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Heartstopper | Sherbrooke Liquor Store

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Sherbrooke Liquor Store
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by traditional Aztec hot chocolate with a Foreign Extra Stout base.

Brewed at Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by ChrisCage:
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2.84/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This is a very thick looking beer, as I absolutely cannot see through it, and the coloration is of a very dark brown. There isn't much of a head....maybe a half finger in thickness, and it disappears rather quickly into a thin ring around the glass. The lacing is not so much of any foam but rather a viscous looking film covering my glass.

S- While I don't really notice any of the chili pepper used in this, I really notice the unsweetened cocoa and softness of the vanilla. There are hints of booze noticed by me as well, but not overpowering. I also don't notice really any hops on the finish. Overall, this smells sweet yet natural, as in a moderate Earthy tinge.

T- This is actually quite a tasty beer...at first that is. The cocoa is dominant right away and the smooth flavor of vanilla is present as well but then the peppery notes really start showing up, especially after the swallow. It really hits the back of the throat and the spice can be felt all the way down the esophagus....it lingers on for quite sometime too. It's not super hot but I find it a little less than comforting....it tastes more like strong fresh ground black pepper than anything.

M- The beer itself is medium-full bodied and the carbonation is rather fine, so it is creamy in that regard. However, it really makes me feel like I've had a saucy meal that had too much pepper in it.

O- I'm not saying this is a bad beer, because the chocolate character keeps me coming back for another sip....albeit small sips. I just don't really care for the peppery character found here...it really lingers in a way I don't like and I feel like I'll need a Zantac after this. It's going to take awhile to finish this bottle....(note I drain poured the last third)....I wont get it again....I love stouts but not with the spice...just not my style, no offense to IronDjinn!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, Sherbrooke's first contract brew from Paddock Wood, in concert with BA Jeff Werstiuk (IronDjinn), after many collaborations locally with Alley Kat, and one with Yukon Brewing. Made with the addition of chocolate, vanilla, and cayenne pepper, and with a label depicting a cartoon Aztec human sacrifice ceremony, spiffed up with beer, of course, to leaven the mood, I suppose.

This 'Hot Chocolate Stout' pours a very dark, near opaque brown colour, with bright reddish cola highlights, and a thin cap of fizzy dark beige head, which disappears in a flash, leaving nothing beyond a few islet specks in the way of lace.

It smells of powdery milk chocolate, grainy chocolate malt, and somewhat medicinal, herbal alcohol. The taste is bittersweet baker's chocolate malt, earthy vanilla, herbal, floral hops, and a slow-building dry, basically innocuous spiciness.

The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium-full in weight, smooth, and rather deftly creamy. It finishes quite sweet, the chocolate vanilla aspect still strong, with an increasingly growing heat - part booze, part spice.

A lovely sweetish stout, with a nicely orchestrated drying offset, the hops, booze, and spice well blended in the effort. My lips were subtly tingling by the end - my heart, still largely unaffected, thankfully.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip dec19 2010

A black with some cola around the edge when held to the sun, fast falling thumbs width of mocha head left just a few patches of lace

S big on coco powder and a little earthy spice

T the chocolate is very tasty and the peppers heat builds very slowly never really taking away from any other aspect of the brew. I love how this has the stout side of things with the subtle heat it works well for it

M a little thin for the color but nothing that good carbonation and a little warming heat can't make up for

D no mention of the 7.5%alc anywhere above so that has to say something, almost the perfect beer for this cold afternoon here in Calgary

Big thanks to Jeff for throwing a few of these my way, I wasn't sure what to expect and this surpassed my expectations. I never had much luck with any peppered beers but this one breaks that trend. Good work Jeff my good man I hope there's more in the making

