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 Viciousknishs
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of maxk
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Chaney
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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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 bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of El_Zilcho
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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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Photo of harrisjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of stabologist
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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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 ckollias
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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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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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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of thain709
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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
4.08 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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