Guilty Filthy Soul
DuClaw Brewing Company

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Robust Porter
Ranked #15
Ranked #8,873
3.98 | pDev: 7.79%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Guilty Filthy Soul Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter, a sliver medalist at both The World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, is medium-full bodied with rich aromas and flavors of roasted malt and cocoa accented by underlying notes of peppery rye, and a strong 7.7% abv. The addition of chocolate to the beer imbues it with inimitable flavor, a velvety mouthfeel, and a crisp, bittersweet finish. Lay down your burdens and pick up our award winning Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter - you won’t regret it.
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, spicy rye, fudge, brownie batter, toasted dark/brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready/rye malt, chocolate, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, spicy rye, fudge, brownie batter, toasted dark/brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/piney hop, roast/char bitterness; and peppery rye spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, spicy rye, fudge, brownie batter, toasted dark/brown bread, nuttiness, smoke, charcoal, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/rye malt, chocolate, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and minimal acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.7%. Overall this is an awesome imperial chocolate American porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/rye malt, chocolate, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV; even with the increasingly bitter/drying finish. Very rich and well rounded malt complexity, with great chocolate presence, and balancing earthy hops. Kind of a dessert beer in a way, but the drying char bitter/spicy rye finish keeps it feeling like an American porter on style. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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superspak from Michigan, Dec 16, 2017
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of chocolate, some licorice. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, some rye, a touch of alcohol as it warms. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Mar 16, 2017
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4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft in pint glass. not a lot of aroma but very black color w darker than expected tan head that dissipated quickly. Lots of cocoa and milk choc in back of mouth. i like it but that could be a deal breaker for the uninformed

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reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania, Jan 11, 2017
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark black in color with a tan head.

S: Huge chocolate with malt, and molasses following.

T: Chocolate, with caramel, and a touch of licorice, with a nice dash of spice rounding out earthy bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to medium heavy in body, fairly high carbonation,

O: Overall a pretty tasty brew. Would recommend to friends.

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Beejay from Virginia, Jan 11, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: black, thin tan head, good lacing
S: not as much nose as I hoped, some coffee and chocolate
T: toasty, chocolate, coffee ...delicious
F: full body,
O: I really like this beer

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TonyLema1 from South Carolina, Dec 26, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: dark fruits, chocolate, slight licorice.
Appearance: very dark, thickish for a porter. Small tan head. Lasting, legs, lacing.
Taste: you get the rye right away which i love. Light coffee,toasted malt, dark chocolate later. Some ash.

Very nice. I think my favorite from DuClaw."

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q33jeff from New Jersey, Dec 16, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a standard pint deep dark cola color with a thick beige head atop.Chocolate stood out most in the nose with underlying roast and just enough spicy rye to make it interesting.Chocolate dominates the palate with some coffee roast and mild earth,the rye is not as big as in the aromas giving off a faint spicy finish.All in all not a bad porter but I would have liked a little more rye in the flavor profile.

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oberon from North Carolina, Dec 14, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter (2x).

Appearance: Pours a very dark ruby color, looking black in the glass. The tan head is good sized but lacks retention and only leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, black bread and roasted nuts with some rye spiciness and coffee.

Flavor: As advertised, the chocolate, spicy rye and dark roasted grains (porter) are all evident and nicely balanced. There's some coffee and roasted nut flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body is smooth. Medium-light carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: very well crafted chocolate rye porter.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Dec 10, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - wow, this brewery seems to like the moralizing side of things in naming their products, eh?

This beer pours a solid black, with subtle basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves some decent streaky ice form lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of lush milk chocolate, bready and doughy caramel malt, a much lesser rye graininess, cafe-au-lait, hints of black licorice candy, and some very tame leafy, earthy, and floral noble hop bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet cocoa powder, gritty and grainy caramel malt, laid-back spicy rye (the loaf and the whisky), some free-range ashiness, day-old coffee, and more gentle earthy, weedy, and somewhat musty hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its basically supportive frothiness, the body a dense medium weight, and generally smooth, maybe just a touch of char taking the ideal of perfection away from us here. It finishes off-dry, but not as sweet as I might have been expecting - all the players are there, just with a nice modicum of balance, including a deftly integrated booziness.

