DuClaw Quick Start My Heart

Tonight’s beer is one that Val picked out for me. It was a shelf turd in the mixed six-pack area. DuClaw puts out a lot interesting beers and this one sounded like it would be hit or miss, but nowhere in between.


ABV: 6.8%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Strawberry Milk Stout is medium/full-bodied and black in color with a silky mouthfeel, a moderately strong 6.8% ABV, and sweet flavors and aromas of strawberry and chocolate, accented by notes of coffee and caramel, that will ‘quickly’ make it one of your favorites, too.”

Random: Strawberry jam is my favorite, with raspberry being a close second. I just don’t like when the seeds get caught in my teeth.

The brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown in color with no visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of bitter chocolate with strawberry syrup. The strawberry syrup was incredibly artificial. The taste was also filled with bitter chocolate and lactose. There was also smoke along with the same strawberry extract note. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and bitter finish with chocolate. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I could see where this beer was trying to go, but the artificial fruit notes took away from the beer. I wouldn’t have this beer again unless they changed the recipe.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

DuClaw Hop Continuum No. 2 – Mosaic Red Ale

DuClaw puts out so many different beers that it’s very hard to keep up with them. I didn’t get to try the first Hop Continuum, which is sad because the first one was a blood orange IPA. Maybe they’ll put it out again.


ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The 2nd entry in the series, a Red IPA hybrid hopped solely with Mosaic hops, is medium-bodied and crisp, with flavor and aroma profiles dominated by big, vibrant citrus flavors like tangerine, apricot, and mango, accented by resinous notes of pine. These tart, sweet flavors give way to a lingering, bitter hop finish that combine to mask a moderately strong 6% ABV. Enter the continuum and explore the possibilities!”

Random: We got our DVR down to 18% today. It’s never been that low.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy red with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of tropical fruit, specifically mango and some stone fruit as well. Dank pine was present as well. The taste had a lot of pine and grapefruit up front. There was also some slightly sweet malt. Tropical fruits came through as well, but there were more present in the nose. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was rather quick with dank pine. This was $1.59 for the single bottle, which came to $.13 per ounce. This was an alright beer, but nothing amazing. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

DuClaw Euforia

I picked this beer up from the pick-a-six section of Canal’s in Lawrenceville. It’s one of the year-round selections from DuClaw.


ABV: 5%

Style: English Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A true DuClaw Brewing Company original, this style-bending, English Brown Ale variant is dark brown, medium-bodied, creamy, and incredibly flavorful! EuForia combines roasted malt with gourmet coffee to create a jubilant swirl of caramel, almond, and toffee flavors that will leave your palate in a state of ecstasy. First brewed in 2006, this smooth, highly drinkable bottle/pint of 5% abv liquid bliss is available year round, so what are you waiting for? Come on get happy!”

Random: It’s been a long time since I had an English Brown Ale. I don’t find myself purchasing them a lot.

This brew poured with half a finger of off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, sienna color with no visible carbonation. The nose had toasted malt, toffee and hazelnuts. It smelled like the typical brown ale and was really inviting. The taste was not nearly as good as the nose. At first, I got the same toffee and nuts as on the nose but then, this weird, almost tin-like twang came through. Cocoa powder was there as well, but the twang was so distracting from every other flavor. It had a medium-thick body with almost no carbonation. It needed to be dialed up. The finish was quick with toffee and toasted malt. This was $1.59 for the single bottle ($.13 per ounce). This beer was just a miss for me and the twang I kept picking up was really off-putting. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

DuClaw X-10 Saison With Cantaloupe

We picked this beer up awhile back to bring to a BYO Thai place in Lambertville. I kept one for reviewing.


ABV: 6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The 10th entry in the eXile series, X-10: Saison brewed with cantaloupe, is medium-bodied, pale straw in color, and crisp on the tongue. Both flavor and aroma are dominated by cantaloupe backed by vibrant citrus fruit & subtle spicy flavors derived from a customer blend of Belgian yeast strains used in its creation, and balanced by a bready malt character and subtle hop bitterness that lasts through to the beer’s refreshing, dry finish. Kick back and ‘melo’ out with X-10!”

