Written by Dave Benfield
March 16th, 2010
In the next few weeks DuClaw will be launching our eXile Series. What is the eXile Series you ask! Well it is our experimental small batch series. Like our seasonal releases, these beers will be periodically released through out the year. But eXile beers differ from our seasonals in two big ways. First, these are small batches – about half the amount or less are produced of an eXile beer compared to a seasonal. Secondly, eXile beers will be released with much less ‘fanfare’ than our seasonals – no videos, no giveaways, no logos. Just an email (and blog mention) when they are to go on tap.
These beers are experiments; not meant to be liked by all. What they allow us to do is flex our ‘brewing creativity’ muscles. For example, our first release in our eXile Series is an Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter!!! That is a mouthful, and after sampling some today…it is a mouthful.
This Impy Chocolate Rye Porter is brewed with chocolate rye malt and real chocolate giving the beer a complex, yet silky smooth character. The chocolate is not overwhelming, but superiorly layered within the beer. The Rye malt enhances the aroma and contributes a distinct roasted flavor, which adds a good bit of depth and character. The original gravity starts at 19.5 plato and ends with a final gravity of 5.7 plato, with an alcohol content of 7.7% abv.
After tasting it today, it is quite seductive. The chocolate creates a silky mouthfeel, making it quite drinkable, but it is full of flavor. Look for the beer to go on tap the beginning of April. And this beer is only the beginning…..