H.E.R.O. 2012 (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) - DuClaw Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.18/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
10-16-2012 23:51:42 | More by banglin
3.4/5 rDev -11.5%
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
01-21-2013 23:30:20 | More by russwbeck
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
12-01-2012 03:25:16 | More by ckollias
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
11-14-2012 20:22:34 | More by Kegatron
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
11-13-2012 04:19:41 | More by bum732
3.91/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
10-18-2013 00:58:02 | More by vette2006c5r
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
04-05-2013 15:50:57 | More by BilbosNuts
H.E.R.O. 2012 (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.