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Photo of FadetoBock
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So-so stout, with an edge. Medium brown, fast disapearing head. A little chocolate and spice aroma. A bit thin mouthfeel. However the pepper gives it a spicey pop. Drying finish. Altogether not a bad one for late winter.Could use more thickness, real peppers in the mix, some complementary hops. Thx Presario.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - impenetrable pitch black, short head dissipated quickly
S - espresso and black licorice, sweet cocoa powder, roasty chocolate malt
T - amazingly sweet milky chocolate, light coffee notes, and a chili spice note that adds light flavour at first but builds with each sip, an unbelievable concoction
M - stout smooth up front and then the spice starts to build, finishing with both a coated feel and a spice tingle in the back of the throat
O - BIG props to IronDjinn, Sherbroooke, and Paddock Wood for producing an amazing beer. I've had the Dogfish Head Theobroma which is based on a similar concept and heritage and this kills it in terms of flavour, feel, and drinkability

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Photo of elricorico
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black in the glass, no light slips through. A fairly quick pour generates only a thin mocha coloured head which fizzes off in moments.

Chocolate and vanilla reach the nose immediately, with a hint of spice in it. The more the beer warms, the more the spice stands out.

Taste comes across quite dry and somewhat astringent at first, but becomes smoother as it warms. Very chocolaty, some roasted malt and a spiciness that builds as you drink.

Fairly full, creamy body, with subtle carbonation. This is a nice beer, but I definitely wouldn't want more than one. The way the flavours build as you drink becomes pretty heavy by the end of the bottle.

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Photo of Rutager
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another big thank you to wordemupg for this wanted, interesting sounding beer with a fantastic label!

Appearance. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head.

Smell. Wow, nice dark chocolate and a ton of it, some nice peppery spice and a little dark malt. Smells like desert!

Taste. Again, just a ton of dark chocolate, a little vanilla and dark malt too but the chocolate is the overwhelming taste. The peppery spice kicks in after the second sip ...a little heat that build throughout the bottle too. Nice. 7.5%??? Not in the taste...

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Feels a bit thin.

Overall. Fantastic tasting and smelling beer. If it were a little more rich in appearance and feel, it would be amazing. Despite my (minor) complaints it's a really fun beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt and light black chocolate notes. Taste starts at first with some notes of dry roasted malt with notes of black chocolates, Peppers notes then come through with some light heat which is well balanced with the rest of the flavours. Body is about average with good carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture. Nota big fan of peppers in beer but this one was well balanced.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed snifter.

Pours a deep, rich black color with 1 full finger of thick, creamy mocha colored head with good retention leaving some ephemeral lacing as it settles to a thick color. The nose is really interesting, lots of chocolate, toasted malt, marshmallows and a subtle chili spice that really adds a nice counterpoint to the sweet notes. On the palate, the oasted malts, chococolate and marshmallow come out first, but aa subtle hop bitterness and hot chili peper heat take over. The beer finishes dry and the spice builds with time. The body is a touch thin for me, but it is still smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer though the chilis come off a bit strong.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. I think it is similar to the much celebrated Prairie Bomb. I do t have opportunity to do a side by side comparison which is the in,y fair way to do it - but from my memory I am enjoying this beer more. A truly great beer!

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure, this beer was an original concept of mine. I pitched it to Jim at Sherbrooke, brewed up a couple of sample batches with fellow local homebrewer Dave Perry, then sent the samples and recipes off to Paddock Wood, who in turn worked their magic to produce a commercial version. My hands didn't touch the final product, nor am I making any financial compensation from it. I feel I can give it a fair review in light of its reception so far.

From a 355 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dense black hue, not quite opaque as it reveals garnet and chestnut highlights depending on the intensity of the light its held up to. About two fingers width of creamy beige head that settles to a thick cap. Patchwork lacing.

Cocoa with sharp spice on the nose, dark malt and vanilla sweetness in the background.

As with the aroma there's some rich cocoa and sharp spice heat up front in the flavour, things soften up in the middle briefly with some nutty chocolate malt, with the heat returning big on the finish in place of hops, faint vanilla sweetness rises up in the aftertaste as the heat fades to reveal some leafy hops.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a full creamy texture and little carbonation.

