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Heartstopper - Sherbrooke Liquor Store

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87
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sherbrooke Liquor Store visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Inspired by traditional Aztec hot chocolate with a Foreign Extra Stout base.

Brewed at Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 10-26-2010)
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mtomlins
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed snifter.

Pours a deep, rich black color with 1 full finger of thick, creamy mocha colored head with good retention leaving some ephemeral lacing as it settles to a thick color. The nose is really interesting, lots of chocolate, toasted malt, marshmallows and a subtle chili spice that really adds a nice counterpoint to the sweet notes. On the palate, the oasted malts, chococolate and marshmallow come out first, but aa subtle hop bitterness and hot chili peper heat take over. The beer finishes dry and the spice builds with time. The body is a touch thin for me, but it is still smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer though the chilis come off a bit strong.

mtomlins, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

IanSpindler, May 29, 2014
Photo of Drofmab
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Drofmab, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of MylesMac
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

MylesMac, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of sclitch
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

sclitch, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another big thank you to wordemupg for this wanted, interesting sounding beer with a fantastic label!

Appearance. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head.

Smell. Wow, nice dark chocolate and a ton of it, some nice peppery spice and a little dark malt. Smells like desert!

Taste. Again, just a ton of dark chocolate, a little vanilla and dark malt too but the chocolate is the overwhelming taste. The peppery spice kicks in after the second sip ...a little heat that build throughout the bottle too. Nice. 7.5%??? Not in the taste...

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Feels a bit thin.

Overall. Fantastic tasting and smelling beer. If it were a little more rich in appearance and feel, it would be amazing. Despite my (minor) complaints it's a really fun beer.

Rutager, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

FadetoBock, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

tom10101, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of leaddog
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin line of light tan head.

Smell - Cocoa, cayenne pepper, vanilla, dark chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate, vanilla, and cayenne pepper at the very end. The cayenne creates a nice heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation. A tingling sensation warms the back of the throat from the cayenne pepper.

Overall - A nice variation of stout by Paddock Wood and Sherbrooke Liquor. The flavours were well executed and achieved the "hot chocolate stout" title. Appearance in regards to head retention could be improved. Despite that, a nice rare find in Calgary.

leaddog, May 11, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -25.7%

cfalovo97, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of ihmurria
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

ihmurria, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Idrankthat
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Idrankthat, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 355ml into a tulip.

Dark brown, with a light tan head. No lacing, some retention. Beautiful cocoa nose, marshmallows, vanilla bean and a bit of fruit/dark berries as well. Taste of cocoa, marshmallow, spicy chili into the finish. Lingering spice on the palate, medium low carbonation and a thinner medium body. A very beautiful nose, and hits alot of the qualities of hot chocolate that I love. Really good.

liamt07, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by liamt07

Deep chocolate brown, near black in colour, ring of off white head and a little lace. Smell is full on cocoa, tons of dark and milk chocolate with some roast, a bit of cinnamon/peppery spicy notes but otherwise its pure cocoa. Taste is full of milk and dark chocolate, cocoa powder, nice chilli pepper flavours, a bit of coffee and a hint of cinnamon/powdered spice. Light-medium carbonation, decent feel though. This was really nice stuff, could easily drink this again, such a well flavoured stout.

peensteen, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wordemupg for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A creamy milk chocolate head above a totally dark body. Thick ring is left and some lacing draped.

Smell: Timid at first but opens up pretty fast. Cocoa, marshmallows, dry chocolate mixed with milk chocolate and a bit of pepper at the end.

Taste: Dark hot chocolate, images of those 75% cocoa bars and a real nice spicy chili pepper at then end. Reminds me of those pure chocolate bars flavored with peppers.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium and a bit higher than expected. Spiciness can be a bit intense but i like it.

Overall: Lots of good things to say about this one. Breaks away from your standard stout and i can tell that the chocolate flavor is authentic. Very pleasing and while i wouldn't have more than one in a session, i would love to have a few of these in the fridge. Highly recommended!

papat444, May 10, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -1%

chickenm, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt and light black chocolate notes. Taste starts at first with some notes of dry roasted malt with notes of black chocolates, Peppers notes then come through with some light heat which is well balanced with the rest of the flavours. Body is about average with good carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture. Nota big fan of peppers in beer but this one was well balanced.

Phyl21ca, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3/5  rDev -25.7%

bsuedekum, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev -1%

benbou17, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of ChrisCage
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This is a very thick looking beer, as I absolutely cannot see through it, and the coloration is of a very dark brown. There isn't much of a head....maybe a half finger in thickness, and it disappears rather quickly into a thin ring around the glass. The lacing is not so much of any foam but rather a viscous looking film covering my glass.

