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DuClaw X-1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter)

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DuClaw X-1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter)
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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2033) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle shared by Bruce, thanks for the opportunity! Solid black color with a smallish tan head that slowly dissipates. Aromas of oaky wood, roasted coffee, milk chocolate and caramel. The flavor is a complex mix of caramel, chocolate, a bit of spice, vanilla, and wood tannins with a hint of earth. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy silky mouthfeel. Nice imperial stout. The rye adds a hint of spice that compliments the creamy sweetness well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle... Pours black with a mid-sized, beige head. The nose is a mťlange 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2350) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sikash (230) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Pours a nice dark color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma of rye, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is thin of coffee, rye, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin carbonation is below average. Quite drunk while drinking this beer so hard to say if amazing or not but I do enjoy it much so.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (384) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours black with a cream brown like foam that just hugs the ring of my glass. The aroma is of malts, chocolate, lite smoke, and lite fruit. The flavor has malts, bitter chocolate, and a touch of rye in the finish. The after taste is pleasant. The X1 is balanced nicely. No ingredient comes off too strong. Overall this was a fine brew, well worth trying.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2232) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Black pour with a decent sized khaki head .... aroma is all chocolate baby, with a light roasted and caramel malt ..... taste is of chocolate/cocoa, roasted and caramel malts ..... body is nice and full with a light oily/slickness to it .... finish is lightly bitter ... the rye is hardly there, but this is a solid imperial porter .... almost reminds me of a southern tier choklat

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1461) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle thanks Kerry! Pours jet black medium khaki head. Big coco aroma. Taste is medium body lots of creamy chocolate and spice from rye

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle split with everyone for NYE. Pitch black pour. slight head. Some chocolate notes in the aroma. Taste is rather thin but has some chocolate, roastiness, and just a little bit of heft but not much.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5016) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bomber from The Perfect Pour, Elkridge, MD. Viscous, oily, near black pour with a silky tan head on top. Nose is richly sweet as expected, but in addition to the hints of roast coffee the spice and grain give this a depth dimension that redeems it from being overly cloying. The hefty mouthfeel gives it even more of a bready quality, an earthy dessert like a hippie muffin or something. Plus breakfast stout. Whatís not to like?


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