Cocoa Fuego
DuClaw Brewing Company

Cocoa FuegoCocoa Fuego
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American Stout
Ranked #896
Ranked #41,400
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
Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass.
A: black color body with a small tan head
S: dark chocolate with some chili peppers
T: the taste has a nice cocoa flavor and the chili peppers hitting the back of the tongue.
M: the mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a little spice on the tongue.

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Photo of 3BeerGuys
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

So After a long time of having a new beer from Du Claw I felt this deserved a review.

A. This beer poured with minimal head retention and no lacing.

S. The smell is sweet chocolate and fruit with lightly smoked peppers. Interesting.

T. Very gentle at first with luscious chocolate and a slight peppery after taste, not at all overwhelming.

M. The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated, not too light but subtle is the best way to describe it.

O. Overall Du Claw has done it again, after having Crime from Stone this was much more drinkable as it did not take long to finish, with that said this is a very good beer that I would happily buy again, food pairing is not even necessary (IMO). The amount of pepper is just right and is offset perfectly by the cocoa and hints of sweetness. Good job on this one guys!

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Photo of justintcoons
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Dark brown (almost black) with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly.

Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted barley, and caramel.

Semi-sweet chocolate with inklings of smooth dark chocolate. Roasted barley and caramel. There's a nice kick of heat formed by notes of jalapeno followed by some smoke.

Medium bodied, smooth, silky, and spicy.

There's some pretty nice heat on this one complemented by a smooth chocolatey body. Worth a try but I certainly wouldn't want more than one at any given time.

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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/31/14 appears dark almost black minimal ruby highlights this stout, sports a 1/2 an inch dark tan head with speckled faint lacing. Aromatics offer up to the senses, smoked peppers in this case chipotle, with a dark chocolate dryness. It's trying to express some mole' sauce notes, with the flavors but doesn't execute that well. Flavor wise there's virtually no sweetnes dark dry roasted malt lingering bitterness with a creeping chipotle smoked chili pepper heat coming on in the back of the throat, very faint compared to extreme chili beers easy to drink just wish the flavors were more cohesive together. The bigger the sip of this beer the more heat that comes with it and definitely dries the palate out a good bit, the dark chocolate roasts have a lingering bitterness as well. Carbonation flows nicely medium to full bodied but it becomes a bit much about half way through a 12 ounce pour. I'm glad I tried it but I definitely didn't need a whole six pack of this one!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks about black with a crown of tan foam that fell rapidly. Looks like a stout.

Smells like a slightly smoky dark chocolate, but weaker, with mildly roasted barley notes and something perfumed. A little sweeter, and a little floral. It's strange, but decent.

Some flat stout notes of dark chocolate and roastiness upfront, with a swell of chipotle heat that grows in the middle and finishes low and slow with faint smokiness. Has an odd fruity character reminiscent of artificial cherry or red grape. I like the finishing spiciness.

Feels okay. It could use some more carbonation. The body is pretty solid; a notch above high medium.

It's a decent spicy stout that could use some more flavor development. Props are still given.

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Photo of Ego
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

black but not dense, light easily grabs some space around the edges here, cocoa head falls back quickly, lacing is somewhere on the back of a milk carton, some carbonation seen meandering up the glass, not much else going on here

dark european chocolate, hershey's syrup, crazy intense chocolate nose

taste etc...
the flavor is of mild chocolate but man you do get the burn on the aftertaste, really odd sensation of the spice as it lingers around (I love hot chiles), this is a touch thin for the style imo, so what we have here is definite chocolate with lots of milk chocolate sweetness which then slides into spicy warming

interesting but I am not sure I would want more than one, food pairings could be interesting here, something like chili rellenos comes to mind with all that cheese then mixed in with the sweet/hot, yeah that would work

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown body, thin cream-colored head that disappears completely rather quickly.

S- Roasted malts, hints of chocolate syrup. Not a ton of pepper, but some hints of smoke.

T- Sweet malts and cocoa come through from beginning to middle, then the end hits with hints of smokey peppers. Not a ton of pepper flavors, but you know it is there.

M- Slightly thin, thin-medium bodied. Slight pepper burn in the aftertaste with medium to low carbonation.

O- Somewhat disappointed with this one as I loved the H.E.R.O. brew. Not sure if this is the same recipe or not, but it seems to be lacking slightly. That being said, the flavor is still chocolate and smokey peppers, so there is that.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head is rather poor: not even a finger high (khaki shade), and the bad retention doesn't help. No lacing, either. In fact, it looks worryingly undercarbonated.

S: The aroma works, really well, in fact. Subtle chipotle smoke/heat comes out immediately, but when allowed to warm up, more and more chocolate notes will claw their way through to the nose. The stout brings a mild roastedness along with some brown sugar. Not bad DuClaw, not bad at all.

T: Chocolate immediately opens the flavor profile up. A combination of pepper heat and smoke gradually accumulate on the palate, suggesting good layering. While I also pick up wisps of fruitiness and roast, it's not a terribly complex beer...nor does it need to be. Both additions are showed off very well here.

M: My worst fears were confirmed - this is undercarbonated. And not the creamy kind of undercarbonation I like from a good stout, but the "there's something wrong here" kind. I think what really exasperates the lack of fizz is that the texture is more angular than creamy. Having said that, it's easy to drink.

O: Damn, damn, damn. This is honestly a solid recipe - both the chocolate and chipotle are intertwined quite well - but the feel lets it down majorly. I *do* like this beer a lot (this would be an incredible chili adjunct AND be incredible with chili), but this could have been something special with a better feel. Still, it's one of the better DuClaw 6-packs.

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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 tkdchampxi
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

O: overall, this is a nice stout that has some heat to it. I wish this beer delivered more on the promise of chipotle peppers, but the subtle spice character does balance well with what would otherwise be a too-thin dark chocolate stout. Fine maltiness and robust cocoa bean notes here. This beer fails to rise above other flavored stouts because of it's lack of head and lack of texture.

A: Nearly no head to speak of despite an intentionally high poor distance. Dark, but thin looking.

S: malty with nice roast character. Chocolate notes and peppers are present.

T: a nice, malty, roasted stout with clear flavors of dark chocolate and a subtle undertone of chipotle peppers. Not very sweet, which works well with this deliciously drinkable beer.

M: carbonation is present, but more biting than I'd like. Wish this stout were smoother or slightly thicker, so as to have a more silky texture.

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