Overall, my own guilty filthy soul is only emboldened and eventually satisfied by such a lush offering - I suppose the rye lends a bit of spice to the affair, but it's the roasted caramel, and uber alles, chocolate, that carries this one into the next life and beyond. Good stuff!

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Nov 28, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a dark brown color with half a finger of head. The body is rich and thick. The chocolate flavor comes through in a decided manner. Unfortunately, I did not get any rye notes in the flavor profile.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Aug 14, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste is chocolate sweet and dark, tree bark, and rye at the end. The rye is more present as the beer warms. Tasty, super chocolaty beer with just enough rye to differentiate it from other porters and add a bit of a spicy kick. A very good beer that I will revisit.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Mar 14, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had thus on 2015-03-01 at DuClaw in BWI

A - opaque dark brown, tan head, good lace

S - Rich milk chocolate and light roasted grain. Sweet.

T - Decadently rich. Like a fudge brownie sundae. Balancing char, touch of pepper, and mild-moderate bitterness.

M - Thick body and mild-medium carbonation. Like a milkshake. Very nice.

O - I quite enjoyed this rich brew.

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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Mar 02, 2015
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—when held up to a bright light, the bottom of the glass is clear dark red. It poured with a quarter finger high light tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of chocolate malts and has slight bits of spiciness from the rye. Although no bitterness is present, there are enough hops to mask any sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is so packed with chocolate malts that it's like eating into a bittersweet chocolate bar. The rye helps cut through the malts.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Feb 15, 2015
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3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like bitter dark chocolate and copper, with some roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like bitter dark chocolate and copper, with some smoky coffee and spicy rye. It had a clean bitter aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Very big body.
D: This was a nice beer to try once. The scent and taste didn't have as much rye as I hoped. The body was nice, but not fitting for the style. The finish was surprisingly hot too, so it was a little rough to drink. Not a refined brew at all, but not that bad either.

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Pencible from Virginia, Jan 04, 2015
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4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on ??/2014:
Deep brown to point of seeming black; by checking out the edges it appear =s to have decent clarity. Produces a nice off white head thar films the surface and collects at the edges rather thick, providing lacing down the glass. Nose is roasted nut, specifically peanut butter, along with some chocolate notes. The smell is very nice, even if not quite standard (I think they took the nose from their Sweet Baby Jesus).

The taste seems vaguely familiar of the aforementioned beer (vaguely recalling it), but smoothed it out. The beer starts with roasted malt in the form of lightly sweetened coffee with a dash of cream. The peanut isn't as present in the taste, and the rest of the flavors I do get are very subtle that I may be missing them: light nuttiness (hazelnut?), some oatmeal (or is that rye combining with the sweeter malts?), perhaps a little oak. The feel is almost perfect. The beer is just a little thin, just enough to not get a 5. However, the beer is otherwise silky smooth and does provide a little dryness in the end countering the sweeter beginning.

Was very surprised by this beer. Little upset now I only picked up one in a mixed sixer. Hopefully I can go grab a couple more later this week.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

I almost hate to step foot in the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop any more since I never leave empty handed. I now have a “Guilty [,] Filthy Soul as a result!

From the bottle: “Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter”; “Embrace you dark side with this award winning blend of rye malt and chocolate that imbues this unique Imperial Porter with a complex flavor profile, velvety mouthfeel, and a bittersweet finish that will leave you with … no regrets!”

I put on the soundtrack to “Damn Yankees!” before I Pop!ped the cap and then got overeager on the pour, causing a wee bit of overflow following a pseudo-cascade. It settled into three fingers of dense, dark-brown head with great retention. I felt Guilty for having made a Filthy mess, but as a ginger, I have no Soul, so I got over it pretty quickly. Color was the very example of Opaque/Black (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. The nose was redolent with scents of coffee, dark chocolate and even a tad bit of smokiness. Mouthfeel was dense, thick and creamy and I was once again put in mind of ice cream! Pennsupreme used to make a flavor like this for their Rocky Road. Really rich, chocolaty, creamy on the tongue. Phew! This strikes me as more of a dessert beer. The finish was semi-dry with a real rye bite on the end, coupled with a light smokiness to offset the chocolate flavor. I marveled at the sticky lacing that was beginning to coat the glass. Warming, the flavors became more pronounced and the peppery bite of the rye stuck in my throat and in my mind. This was an insanely rich beer and I could not drink more than one at a time. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Nov 12, 2014
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4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a stout , dark brownish black and free from sediment. Spicy rye, chocolate and more chocolate in the nose. The taste has coffee, peppery rye and a boatload of chocolate. Nice and flavorful. Like a rye stout milkshake.

