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DuClaw Exile 1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter) - DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Exile 1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter)DuClaw Exile 1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter)

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30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 94
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thain709 on 10-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger or less head on a jet black body and minimal lacing. Aroma has vanilla, bourbon and dark fruits in addition to roasted malts. Very complex and flavorful beer. Roasted malts with lots of vanilla and bourbon throughout. Light coffee in the finish as well as dark chocolate sweetness. Moderate carbonation and oily body with a semi dry finish. A nicely complex brew. Don't think it is bourbon barrels aged but it certainly has some of the qualities.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A poured with a small head of dark orange tan foam on a oily black body. Low retention and decent lace.

S chocolate, smoke, leather and a hint of vanilla.

T thick black bread and molasses up front with some espresso in the middle. Finishes with dry, bitter chocolate, dark sugar, and lingering smoky coffee.

M medium thick body, moderate carbination, and a fairly dry finish.

D very good, really dark without being cloying and oddly balanced for what it is,

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brewers Cask in Baltimore (Federal Hill). Pours a dark brown, nice chocolate aroma to it. Taste is medium to full bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn, some chocolate notes, good malt backbone. Little bit of an odd finish, not the best of aftertastes. Seems like there might be a little bit too much going on, but has some interesting tastes for a porter and worth trying if you're in MD.

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Photo of duceswild
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, served in a pint glass.

Dark brown in color with a light mocha colored head. Leaves a solid lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is of rye and chocolate also get some light notes of caramel. Taste is similar although more of the chocolate comes through then the other flavors. Definitely a heavier brew, but still smooth. I don't get too much of the alcohol.

I was impressed by this one, and will be looking to try the bottled version as well.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Catching up on notes from last month. This was a draft offering at Als of Hampden during the Duclaw welcome to PA event. Served in a snifter, the brew appears black in color with a frothy finger of movha head. Some stringy patches of lace stick to the glass. The cap retains with solid retention.

The aroma is roasty with chocolate and coffee hints from the roast of the grain. Some citrus quality towards the back with a light kiss of alcohol and fruity rye inclusion.

The taste is roasted with chocolate and coffee just like the nose suggests. Some mild citrus hop elements are present with a fruity hint of alcohol and rye. This is a very well balanced and blended brew, no single flavor dominates, it all blends together nicely.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel and moderate amount of carbonation. This is an easy drinking and approachable offering. Nicely done and worth checking out.

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Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Deschutes snifter. It poured black in color with a frothy brown head barely covering the top. Some good lacing to it as I drank it. Pretty nice looking beer of the style.

I'm getting a lot of chocolate to it in the aroma. Dark, bitter-sweet chocolate mixes with some of the spicy rye notes. I get some roasted malts coming out and giving is some really nice coffee like flavors. Very nice aroma overall, it really comes together well.

I get a little more of the rye coming out in the taste adding some spicy, bready notes. The chocolate is a little sweeter and milky up front, but it turns more to a dry, bitter-sweet, dark chocolate towards the finish. The rye lingers into the finish as well, which I really like. Again, there is some coffee notes to it that I'm really liking as well.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavy side, but for the style it's about average. carbonation is a little below average and fitting for the style. Overall, I thought it was a really solid beer and one of the best Duclaw beers I've had. The rye really complimented well and the chocolate and coffee flavors were really good as well. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attrative and intriguing, as I pick up coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and hint of rye. The rye really adds an interesting and unusual component to the aroma profile. The flavorf profile replicates the nose very closely, except the rye is decidedly in the background. However, it does seem to help counter the modest sweetness in this beer, and adds a note of light dry bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderately long, chocolate, coffee and rye finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though I'm not entirely sure what the abv. is for this beer. The beer menu at Max's says 7.7%, and truth be told, that's what this drinks like.

An interesting, enjoyable porter from DuClaw.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a deep chestnut brown, nearing black color with a tuft of tanned head resting on top. Retains for a bit before fading into a slick of filmy residue with some patchy lacing on the glass.

Rich and chocolatey in the nose with touches of caramel and molasses. Pleasant hints of rye spice add another dimension to the aroma, followed by hefty roasted dark malt and soft warmth.

