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)

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by thain709 on 10-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Roasthouse pub, on a special preview night for the frederick craft beer tap takeover.

A- Pours a jet black with a nice light tan head, about 1 finger. Leaves behind some nice bubbly lacing, even in a glass that you've been sipping for a while.

S- Powerful chocolate aroma, with plenty of rich stout notes to back it up. A bit of smokiness is present here, as well.

T- Amazing. Nice Chocolate up front, and then a wave of flavor comes through. Something resembling a dark smokiness comes to the front, followed by some rich malt and slight coffee. The finish comes back to a nice chocolate flavor, with a bit of spicy smokiness to back it up. The booze was definitely very well masked, just barely noticeable in the background.

M- Nice carbonation, good mouthfeel overall. Pretty smooth and very drinkable, but not quite the smoothest stout I've had. Still goes down well, and I couldn't resist ordering a second.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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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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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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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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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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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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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