H.E.R.O. 2011 - Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
DuClaw Brewing Company

H.E.R.O. 2011 - Chocolate Peanut Butter PorterH.E.R.O. 2011 - Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 15.1%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
67
From:
DuClaw Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  37
Gots
  8
SCORE
86
Very Good
H.E.R.O. 2011 - Chocolate Peanut Butter PorterH.E.R.O. 2011 - Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
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Reviews by oline73:
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oline73 from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Roasty dark chocolate with mild peanut and some sweetness.

Taste: Very roasty with a good amount of sweetness to balance it out. There is a mild peanut butter flavor throughout, but it doesn't dominate everything else. The finish is roasty. Tastefully done.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a great use of the peanut butter. It wasn't overpowering. The abv to this one is fairly low, and it is still really full of flavor. Really good.

Sep 10, 2011
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John_M from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is intriguing, showing light peanut butter, a hint of chocolate, light coffee and light vanilla. On the palate, I get a lot more of the peanut butter flavor, coupled with light licorice and some burnt toast. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, which I guess is to be expected given the fairly low alcohol (6.5%). Otherwise, the beer has a pretty good finish, with light hoppy bitterness and licorice.

Shrug. While nothing to get excited about, I thought this a fairly interesting beer.

Oct 16, 2011
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Sara & Anthony for the hook up!

A: Pours a deep black that just slides out of the bottle. A relatively pillowy layer of foam spreads out on top, hangs around for a while, and leaves a fair amount of lace behind.

S: Hmmmm. Straight out of the fridge, we didn't pick up any peanuttiness at all. Pleanty of heavily roasted malt, like your typical American Porter, but none of the advertised peanuts.

T: Kind of the same thing that we noticed in the nose. Really standard. We put this aside for a bit and came back after a while. We're glad we did. After it had about 10 minutes of warming time we were amazed at the strong flavor of freshly roasted peanuts and milk chocolate. Like a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup fresh from the pack. Lovely!

M: Big and creamy for a Porter. Nice balance between sweet & roast.

O: We really liked this beer! I sometimes approach these beers with a bit of skepticism but this delivered the goods. Temperature is the key with this one. Let it warm up!

Nov 13, 2011
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j1knapp from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Dec 20, 2011
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Chaney from District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll dedicate this serving to Jayhawk73 who brought this brew to my attention.

I guess this is the winner of a homebrew competition and 100% of the proceeds get donated. Rock on!

Served in a DuClaw snifter. How appropriate huh?

A: Black as night, with a slight off-white bubble formation takes shape in the corners of the brew.

S: Very upfront roastiness, with the fact that this is a porter being most evident. However, I didn't get any peanut butter on the nose at all.

T: I was taken aback at first, but after a few sips, I started to warm up to the brew. The peanut butter is VERY subtle, and if the beer weren't named that, I probably wouldn't have even noticed it all. However, I'll bite...

M: Slight carbonation and appropriate for this style, the lacing was splotchy, and the bitterness hit me in a roasty way that I like in a porter.

O: To date, this is the best peanut butter infused beer I've ever tasted... but that's not saying much.

Oct 19, 2011
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kloby's as I mourned the dying embers of another wasted Phillies season.

Pours an oily opaque near black with a large, airy mocha head. Surprising lacing and retention. Rich, roasty and sweet aroma. Nutty and chocolatey, not overly artificial. Flavor is a little faker and less complex than the nose; tastes like a thin chocolately porter with a crisp dry finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Better than expected.

Oct 08, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of creamy mocha head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that slowly drips back down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a pronounced nuttiness t it, which is layered on top of fruity citrus, roasted coffee character, and some cocoa accents long the back.

The taste is cocoa and toffee sweetness up front, which then blends into bitter green citrus before roast and peanut flavor comes out across the back. Hops linger in the finish the most, with a dry and bitter feel that lingers. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a prickly feel throughout but is overall coming off as way to thin in the mouth.

I wasn’t really a fan of this. The peanut flavor had an almost artificial character to it and the thinness of the body hurt this as well. Hopefully the next H.E.R.O. release will be better.

Mar 30, 2012
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younger35 from Minnesota

4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Generously received this beer from thebeast777 for no particular reason at all. He was supposed to just send me a poster and he sent a shitload of beer! This will be my first DuClaw beer and I’m super stoked to try it! Drank from my Darkness snifter while watching South Carolina vs. Florida.

Appearance- Pours a nice black with a beautifully fluffy light tan head. A great cap and collar stick around the entire beer along with a bit of spotty random lacing.
Smell- Wow, the peanut butter is immediately noticeable and very strong in the nose. It’s rich and smells just like a fresh can of Planters nuts. I really hope that translates to the taste. A touch of raw earthy chocolate and a fair amount of roast do peak in – especially as the beer warms. The peanut butter is definitely dominate though, I really don’t get much else.
Taste- A light touch of peanut butter upfront before a wave of dark bittersweet chocolate moves in. There is a touch of some bitterness in the middle of everything but it’s light and earthy and not really hoppy. A light bit of vanilla creeps in with just a hint of coffee. Nothing crazy but there is a tiny bit of that acrid sort of roast that peaks in. The finish is where it really gets awesome. Loads of peanut butter just seems to linger and linger.
Mouthfeel- Nice creamy feel that’s smooth as silk with a light tickle of carbonation. My favorite part of the beer is that even with peanut butter and chocolate the beer is bone dry. Nice job.
Drinkability- Super nice beer here. Usually these sorts of ‘gimmick’ beers are overly sweet and weird and it’s hard to drink more than a glass. This isn’t one of those beers. The beer is delicious and drinkable with some intense peanut butter and chocolate flavors. It does it without being cloying or obscene in anyway. Southern Tier needs to take note.

