eXile X-9: 865cc Coffee Stout
DuClaw Brewing Company

eXile X-9: 865cc Coffee StouteXile X-9: 865cc Coffee Stout
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American Stout
Ranked #206
Ranked #10,631
3.96 | pDev: 9.09%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Very Good
eXile X-9: 865cc Coffee StouteXile X-9: 865cc Coffee Stout
Notes: The 9th experiment in the eXile series is a robust stout brewed with Cafe Racer XXX 865cc coffee to turbocharge it with the intense flavors & aromas of locally roasted coffee beans. X-9 is at the line; pop the top and... pin the throttle!
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Reviews by thehooksman:
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit, there are those moments when I will unearth something in the Bottle Backlog and think, "Wow! This is pretty cool. I wonder why it has taken me so long to get to it?" with the answer being too many nights away rom Chez Woody accompanied by my bring back more beer upon my return. This seems like a pretty cool beer.

From the bottle: "The 9th experiment in the eXile series is a robust stout brewed with Cafe Racer XXX 865cc coffee to turbocharge it with the intense flavors & aromas of locally roasted coffee beans. X-9 is at the line; pop the top and ... pin the throttle!"; "Respect the Fluid"; "Craft Be Cherished. Rules Be Damned."

It was going to be tough to pin the throttle, but I am really good at Pop!ping the top! My gentle pour raised a finger of fizzy, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention. Color was Black-Opaque (SRM = 44), but not so dark as too prevent me from seeing garnet highlights at the edges. Nose was redolent with dark roasted coffee. Mouthfeel was unexpectedly creamy. It tasted (and felt) like a dollop of coffee ice cream in my mouth. This beer really makes me nostalgic for my late Pops. He liked coffee, he would read Secret Agent X-9 to me as a kid and coffee ice cream and Rocky Road were his favorites. Every beer should be so pleasantly evocative. Finish was bittersweet (semi-sweet), and it tasted like Hershey's Special Dark, which was Pops' favorite, also. I guess that I should raise a toast to him before I finish this review. He's been gone for over fourteen years, but few are the times that I don't think of him. Prosit!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Budlum
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really great coffee tones on this one. Robust, full, rich, and vibrant. Love it. Great coffee beer. Highly suggested.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and close to being opaque—when held up to a bright light, traces of amber are visible bar the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of coffee beans. There isn't that much in the way of bitterness or acidity.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this stout and think it would be a beer that would be enjoyed by coffee lovers given its rich flavors of coffee beans in the taste. It wasn't that difficult to drink because the beer wasn't that heavy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this 12oz in a stout glass chilled.

The color is black and opaque with thick beige head that falls to a ring with fine bead and spots of lace stick. The smell has a strong coffee aroma with decent amount of cocoa-like odors with mocha quality and light spice with vanilla type earthy accent. The feel is creamy with mild bitter bean texture with slight sweetness on the tip with medium carbonation and some spice in the semi-dry finish with medium body throughout with oils of coffee coating the mouth well.

The taste is very rich with a coffee/cocoa dominance up front with slight sweet toffee-like secondary flavors at first with light woody spice from coffee with slight fruity yeast adding a mild raisin combined with the roasted malt flavor and lots of chocolate malt in the middle with some caramel adding to the coffee flavors which have dried fruit and dark berry qualities. The taste moves to a long dark roasted coffee flavor that lingers into the finish which has a drying quality. This is a very good stout with a nice heavy coffee quality and substantial body of the stout base yet very enjoyable especially for those who like coffee in a nice standard stout, I would not hesitate to drink this again

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark brown approaching jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly roasted coffee and cold brewed coffee over light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts followed by a moderate to strong flavor of cold brewed coffee - great coffee flavors with little to no acidity. Light to moderate amounts of coffee bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this one but I'm as big a coffee drinker as I am a craft beer drinker. Really nice coffee flavors and an easy to drink mouthfeel. Definitely would grab this one again.

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Photo of nmann08
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a Belgian snifter. No bottle dating.
Pours dark brown/black in color and is nearly opaque in the glass. The minimal head is short-live and only leaves a few small spots of lacing.

Aroma: black bread, toast and fine, roasted coffee with hints of dark chocolate, toffee and roasted nuts. Exceptional.

