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Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter (X-1) - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter (X-1)Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter (X-1)

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very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 7.48%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stephenjmoore on 05-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 14
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4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

A- pours jet black with a small creamy dark tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind and a layer of cream skimming the top.

S- dark chocolaty malt with big oaky vanilla and barrel juice aroma, caramel malt, toffee

T- sweet chocolaty malt up front with some smoky campfire notes and flavors of fig & raisin. The bourbon notes have mellowed out after a couple of years but meshes greatly with the chocolate malt. The oaky vanilla has turned sweet and incredibly drinkable

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly oxidized, leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a smooth slightly warming finish, alcohol has mellowed out nicely

O- the bourbon notes have mellowed out creating a nice sipper. The regular version of this beer was noticeable more smoky

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

And with my first introduction to DuClaw comes with this excessively bold Porter, brewed with rye and chocolate malt and then bourbon barrel aged. X-1 is one complex ride!

With a shade off of black, its matte appearance carries a medium cloudiness as garnet low lights penetrate its bark-brown body. A dainty coffee-like creme of foam emerges to cap the beer for a brief moment before its structure quickly succumbs to the barrel complexities within. With little lacing of which to speak, the beer looks still nearly half way though the snifter.

A depth of aromas circulate around the Porter style- heavy toast, chocolate, toffee and a sprinkle of brown sugar kick things off while the earthen char, partly (and presumably) from rye that gives a spicy whole-grain character to its scent. Woodish hops are somewhat British-like except with a hint of pine. But the subtleties of barrel are only known as the ale warms and its bourbon-sweetened notes come forth- caramel, vanilla and oak.

To taste, its the well-balanced flavors of malt that carry the beer. Toffee, toast, chocolate and that ever so spicy rye offer up the earthy sweetness that defines the beer's overall character. Even before the hoppy wood flavors set in, the huskiness of rye applies its sharpness to the early palate, just as the sweetness seeps in. Its toasty dry malt flavor tramps over the middle palate to arrive at a bourbon-soaked sweet booziness in the end. Its toasted base flavor links up perfectly with barrel char, and continues to balance with wood caramel, vanillans and spices.

Upon the strength of a mere 7+ percent, the beer seems lighter than is should. Its lush and velvety textures are creamy and smooth throughout- even as dry toast tries to apply its acrid astringency. But the ale wards those off easily as it ushers in a semi-dry finish with understated warmth and and extended bittersweet chocolatey lingering.

The beer's charm is in its impeccable balance and its humble complexities. Sure, I would prefer more influence from the barrel and a level of intensity that would accompany a 9% Porter, but to that reward I'm sure that their inherent detriments would rear their heads as well. I'm perfectly content with this hefty Porter with some nuances that are hard to place the finger upon- I just wish DuClaw wouldn't have clued us in on all their secrets before hand.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A slight finger's worth of moderately creamy and mostly lush light to medium brown colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a mostly full thin veil of lacing and thin to moderate collar... The color walks the fine line between deep dark brooding brown and a sleek flat black... There is a wee bit of light that leaks in around the edges... Very still with no noticeable carbonation...

S - A slight whiff of bourbon barrel to start... This gives way to a robust mix of milk chocolate and lightly roasted malts that is rather quite appealing and intoxicating... Some subtle wood and vanilla notes lie beneath the surface... Lots of depth with good balance and complexity... Very nice all the way around...

T - The bourbon barrel notes are at the forefront and linger throughout and also varies in its intensity throughout... The lightly roasted malt is also quite present on the palate... The chocolate notes take a distant backseat... The rye aspects of this beer are very subtle and linger way beneath the surface... Solid, but not quite as nuanced as the base version of this brew...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Moderately chewy... Sleek and smooth... A touch of lushness... Limited carbonation... The finishes turns a bit dry and quite chalky... There is a slight bit of alcohol induced heat...

D - A very nice brew from DuClaw here... Very enjoyable, but not quite as good as the standard version of this brew... While the bourbon barrel aging has only a subtle to moderate impact on the overall flavor profile it detracts slightly from the base brew.. Still quite tasty and enjoyable... This is something I would recommend to fans of barrel aged brews and it is also something that I would gladly drink again in the future...

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter (X-1) from DuClaw Brewing Company
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