H.E.R.O. 2011 | DuClaw Brewing Company

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H.E.R.O. 2011H.E.R.O. 2011

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by oline73 on 09-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 68
Photo of hdofu
4.61/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of younger35
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber into two pint glasses with boyfriend(Shoky01)

A-Pours medium thickness, very visible carbonation, but no head, what little lace there is fades fast. Very dark but clear.

S-roasted nuts, heavy malts and very boozy. Interesting dark chocolatey sweet, almost like licorice.

T- Very sweet chocolate and fruitiness up front. Caramel maltyness. Much less toasty nuttiness as nose, tastes more like smokey wood (tannin?). Really boozy for a porter, drinks like an imperial stout.

MF- thin and sticky.

Overall..I enjoyed this one, have another I plan to check on in a year.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a tan one finger head.

S- Roasted chocolate malts, peanut butter, really nice, surprised how much peanut is there.

T- Follows the nose, nice roasted peanut flavor in the finish, and a nice porter base.

M- Smooth, medium body, kind of creamy.

O- First peanut beer and first beer from DuClaw, and I really enjoyed it. Worth the money, definitely will be picking up a few more bottle.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of junjun1
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap at the Roasthouse Pub in Frederick. It can in an oversized brandy snifter...

A: A pitch black color with a mocha colored head...

S: A light roast, with a hint of nuttiness, as well as a bit of sweetness...

T: The taste is actually spot on. Not too much peanut, but enough, and a light fudgey chocolate taste, no alcohol to be seen...

M: Light carb, but it worked...

D: A really nice beer, a pleasure to have.

Btw...this was listed as 6.5%abv at the RH Pub

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Snifter.

A - Surprisingly good amount of head on this dark brown brew for a peanut butter beer. Most of the peanut butter bears I've had have no head due to the oils, but this one looks great. I would say a full fingers worth of a tan head.

S - Just like the name says, it's chocolate and peanut butter. Lots of sweetness, and like a dark chocolate Reese's cup. Seeing as that's one of my favorite candy, this is one I can't wait to try.

T - The flavors are a bit more subdued than I though going off of the smell. Still lots going on, just not as powerful. That may be a good thing though, because if this tasted as sweet as it smelled, I may not have been able to drink it. Lots more chocolate than peanut butter, but you can taste the roasted nuts in the finish. Very well done, not over the top.

M - Because this is done with peanut's, you have to expect it to be a little oily, and it is. Leave a slight film in your mouth, and I can't imagine drinking anything after this that didn't have the same flavor. There isn't nearly as much carbonation coming through in the mouth as one would think form the nice size head.

O - Extremely impressed with this offering from DuClaw. Great sipper beer, and I can't wait to have one with a PB&J tomorrow for lunch. I'll also be going to buy up about 4 more bottles to share and enjoy.

Edit: Opened another one here in the last week. Not nearly as good.

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Deep black-brown with dark cranberry highlights. Pours a tall tan head with a medium/large bubble structure. Nice retention and low lace.

S – Dry nose, absolutely loaded with peanuts and supported by a fruity, almost raspberry sweetness and a hint of milk chocolate.

T – Opens bright before driving into a deep roasted peanut flavor. Surprisingly dry. Wheat toast with Nutella match the peanuts through a long, roasty finish.

M – Medium-light body with a crisp carbonation. Might be a shade over carbonated actually.

O – The beer delivers as advertised with a great peanut flavor; I’m just not sure it’s the primary flavor I’m looking for in a beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle of this at Stateling in MD last weekend. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruerry tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Little head retention and light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of peanuts, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and cream, and light coffee. Also some light toasted malts. Peanuts are definitely there up front, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, peanuts, nuts, and bread. Lightly sweet and bitter, and not as much peanut as the nose. A slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium to full bodied porter and moderate carbonation evident. Pretty thick, but alos pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice porter. I liked the nose a lot as the chocolate and peanut butter came out a lot, but the taste didn't have as much of the peanut butter. Would give it another shot.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber bottle listed as 6% ABV
A - pours a lacy short foamy head atop a dark chocolate brew.
S - a trace of peanuts is right there at the start over a mildly chocolate malt base.
T - again mild is a keyword. The chocolates are present but not bold along with a sweet nutty aftertaste.
M - nicely carbonated with a slick smooth medium body.
D - interesting and enjoyable.
Overall a mellow beer even when fully warmed.
Think of it as a single Girl Scout Tagalong cookie dissolved in half a gallon of an easy drinking porter.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black with a massive, billowy tan colored head. The foamy head lasts for an extremely long time and leaves behind very thick lacing.

