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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thain709 on 10-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
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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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brewers Cask in Baltimore (Federal Hill). Pours a dark brown, nice chocolate aroma to it. Taste is medium to full bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn, some chocolate notes, good malt backbone. Little bit of an odd finish, not the best of aftertastes. Seems like there might be a little bit too much going on, but has some interesting tastes for a porter and worth trying if you're in MD.

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of nickfl
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Deschutes snifter. It poured black in color with a frothy brown head barely covering the top. Some good lacing to it as I drank it. Pretty nice looking beer of the style.

I'm getting a lot of chocolate to it in the aroma. Dark, bitter-sweet chocolate mixes with some of the spicy rye notes. I get some roasted malts coming out and giving is some really nice coffee like flavors. Very nice aroma overall, it really comes together well.

I get a little more of the rye coming out in the taste adding some spicy, bready notes. The chocolate is a little sweeter and milky up front, but it turns more to a dry, bitter-sweet, dark chocolate towards the finish. The rye lingers into the finish as well, which I really like. Again, there is some coffee notes to it that I'm really liking as well.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavy side, but for the style it's about average. carbonation is a little below average and fitting for the style. Overall, I thought it was a really solid beer and one of the best Duclaw beers I've had. The rye really complimented well and the chocolate and coffee flavors were really good as well. Very nice beer overall.

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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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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Catching up on notes from last month. This was a draft offering at Als of Hampden during the Duclaw welcome to PA event. Served in a snifter, the brew appears black in color with a frothy finger of movha head. Some stringy patches of lace stick to the glass. The cap retains with solid retention.

The aroma is roasty with chocolate and coffee hints from the roast of the grain. Some citrus quality towards the back with a light kiss of alcohol and fruity rye inclusion.

The taste is roasted with chocolate and coffee just like the nose suggests. Some mild citrus hop elements are present with a fruity hint of alcohol and rye. This is a very well balanced and blended brew, no single flavor dominates, it all blends together nicely.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel and moderate amount of carbonation. This is an easy drinking and approachable offering. Nicely done and worth checking out.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attrative and intriguing, as I pick up coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and hint of rye. The rye really adds an interesting and unusual component to the aroma profile. The flavorf profile replicates the nose very closely, except the rye is decidedly in the background. However, it does seem to help counter the modest sweetness in this beer, and adds a note of light dry bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderately long, chocolate, coffee and rye finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though I'm not entirely sure what the abv. is for this beer. The beer menu at Max's says 7.7%, and truth be told, that's what this drinks like.

An interesting, enjoyable porter from DuClaw.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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DuClaw Exile 1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter) from DuClaw Brewing Company
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