Chocolate Heat | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Chocolate HeatChocolate Heat

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 104
Photo of robwestcott
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from the bottle to a 14oz snifter a deep black with a full two finger foamy, big bubbled, super long lasting tan head

subtle aroma of milk chocolate and chilis in the way back.

Lighter bodied than expected, the heat comes quick and hard, big carbonation - almost to the point of distraction.

Smoky stout, great big chili peppers, chocolate in the way back.

I'd give this one another shot, but not this vintage.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

two finger tan, frothy head with nice lacing on a jet black body. Aroma is clean but light with mild roasted malt, only a little chili pepper, with mild cocoa. I want more from the aroma. Flavor is not at all what I expected. The chili is very late and although it lingers for better or worse it doesnt really attack the palate. I want more from the chilis here. It really comes across as table pepper as appose to spicey chili peppery. There are notes of dark fruit, mostly some strawberry with oak and some roasted malt, Medium to full body and light to medium body. Oh, and where is the chocolate? I am not getting much from the chocolate but its there.

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Photo of nickfl
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a black body, the head fades slowly and leaves nice lace. Caramel, fruity yeast, and cinnamon in the aroma. Caramel, toffee, and some coffee up front. Lots of molasses and a touch of chocolate in the middle and a finish of spicy malt and lingering chili heat in the finish. A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish. Not bad, but a little one dimensional, not as much chocolate as I would have expected. I have had much better stouts from this brewery.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown, nearing black and has nearly two inches of beige head. The aroma offers bread, roast, chocolate. Chilis emerge much more in the flavor, though not particularly aggressive. A touch of pepper heat in the finish. Peppers gain presence in the scent as the beer is allowed to warm. Pretty good.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The who-knows-how-many fingers, mocha-colored head has a massive, billowing structure and fluffy quality to it - is this the sign of an infection?

S: The dominating aromatic note is roasted barley, followed by chocolate. I don't pick up much in the way of peppery heat, but I do pick up some faint pepper flesh notes. The fruity tones of habanero are there, if not horribly strong. I worried about an infection due to the look of the beer, and the metallic edge throughout tells me something might be wrong with this bottle.

T: It starts off with a strong roasted edge. A fruity hint - both from yeast esters and the peppers - are in the middle before finishing with dry chocolate. Slight touches of peppery heat accumulate on the aftertaste, but otherwise is quite timid in presence. What I forgot to mention are the notes of battery acid, phenols, (unwelcome) harsh lactose, and metal shavings throughout the flavor profile. Yep, this is probably infected, and not the good "TOTALLY AWESOME SOUR STOUT~" kind either, but the bad "metallic, battery acid, and fail" kind. It sliiightly improves as I power through it - the nastier notes sort of transmute into more of a regular habanero quality.

M: Very light and airy in body, to the point of clashing with the dry, roasted finish instead of blending together. It's also overcarbonated and it kind of burns the esophagus going down. To be fair, the latter quality definitely seems like it comes from the chiles rather than an infection. At least it's pretty drinkable - inasmuch as a 9% infected mess could be drunk easily.

O: Blargh. Either this is an infection, or the roast qualities badly mesh with the pepper and Belgian yeast. Still, I'm not sure this is what the brewers intended. It becomes less horrible as I do my damnedest to put it down at least. This will get one final chance tomorrow under the watch of another (not so) discerning taster - if that fails, then the remainder is going in my chili. Hey, if nothing else, this SHOULD make great chili.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Very dark brown, looks black in the glass. Very large, frothy tan head that lingers around for a long time.

S- Lots of roasted malts and chocolate malts, maybe a dash of cocoa, but not getting much in the way of any peppers.

T- Big roasted malt and chocolate malt up front, huge roasty flavors. Finish is smooth and roasty and finally the chiles come in. They add a little bit of peppery flavor to the taste, but there is not much spice. Overall, the chocolate and roast make up the majority of the flavor, which is well executed.

M- Very smooth and frothy with huge flavor. Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O- This is more of a big stout with chiles, rather than a chile-forward beer. Very nice though.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black with a monster 5+ inch creamy, foamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, creamy chocolate, chili's, raisin, honey, molasses, brown sugars, smoke, spices.

Taste - First sip is a nice mix of chili warmth, sugars, honey, cinnamon, ginger,some fruits and a little chocolate. Not overly sweet but fairly warm. Plenty of honey and ginger in each sip. The chocolate is masked under the chili and sugars but still is noticeable. The spices add a little Belgium like flavor.

Mouthfeel - The malts and chili coat the tongue with roasty and warmth flavors. Palate gets more of the same with sugars, honey and fruits. The aftertaste is a little malty and smokey.

Overall - Different, but enjoyable. Not as chocolate forward as you might expect. Really does have chili warmth along with lots of cinnamon and spice. This reminds me of a winter warmer more then a milk stout. I like it, a nice change up from standard chili stouts, glad I got to try and would drink again.

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Photo of yamar68
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to cw577enfield for this one!

A swampy, coffee brown body produces a full four fingers of lively khaki tan head. Naturally, tons of lace with gushing beading beneath.

Some very apparent cola aromas with ginger, milk chocolate and spice. Interesting.

Again... it's interesting. A prickly cola mouthfeel is layered with tobacco, cocoa, molasses, cream, and a smoky chipotle pepper on the finish. I'm shocked to learn that there are Scotch Bonnets and Habaneros involved. I don't get the sort of spice you would expect from those varieties but, thankfully, I also don't get any vegetative substitutes. Mildly spicy with a touch of BBQ smoke.

Thanks for the opportunity to try this unique beer!

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Photo of Siggy125
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was very anxious to try this beer and finally got the opportunity.

A: weak coffee brown in color. Light tan head with overflowing carbonation. Color kinda looks more like a dark ale than anything.

S: I get a faint cocoa aroma on the nose. And I had to take several whiffs to get that. There's nothing present to make me think there will be pepper heat to it. Maybe the smell of some green bell pepper.

T: Very difficult to find the cocoa taste that I smelled a minute ago. I can't find anything chocolate in it. I taste nothing spicy that the label or name would imply. I'm waiting for a little pepper sting on the back end and it never shows. I'm tasting the vegetable flavor of a pepper but no "heat". I let it sit for s while to warm up hoping the anticipated flavors show up. No change with temp. Belgian yeast flavors very present.

M: Very thin for a stout or a porter. Carbonation just keeps coming like pop rock candy.

Overall... this drinks more like a dark belgian ale. Not a bad beer but nothing like the name and label would imply.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Body is a dense mahogany, pours with a huuge head, overflowed from the glass after a few ounces poured.

Smells of spicy fresh garden veggies, lactose, dry cocoa. Pretty unusual.

Yeah...fresh veggies, lots of lactose, unsweetened cocoa, hints of coffee.

Super carbonated for a stout, pretty drinkable for what it is.

Ain't no Hunahpu's or Abraxas, but pretty good.


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Photo of YumYumGumGum
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown hue. Light carb and quickly disappearing head.

S: faint chili pepper and roasty chocolate w/ a tiny anoint of sourish milk

T: milk and milk chocolate, small roast and the perfect amount of back of the tongue chili heat. This double chocolate milk stout with peppers is just odd. The milk and chilis fight one another and the chilis outlast the milk.

M: very smooth, great carb for this style.

O: weird, unique, very cool to try with fromeds for the money. Under 10$ for a 750Ml.

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Chocolate Heat from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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