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

Not Rated.
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very good

68 Ratings
no score

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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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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.

Photo of rtaps
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

dark brown in color, but seems overly carbonated. huge off white head that hangs around for quite some time

aroma is chocolate dominated with some peanuts. reminds me of a Reese's just more chocolate to it

taste fallows the nose, chocolate dominated with some peanuts and some roasted malts

mouth feel very highly carbonated, what body you do have it a little smooth

overall, i was looking forward to this one and was let down pretty big. it's quite a carbonated mess

Photo of SpillyBeers
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this one at his tasting!

Pours a clear dark brown with a thick khaki head that lasts. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and peanut butter cup candy. Taste is of dark roasted malt and an odd peanut butter cup flavor. This beer has a very high level of carbonation. There is an obvious issue at hand regarding this. Overall, this is an average porter that smells better than it tastes but the carbonation level ruins things for this one.

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


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.

Photo of jdense
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Eastern Oregon Brew Crew 1.11.11.

Pours with minimal medium brown head, quick dissipation with no lacing over dark brown opaque body. Not much going on in the nose, some citrus and floral hop aromas and a faint bit of chocolate. There's some chocolate present in the taste but not a lot, and the power of suggestion led me to believe there was some peanut butter stickiness on the roof of my mouth, but if I didn't see peanut butter on the label I probably wouldn't have thought so. Mouthfeel is medium, not much effervescence, fairly dry finish. Not a 'big' beer by any means, fairly drinkable, an interesting attempt that, IMO, fails to deliver.

Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jcartamdg
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black color with a one finger head that sticks around. Aroma of chocolate, roasty malts, and feint peanut butter. Taste is more muddled up front but finishes nice, peanuts and chocolate are both present. This is way overcarbonated and I feel that it takes away from what could be a really nice beer. Overall it's good, not great

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to StormKing47 for this one!

A: Pours black with a billowing and fluffy light tan head that slowly faded into a dense rocky film leaving chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Well all be damned I’m getting some whiffs of peanut butter. Chocolate, caramel and roasted malts come through as well, and I even get notes of herbal hops.
T: Light on the flavor but what’s there is good. Flavors of chocolate dominate, followed by caramel and roast. The finish is where the peanut butter comes through, and interestingly enough it tastes like the real thing. The finish is lightly sweet with hints of cola and candied sugar.
M: Bubbly carbonation that is just a tad to spritzy, medium body, and a mouthfeel that reminds me soda but thicker.
O: A bit over-carbonated but the flavors in this one were pretty good. I was expecting something richer, but this wasn’t bad. Thanks again, Josh.

Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Deep black-brown with dark cranberry highlights. Pours a tall tan head with a medium/large bubble structure. Nice retention and low lace.

S – Dry nose, absolutely loaded with peanuts and supported by a fruity, almost raspberry sweetness and a hint of milk chocolate.

T – Opens bright before driving into a deep roasted peanut flavor. Surprisingly dry. Wheat toast with Nutella match the peanuts through a long, roasty finish.

M – Medium-light body with a crisp carbonation. Might be a shade over carbonated actually.

O – The beer delivers as advertised with a great peanut flavor; I’m just not sure it’s the primary flavor I’m looking for in a beer.

Photo of sendsilk
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Photo of j1knapp
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of 3Hops
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mikereaser
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of 321jeff
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber picked up locally and poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep dark brown in the middle with light brown along the edges when held up to light. Lots of tan head that slowly falls as a nice layer remains on top through whole session.

Aroma is eerily reminiscent of some Short's beers I've tried, minus the infection. There is something unique about it, I assume a peanut smell, but it's not so obviously peanut butter that I could pick it out of a lineup. Smells sweet with some hints of roast in the background.

Taste is a little sweet up front but it finishes with a nice roast and some peanut flavors linger after the finish. The base beer is pretty solid it definitely tastes like a porter.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but it is only 6%, and I feel like the carbonation may be a little on the high side. Not too bad overall, especially considering it's a homebrew recipe. A nice novelty beer to sit down and drink on a Friday night.

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.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mgbickel
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of pwsoldier
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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