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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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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

DmanGTR, Sep 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Stout6, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of canawler
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

canawler, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
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.

stephenjmoore, Oct 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

schaffer9252, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

usaftenor, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of larryi86
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.

larryi86, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of alpinebryant
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.

alpinebryant, Feb 23, 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
Photo of taylor714914
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. 

taylor714914, Sep 12, 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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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
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

crobinso, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Morey, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

slay, Mar 25, 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
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

BeerHunter76, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

BMan33, Nov 24, 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 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 scottfrie
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.

scottfrie, Jan 26, 2014
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H.E.R.O. 2012 (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from DuClaw Brewing Company
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