Flavor: the great balance in the nose carries over to the taste. The coffee has very good flavor and mixes in balance with the malts. Hints of chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted nuts, toffee, white pepper and fainter dark fruits. Mild bitterness and high complexity.

Overall: an outstanding coffee stout with the balance, complexity and fine coffee among its strong points.

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Photo of spycow
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color, nearly oily, with a brownish head. Good retention and lacing, however some small chunks of sediment were seen in the bottom on the glass.

Aroma was full of strong dark roast coffee. Just a hint of malt and char behind the coffee, and perhaps just a touch of hops and bread. Has pretty decent aroma on it, enticing to coffee lovers.

The flavor has a fair amount of roast and bitterness, faint unsweetened cocoa powder, nutty elements and small malt sweetness in the finish. Well rounded and balanced in the taste. You get the coffee, malts, and earthy, slightly piney hops. Full bodied, evenly carbonated and finishes with a touch smokey, this is a solid stout brewed with coffee.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste is as advertised, deep roasted coffee and toasted malt. This one is good for the style as you can taste both the coffee and beer parts of the beer. Not my favorite style, but really good if you like coffee beers.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, tan head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of coffee notes and deep roasted malt.

Tastes of the deep malts with coffee and some earthy bitterness. Malts lead off with notes of molasses, coffee, and burnt caramel. This gives way to some slightly acrid roasted notes and bitterness. Earthy bitterness comes next before a lingering coffee note.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done stout that features the coffee well.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyclonece09
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a nitro tap. Pours dark black with a fluffy light brown nitro head. Smells of dark roasted coffee with a tad of sweetness. Tastes of coffee with slight chocolate. Beer is light bodied and very smooth. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nicholas2121
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

865cc Coffee Stout brewed byDuClaw Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.90% This brew pours out a deep brown color with a nice off white head. There is also some nice lacing to this American Stout, it sticks to the side real nice. This brew look like coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is rich with coffee flavors,and roasted grians and malts. You also pick up on some nice hops in the smell of this brew. The look and smell of this stout is really inviting. 865cc Coffee Stout has the look and smell of most coffee stout on the market. Now for the taste, it is bold with coffee flavors, and roasted grians and malts. There is also a nice rich sweetness to the taste of this brew. There is some nice earthly hops on a ending note of this brew. There is a lot going on in 865cc Coffee Stout. I really like how smooth this brew goes down, it is hard to pick up on the 6.90% ABV in this stout. It is just that smooth.
865cc Coffee Stout has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew, it just goes down smooth. The mouth feel of 865cc Coffee Stout is Coffee, Bold, Rich, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving 865cc Coffee Stout a 4.75 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. If you like coffee brews look this brew up. DuClaw Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Beejay
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark black in the glass with a light tan head that seems to build up from the body of the beer.

S: Oh yeah... Rich chocolate, and wonderfully complex and dark coffee. There is a lovely coffee and cream aroma going on that I really dig.

T: Chocolate, with coffee notes. There is a little bit of a peppery note in the finish. There is a little bit of heat in this which is odd considering the mid range ABV.

M: Light in body, with fairly active carbonation.

O: Overall a good beer. I think the aroma outshines the taste, but still a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this before so with a new bottle I can make a review! Pours a fairly dark blackness not thick but you can't see through it. Mocha head is just a 1/4 inch of froth that slowly dissipates. mmm real nice smell coffee and some milk sugars mixed into the typical roasty and chocolate malts one expects in the style. Have to agree with others it taste like a sweetened ice coffee mildly roasty but robust enough to tickle the buds. Love the balance of coffee and hops in this one! Body is surprisingly smooth for almost 7% very easy going.

Overall I am glad I picked up another for a review and may even get some more!

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Photo of BB1313
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a collaboration with Cafe Racer XXX. Bottled in October 2016. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a fluffy tan head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are very nice. The coffee shines and leads the way. Roasted malts are there with some subtle hints of vanilla. The flavors follow the nose. The coffee shines once again. The coffee gives this one a nice roastiness and solid bitterness. Hints of dark chocolate in the finish. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light-bodied with active carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This one is a winner. It's a great coffee stout. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of csnyder83
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Drknight
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

eXile X-9: 865cc Coffee Stout from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 146 ratings