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DuClaw X-4 (Macchiato Milk Stout)

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Another experiment from Professor Wagner’s lab has broken free and broken out! X.4 Macchiato Milk Stout invades your local DuClaw Brewing Company Thursday February 17th, 2011. This classic sweet stout, is black in color and medium-full bodied, with a silky, velvety mouthfeel. X.4 boasts lush aromas and flavors of espresso, chocolate and roasted malt imparted by the addition of espresso verdi to the recipe. It is moderately strong in alcohol (6.3%) with just enough hops to balance the big roasted malt and coffee flavors.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2013
transparent sepia, thin cream ring. Wet-bark/moss nose is lightly lactic, earthy, with hints of chocolate. Flavor is thinner, bitter and earthy, the thinness and roast reminiscent of anise. Thin and dry, accenting roast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013
22oz bottle. Small tan had atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, molasses/brown sugar, coffee, milk chocolate, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, caramel, some milk chocolate, light earthy. Smooth medium body.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryanscourt (745) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Dark brown. Aroma is coffee and funkyness. Taste of roasted coffee and finishes with lactulose? Not really a big fan of this style. Body is a little light and nice chocolate and coffee flavors are mild. Leaves taste in mouth of a finished cigar.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Mineral angles enhance this oily Stout’s burnt roastiness before sweet dulce de leche flavors take over for the long run.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam slowly fades to a ring atop the brown-edged darkness.
-Initially, there is a nice balance of coffee, lactose and dark malts.
-The aroma leans more towards roast and char than chocolate and sugars.
-A light acidity appears in the finish.
-The mouthfeel is strangely oily. Not entirely appealing...
-Coffee comes off as sweet and diluted; not the best showing on that front.

Bottle. Thx Steve!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Lactic slightly sweet roasty aroma, lively light caramel, medium body, flavorful espresso like coffee chocolate nice...

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (4945) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy beige head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is pretty nice, lots of dry roasted coffee with some roasted malt and a little burnt caramel. The flavor is a big of a letdown though, the coffee is there, but it comes across as a bit over roasted and if sits atop a body that’s just a bit too thin and boring. It tastes a bit burnt and acrid, and I think it’s the malt more than the coffee. Lighter bodied than expected, it almost seems a bit watery, with soft fizzy carbonation. Not the best beer, I had high hopes for this in my mind just based on the name alone. Disappointed.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
aussiebrewer (2) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012 does not count
Nice coffee notes. Lacks a little body. Light colored head which disappears. Easy session drinking for a stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light and a smallish khaki head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of sweet and milk sugar with a nice chocolate and roast intermingling with just a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet and creamy with lactose and sugars up front. Roasted coffee milk with a hint of vanilla and chocolate round out the flavor quite nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy silky smooth mouthfeel. This is a very nice stout I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to Alex M for hooking me up.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours dark cafe in color with a big creamy beige head. The aroma is incredible, creamy sweet coffee and chocolate so pleasant in the nose, almost like mocha. The flavor is quite similar, bringing sweet creamy coffee and chocolate so smooth. There is almost no bitterness at all from the hops, which may have faded over the past year. Listening to Milk and Sugar during the sweet stout from G Love is quite appropriate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
22oz bottle. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Roast, chocolate and coffee in the nose. Same in the taste with a heavier roastiness. Coffee there but lighter.


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