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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3071) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours pretty much black with a small tan head. The nose is very roasty with slight burnt malt and mineral notes. The flavor seems to follow suit. There is a little mocha but the metallic and burnt malt notes seem to dominate the flavor profile. Kind of dead on the tongue.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, creamy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, raisin and prunes, espresso and earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant, light hops and medium bitterness, and dark fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body, medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Lots of coffee and sweet malt aromas. Light coffee flavors. Overall an above average milk stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5225) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with a short, brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee notes, dark chocolate and chocolate milk. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, candy bars, coffee and a touch of sour milk or yogurt on the back end. Body is medium with a smooth, slick carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, coffee notes, dark chocolate and chocolate pudding.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2012
22 oz. bottle. A DEEP mahogany pour with a thin mocha head. Lots of rich roasted coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, and some light lactose qualities in the aroma. Goes down thin to medium-bodied and smooth. Sweet milk chocolate, caramel, and molasses upfront taste-wise. Touches of smoke in the middle. A roasted coffee bitterness at the tail end. Hints of lactose, freshly ground coffee beans, and some dark fruit esters throughout. Kinda earthy. Forgettable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bomber from Capone’s and Craft Ale. Pours turbid black with tan head that laces well. Nose is great; rich notes of coffee, cacao, roasty black patnet malt, lactose. Tastes dry, rich, lactosy, with notes of charred black patenjt malt, cacao, coffee, and a complex finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1246) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Appearance: silky black pour with a thin but creamy tan head that quickly fizzes out to a collar. Aroma: melting dark chocolate and espresso, that’s about it, but it’s delicious. Taste: bittersweet dark chocolate, smooth cocoa powder, roasted espresso and coffee beans, with a hint of vanilla. Finish: smooth and dry, with a barest hint of lactic tang. Notes: Many milk stouts have so much lactose that you get a tangy, almost sour flavor. This kept the tang in check while delivering delicious bittersweet dark chocolate and roasty coffee with a silky-smooth and drinkable palate. This is the third porter/stout I’ve had from Du Claw recently, and they are clearly getting it right.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized frothy brown head. Average head retention. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, lactose, coffee grounds, bitter chocolate and herbal hops. The taste is very milky with strong coffee, espresso and a bitter roast finish. Medium bodied. Interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (11078) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Draft sample. Very dark maroon, beige edge head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate. Taste is similar.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Pored black with a very thin beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and toasted nuts. Taste is creamy, chocolate, coffee, with a lingering espresso finish.


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