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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9425) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Cask at Maxís. Pours black with a large, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, spicy rye, earthy hops, and cookie malt. Flavor is malt dominant, light hops and bitterness, chocolate, and a sweet finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3553) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Draft/Nitro: Poured a thick chocolate to black with a thin light brown whisper of head. Aroma is chocolate. Taste is interesting with a touch of chocolate, a bit chalky as well, and yet a smooth finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2727) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2010
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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2010
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2478) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2010
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (3901) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2010
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2010
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2010
@ 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2010
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.


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