A one-two punch of smooth milk chocolate and rye spice right up front. Cocoa powder and molasses with caramel. Thick malty backbone with roasted, warm tones. Finishes with lingering rye bitterness and semi-sweet chocolate.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, creamy and chewy on the tongue. This was a nice combo of sweet and bitter with the welcome addition of chocolate and rye malts. I've tried a bunch of their beers recently and this was easily one of the better options.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

The body sits an ink black with a foamy brown head. Great staying power. Some spider web lacing forms as you work your way through the liquid.

Big notes of roast and fudge hit you first. Oak, rye, leather, vanilla, and molasses round out a robust nose. The rye is somewhat faint on the nose with the big roast and chocolate aromas taking center stage.

This guy slides onto the palate with thick chocolate and roast flavors overwhelming the taste buds. Earthy, spicy rye comes in mid palate with oak, molasses, and some vanilla. The finish is a mix of bitter roast, chocolate, and rye. Doesn't really linger for very long.

Full-bodied. Fairly smooth, there are some tannic qualities that pop up, negatively affecting the feel, but nothing too harsh.

I really enjoyed this porter. The intense roast complemented by the chocolate worked well. The rye pokes in and out adding an additional layers of flavor/aroma. Nicely done.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my favorite Captain, CaptCleveland, for encouraging my rye obsession (with this & the barrel-aged version, which we'll be getting to soon). 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dark black & a bit fizzy for a porter. Nose is quite the hottie - angry, bitter chocolate leaps out, melded with hard-edged roast. Tons of bitterness. I like where this is going.

Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter is a marriage I would not object to. 'Wow' is the first word dripping off my lips. Chocolate is simultaneously bitter & sweet, though the sweet is submerged in the rampaging bittering. The rye lends a gentle, peppery undercurrent & is clearly second chair here. Malts sweeten up the aftertaste, but the bitterness sticks around like a visiting lingerie model. I've already sucked down half my allotment & I'm eyeing my wife's glass. Maybe I can get her to leave the room. Just for a minute. For her own good, you know.

This is an excellent beer. The balance of the porter, chocolate, & hint of rye is exquisite. Now I'm jonesing for the barrel-aged version to see how it stacks up: too bad it's a school night.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

black in color, tan head. nice head retention. smell has a little smoke, charcoal aroma. subdued compared to the taste.

taste is complex, yet balanced flavors. milk chocolate, a little earthy spiciness. very tasty. extremely smooth body & carbonation. thicker body. creamy, drinks great.

overall, an excellent, interesting beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color - hell, I think I'll call it pitch black. The beer looks decently thick while it's 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. It's partly reminiscent of Founders Breakfast Stout, one of those beers so good it's 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 there's still a slight lingering aftertaste of roast, fig, and plum. Moderately carbonated and insanely drinkable.

O: It's one of those beers that manages to combine a big flavor profile with incredible balance/drinkability, to the point where I'd seriously contemplate killing a second bomber of this. Pairing this with dark chocolate really allowed this to come into its own. Without a doubt, it's one of the better porters I've had to date.

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Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date apparent. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Black with a 1/2-1 finger of cookie batter colored head with good retention and solid lace down the glass.

S: Chocolate malted milk is most prominent early with some roast and dark maltiness. No fruitiness to speak of, but a slightly sour earthiness comes through. The aroma is little light overall.

T: The flavor, on the other hand, is not light with big bold bitersweet and dark chocolate flavors up front with more dark maltiness than in the aroma. The roast is mostly in the finish which blends well with the raw bitterness that the rye enhances. The alcohol burns but doesn't add a lot to the flavor.

M: Creamy with above-average active carbonation which helps to lighten this beer, although I think it drinks lighter than the 8% ABV indicated on the label.

O: I really liked this beer and think it probably dirnks best fresh or maybe with 6-12 months aging. I am going to hold the BBA version for 6 months to give the barrel qualities some time to smooth out. I could have used some more aroma, but I really liked this beer -- great job DuClaw.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-11-26 in Columbia, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Completely opaque dark brown/black with a 1.25-finger tan head that fades fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S - Very rich and inviting sweet and dark chocolate, mocha espresso, hint of rye spice. Reminds me of a Founders Breakfast Stout.

T - Initially spicy dark roasted grain complimented by some hop bitterness, then rich dark chocolate, dried fig, molasses, concord grape skin tart freshness, light char and light pepper and some alcohol. Finish is long-lasting leaning more to the dry-fruit, vinous-tart and charred grain/dark chocolate than milk chocolate sweet. Well-balanced.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Pretty creamy but with some light sparkle to cleanse the palate. Very drinkable.

