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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Cask at Max’s. 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle... Pours black with a mid-sized, beige head. The nose is a mélange of fudge, brownies and roasted rye. Full-bodied and velvety with modest carbonation. The flavor is all about roasty, dark chocolate maltiness. Near perfect balance. Finishes bland with no aftertaste and no flaws. Not a lot of rye flavor, but a rock-solid porter nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8773) - 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.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7924) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7703) - 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 didn’t even taste much rye here. I’m 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5576) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5213) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Dallas on NYE shared with Dallas, Moreau, PJ, and Wallace. Pours a deep brownish black body with thin chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is roasty with a touch of smoke and fruit. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of roast, toasted malts, smoke, light fruity malts and a touch of earth.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5168) - 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.


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