Smoked Porter - Chipotle - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked Porter - ChipotleSmoked Porter - Chipotle

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1,261 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 41
Gots: 130 | FT: 4
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-07-2007

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Reviews by Nature777:
Photo of Nature777
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap while touring the Stone Brewery. This is by far the best smokey beer I have ever had. I found this beer to be nothing short of perfection.

A: This hold a beautiful black color virtually identical to the standard smoked porter. Light brown head left a nice lacing.

S: Very smokey, very peppery. Little roasted malt in there, but the smell gets its power from the peppers.

T: I like the smoked porter a lot, but the after taste never really did it for me. The peppers in this are the perfect remedy. Up front, you get an amazing smokey flavor, easily paired with any style of BBQ. The spice in the aftertaste warms your throat very comfortably. There are some spicy beers that are killed by the heat (Cave Creek Chill for one). This is the best balance of flavor and heat I've ever seen in a beer. I was genuinely astonished by this beer's quality.

D: I can drink this nonstop. The heat isn't enough to make it unenjoyable. It's not to heavy, it's not syrupy, it's essentially the perfect smoked pepper porter.

Stone has always been one of the breweries that I've respected. This beer might have thrown them to the top of my list. I am proud to say that I was fortunate enough to drink this beer. Great job Stone! You really hit the ball out of the park with this one!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chocolate brown with a bit of deep ruby showing thru when held up to the light,a thinner light beige head atop.Smoke and molasses really come into play in the nose,the chipotle provides mild smoke and heat.The body is a tad thin and doesn't hold up that well to the fuller flavors.A bit earthy upfront with light smoke and lightly sweet molasses notes rounding it out,the chili's come in the finish and after taste.It's not bad but it's not nearly as good as the standard smoked porter,the vanilla was not anything earth shattering either.

Photo of tectactoe
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found this one in Toledo and couldn't pass it up - the regular Smoked Porter is one of my favorite Stone brews. This one pours a deep, crow-black with some very, very dark brown tints right at the edges. The khaki head shows nice retention and leaves plenty of that "signature" Stone lacing.

Bringing the glass anywhere near your nose unleashes an army of smoked malts into your senses - I don't think there's any surprise there. A very "hearty" smoke aroma; meaty, in a way - almost like the smell given off by smoked sausage and bacon. Very nicely balance between "not enough smoke" and "too much smoke" - there seems to be just the right amount, something I fell in love with about their original Smoked Porter. The chilies are noticeable, but seemingly only at the tail end. They provide a nice spiciness, but remain pretty low in character overall.

I take a taste and of course it reminds me of the non-chipotle version. Actually, for about the first few sips or so, this beer is probably indistinguishable with the original. Good, liquid smoke flavors coming from the smoked malts with a lightly smoked meatiness to it. The chipotle doesn't come out until the very tail end, just like in the aroma, and even then - it still takes many successive sips to settle in. Mild spiciness, chili powder, and chipotle seasoning attach themselves to the back of your tongue. Halfway down the glass, your palate has a solid spicy coating that will stick with you until minutes after you've finished the beer. A nice addition, and done in a pretty masterful way - providing good spice without being "spicy", so to speak. Medium mouth feel, lightly creamy with ample carbonation.

The chipotle was a nice, fun addition that added a slight bit of heat to the palate throughout the entire course of the beer. Overall, though, I'd rather just have the regular Smoked Porter. At the end of the day, Stone has created an elegant porter with plenty of nice smokey and malty flavors - why cover it up with chipotle?

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, this beer was very dark brown/black in color. There was a medium-sized tan head with some sticky lace.

Not as much aroma as I expected. Espresso, smoke. A bit of spice in my nose.

Taste was an improvement. Charcoal, espresso. A hint of chocolate. The chipotle arrived late and lingered for quite some time.

I though the flavors went well together. I liked how the pepper hung around without being overwhelming.

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown with a bit of red and two fingers of creamy tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S - Nice and smoky with a definite roasted pepper presence, coffee and bitter chocolate. Also a faint milk chocolate presence.

T - Coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted grain initially, with smoky pepper coming in midway and on through the finish. The pepper heat is mild and very pleasant. Finishes with a nice earthiness.

M - Medium mouthfeel has a nice creaminess initially, transitioning to a nice subtle heat.

O - I had this and the vanilla version on draft at a Stone event awhile ago, and remember liking this version quite a bit more. The bottled versions confirm that (though I enjoyed the bottled vanilla more than the draft version). I appreciated the subtle roasted pepper heat, and it worked very well with the base beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours Pours brown with a medium rocky light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts, smoke and light peppers.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little smoke and a bit of heat from the peppers and some bitter char in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, the flavors seem a bit subdued and washed out. It's decent, but I was expecting more. I do like this a bit better than the vanilla version.

