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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 DrBier
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kegatron
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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 mdaschaf
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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 duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +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 imperialking
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Rhettroactive
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of maximum12
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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 cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 THECPJ
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rderedin
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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 DmanGTR
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of ehammond1
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2


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.

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H.E.R.O. 2011 from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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