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DuClaw X-1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter)

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9709) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strongpieman (1647) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Draft at fest. Desk black, thick, creamy, Tan head. Excellent chocolate and light rye. Very good beer.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (5491) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (11983) - Escondido, California, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (4926) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Cask. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, frothy tan head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, ground coffee, plums, figs, earthy hops, rye, and light chocolate. Flavor is malt dominate with supporting dark fruit esters and faint hops; dry, chocolate finish. Medium body, low carbonation, and medium warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scooter520 (185) - - MAY 15, 2012
On tap Whole Foods. Typical black w. tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and chocolate. Decent rye taste upfront, with chocolate and dark fruit in middle, ending strong with chocolate and some bitter coffee. Nice creamy mouthfeel w. med. carbonation. Overall it's really solid and very happy with this choice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
abcfan (903) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3138) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2013
There are wonderful sweet chocolate and coffee flavors, I am getting tiramisu, caramel, and Irish cream liqueur on the plate and in the nose. Pours dark unclear thick blackish in color with a huge creamy darker beige head with a cinnamon hue. The body has a wonderful creaminess at well which develops nicely as it gets warmer.

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