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H.E.R.O. 2011 - DuClaw Brewing Company

Not Rated.
H.E.R.O. 2011H.E.R.O. 2011

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BA SCORE
86
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 38
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oline73 on 09-10-2011)
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Reviews by mikereaser:
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

mikereaser, Dec 10, 2011
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Photo of ehammond1
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle

Thanks for opening this, Mrvonzipper!

Dark brown in color with incredibly over-active carbonation; the quickly forming light brown head rushes up to the top of the glass and sits there perched for quite some time. The beer also looks a bit thin per the style. Overall, unimpressive appearance.

The aroma on this is actually quite nice and unique. It smells of crushed Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, with a good amount of roasted malt and coffee. Easily, the best aspect of this beer.

The right flavors are here (roasted malt, coffee, sticky peanut butter), but there's also a muddled and metallic flavor floating through it all, especially on the lingering finish. And what good flavors might be here are ruined...

...by the godawful mouthfeel. It's thin, prickly, hugely, effervescently carbonated. Not at all a pleasure to drink. Vigorously agitating the beer improves the feel some as it loses more and more carbonation.

An interesting and unique peanut butter stout with a very nice aroma--though the huge carbonation truly affects an otherwise acceptable stout.

ehammond1, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +4.2%

SPRichard, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +4.2%

richkrull, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Beerontwowheels
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Beerontwowheels, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black with a massive, billowy tan colored head. The foamy head lasts for an extremely long time and leaves behind very thick lacing.

S: A little bit of peanut butter mixed with some roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. I remember the aroma being a lot stronger the last time I had it.

T: Similar to the aroma, some light peanut butter and a little bit of chocolate, but for the most part it comes off like an average porter.

M: Medium bodied with a really nice level of carbonation.

O: Kind of hard to review, because I remember this beer being much closer to its namesake the first time I had it, but now it is a shell of its former self.

mdaschaf, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -21.9%

leschkie, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of creamy mocha head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that slowly drips back down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a pronounced nuttiness t it, which is layered on top of fruity citrus, roasted coffee character, and some cocoa accents long the back.

The taste is cocoa and toffee sweetness up front, which then blends into bitter green citrus before roast and peanut flavor comes out across the back. Hops linger in the finish the most, with a dry and bitter feel that lingers. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a prickly feel throughout but is overall coming off as way to thin in the mouth.

I wasn’t really a fan of this. The peanut flavor had an almost artificial character to it and the thinness of the body hurt this as well. Hopefully the next H.E.R.O. release will be better.

Kegatron, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of hdofu
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been awhile since I reviewed a beer here. So I thought I'd review this one since it was a pleasant surprise. To start off this beer looks incredible has a dark brown appearance with a thick tan head. Smell is noticeably of vanilla, a hint of cocoa and spices but not overpowering. Taste start out with a rush of chocolate almost like thick chocolate milk or even ice cream and finishes with a smooth peanut butter nuttiness. I have to say compared to some flavored beer Duclaws is good at making a beer taste like its style while enhancing it in pleasant ways, thank goodness I live near one of their brewpubs.

hdofu, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A massive thanks goes out to bross242 for bringing this one out during cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Infected bottle! *sad panda* Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured reddish brown with a three finger tan head that subsided to one slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peanuts, and subtle sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, peanuts, sour, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. I was really disappointed to see the head formation on this one when I poured it. Upon smelling it, I knew something was off. I was actually excited about this one when I saw it come out, but was quickly letdown unfortunately. Make this one again, fix the infection problem, and send me a bottle DuClaw. I will be waiting…

thagr81us, May 31, 2012
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber into two pint glasses with boyfriend(Shoky01)

A-Pours medium thickness, very visible carbonation, but no head, what little lace there is fades fast. Very dark but clear.

S-roasted nuts, heavy malts and very boozy. Interesting dark chocolatey sweet, almost like licorice.

T- Very sweet chocolate and fruitiness up front. Caramel maltyness. Much less toasty nuttiness as nose, tastes more like smokey wood (tannin?). Really boozy for a porter, drinks like an imperial stout.

MF- thin and sticky.

Overall..I enjoyed this one, have another I plan to check on in a year.