O - A very fine flavor, which steps out of the imperial stout mold. The best DuClaw brew I've had to date. My wife really enjoyed this too. She prefers Porters over Stouts and somehow, DuClaw has managed to amp-up a Porter while retaining Porter characteristics. Makes you want to come back for more, sip-by-sip, like a Founders Breakfast Stout. Impressive.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a oversized DFH snifter.

A: It poured out a ridiculously creamy near pitch black color, with a slight mocha head that sat there throughout the session. Lovely.

S: Rye and/or coffee scent, with more than a hint of dark malt. Holy crap this smelled great!: Signature roasty porter profile in spades.

T: Great stuff overall: Roasty, chocolaty, and with more than enough malt presence. Uhhhh... I did get a good bit of rye right there at the end.

M: Creamy and delectable and with DuClaw's distinct taste profile. The lacing on the glass wasn't much to write home about.

O: Man, what a great brew overall. I'm so sick of my peeps bagging on DuClaw. They surprise me quite a bit!

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Photo of philbe311
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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...

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Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2012, tasted side-by-side with BBA version, poured into teku

A- pours jet black in color with a small creamy dark tan head that reduces to a ring around the edge, a bit of lace left behind

S- lots of smoky peat moss aroma up front with notes of campfire & dried smoked pork and beef jerky. Cocoa and milk chocolate malt with some notes of toffee, caramel and fig

T- smoky notes continue into the taste with notes of peat, campfire, dark chocolate, caramel and dark fruits. The finish is dry with notes of sherry and almost vinous

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly oxidized, leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a foamy dry finish, alcohol is hidden well

O- this has aged quite well and has some good smoky notes. It makes me wonder how smoky it was originally. This was notably more smoky than the BBA version

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exile 1 pours black with a small tan lacing head. There is a roasted and slight chocolate aroma. The taste is dry, has a nice roasted flavor, and some chocolate notes; the chocolate is not overpowering. Good body nice flavors. Overall it s a nice full porter with some goo flavors.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No sure of the age of this one, purchased in 2012
Poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours a deep black color. I do get some reddish hues towards the edges. Nice mocha head on it, about a half finger. I do get some lacing bits and some alcohol feet.

S: Soft milk chocolate. Vanilla. Light oak. Maybe some coffee behind it all.

T: Up front I get sweet chocolate. Then you start to pick up more of that bourbon character for sure. I am impressed by how much vanilla I am getting out this guy. 8% abv is hidden nicely too.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of ckollias
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue a with a thick dark brown 3-finger head that quickly dissipates into solid persistent lace with a partial trail down the glass.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate aroma followed by scents of coffee and hops.

T: Sweet chocolate and caramel flavors with a good roasted malt backbone. Coffee and slight hoppy notes are present. Alcohol present but masked by the sweet malt flavor.

M: Pretty strong and slightly boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. I like the combination of the chocolate and rye with a porter. I think if they brewed this again they would hop it up a little more to mellow out the sweet malt a little more. But overall I like the experiment.

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Photo of thain709
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had oh cask during Baltimore Beer Week 2011. I was surprised this wasn't entered yet.

A - Served with a darker shade of brown body with some light ruby highlights at the bottom...the light brown head was bubbly and thin and didn't stick around for long...a few patches of lacing were left

S - The nose was full of roasted chocolate malt...some whiffs brought forward a melted chocolate aroma...some vanilla sweetness as well...the spice was very, very subtle

T - There were a lot of similarities on the palate that were found in the nose...the malt was fully roasted and never came across as burnt...both milk and dark chocolate flavors could be found...the milk chocolate had a melted chocolate flavor while the dark chocolate provided a slight bitterness...there was some vanilla hanging in the background...again the spice was subtle, but it came through a little towards the end as the beer became even warmer

M - Full bodied...the roast characteristic was big in this one...it coated the palate nicely leaving a lot of chocolate around...a little smokiness/char came out too

O - When I saw the words DuClaw, Imperial, and Chocolate I was hoping for H.E.R.O, but instead I found this nice treat...the chocolate really comes through, but the rye is hard to find...I feel the two would have made a nice partnership, but the rye decided to hang back

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DuClaw Exile 1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter) from DuClaw Brewing Company
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