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H.E.R.O. 2012 (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) - DuClaw Brewing Company

H.E.R.O. 2012 (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)H.E.R.O. 2012 (Chocolate Chipotle Stout)

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86
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%


Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stephenjmoore on 10-10-2012)
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scottfrie

California

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks again StormKing47!

A: Pours near black with a thin dark brown head that faded to spotty soapy lace.
S: Mild roasted chipotle notes with a touch of milk chocolate milkshake and caramel.
T: Creamy and semi-sweet milk chocolate up front with roasted pepper and spice in the finish. The aftertaste is pepper and linger burn. Good roasted flavor, balancing hershey syrup.
M: Full body, fairy thick mouthfeel with a good chew to it. Nice smooth pepper burn, low carbonation.
O: The perfect balance of heat and sweet. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:38:34 | More by scottfrie
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

H.E.R.O pours a black color, with a large lacing tan head. There is a sweet chocolate aroma. The taste has a nice mellow cocoa powder flavor, with a mellow smokey chipotle flavor near the end. Good full flavor, good complete body. Overall a well executed complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:58:02 | More by vette2006c5r
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

HERO 2012, well, this is awesome.  Pours a dark opaque black with a thin cap of tightly bubbled carbonation.  Smells of smokey peppers, cacao, and roasted grain.  Taste is pure joy.  A nice stout with a hint of sweetness, full bodied roasted character, and a smokey pepper finish.  A tingle of heat, but nothing that builds in the chest or lingers long.  Mouthfeel was decent, though I would have liked it to be just a bit thicker.  Overall, a brew I hope DuClaw brings back as a regular. 

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 14:51:26 | More by taylor714914
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super dark brown in appearance there was limited head retention.

Dry cracker scent with bits of chocolate and earthy tones, not much else but not bad.

The feel is all Chile spiciness. The spiciness hits in a manner of burn in the throat that builds with each swallow. The Chile taste is more or less absent and feel only, but does decorate a chocolate milk shake like taste. Perhaps a novelty but a very good novelty.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:07:39 | More by KYGunner
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BilbosNuts

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mwrecording for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown, borderline black in color with a small, off-white head that reduces to a thin ring around the top after a few minutes. Appears very still, pretty much how you want a stout to look.

S: A nice blend of dark bitter and milk chocolates up front. Which is followed by a mild, yet significant spicy/smokey aroma from the chiptole.

T: The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma as the chipotle smokiness seems a little muted, but the other flavors of chocolate and dark malts are there.

M: Definitely a thinner feel to this one than most high quality stouts. Finishes very smooth with an almost velvety texture.

O: Pretty danged good stout with a nice twist of the chipotle. The thin feel was a little bit of a let down, but all other aspects were solid. My first Duclaw was not a disappointment. Must get more when I can get my hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 15:50:57 | More by BilbosNuts
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep dark brown, but not black with a heavy lacing and a frothy head.

S: Aroma of smokey chipotle peppers with cocoa and roasted malts. I can smell the heat emanating through

T: Spicy and smoked chipotle peppers first and foremost followed by cocoa nibs, roasted malts and an ever growing heat index that climbs as you drink more. On the scoville index it is not off the charts however for a beer, this is a hot one. Cocoa flavors are nice and mellow and would be strong were it not for the peppers overpowering strength.

M: Medium to light body with a relatively high carbonation level.

O: Overall its not bad. I can enjoy it however it is a once every now and then type of beer where I had had enough after the first half a glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:51:19 | More by alpinebryant
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle chilled and poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Enjoyed on 1/26/2013.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color with a nice, one figner, light beige head. Really nice lacing and retention.

Aroma: Cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, and some smoke tones really stand out upfront. A pretty strong pepper spice note in the background. The smoke and heat from the chipotle make it pretty obvious that this ingredient is not hidden.

Taste: Cocoa nibs. coffee, smoke and a big burst of spice from the peppers. The spice actually pretty strong and leaves a really strong burn after each sip. The heat actually intensifies throughout. The base beer is really drinkable and provides a nice, milk chocolate background for the spicy, smoky peppers and the strong cocoa tones.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and pretty creamy. Low to average carbonation.