Random: Victorino to the Angels? Today is insane.

This beer poured with a one and half finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy yellow with high carbonation. The nose was strong with Belgian yeast, wheat and spice. Cantaloupe was there as well, but was more subtle than the other notes. The taste had the typical saison notes up front with yeast and spice. After that passed, it was all cantaloupe and melon flavors, which were a really interesting take on the typical saison. It did have a slight bite from the booze that I picked up as well. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finish was long with spice and cantaloupe. This was $1.83 per bottle, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. Despite the price, I found the flavor transition to be disjointed, which is why I dinged the beer on the score. I did like that it was one of the few beers I’ve seen that features cantaloupe as a main flavor and would love to see more of that.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

DuClaw X-9: 865cc Coffee Stout

I am still exhausted from this weekend. We were traveling for most of it, but I did end up going to my favorite beer store and getting a bunch of beers that I’m really excited to try. The beer fridges are almost full, which is awesome. Anyways, let’s see how this beer was.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “X.0: 865cc Coffee Stout, the 9th experiment in the eXile series, is 6.5% abv, medium-bodied, and black in color with a large, lingering tan head. Brewed with locally roasted Cafe Racer XXX 865cc coffee to turbocharge the beer with intense roasted coffee flavors and aromas, X-9 is at the line, pin at the throttle!”

Random: I ended up getting a bunch of free glasses at the store too. I already washed them and put them in the bar.

This beer poured with a one and half finger, light brown head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but a crown on top of the dark brown body. There was no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had espresso with rich, dark chocolate. The taste had even more intense coffee notes and espresso and dark chocolate. There was some pepper at the end with some heat, which was odd given the ABV of it. This drank as a much bigger beer than it was. The body was thick and heavy with light carbonation. It had a long coffee finish with cocoa powder. This beer was $1.59 for the bottle, which broke down to $.13 per ounce. For that price, this was a beer that is worth trying if you like coffee. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

DuClaw Gridlock

Yesterday, the other half and I went out with my sister to procure Christmas trees. The other half picked a tree that I cut down myself. When I walked up with the saw, she gave me a look and it was obvious to me that she was not a fan of cutting down our own tree. She was a good sport and even offered to hold my watch while I sawed down the tree. We ended up with a small tree, probably smaller than we should have gotten. But, it’s quite full, so I’m happy. Next year, all bets are off. We’re going to get the largest tree possible. After we got the trees in, we headed to Princeton for dinner. This was the beer that Val ordered.


ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: This is a collaboration beer between Mad Fox Brewing and DuClaw.

Random: I managed to get an oil change today. It was only about a month late.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with light carbonation. The nose had only notes of grapefruit and not much else. The taste had notes of grapefruit and grass with some pine bitterness. There was a touch of herbs as well. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a long finish with grapefruit and pine. This beer was a bit of a letdown to me. It had some big flavor, but it was very simple and fell flat. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

DuClaw Mad Bishop

Here’s another seasonal DuClaw beer for the tasting. I haven’t had many beers of the style this year as I’ve really been focusing on pumpkin beers. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 5.8%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mad Bishop, one of our most popular seasonal brews, has been haunting the congregation with its distinct copper color, rich toasted malt flavor and aroma, and 5.8% abv since it was first brewed in 1996. This true German-style Oktoberfest combines complex aromas and flavors of sweet and toasted malt, a smooth mouthfeel created by an 8 week lagering process, and a clean, crisp finish for a sermon that’s easy to swallow.”

Random: I’m almost to the point of not being backlogged. This means that I can start reviewing new beers.

This brew poured with a thick, ecru colored head that was very slowly to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright copper color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had bready and lightly toasted malt without much else. The taste was clean and relatively light for the style with toasty malt, nuttiness and then a little big of grassy hop at the end. I expected more from this beer and it may be the most bland Marzen I’ve had. The body was thick and chewy with lighter than expected carbonation. The finish was quick and unremarkable. The bottle wasn’t expensive at $1.46 a bottle, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is the second DuClaw beer in a row that was just disappointing.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0