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

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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by BilbosNuts:
Photo of BilbosNuts
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.

BilbosNuts, Apr 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of banglin
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.

banglin, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

SPRichard, May 13, 2013
Photo of tlacott1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tlacott1, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of bum732
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.

bum732, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of KYGunner
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.

KYGunner, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of darkstar12
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

darkstar12, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of sludgy
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

sludgy, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

civicm87, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

BGsWo22, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of schaffer9252
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

schaffer9252, May 04, 2013
Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +4.2%

crobinso, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Vaultdweller27
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Vaultdweller27, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of ckollias
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.

ckollias, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Morey, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

nmann08, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

kevdemers, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of usaftenor
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

usaftenor, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of slay
4/5  rDev +4.2%

slay, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

bbadger, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of ms11781
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.

ms11781, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
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.

Gosox8787, Jan 30, 2013
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H.E.R.O. 2012 (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.