Overall, a really tasty and bold take on this type of stout. The peppers add some really nice spice and smoke that makes this beer very complex. The chipotle peppers are not hidden at all, and sometimes take precedent over the chocolate tones. I really like this spicy, pepper forward approach but it is not for everyone. A really nice take on a chocolate chipotle stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 13:16:56 | More by Gosox8787
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to oline73. 22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours a deep brown color and thin relative to the style. It looks even darker in the glass, still not quite black but close, with deep brown hues at the edges and bottom of the glass. A half finger of tannish/brown foam develops and recedes fairly quickly. It settles as a thin ring around the glass and leaves slight wispy lacing.

The nose is full of chocolate, dark and bitter, and some nice roasted notes. As the beer warms there is the slightest hint of some smokiness but for the most part it's straightforward chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste is very unique. It starts with the dark and bitter chocolate and roast and both are fairly strong. As the beer warms there is a hint of some coffee. The finish is where this beer is really unique. It starts with a slight warming, not much different than if the beer was fairly boozy. It builds to the point where it's clear it's from the pepper and not alcohol. It gets pretty intense but it's only for few seconds at the most and the heat doesn't linger between each sip. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, even if it's not the biggest stout. It drinks more like a bigger porter than a stout. The heat from the chipotle pepper seems to help the thin mouthfeel along. I'm not sure why but it feels that way.

This is a very unique beer and probably isn't for everyone. It's not as if the pepper is so hot or overwhelming but some may find it a bit off-putting in their beer. I happen to like it and found the beer pretty enjoyable. The chipotle is showcased in a way where some nice heat comes through and it's not just smoke. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 02:32:21 | More by ms11781
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: HERO pours out of the bottle black, with shades of brown at the edges. The beer isn't the most viscous of stouts I've come across, but the head does build up nicely, with a light brown hue. The remnants of the head lace gracefully down the side of my glass. 4

S: The aroma is very focused on dark chocolate with some roasted malt as a compliment. The peppers are there, hinting at the heat that is sure to come once a sip has been taken. The combination of spicy and sweet makes my mouth begin to water. 4

T: This chocolate chipotle stout starts off sweet, with rich chocolate being the only thing I can taste. As soon as you make an attempt to swallow the liquid, the peppers make their presence known, attacking the taste buds and the back of the throat in the best way possible. The burn is juxtaposed perfectly with the sweet, velvety chocolate. I really wish the roast, or some other character, made an appearance here, however. The chocolate just wasn't enough to balance out the peppers over the course of the 22oz bottle. 3

MF: It has a velvety smooth body without as much carbonation as I would have liked. The balance between chocolate and pepper was nice at first, but my palate waned of it after the first glass, hurting the drinkability. 3.5

Value: With a price tag of $8.99 you can't go wrong here. Especially considering all proceeds go to charity. 4.5

O: This was a good beer in a category I hope to see more brewers take a shot at in the future. As someone who really enjoys spicy food, I've found the peppers to be a great thing to add to beer. Bolster up the front of this beer and DuClaw would really have something! 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 23:30:20 | More by russwbeck
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sludgy

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle.

A: Poured an almost black brown color, with a light brown head. Head was of decent size and stuck around for a good long while.

S: Might have been my nose being plugged up for the winter, but the smell was not very strong -- definitely did not get any chipotle smokiness that I was expecting.

T: Some chocolate maltiness on the intake, as well roasted coffee and hoppiness. As it warmed that chocolate flavor increased dramatically. The smoky-spiciness of the Chipotle definitely showed itself a second after drinking around the back of my mouth, but was not an overwhelming amount of heat -- I'd put it at a medium. Quite pleasant!

M: Velvety smooth and drinkable.

Would definitely buy this again! Not for fans of people who dislike any spiciness

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 15:26:04 | More by sludgy
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ckollias

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a porter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin, tan-brown, 2-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a decent trail down the glass.

S: Spicy chocolate malt and coffee aroma.

T: Chocolate malt at first followed by some hot and spicy heat! Wow – almost burned my throat going down – sort of took me by surprise.

M: Heavy body and hot with medium carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. I like the smell but the taste makes feel like I am going to have heart burn. Took a while to get used but enjoyable all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:25:16 | More by ckollias
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours black, with 2 fingers of rich and creamy mocha colored head. This retains with a ½ finger of sudsy froth, which rings the sides of the glass with sudsy froth. The aroma has a nice flavorful character to it of chocolate, coffee, fresh green citrus and light herbal tones. Peppery spices sit on the top of the other flavors but aren’t overly intrusive, actually nicely complimenting them in their own way. The chocolate and coffee flavors really make this nose though.

