DuClaw Exile 1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter) - DuClaw Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.
Pours black, with 1 ½ fingers of mocha head. This retains with some robust edging that throws up a foamy cascade of lacing which slowly creeps down the side of the glass and hangs in patchy swathes. The rye pops in the nose but is undercut by notes of green citrus, chocolate, and roasted coffee. It still has a nice spicy presence here though in the nostrils.
The taste is bittersweet chocolate, some tangier toffee notes, and rye, which all stick to each other with a spicy sweetness on the palate. This spreads out and melds rather nicely with the coffee flavor that is present, along with a firm citric bitterness that runs down the middle of the profile. This finishes bitter with a final smack of spice and sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and crisp feeling on the tongue, with more of a thick prickly chewiness then that fills out the back. Alcohol is well hid here in this bottled version (label has this at 8%) and adds just the right amount of fullness here to the body.
I liked this. I thought that the rye worked rather well here with those other Imperial Porter flavors and that bigger body gave them all a solid presence to latch onto in the mouth. I might have to grab an extra bottle or two of this.
03-30-2012 17:00:27 | More by Kegatron
3.93/5 rDev -4.1%
Appearance: Pours blackwith a two finger thing light brown head. Retention isn't overwhelming but I have a nice little layer sticking around. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt and cocoa. Nothing overwhelming.
Taste: Thick chocolatey flavor. with roasted malts, rye, bittersweet dry cocoa, and hints of coffee.
Mouthfeel: Full body with a nice medium roasted malt flavor profile highlighted by the rich velvety chocolate. A bit heavy as a porter, more on the stout side. ABV is not a problem here. Carbonation is very soft.
Very good solid beer from DuClaw. Doesn't disappoint with the chocolate. The rye adds a little bit of spice on the overall feel.
03-06-2013 22:06:23 | More by nimrod979
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
A - A finger and a half worth of late developing densely packed medium brown colored slightly creamy froth with a slightly rocky top... Solid retention... Once receded, what's left is a rich creamy full veil of lacing... The color is a solid black that lets no light leak in... Mostly still with just a couple of micro-sized bubbles seen at the very top of the glass...
S - An interesting and complex nose... Sweet milk chocolate... Caramel... Nougat... Some light roasted malt... A touch of booziness... Perhaps a slight bit of rye buried way beneath the surface...
T - The complexity of the nose intensifies on the palate... The sweet rich milk chocolate is first to materialize... Next is a slight touch of roasted malt... Then some caramel... on the finish the rye spiciness kicks into high gear in a very satisfying fashion...
M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Smooth... Light carbonation... Smooth... Crisp... The finish has a touch of chalkiness...
D - This is an outstanding American Porter... The 9% ABV is dangerously well hidden... This one is quite quaffable... Lots of complexity and no real negatives to speak out... I have teh barrel aged version in the cellar and am giddy with anticipation knowing what the base brew now tastes like... Another excellent offering from DuClaw...
01-19-2013 02:27:06 | More by philbe311
3.86/5 rDev -5.9%
Enjoyed in a snifter.
A - Very dark inky black colour with a thin layer of light brown head.
S - Sweet chocolate, molasses, roast and lighter spice and coffee aromas.
T - Sweet milk chocolate, molasses, roast and a light spiciness form the rye. Gets very sweet as I continue to drink it.
M - Medium, almost full body. Light carbonation.
11-26-2013 01:46:07 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a bomber into a Victory nonic
A- pours jet black with a three finger tan head that sticks around for awhile and leaves incredible lacing. Wow, gorgeous beer
S- getting a lot of chocolate, and a decent bit of rye....modest aroma of burnt coffee as well. EH
T- lots of chocolate, very milky and slightly sweet. Finish is also sweet with a nice blast of rye
M- thick, viscous, luscious, awesome
O- pretty solid from DuClaw, but I'm higher on their beers than most
11-04-2012 01:33:44 | More by bigfnjoe
3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dan!
Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4"brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fizzes away slowly, with leggy lacing. Aroma is dark sweetness, spices, and alcohol.
Taste begins with roasty maltiness, rye brings some spices in the middle, and warmth coasts us into the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good for the abv. Not all I hoped, but not a bad brew either.
01-09-2013 01:08:32 | More by ppoitras
DuClaw Exile 1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter) from DuClaw Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.