste test, this beer would beat many that are rated much higher, and there is no mistaking that DuClaw continues to evolve and improve as a brewing company.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (3653) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Charred pork, smoke aroma. Chocolate? No. Black pour with a thick beige head. Flavor is smoke and, bakerís chocolate. Ah, there it is. Umami and almost salty, but lightly bitter, not sweet at all. Alcohol not noticeable, medium body, easy carbonation. A lot of seemingly different flavors and aromas coming together in a harmonious blend. Wow, good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4200) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
This poured poured a medium brown with a beige head. Aroma was dark chocolate, medium roast and some herbal hops. Flavor was bittersweet chocolate, decent roast, some rye and herbal hops. OK

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours a jet black color with a two finger light tan head, that leaves some rocky lacing. Really big roasted malt and chocolate aroma along with scents of coffee and light hops. Sweet chocolate and caramel flavors with a good roasted malt backbone. Alcohol present but nicely hidden by the sweet malt flavor. Medium body and medium carbonation.


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