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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-04-2013 00:52:37 | More by nmann08
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-03-2012 14:51:26 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-10-2012 14:18:11 | More by Texasfan549
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 20:22:34 | More by Kegatron
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oline73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 01:29:02 | More by oline73
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

01-23-2013 01:03:56 | More by yourefragile
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-20-2013 16:15:50 | More by InspectorBob
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-25-2013 23:27:48 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 13:06:11 | More by John_M
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-01-2014 01:56:53 | More by Latarnik
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DmanGTR

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

09-12-2013 06:42:29 | More by DmanGTR
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-29-2013 02:09:04 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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BGsWo22

New York

2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

03-09-2013 00:18:58 | More by BGsWo22
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-03-2012 00:07:31 | More by ShemRahBoo
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scottfrie

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:38:34 | More by scottfrie
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crobinso

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-20-2013 22:58:23 | More by crobinso
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-29-2012 23:05:32 | More by Morey
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bum732

Lesotho

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:19:41 | More by bum732
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-12-2012 02:36:32 | More by BeerHunter76
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-20-2014 13:38:46 | More by markgugs
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bbadger

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-06-2013 23:28:54 | More by bbadger
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ms11781

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 02:32:21 | More by ms11781
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:07:39 | More by KYGunner
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ckollias

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:25:16 | More by ckollias
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 18:38:16 | More by stephenjmoore
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H.E.R.O. 2012 (Chocolate Chipotle Stout) from DuClaw Brewing Company
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