Cocoa Fuego - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by stephenjmoore:
3.81/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A- Dark brown body, thin cream-colored head that disappears completely rather quickly.
S- Roasted malts, hints of chocolate syrup. Not a ton of pepper, but some hints of smoke.
T- Sweet malts and cocoa come through from beginning to middle, then the end hits with hints of smokey peppers. Not a ton of pepper flavors, but you know it is there.
M- Slightly thin, thin-medium bodied. Slight pepper burn in the aftertaste with medium to low carbonation.
O- Somewhat disappointed with this one as I loved the H.E.R.O. brew. Not sure if this is the same recipe or not, but it seems to be lacking slightly. That being said, the flavor is still chocolate and smokey peppers, so there is that.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 02:30:30 | More by stephenjmoore
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4.15/5 rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I am astounded at what is showing up in my bottle backlog here in Chez Woody's kitchen. This is apparently a limited release and somehow I ended up with one. I wonder if it came to me in a trade, which is a possibility.
From the bottle: "This silky smooth stout is full-bodied with warm aromas of cocoa and roasted malt, a subtle hop presence, and a spicy chipotle pepper bite perfectly tempered by luscious dark chocolate. A new movement in flavor is rising ... Drink the revolution!"; "Respect_the_Fluid".
The revolution will not be televised, apparently, but at least we can drink it.
Speaking of drinking, it was now time to do exactly that. I have said before that I enjoy watching a pseudo-cascade when pouring beer, especially from a bottle, and the darker the beer, the easier to watch. It settled fairly quickly into a finger of foamy, deep-tan head with moderate retention. Color was a seep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose smelled of dark chocolate, smoke and spicy peppers. Wow! Mexican chocolate. Mouthfeel was medium, not as "full-bodied" as advertised. Man, the taste was a riot of flavors, beginning with a dark, smoky, chocolate characteristic and then slowly bringing the heat. I liked that it began subtly, rather than melting my eyeballs, a la Crime and/or Punishment. Sure, different types of peppers, but heat is heat and for the unexpecting and/or uninitiated, a little can go a long way. This seemed to have a lid on its heat, gently rising and then backing off on the finish, allowing the smoky chocolate to return. The extreme finish left me with a cool, burning sensation in the back of my throat. Phew! I can only call this dry, thanks to the spice of the chipotle peppers. This may not be for everyone, but I was lucky to have gotten to try it.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 14:18:16 | More by woodychandler
Cocoa Fuego from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.