DuClaw Exile 4 (macchiato Milk Stout) | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Exile 4 (macchiato Milk Stout)DuClaw Exile 4 (macchiato Milk Stout)

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by John_M on 03-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 65
Photo of nimrod979
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber Poured into DuClaw pint glass. No bottled date but I'm fairly sure this was brewed late 2012.

Appearance: Pours near black with a very thin tan head that fades to nothing all too quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Roasted espresso beans. Sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: Sweet chocolate malts lead the way. Espresso and roast coffee are there but to a lesser extent. Finish is a a nice roasty & lactic sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and drinkable. Good balance of roasty and sweet. Medium bodied. Carbonation is a little flat.

Overall; I enjoyed it but I guess was expecting a little more out of it. Still It's a great example of a milk stout.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Thanks StormKing47!

A: Pours clear near black with a minimal thin light brown head that faded into a thin collar.
S: Espresso and roast all the way with a hint of sweet lactose sugar. Light scent. Roast dominant.
T: Creamy and integrated flavors of rich espresso, roasted dark malts, and lightly bitter chocolate. The finish is mildly sweet with lactose sugar and creamy chocolate syrup. Aftertaste is full of roast. Fairly simple but extremely delicious smooth and balanced. Slight caramel.
M: Medium body, light, slick, smooth mouthfeel, soft low carbonation.
O: A delicious milk stout with a creamy and balanced flavor. Smooth and delicious. Thanks again Josh.

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Photo of kevanb
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a deep cola brown cola, almost black, but with obvious brown distinctions, quite opaque. A big, thick, caramel head billows high out of the beer, almost 3 fingers high that leaves a great network of lace and has moderate retention. The aroma is of light coffee, mild milk chocolate, lactose sugar and rich sweet dark grain. It's simple, indistinct, not enough distinct roast, balanced too heavily on sweetness, but yet, it's not really that sweet. The flavors mimic the nose, light coffee, strong lactose sweetness and cream flavor, rich grain, milk chocolate and a little vanilla. The flavors are quite weak, balanced more towards sweetness and feels watered down. The body is light, almost watery, could definitely use some richness. It hardly coats the tongue and finishes meekly.

Verdict: A beer that sounds good on paper, and has been executed well elsewhere, but this is a big miss. Nothing robust about this, the coffee barely comes across in any meaningful way, and everything is just unremarkable. I think that a richer base beer with a more impactful coffee presence would really help this beer.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had on tap at Bell Air location.
very dark mahogany color no lacing, coffee and roasted nose. Flavor of grainy coffee and not burnt roasted notes. Overall a simple beer made well. not there most interesting beer but definitely worth trying. would probably go well with some food.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - very dark brown with a tan head that thinned to a light ring.

S - lots of roasted coffee with cocoa in the background.

T - the roasted coffee is stronger on the nose than it is in the taste but the chocolate flavors are solid.

F - medium bodied with a very smooth, easy drinking feel.

O - I enjoyed this beer and would have it again.

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Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with brown edges, short cap of off-white tightly bubbled hear which leaves a very light lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Very mild coffee aroma with milk chocolate, not much for malt aromas

T: The coffee in this coffee stout is decidedly light with enough flavor to get you interested, but it's questionable whether it has enough to keep you hooked in. The lactose and chocolate flavors work together well. There isn't a lot of malt depth, as there is little to no roast character.

M: Too thin even for the milk stout style with low-medium carbonation and light, almost watery body.

O: DuClaw is really hit or miss overall -- tread carefully. This beer is not objectionable but is pretty bland. Go for Moo-Hoo if you are looking for a more flavorful milk stout.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light and a smallish khaki head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of sweet and milk sugar with a nice chocolate and roast intermingling with just a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet and creamy with lactose and sugars up front. Roasted coffee milk with a hint of vanilla and chocolate round out the flavor quite nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy silky smooth mouthfeel. This is a very nice stout I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to Alex M for hooking me up.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thick, 3-finger, tan head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass ending in a wispy lace.

S: Coffee and chocolate aroma with roasted malt background.

T: Espresso/cappuccino with a solid roasted malt backbone. There are some definite chocolate and caramel overtones.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a very good sweet stout. Well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours jet black with a half finger ran head that quickly fades. Man, that head is extremely disappointing...

S- holy crap, tons of coffee comes through on this. Insane. Also getting hints of chocolate, but the coffee is the dominant flavor, and it's wild

T- lots of coffee....hints of vanilla come through as well from the lactose...pretty solid, a very different take on a milk stout, but one that I appreciate

M- texture is silky smooth, as you'd expect from the style

O- this adds another layer of flavor to the typical milk stout, and it works out extremely well for the beer. Would love to see this one get inserted into DuClaw's year-round profile

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Stone IRS glass. Black in color with a thin tan head scattered around the top. A little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a strong roasted malt, coffee and espresso presence to it. It's roasty, dark and a little bitter. The lactose shows through as well and gives it some sweeter, milky chocolate notes. The roasted coffee flavors are very good in the aroma.

The taste I get a little more caramel to it up front. The finish is dry and where most of the roasted coffee flavors come out at. The milk chocolate and lactose sweetness helps smooth out the roasted malts and coffee flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. It's a little creamy as well. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer. The bold espresso, roasted malts, chocolate and lactose all came together very well. The coffee was especially well done.