LadyOfMuchBeer, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Enjoying with a piece of my girlfriend's peanut butter pie.

Pours a deep brown almost black with a 1/2 finger mocha head leaving decent lacing down the glass.

Wow interesting nose. It really does smell like peanuts. Some roasted malts are also present, but definitely peanut aroma.

Taste follows the nose. Some roasty slightly smoky malt are present. Peanuts are as flavorful as the aroma would suggest, but still present.

And now the downfall of the beer. The flavor may be more pronounced, but the overwhelming prickly carbonation overpowers everything in a big way. Most pilsners aren't this carbonated. It really destroys all promise this beer has.

Flavors are here I think, but the over carbonation really ruins the entire experience.

jmarsh123, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.2%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

danwho, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Roasty dark chocolate with mild peanut and some sweetness.

Taste: Very roasty with a good amount of sweetness to balance it out. There is a mild peanut butter flavor throughout, but it doesn't dominate everything else. The finish is roasty. Tastefully done.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a great use of the peanut butter. It wasn't overpowering. The abv to this one is fairly low, and it is still really full of flavor. Really good.

oline73, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.4/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks to Mrvonzipper for sharing this beer

Look: Black and opaque with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Chocolate and peanut butter. Best thing about this beer but my chocolate peanut butter homebrew smell way better

Taste: Very much the same as the nose but not quite enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Holy fuck is this beer a carbonation mess. So much so that the first sip I took foamed up in my mouth so bad that I had to spit it out. What a train wreck this is

Overall: Because of the mouthfeel this beer to me is undrinkable

DarthKostrizer, Feb 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Rhettroactive, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Sara & Anthony for the hook up!

A: Pours a deep black that just slides out of the bottle. A relatively pillowy layer of foam spreads out on top, hangs around for a while, and leaves a fair amount of lace behind.

S: Hmmmm. Straight out of the fridge, we didn't pick up any peanuttiness at all. Pleanty of heavily roasted malt, like your typical American Porter, but none of the advertised peanuts.

T: Kind of the same thing that we noticed in the nose. Really standard. We put this aside for a bit and came back after a while. We're glad we did. After it had about 10 minutes of warming time we were amazed at the strong flavor of freshly roasted peanuts and milk chocolate. Like a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup fresh from the pack. Lovely!

M: Big and creamy for a Porter. Nice balance between sweet & roast.

O: We really liked this beer! I sometimes approach these beers with a bit of skepticism but this delivered the goods. Temperature is the key with this one. Let it warm up!

GbVDave, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4/5  rDev +4.2%

sendsilk, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of crashdavisinoh
5/5  rDev +30.2%

crashdavisinoh, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Rojada1988
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rojada1988, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Spider889
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Several bottles of this were floating around the latest Jackie O's release. I got at least a couple pours because of this.

Seemed over-carbonated to me, and a bit thin considering what the ingredients and flavor profile were supposed to be.

Definite peanut butter on the nose, along with mild roast and chocolate.

The flavor is quite sweet and again the peanut butter comes through much better than you'd expect.

Overall interesting but simply not something I would ever seek out.

Spider889, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is intriguing, showing light peanut butter, a hint of chocolate, light coffee and light vanilla. On the palate, I get a lot more of the peanut butter flavor, coupled with light licorice and some burnt toast. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, which I guess is to be expected given the fairly low alcohol (6.5%). Otherwise, the beer has a pretty good finish, with light hoppy bitterness and licorice.

Shrug. While nothing to get excited about, I thought this a fairly interesting beer.

John_M, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber bottle listed as 6% ABV
A - pours a lacy short foamy head atop a dark chocolate brew.
S - a trace of peanuts is right there at the start over a mildly chocolate malt base.
T - again mild is a keyword. The chocolates are present but not bold along with a sweet nutty aftertaste.
M - nicely carbonated with a slick smooth medium body.
D - interesting and enjoyable.
Overall a mellow beer even when fully warmed.
Think of it as a single Girl Scout Tagalong cookie dissolved in half a gallon of an easy drinking porter.

Beer4Baltimore, Oct 13, 2011
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H.E.R.O. 2011 from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.