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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)
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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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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 30
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ppoitras
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dan!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4"brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fizzes away slowly, with leggy lacing. Aroma is dark sweetness, spices, and alcohol.

Taste begins with roasty maltiness, rye brings some spices in the middle, and warmth coasts us into the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good for the abv. Not all I hoped, but not a bad brew either.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Exile 1 pours black with a small tan lacing head. There is a roasted and slight chocolate aroma. The taste is dry, has a nice roasted flavor, and some chocolate notes; the chocolate is not overpowering. Good body nice flavors. Overall it s a nice full porter with some goo flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a solid black with a few fingers of espresso crema colored head. Head recedes into a half a finger of bubbles and stick with the beer to the end. Very good head retention.

S- good nose of semi-sweet chocolate, rustic spicy rye and soft roasted malt aromas. An almost perfume like floral(hops?) component lies under the predominant aromas which throws the aroma off a bit. Above average nose.

T- big chocolate malt shake like flavor hits the palate at first. Roasted malt undertones with a touch of rye spice kicks in mid palate. A dusty yeast hits on the finish with some dry cake like malt and chocolate on the finish. Chocolate lingers in the aftertaste.

MF- creamy full mouthfeel with a medium body. Active expressive carbonation that seems to lighten the body some.

D- good drinkability.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue a with a thick dark brown 3-finger head that quickly dissipates into solid persistent lace with a partial trail down the glass.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate aroma followed by scents of coffee and hops.

T: Sweet chocolate and caramel flavors with a good roasted malt backbone. Coffee and slight hoppy notes are present. Alcohol present but masked by the sweet malt flavor.

M: Pretty strong and slightly boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. I like the combination of the chocolate and rye with a porter. I think if they brewed this again they would hop it up a little more to mellow out the sweet malt a little more. But overall I like the experiment.

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed in a snifter.

A - Very dark inky black colour with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Sweet chocolate, molasses, roast and lighter spice and coffee aromas.

T - Sweet milk chocolate, molasses, roast and a light spiciness form the rye. Gets very sweet as I continue to drink it.

M - Medium, almost full body. Light carbonation.

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3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours blackwith a two finger thing light brown head. Retention isn't overwhelming but I have a nice little layer sticking around. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt and cocoa. Nothing overwhelming.

Taste: Thick chocolatey flavor. with roasted malts, rye, bittersweet dry cocoa, and hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full body with a nice medium roasted malt flavor profile highlighted by the rich velvety chocolate. A bit heavy as a porter, more on the stout side. ABV is not a problem here. Carbonation is very soft.

Very good solid beer from DuClaw. Doesn't disappoint with the chocolate. The rye adds a little bit of spice on the overall feel.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No sure of the age of this one, purchased in 2012
Poured into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pours a deep black color. I do get some reddish hues towards the edges. Nice mocha head on it, about a half finger. I do get some lacing bits and some alcohol feet.

S: Soft milk chocolate. Vanilla. Light oak. Maybe some coffee behind it all.

T: Up front I get sweet chocolate. Then you start to pick up more of that bourbon character for sure. I am impressed by how much vanilla I am getting out this guy. 8% abv is hidden nicely too.

M: Medium bodied.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours black, with 1 ½ fingers of mocha head. This retains with some robust edging that throws up a foamy cascade of lacing which slowly creeps down the side of the glass and hangs in patchy swathes. The rye pops in the nose but is undercut by notes of green citrus, chocolate, and roasted coffee. It still has a nice spicy presence here though in the nostrils.

The taste is bittersweet chocolate, some tangier toffee notes, and rye, which all stick to each other with a spicy sweetness on the palate. This spreads out and melds rather nicely with the coffee flavor that is present, along with a firm citric bitterness that runs down the middle of the profile. This finishes bitter with a final smack of spice and sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and crisp feeling on the tongue, with more of a thick prickly chewiness then that fills out the back. Alcohol is well hid here in this bottled version (label has this at 8%) and adds just the right amount of fullness here to the body.

I liked this. I thought that the rye worked rather well here with those other Imperial Porter flavors and that bigger body gave them all a solid presence to latch onto in the mouth. I might have to grab an extra bottle or two of this.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had oh cask during Baltimore Beer Week 2011. I was surprised this wasn't entered yet.

A - Served with a darker shade of brown body with some light ruby highlights at the bottom...the light brown head was bubbly and thin and didn't stick around for long...a few patches of lacing were left

S - The nose was full of roasted chocolate malt...some whiffs brought forward a melted chocolate aroma...some vanilla sweetness as well...the spice was very, very subtle

T - There were a lot of similarities on the palate that were found in the nose...the malt was fully roasted and never came across as burnt...both milk and dark chocolate flavors could be found...the milk chocolate had a melted chocolate flavor while the dark chocolate provided a slight bitterness...there was some vanilla hanging in the background...again the spice was subtle, but it came through a little towards the end as the beer became even warmer

M - Full bodied...the roast characteristic was big in this one...it coated the palate nicely leaving a lot of chocolate around...a little smokiness/char came out too

O - When I saw the words DuClaw, Imperial, and Chocolate I was hoping for H.E.R.O, but instead I found this nice treat...the chocolate really comes through, but the rye is hard to find...I feel the two would have made a nice partnership, but the rye decided to hang back

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DuClaw Exile 1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter) from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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