I have to admit I'm quite happy with this interpretation, and feel that Paddock Wood managed to find a healthy balance between some volatile ingredients. It's a fairly solid stout with a bit of a kick, and tends to satiate after one or two, while the alcohol remains hidden the whole time.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the Paddock Wood brewery store. Pours black with a light creamy khaki head which fades off into a collar with a few patches. Splotches of lacing on the glass.

Nose is milk chocolate with a hint of coffee, sweet with just a few hints of roast. Flavor reveals a rich silky beer, milk chocolate with some smooth espresso, cayenne is light and slowly builds, really integrated well, just a hint of something smoky, sweet with some dark fruits, just a little drying in the finish. Really drinkable, lovely warming from the peppers, really well done. Smooth mouthfeel, sweet to balance the heat, low carbonation to style, really hits what it was aiming for (Mayan Hot Chocolate). This is a great beer that needs to be made more regularly.

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Photo of papat444
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wordemupg for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A creamy milk chocolate head above a totally dark body. Thick ring is left and some lacing draped.

Smell: Timid at first but opens up pretty fast. Cocoa, marshmallows, dry chocolate mixed with milk chocolate and a bit of pepper at the end.

Taste: Dark hot chocolate, images of those 75% cocoa bars and a real nice spicy chili pepper at then end. Reminds me of those pure chocolate bars flavored with peppers.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium and a bit higher than expected. Spiciness can be a bit intense but i like it.

Overall: Lots of good things to say about this one. Breaks away from your standard stout and i can tell that the chocolate flavor is authentic. Very pleasing and while i wouldn't have more than one in a session, i would love to have a few of these in the fridge. Highly recommended!

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Photo of liamt07
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 355ml into a tulip.

Dark brown, with a light tan head. No lacing, some retention. Beautiful cocoa nose, marshmallows, vanilla bean and a bit of fruit/dark berries as well. Taste of cocoa, marshmallow, spicy chili into the finish. Lingering spice on the palate, medium low carbonation and a thinner medium body. A very beautiful nose, and hits alot of the qualities of hot chocolate that I love. Really good.

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Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Torontoblue. Deep opaque liquid decants a creamy cappuccino head. Leaves sticky lace on the sides of the glass. The nose is pure dark chocolate and roast with a bit of minty hops. Sweet, chocolaty, and roasty bitter with a perfect chipotle sting at the back of the palate. Incredible balance of the elements in this one. Creamy, warming, and spicy finish, full bodied, excellent. Thanks Sid!

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Photo of BigBry
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased at Sherbrooke Liquor in Edmonton.
Poured a black liquid with a large brown foamy head, good retention and some uneven lacing.
looks like a stout should.
Aroma of roasted malt and light chocolate.
Taste starts with some dry roasted malt, chocolate or cocoa. Pepper heat then come through, leaving a nice burn on the sides of your throat.
Cayenne is pretty well balanced with the rest of the flavors.
Body is medium average with good carbonation and a creamy smooth texture.
No real hint of the pepper in the smell, but it sneaks up on you in the aftertaste.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Idrankthat
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Dawkfan
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A thin mocha head that's gone as quickly as it appeared, no lace. Color is black with tinges of red.

S- Aroma of milk chocolate and vanilla jumped out at me as soon as I opened the bottle. Not much in the way of spice. Very nice, reminds me of a sweet stout.

T- Sweet chocolate, mild roastiness, and of course vanilla. The heat doesn't catch up to you until long after you drink. The spice is very subtle but works perfectly with the other flavors.

M- Creamy smooth mouthfeel, nearly full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- This is a very nice beer! The addition and the amount of the cayenne is spot on and really makes this beer. Congrats Jeff! You should be proud, I know you've been anticipating the release of this one.

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Photo of goalie35
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a decent head, but there really isn't any retention, shows a little leg.

Huge chocolate and vanilla aroma!

Wholly mole! That sweetness in the aroma is overcome by the heat of the cayenne. Really interesting balance. A touch hot for me, but a hell of a beer.

Moderate body is smooth, with a light acidity (more from the pepper than the roast).

Thanks Yardsale!

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Photo of sclitch
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Heartstopper from Sherbrooke Liquor Store
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