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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania, Nov 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Finally back from Texas and done with Medic training. After 7 months of not drinking, I decided to grab this beer at Carnivores. It was a nice delicious rye chocolate flavor. It had a nice malt sweet taste and the bitterness was just right. Enjoyed this beer very much! I'm happy to be back in the beer game, gotta shake off the cobwebs and get my pallet back in order

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GregA135 from Pennsylvania, Nov 04, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly deep brown, almost black. The thin dark tan head dissipates and leaves some oily lacing. The aroma is interesting, with chocolate, alcohol, and earthy hops. The taste is a delicious blend of all three with a little spice from the rye. There is a little too much carbonation but an otherwise nice slick mouthfeel and weight to the body.

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delta490 from Virginia, Oct 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Intrigued by a rye chocolate porter I pick this up for around 2 bucks. Into a pint glass

A - Actually quite attractive a deep dense porter looks like syrup molasses with a inch plus mocha head that slowly pulls back to the best lacing all night!
S - Roasted coffee and chocolate notes a plenty with spicy rye in the back end. Really hope its not too dry I hate a dry rye.
T - Well its good but nothing super complex. Just mild sweet chocolate similar to a Hershey bar followed by spicy dry rye and finishes mildly chalky with porter tones with a lingering bitterness.
M - Medium bodied sort of slick but not watery.

Overall I took the score down a bit even though its not an overlay dry and spicy rye beer I was really put off by the mixture of it with the roast it left a lingering unpleasant taste on my palate. Ow well it doesn't keep me away from DuClaw and I appreciate the experimentation they seem to be the only guys keeping it "real" these days.

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Oct 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Opaque black with a half finger tan head which receded slowly to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dark chocolate.

t: Dark chocolate over a peppery rye base and bitter hops,. Somewhat bitter finish.

m: Medium with good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o: If any brew called an Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter lacked flavor, it would be a big surprise, and this one does not surprise. Perhaps too many flavors competing for attention, especially since no porter dark malt smokiness is evident. But there is no question this is flavorful.

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scotorum from Massachusetts, Oct 24, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, there was a date stamped on neck but it's smeared.

looks great - jet black with thick creamy tan head. good head retention and lacing. nice pleasant milk chocolate aroma. same with the taste - milk chocolate, but finishes a bit earthy. not too sweet, good balance. very smooth silky mouthfeel - thicker, lower carbonation.

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania, Oct 23, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: black as night, not much head

S: this beer has some chocolate on it, very light licorice, nice beer I get a touch of rye

T: this beer envelops your tongue in chocolate but it's not over the top its cloying yet almost perfect, it backs off just a the tight moment maybe the rye makes this beer perfect.

M: it's nice deeper than a porter would be it's got a very nice feel

O: impressed I went in thinking this would be average it's actually quite good I'd drinking this any day of the week and I like the touch of rye just a nice beer

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4.3/5  rDev +8%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark black color with a half finger of mocha foam that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is full of dark roasted malts, with a hint of cocoa and coffee. Smells nice!

First sip is a pleasing sweet chocolate flavor followed by a roasty bitterness. Smooth, full bodied mouthfeel. Very nice overall - reminds me of a toned down version of Southern Tier's Choklat.

This beer is surprisingly good. It has a smooth chocolatey flavor, no booziness, and a nice roast coffee aftertaste. Not something I want to drink 6 of in one sitting, but a very enjoyable nightcap.

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FickleBeast from New Jersey, Oct 11, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled 9/12/14, so not even a month old. Sweet.

Pitch black with a good tan head, which did dissipate.

Chocolate, roasted malt, a little coffee, even a hint of PB. a lot going on here.

Mouth closing in on full. Carbonation tingle around the tongue. Bitterness from the coffee, with a bite of rye around the edge of the tongue.

Once the beer settled into room temperature, it really began to shine, and all the different tastes meshed together really well.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Oct 10, 2014
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