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DuClaw X-4 (Macchiato Milk Stout)

DuClaw X-4 (Macchiato Milk Stout)
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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This is my favorite style of beer and this one was done well. A sweet malt start with a velvety smooth coffee flavor through the middle and a nice sweet roasted finish delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3144) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3793) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1935) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Lactic slightly sweet roasty aroma, lively light caramel, medium body, flavorful espresso like coffee chocolate nice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2013
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla pine and coffee. Taste of roast, dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel with a semi sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Pours black with a soapy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. Sweet flavor with chocolate, vanilla, lactose upfront and roasted malt and espresso at the back end. Great beer! Too bad it’s retired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3484) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2012
On nitro draft at the brewpub in Bowie. The beer is dark brown with a thick, tan head. The head has some serious staying power, and plasters the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is a tad weak, bringing malt, chocolate, and light roast. The flavor is quite tasty, with a light coffee presence and a chocolate taste throughout. The feel is silky smooth, as is expected from a nitro pour. One of the best offerings I have had from DuClaw. Serving type: nitro-tap Reviewed on: 05-10-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (3425) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 30, 2013
Sample from 65cl bottle courtesy of Travlr@post TdG tasting 04/2013.
Creamy coffee in democratic doses, subtle residual hop bitterness. Great roast, lactic element is indeed rather milk powder. smooth, entry-level recipe of a milk stout, one of my favourite styles.

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