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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
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stephenjmoore on 10-10-2012)
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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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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.
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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. 

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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.

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