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Photo of bum732
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Strong espresso notes, classic lactose aromas, some roastiness, but restrained

L: Dark black, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Sharp espresso notes with some cream like flavors. Slight roastiness, but fairly restrained. Low bitterness, no hop flavor. Fairly clean and smooth besides the sharp espresso. Finishes slightly roasty and semi-dry.

M: Creamy, medium bodied. Medium low carbonation.

Ok. Flavors work pretty well together, just nothing really popped.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark body with a ruby hint at the thin part of the glass. A thin, almost non existent tan head on top.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate malt, a hint of caramel and coffee. Very appealing aroma.

T- Everything in the nose come through modestly. The roasted malt seems to take over, especially at the end. There is somewhat of a milky presence too that reminds me of coffee creamer.

M- Smooth, medium carbonation with some bite. Creamy feel and a drinkable stout.

O- Solid offering, would try again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at duclaw in Bowie. Pours a light black see through brown. No head. Not much of a stout appearance. Nice milk coffee roasted malt aromas. Taste is cappuccino like. Lots of sweet milky coffee and roasted malt. Its not over sweet at all but really balanced. Nice milk stout.

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Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a matching DuClaw pint glass. Cap comes off without a hiss or even a bubble rising to the surface. A pour directly down the middle of the glass yields about 2 fingers of frothy khaki head that fades fairly quick. The brew is black through the body with lighter brown clarity and ruby coloration through the edges. A swirl hardly brings back a half finger of bubbles and paints some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is pretty nice initially with a coffee quality that blends into the roast of grain that makes for hints of bitter chocolate and faintly nutty aspects. A bit of citrus and fruity alcohol emerges at times with a minor note of something almost like caramel. Swirling the glass brings out some sulfur, hints of cheese and some mineral quality.

The taste is pleasantly roasty and quite familiar. (Not related by any means but the first couple of sips really REALLY remind me of the stouts that spring house brewery makes.) Anyway, bitter chocolate and flavors of coffee are at the helm in this brew with a bit of nutty grain aftertaste, caramel and citrus to fruity hops. A hint of minerals and fruity tinges hangs on the edges and lasts into the aftertaste with a bit of sweetness. As the brew warms up, this almost has a cola or root beer feel to it which is strange.

This is a light bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. I know sweet stouts are very much variable and the level of sweetness really changes via brewers interpretation. Having said that, this one has me scratching my head a bit. It has some residual sweetness but it lacks the body I anticipated for the lactose inclusion. The lack of carbonation didn't help much in this either. It is a decent brew overall and it is worth giving a try. But overall it is forgetable and not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro draft at the brewpub in Bowie.

The beer is dark brown with a thick, tan head. The head has some serious staying power, and plasters the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is a tad weak, bringing malt, chocolate, and light roast. The flavor is quite tasty, with a light coffee presence and a chocolate taste throughout. The feel is silky smooth, as is expected from a nitro pour. One of the best offerings I have had from DuClaw.

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Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub at Arundel Mills.

A: Dark, dark reddish brown, with a bit of light passing around the edges, and with a slight melted ice cream-like head... but not much else.

S: Nice dark roasty scent, with a very compact, almost espresso-like coffee scent. Very nice!

T: Perfectly sweetened, with an intense high-grade coffee infused with vanilla. The finish was somewhat dry, but the bitterness was not cloying and didn't linger. The lacing was moderate.

O: This is one of the best, and definitely one of the most complex brews I've had from DuClaw. I hope they keep making it.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at DuClaw....

A- Pours a deep brown almost black color. One finger tan head shows good retention. Lace came in the forms of streaks with hints of spots as well.

S- My only big complaint with the aroma is it is a little muted. Roasted malts in the front with hints of sweet vanilla-ish undertones. The malts come in a second wave with a toasted caramel tone. No real hops come out or anything else really. Maybe some darker fruit but that is about it.

T- Roasted malts with hints of coffee in the front. There are light lingering undertones of vanilla and a almost creamy flavor. Caramel base malts show up in the middle of the beer for a second. Light darker fruits and dark baker's chocolate in the ending of the beer with light hints of alcohol. Even the alcohol seems a little muted in this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Sweet malts and light roast are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly sweet malts and light alcohol tones. Flavors were blended well although a little sweet. No real off flavors at all but there is a little watery feel to this one. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was very drinkable. The lower ABV made it a little easy to drink pint after pint of this. Although a little watery at times it is still a good drinker.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a very tiny amount of light coming through at the edges of the glass. There is one finger of creamy tan head and some lacing remains.

Smell: Some sweet roast with notes of caramel, vanilla, and roasty coffee. The only complaint here is that the smell is a little faint.

Taste: Roasty coffee with notes of caramel and vanilla. There is some dark chocolate and roast, especially at the finish. The sweetness is nice, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy body and carbonation. Tiny bubbles and quite dry at the finish.

Drinkability: I think this beer is really good. There is a perfect amount of sweetness, and it is very well balanced.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. The latest concoction from DuClaw.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing all around. The nose is pretty attractive, though I guess I don't understand the macchiato part of the name/style. Instead, I get light coffee grounds, licorise, vanilla and burnt toast. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though there is also a light creaminess that is kind of nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer has a fairly long, smooth, creamy finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol nicely integrated into the flavor profile. It's barely noticeable in this beer, and the beer is not at all heavy or tiring.

While nothing extraordinairy, I thought this nevertheless a very solid beer.

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DuClaw Exile 4 (macchiato Milk Stout) from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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