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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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

The body sits an ink black with a foamy brown head. Great staying power. Some spider web lacing forms as you work your way through the liquid.

Big notes of roast and fudge hit you first. Oak, rye, leather, vanilla, and molasses round out a robust nose. The rye is somewhat faint on the nose with the big roast and chocolate aromas taking center stage.

This guy slides onto the palate with thick chocolate and roast flavors overwhelming the taste buds. Earthy, spicy rye comes in mid palate with oak, molasses, and some vanilla. The finish is a mix of bitter roast, chocolate, and rye. Doesn't really linger for very long.

Full-bodied. Fairly smooth, there are some tannic qualities that pop up, negatively affecting the feel, but nothing too harsh.

I really enjoyed this porter. The intense roast complemented by the chocolate worked well. The rye pokes in and out adding an additional layers of flavor/aroma. Nicely done.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Victory nonic

A- pours jet black with a three finger tan head that sticks around for awhile and leaves incredible lacing. Wow, gorgeous beer

S- getting a lot of chocolate, and a decent bit of rye....modest aroma of burnt coffee as well. EH

T- lots of chocolate, very milky and slightly sweet. Finish is also sweet with a nice blast of rye

M- thick, viscous, luscious, awesome

O- pretty solid from DuClaw, but I'm higher on their beers than most

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Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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 ncaudle
4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of fountainofyouth
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Just black as coal, with a medium brown head.

Smell: There's a prominent whiff of fudge chocolate, maybe a little bit of rye spice behind it. Sweet overall, can't detect hops or alcohol.

Taste: Good mix of fudge and blackened grain, giving a sweet but balanced flavor. The alcohol robs the flavor of some real kickass intensity I'd want in an imperial, but the booze itself doesn't dominate too much as a flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carb is fairly light, feel is medium-bodied. There's a sugary aftertaste I could do without.

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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 ThisWangsChung
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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Photo of billdirt
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no date.

black in color, tan head. nice head retention. smell has a little smoke, charcoal aroma. subdued compared to the taste.

taste is complex, yet balanced flavors. milk chocolate, a little earthy spiciness. very tasty. extremely smooth body & carbonation. thicker body. creamy, drinks great.

overall, an excellent, interesting beer.

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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 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 dtx00
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date apparent. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Black with a 1/2-1 finger of cookie batter colored head with good retention and solid lace down the glass.

S: Chocolate malted milk is most prominent early with some roast and dark maltiness. No fruitiness to speak of, but a slightly sour earthiness comes through. The aroma is little light overall.

T: The flavor, on the other hand, is not light with big bold bitersweet and dark chocolate flavors up front with more dark maltiness than in the aroma. The roast is mostly in the finish which blends well with the raw bitterness that the rye enhances. The alcohol burns but doesn't add a lot to the flavor.

M: Creamy with above-average active carbonation which helps to lighten this beer, although I think it drinks lighter than the 8% ABV indicated on the label.

O: I really liked this beer and think it probably dirnks best fresh or maybe with 6-12 months aging. I am going to hold the BBA version for 6 months to give the barrel qualities some time to smooth out. I could have used some more aroma, but I really liked this beer -- great job DuClaw.

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DuClaw Exile 1 (Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter) from DuClaw Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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