Oak Aged Exile 1 | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by John_M on 05-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BillRoth
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mahaffey's. Immediately impressed.
The rich dark drew had highlights of red bleeding through the dark brown/black. Just looking at it suggested complexity hiding inside. The nose was good with nice hints of wood, chocolate and rye malt. Might be even better, but my 60yo old nose doesn't work like it once did. I say this too because the falvor exploded out of the glass. I farnkly don't know much about Duclaw...but I was not prepared for so many well balanced delicious flavors. Also the idea that combining rye with chocolate with oak... hopped up and styled as an imperial porter was a good idea??? Whoa. Could have been a mess. Instead it was great...interesting, varied from early sips to later sips as it grew towards room temp, and so drinkable. It easily was one of the more intriguing and satisfying beers I've had.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at The Big Hunt for Duclaw's DC Release event!

A: The beer pours out extremely dark with a nicely sized brown head. The retention is ok, but a nice lace forms on the glass as the beer goes down. 4.5

S: The aroma is really sweet with bourbon, wood, vanilla, and roasted malt. The barrel has imparted itself on this beer very well, adding to what seems like what was a heavy stout with dry chocolate like notes. 4.5

T: The taste is very, very good. Chocolate and roasted malt are aggressive, and are complimented by a slight booziness, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. A bit too oaky for my tastes, but certainly not overdone. The finish is like that of a coffee stout, pleasantly dry and roasted. The barrel aging treated the taste nicely and doesn't overwhelm. After reviewing this beer, I learned that the roasty chocolate, coffee tastes I was getting was from rye. It all makes sense now. What a great beer. 4.5

MF: Thick and syrupy body that feels just so nice on the palate. The alcohol is only hardly noted, making it quite drinkable. 4.5

Value: This cost $6 for ~11oz, which I was happy to pay for such a rarity at its launch party in the District. I'd recommend it to any stout lover 4.5

O: Just a great offering. Balanced to perfect and oh so drinkable. I enjoyed every last drop. 4.5

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. Tried the regular version of this beer, so thought I'd see how it compares to the oak aged version.

The beer pours blackish brown color with fairly decent head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, I get the same coffee and chocolate as before, but there's more vanilla, and the chocolate is more along the lines of milk chocolate. In the oak aged version, the chocolate seems to dominate the aroma profile. The flavor profile replicate the nose, except the oak aged version has more of soft, creamy mouthfeel. The rye component is very subdued in the OA version, both on the nose and on the palate. The finish is pretty long in this medium bodied beer, and the alcohol is once again very well integrated into the flavor profile.

A nice enough beer. Not all that different from the regular version, but given a choice, this is the one I would choose.

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Oak Aged Exile 1 from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 7 ratings