S: A little bit of peanut butter mixed with some roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. I remember the aroma being a lot stronger the last time I had it.

T: Similar to the aroma, some light peanut butter and a little bit of chocolate, but for the most part it comes off like an average porter.

M: Medium bodied with a really nice level of carbonation.

O: Kind of hard to review, because I remember this beer being much closer to its namesake the first time I had it, but now it is a shell of its former self.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to StormKing47 for this one!

A: Pours black with a billowing and fluffy light tan head that slowly faded into a dense rocky film leaving chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Well all be damned I’m getting some whiffs of peanut butter. Chocolate, caramel and roasted malts come through as well, and I even get notes of herbal hops.
T: Light on the flavor but what’s there is good. Flavors of chocolate dominate, followed by caramel and roast. The finish is where the peanut butter comes through, and interestingly enough it tastes like the real thing. The finish is lightly sweet with hints of cola and candied sugar.
M: Bubbly carbonation that is just a tad to spritzy, medium body, and a mouthfeel that reminds me soda but thicker.
O: A bit over-carbonated but the flavors in this one were pretty good. I was expecting something richer, but this wasn’t bad. Thanks again, Josh.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black color with a one finger head that sticks around. Aroma of chocolate, roasty malts, and feint peanut butter. Taste is more muddled up front but finishes nice, peanuts and chocolate are both present. This is way overcarbonated and I feel that it takes away from what could be a really nice beer. Overall it's good, not great

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to canjeeps for sending this one my way. enjoyed out of a founders snifter.

a - brew poured with explosive head. i had to adjust my pour and let things settle down so i could get more than a fingers worth of actual brew in the glass. the massive head slowly dissolved away leaving creamy chunks. the beer beneath is black as night.

s - peanut butter porter. very nice and different. has the soft char and briskness with peanut butter. not really any chocolate, just peanut butter and char. reminds me of something that i'd find from short's.

t - very soft and light. vanilla at first, then some porter char, then some peanut butter and roasted chocolate malts. nice. very portery.

m - porter to the T, leaves a nice tingle. a bit brisk for a porter and the peanut butter gives it a bit of a twist.

o - overall, a fairly decent porter with some peanut butter in there. peanut butter is interesting, but not necessarily an improvement on the beer...but an interesting twist. the full bomber seems like it might be a bit much for me. reminds me of that reeses cereal (do they still make that?)...like peanut butter squared. don't get me wrong, i love peanut butter, but this kind of quantity seems a bit much.

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Photo of maximum12
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of jdense
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Enjoying with a piece of my girlfriend's peanut butter pie.

Pours a deep brown almost black with a 1/2 finger mocha head leaving decent lacing down the glass.

Wow interesting nose. It really does smell like peanuts. Some roasted malts are also present, but definitely peanut aroma.

Taste follows the nose. Some roasty slightly smoky malt are present. Peanuts are as flavorful as the aroma would suggest, but still present.

And now the downfall of the beer. The flavor may be more pronounced, but the overwhelming prickly carbonation overpowers everything in a big way. Most pilsners aren't this carbonated. It really destroys all promise this beer has.

Flavors are here I think, but the over carbonation really ruins the entire experience.

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Photo of Spider889
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Several bottles of this were floating around the latest Jackie O's release. I got at least a couple pours because of this.

Seemed over-carbonated to me, and a bit thin considering what the ingredients and flavor profile were supposed to be.

Definite peanut butter on the nose, along with mild roast and chocolate.

The flavor is quite sweet and again the peanut butter comes through much better than you'd expect.

Overall interesting but simply not something I would ever seek out.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A massive thanks goes out to bross242 for bringing this one out during cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Infected bottle! *sad panda* Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured reddish brown with a three finger tan head that subsided to one slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peanuts, and subtle sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, peanuts, sour, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. I was really disappointed to see the head formation on this one when I poured it. Upon smelling it, I knew something was off. I was actually excited about this one when I saw it come out, but was quickly letdown unfortunately. Make this one again, fix the infection problem, and send me a bottle DuClaw. I will be waiting…

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this one at his tasting!

Pours a clear dark brown with a thick khaki head that lasts. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and peanut butter cup candy. Taste is of dark roasted malt and an odd peanut butter cup flavor. This beer has a very high level of carbonation. There is an obvious issue at hand regarding this. Overall, this is an average porter that smells better than it tastes but the carbonation level ruins things for this one.

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