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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

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stephenjmoore on 10-10-2012)
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Reviews by russwbeck:
Photo of russwbeck
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of banglin
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tlacott1
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of darkstar12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of sludgy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of civicm87
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of schaffer9252
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of CGMLS3
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Vaultdweller27
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kevdemers
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of usaftenor
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of slay
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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H.E.R.O. 2012 (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.