Nov 12, 2011
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pwsoldier from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Dec 01, 2011
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sendsilk from Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 23, 2011
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jdense from Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Eastern Oregon Brew Crew 1.11.11.

Pours with minimal medium brown head, quick dissipation with no lacing over dark brown opaque body. Not much going on in the nose, some citrus and floral hop aromas and a faint bit of chocolate. There's some chocolate present in the taste but not a lot, and the power of suggestion led me to believe there was some peanut butter stickiness on the roof of my mouth, but if I didn't see peanut butter on the label I probably wouldn't have thought so. Mouthfeel is medium, not much effervescence, fairly dry finish. Not a 'big' beer by any means, fairly drinkable, an interesting attempt that, IMO, fails to deliver.

Jan 12, 2012
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to AndrewNations for this bottle. Unfortunately, it has a lot to live up to. The previous Chocolate/PB beer I had was close to perfect; even the memory makes me moist. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Second straight bottle that opens like a firecracker going off. Pour is a decade-long ordeal; carbonation billows over 10,000 feet into the atmosphere. Dark porter when it finally settles. Smell is spot-on beautiful, peanut butter & malts. Great.

H.E.R.O. lives up to its paranthetical name (or whatever that word is). Very nice peanut, lovely shot of chocolate. The downside is the aforementioned & unwelcome carbonation, which is about 16 times what's necessary & is terribly distracting. To the point that's it's difficult to pull out the flavors. Burbles & violates the tonuge, too. Limiting both the drinkability, taste, & mouthfeel.

Too bad. I can almost taste a really, really fine beer under the madcap bubbles, but they really bring the whole concoction down. As is, pretty good.

Mar 25, 2012
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hdofu from Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been awhile since I reviewed a beer here. So I thought I'd review this one since it was a pleasant surprise. To start off this beer looks incredible has a dark brown appearance with a thick tan head. Smell is noticeably of vanilla, a hint of cocoa and spices but not overpowering. Taste start out with a rush of chocolate almost like thick chocolate milk or even ice cream and finishes with a smooth peanut butter nuttiness. I have to say compared to some flavored beer Duclaws is good at making a beer taste like its style while enhancing it in pleasant ways, thank goodness I live near one of their brewpubs.

Dec 08, 2011
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mikereaser from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.2%

Dec 10, 2011
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DmanGTR from New York

5/5  rDev +30.2%

Jul 20, 2013
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spycow from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 07, 2011
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SPRichard from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jun 25, 2012
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imperialking from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Feb 10, 2012
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ehammond1

2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle

Thanks for opening this, Mrvonzipper!

Dark brown in color with incredibly over-active carbonation; the quickly forming light brown head rushes up to the top of the glass and sits there perched for quite some time. The beer also looks a bit thin per the style. Overall, unimpressive appearance.

The aroma on this is actually quite nice and unique. It smells of crushed Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, with a good amount of roasted malt and coffee. Easily, the best aspect of this beer.

The right flavors are here (roasted malt, coffee, sticky peanut butter), but there's also a muddled and metallic flavor floating through it all, especially on the lingering finish. And what good flavors might be here are ruined...

...by the godawful mouthfeel. It's thin, prickly, hugely, effervescently carbonated. Not at all a pleasure to drink. Vigorously agitating the beer improves the feel some as it loses more and more carbonation.

An interesting and unique peanut butter stout with a very nice aroma--though the huge carbonation truly affects an otherwise acceptable stout.

Jan 29, 2012
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321jeff from Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber picked up locally and poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep dark brown in the middle with light brown along the edges when held up to light. Lots of tan head that slowly falls as a nice layer remains on top through whole session.

Aroma is eerily reminiscent of some Short's beers I've tried, minus the infection. There is something unique about it, I assume a peanut smell, but it's not so obviously peanut butter that I could pick it out of a lineup. Smells sweet with some hints of roast in the background.

Taste is a little sweet up front but it finishes with a nice roast and some peanut flavors linger after the finish. The base beer is pretty solid it definitely tastes like a porter.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but it is only 6%, and I feel like the carbonation may be a little on the high side. Not too bad overall, especially considering it's a homebrew recipe. A nice novelty beer to sit down and drink on a Friday night.

Dec 10, 2011
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coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Mar 30, 2012
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jan 30, 2012
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lpotter from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Nov 14, 2011
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2dogbrew from Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 14, 2011
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Dec 06, 2011
H.E.R.O. 2011 - Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 67 ratings