alobar (2509) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to richlikebeer. Pours a dark brown/black color with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and rye. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight bitter ending. Tastes more like Hershey syrup as it warms. Creamy mouth feel. Great beer!
Travlr (9840) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at BWI. Black with tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Taste is Hershey bar with a slight bitter edge. More of a stout than a porter, but tasty anyway.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler poured deep brown/black. Huge cocoa and dark malt aroma. Very thin tan head. Rich body of cocoa and sweetness, yet not cloying. Thick mouthfeel with a nice dryness at the back end of the swallow. Rich but not heavy. One of the best beers they have made.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much thanks to Willblake for this one. Pours out almost black with a small tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, and a little lingering sweetness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, notes of cocoa nibs, chocolate, slight rye presence giving it some interesting notes, slightly dry finish. Rather solid.
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by willblake, thanks Jon. Poured adark brown/black body with an average sized creamy light beige head with some nice lasting power. Aroma of chocolate ovaltine powder, hint of rye, vanilla pudding and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a lingering chocolate finish. Flavor of chocolate pudding, crusty bread and rye. Very nice especially considering this one was from a grolwer.
beachbum25 (1084) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Duclaw Arundel Mills-Pours black w/moderate head. Roasted malt/rye aroma. Smooth. balanced flavor of chocolate, rye, roasted malt, & a little bit of caramel/molasses. Pretty smooth & easy to drink, alcohol was well hidden. I was expecting some kind of wild, exotic, overpowering chocolate bomb from the name, but that wasnít the case at all. This was a solid, easy drinking brew. Donít understand what made this part of the Exile series, unless it was the high alcohol. Nothing too far out @ this one!
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ Bel Air. Warm velvety body. Very well balanced with a chocolaty caramel flavor that blends with a roasted character that does not overpower. The rye adds a nice bit of complexity. Overall, this is one of the better porters Iíve ever had.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
20100402 Tap at Bel Air spot. Opaque, near black with huge tan head that lasts. Aroma is roasty, lots of chocolate, light bbq smoke, light spruce. Interesting that I donít notice the peppermint. (Ah, and Iíve come to learn that would be because I was not drinking the peppermint version. haHah! Thanks Jim for correcting me.) Body is full, lush, coating, and a bit sticky on the lips. Midway through it dries out with a mild ashy astringency and roasty, earthy bitterness. Flavor is lightly sweet, much chocolate, and some cooling feel on the palate very late. Very subtle. After the last Duclaw spiced experiment, I was hesitant to try this one (thinking, again, that it was mint infused). Okay not really because Iím a sucker for new local brews...but I didnít have the highest of hopes. Turns out, this was very tasty. Nice job DuClaw.