The taste is more assertive with the hops than the aroma was, with green citrus flavors and a leafy bitterness sitting at the forefront of this. Sticky caramel and chocolate notes come in off the sides, while coffee flavor mixes in and leaves the backend on this burnt. Those peppery spices really come in hard off the backend of this as well, lingering with some strength that warms the mouth, throat and stomach. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, with a firm creamy feel across the back. This is overall pretty tight in the mouth but some underlying slickness does help keep things moving.

The nose on this really worked for me but the spices alas, just got to be too much in the taste. Granted, it’s not nearly as hot as some other pepper infused beers that I’ve had before, as you can at least pick up the other flavors from the base Stout, so I can’t knock this up too badly. It’s just that I probably could have split this four ways instead of two. It’s still worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 20:22:34 | More by Kegatron
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bum732

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Rich chocolate, bready, slight fruitiness, vanilla extract

L: Very dark brown/black. Creamy light tan head that dissipates to ring of foam.

T: Chocolate up front with slight chipotle flavor with some sweetness. Low bitterness with some heat starting to pick up. Finishes pretty hot (chili) with slight chipotle flavor.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Pretty good beer, i liked the heat in the beer. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:19:41 | More by bum732
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larryi86

Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A Black with small light tab head.

S- Chocolate, more dark, roasted malts, chipotle peppers.

T- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of smoke, chipotle peppers, with a nice sized kick of heat from the peppers in the finish. Everything comes together very well, peppers are great.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A solid pepper based beer. Can't wait to pick up more.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:09:12 | More by larryi86
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a blackish brown color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerable dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla, as well as some light green pepper as the beer warmed. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the chocolate flavor dominating on the front end. However, the chipolte pepper flavor comes on strong on the finish, giving the beer some noticeable heat and a bit of kick. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the finish is long, spicey and lightly bitter. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is pretty good.

Couple of thoughts about this beer. The heat from the pepper is pretty noticeable in this beer, which I suspect will likely put some people off. Also, while the flavor profile in this beer struck me as VERY similar to the NB coco mole, apparently this is simply a coincidence. Frankly, I personally feel the NB beer is superior to this beer (there's a bit less heat in the NBCM, and the beer has more of a chocolate presense, which helps to tame some of the heat), but that's just my opinion. Everything aside, this is still a pretty decent beer from DuClaw.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 13:06:11 | More by johnmichaelsen
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banglin

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice two-finger, mocha colored head that dissipated slowly and showed good lacing. Very dark brown color

S: Strong chocolate and chipotle smell - isn't that what you might expect? Though the chocolate is much stronger

T: Starts with a nice chocolate taste and finishes with an almost ever-lasting chipotle flavor.

M: Very smooth and not too thick or thin

O: A good beer but the chipotle flavor is overpowering and makes successive tastes harder and harder to recognize the original chocolate flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 23:51:42 | More by banglin
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oline73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with a half finger of creamy light tan head. The head fades to a very thin ring around the glass and leaves some very mild lacing.

Smell: There is a strong roasty component right away with some dark chocolate sweetness underneath. The peppers don't sow up very much here but there is some dark fruit.

Taste: The peppers may not have showed up in the smell, but you can definitely taste them. The peppers start out as a tingle, but build to a full on burn as you drink the beer. There is some bitter roast and dark chocolate along with a mild vanilla note. The finish is roasty with the pepper burn.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with smooth, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The pepper burn might be a bit much, but the other flavors still show up enough to be noticed. This is an interesting and pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 01:29:02 | More by oline73
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark body with some amber highlights showing in the thin part of the glass. Frothy tan head that leaves lacing on the glass.

S- Chocolate comes through in the way of chocolate malt and cocoa powder. Some smokiness comes through, but more in the way of roasted malt than a noticeable chipotle pepper aroma. Overall the beer smells very nice.

T- Choclate comes through at the beginning along with a smooth roasted malt presence. The middle of the taste is where the chipotles really become noticeable. Heat from the peppers stays all the way to the end where a chocolate finish comes back. While the peppers are noticeable and strong, they do not overpower and allow for the other flavors to come through.

M- Very smooth from beginning to end, with the heat noticeable from middle to end. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Although I did not get a lot of the chipotles in the nose, the taste allows them to come through immensely. Very unique beer and a great offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 18:38:16 | More by stephenjmoore
H.E.R.O. 2012 (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.