Cocoa Fuego
DuClaw Brewing Company

Cocoa FuegoCocoa Fuego
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American Stout
Ranked #895
Ranked #41,397
3.6 | pDev: 15.28%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Cocoa FuegoCocoa Fuego
Notes: Stout brewed with Dark Chocolate & Chipotle Peppers.
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 219
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours near black with almost no head. Aroma has a nice, chipotle pepper smell that singes the nostrils. Also a lot of cocoa, carob, and dark roasted malt in the nose.

First sip is a rush of cocoa and chocolate followed by a spicy aftertaste. Heat builds in your tastebuds as you drink this, but it isn't overwhelming. The cocoa flavors provide a nice counterbalance.

This beer has a great, subtle, heat that really grows on you. The first time I had this, I didn't care for it much, but this is the 5th bottle out of the 6'er (not in same night) and I really have started to crave the spicy build of this beer. Sneakily good.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cellared this bottle without reviewing it first, not sure why but here is my review:
poured chilled from the 12oz into a glass.

The color is black with a thick tan head that settles to nothing with opaque clarity and very fine bead with head that revives when swirled. The smell has a cocoa aroma with nutty earthen scent and light peppery accent yet mostly malt with chocolate complimentary in the smell. The feel has a good balance of sweetness in malt with light spice of pepper with heat that builds to a dry finish with moderate carbonation.

The taste is decent -malt is dry and nutty with chocolate adding some creaminess in texture yet not overly sweet with smoky pepper flavor coming mid palate with slight heat in the back of the throat and subtle toasted malt flavor that is nutty with mild sweetness of cocoa - the balance of pepper and chocolate with spice lingering is enjoyable. There is a lingering warmth with slight smoky mineral quality in the finish. Overall this is a pretty tasty stout -a good amount of pepper flavor but not too hot to overwhelm the cocoa flavor. I must have tried this fresh but I don't think the aging has had a detrimental effect

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- Als of Hampden

A- motor oil black with a tan head. about half a finger and it sticks nicely to the mug.

S- cocoa and dark roasted malts.

F- cocoa and dark roasted malts with hints of the chili pepper towards the back end of the flavor.

M-spicy and chocolatey...not bad but im not a spicy type of guy. Medium bodied and not as thick as I thought it was going to be.

O- an average stout. once again if you like spicy this is a beer for you but it just doesn't gel as well as it should and it seems to me that its too much.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of candcholt
4.5/5  rDev +25%

I love this beer, more so on draught than in a bottle, but still.

It's got a smokiness and a spiciness at the end. Not overly spicy though...nothing that sets your mouth on fire. Nice full mouthfeel, but crisp.

The description might put you off, but I've been in large groups where everybody enjoys it, so give it a try.

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Photo of Ryften
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%


Pitch black.

Nice aroma of dark chocolate.

Taste is what's promised — chocolate cayenne. Interesting.

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Photo of csrbv
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great brew if you are looking for something different. Just enough heat from the peppers to make it interesting. Good for having 1 or 2, but anymore would simply be too much. I recommend trying this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Taeryn
2.31/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Smakawhat
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled Jan 31st 2014.

Dead and nearly lifeless. Out of the bottle comes out slick, and produces barely... barely a half finger of head which disappears almost instantly. It does manage though to keep a thin tan collar but that's about it. Thick, a little morbid, with a dark walnut brown body. Tipping and a little bit of tilt show a wet and watery collar and no sticky lace at all.

Nose though delivers as promised on the label. Good roasted malts, hints of faint char with a nice crackly grain. Faint pepper heat, mild smoke, not distracting. Chocolate angle is there a hint of bitterness and dark but very buried. Regardless all balanced nicely on the bouquet.

Palate is milky slightly but thick. Hints at lactose almost cola character sweetness but has some depth, but almost too much depth. Crackling roast grains, and a very good base of heat. The body though is lacking in a strange combination of milk stout cola, and thick chocolate syrup qualities, with lots of flat lifeless feel no doubt due to carbonation issues. Lingering chile heat, and nice classic chipotle smoke on the finish. Some strange mint like action a bit also as it warms no doubt from some hop angle out of nowhere. Not too hot or boozy either.

Overall though even though it comes off kind of flat and syrupy the roast and pepper quality is actually very well integrated. This is not though a real enjoyable beer to drink though because it comes off too syrupy and lifeless. It barely has any beer like character in the palate, never have I had a mouthfeel just so effect the overall quality of the beer. It comes off as more of drinking flavored malt extract with some pepper.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Little head nor lace on this bad puppy. The aroma is roasted, smokey, and much like a strong coffee.
In the taste, more coffee flavors and some chocolate. This is brewed with peppers, and after a few sips they make themselves known. The heat builds but the roasted stout flavor adds a good bit of balance. Small kiss of alcohol and an even smaller bitterness. If you want a good Mexican mole sauce dish and a good beer, but can't decide - choose this. Very good, and interesting!

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark bread, baker's chocolate, BOSCO, and chipotle heat at the end. Makes for a tasty full bodied stout. The heat adds a nice element to a solid base beer. The peppers are not over the top. I would get this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Cocoa Fuego from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 219 ratings