S- While I don't really notice any of the chili pepper used in this, I really notice the unsweetened cocoa and softness of the vanilla. There are hints of booze noticed by me as well, but not overpowering. I also don't notice really any hops on the finish. Overall, this smells sweet yet natural, as in a moderate Earthy tinge.

T- This is actually quite a tasty beer...at first that is. The cocoa is dominant right away and the smooth flavor of vanilla is present as well but then the peppery notes really start showing up, especially after the swallow. It really hits the back of the throat and the spice can be felt all the way down the esophagus....it lingers on for quite sometime too. It's not super hot but I find it a little less than comforting....it tastes more like strong fresh ground black pepper than anything.

M- The beer itself is medium-full bodied and the carbonation is rather fine, so it is creamy in that regard. However, it really makes me feel like I've had a saucy meal that had too much pepper in it.

O- I'm not saying this is a bad beer, because the chocolate character keeps me coming back for another sip....albeit small sips. I just don't really care for the peppery character found here...it really lingers in a way I don't like and I feel like I'll need a Zantac after this. It's going to take awhile to finish this bottle....(note I drain poured the last third)....I wont get it again....I love stouts but not with the spice...just not my style, no offense to IronDjinn!

ChrisCage, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of MAB
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Stout? Novelty Stout, is more like it.
But a rather delicious novelty stout, on the plus side.

It's a deep brown and a touch syrupy with very little head.
There's no doubt about the chocolate aroma and flavors in this one.
Hops are not detectable. Quite sweet, with a distinct dark cocoa flavor.

But the overall effect is pleasing and quite drinkable. It made me want to eat ice cream, or cake, with it, and the salted pretzels that I did eventually pair with it also worked for me.

MAB, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the Paddock Wood brewery store. Pours black with a light creamy khaki head which fades off into a collar with a few patches. Splotches of lacing on the glass.

Nose is milk chocolate with a hint of coffee, sweet with just a few hints of roast. Flavor reveals a rich silky beer, milk chocolate with some smooth espresso, cayenne is light and slowly builds, really integrated well, just a hint of something smoky, sweet with some dark fruits, just a little drying in the finish. Really drinkable, lovely warming from the peppers, really well done. Smooth mouthfeel, sweet to balance the heat, low carbonation to style, really hits what it was aiming for (Mayan Hot Chocolate). This is a great beer that needs to be made more regularly.

ritzkiss, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Hornet2003
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black. Looks like a strong espresso. Slight head on the pour but that dissipates to nothing after a minute.

Smell: Chocolate and whiskey are the first things I can detect. Just a tiny hint of cayenne pepper.

Taste: This stuff is incredible. Strong chocolate and coffee flavours. Slight burnt maltiness and a figgy pudding taste as well. All of a sudden, the spice comes into play. Not a strong chile flavour, but a *slight* pepperiness.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer is out of this world. The chocolate and coffee are incredibly rich and warming. And then the cayenne kicks in with a smooth, easy heat. It comes on subtly and kind of lingers. It's not oppressive in the least and adds just the perfect "aztec" character.

Overall: Excellent! Incredibly flavourful and dynamic beer. Anyone familiar with the "Aztec Mocha" espresso drink that can be found in finer chocolate Cafés will immediately be transported to the first time they experienced chile and chocolate together. On a side note, anyone in the GVRD should check out Euphoria Chocolates in Fort Langley for the best Aztec Mocha and truffle chocolates ever created.

Hornet2003, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from biboergosum. Thanks! A curious concoction for this beer based on an old hot chocolate recipe, very dogfish head-like.

A - Pours black and opaque with good carbonation coming up the sides. One finger tan head. Zero lacing and a film of retention.
S - Lot's of chocolate and vanilla mixing together with roasted malts. The subtlety of the pepper is nice but obvious.

T - Chocolate is fairly strong with a little kiss of vanilla and good amounts of roasted malt. The pepper is a little bit more obvious in the taste. It comes through mostly in the finish. Reminds me of a tamed and chocolate infuzed chili beer. Sadly the cayenne pepper is alot stronger here than in the aroma, which takes away from the quality of the chocolatey stout qualities that seem to be pretty good.

M - Good carbonation keeping things moving and lifting it off the palate with a medium to full body and a spicy finish.

O/D - Relax or eliminate the cayenne pepper element in this and we've got quite a nice stout. For me it just seems like the two elements clash. Sadly I just can't get into this. While it's not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, the elements used to make it unique are what keep it from being above average. Props for creativity though.

tbeckett, Jun 26, 2011
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Heartstopper from Sherbrooke Liquor Store
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.