Photo of mikechance
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bought on 11/20/12

A -- thick foamy head and rich darkness with a brief 1/2 inch head

S --- smoked malts, peppers, cocoa, a hint of grass

T --- wow! I really like this combination. Smokey, peppery with a hint of chocolate yet very drinkable.

M --- smooth, creamy, and a little oiliness. Medium body and carbonation.

O --- I really love this beer! I'm sure it go well with BBQ, but it's solid by itself.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Deep dark ruby brown, two fingers of head

SMELL: Subtle smoke, hint of chipotle peppers, roasted grain, faint coffee tone

TASTE: Mild smokiness, charcoal, smooth, medium body, balanced hopping, chipotle peppers, slow pepper heat, black currants, peppery semi-dry finish

Decent, the pepper flavor seems to slowly be a bit too much or perhaps this beer has become too clean. Flavors seem not to fully mesh but all in all it works.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to track down a 12 ounce bottle of this much sought after nectar. No bottling date or other freshness info offer, but the consumer is encourage to "Enjoy Fresh" I do not have to be told twice.

Pour darkest of browns with a nice ruby hue shimmering. Dark finger of head, film and bit of lacing.

Sniff of the expected smoke, chocolate and yummy roasted peppers.

Full flavor porter, more chocolate, black coffee, and warming chili in back of the mouth and throat. Simply delicious stuff, complex, flavor and enjoyable.

Well worth seeking out

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, as well as some earthiness and smokiness from the chipotle peppers. The flavor follows suit. I get some light heat from the peppers, as well as some chocolate and roasted malt. The heat lingers for a while after drinking but it doesn't overpower the other notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a really dark ruby brown color. Light tan head with average retention. Spotty lace.

Smoke is big and foremost on the aroma. A little bit of campfire with a hint of smoked meat. Not really picking up much pepper.

Much better taste. Nice balance of smoke and heat. Peat smoke with a little campfire, a touch of a jalapeño flavor with good Heat. Hints of lighter roasted malt. A bit of a lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Light to medium in body. Maybe could've used a touch more body, but then again it is a porter.

A nice take on this classic beer. The chipotles showed nicely which doesn't always happen in beers like this.

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with some hints of amber. Lots of bubbles and about two fingers of beige head that settle into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A roasty, spicy, smokey, and somewhat sweet dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate and peppers. Upfront dark roasted malt with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cream, toast, biscuit, grains, burnt caramel, smoke, and a little peat. Light hints of molasses sweetness. Good hints of the chipotle peppers. Hops are pretty light. A pretty good porter aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, spicy, smokey, and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, peppers, and heat. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, cream, lactose, toast, biscuit, caramel, smoke, and peat. Some notes of sweet brown sugar and molasses. Big presence of the chipotle peppers giving some good spicy heat. Hops are pretty subtle. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and fairly hot from the peppers but not overwhelming with the heat.

Overall: A pretty good twist on an already great porter. Good roasty malt taste with a nice kick of heat from the added pepper.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cool appearance to this one, black, brown and a dark ruby edge to it, ample beige head with very impressive lacing. Aroma was smoky, charred barrelish.

Taste, thick, good spice kick, but not so much that it blows all other flavor components out of the water. Mouthfeel stays chewy, you get the hoppiness of a Stone porter enhanced by the spice of the peppers. Then the chewy goodness extinguishes the heat and this interplay continues all the way through. Tough to find, but not all that pricey. Drank at Blue Palms back in January 2011 after the RS party.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body in my glass pours with a thicket of tan head forming nicely, fine even lacing left behind. I'm always excited for a new chipotle infused brew. This just happens to be in one of my standby favorites from Stone. The nose has those classic dark malt characteristics dark chocolate, roasted malts that hint at coffee, with a hidden layer of mild smoke. In addition in this one we get the earthy smoked jalapeno pepper character. The flavor rides on a current of dark chocolate like roasted malts and finishes on the dry classic powdered chipotle flavors found in the earthiness of roasted jalapeno peppers. I find it to be a dry excellent version of a classic stout, the bottle wants me to decide on Vanilla or Chipotle peppers I want both in bottles. Variety is the spice of life. Just enough heat in the back end this beer will probably cure a cold, not that it has medicinal qualities but the peppers are so well infused it's hard to pick them out individually. Classic smoked pepper beer with enough heat to let you know what your dealing with but doesn't ruin the palate with each sip. Awesome medium bodied smooth velvet like texture with an earthy dry finish , well carbonated no complaints in any department I will be drinking more of this awesome offering.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours jet black with soft peaks of rocky light tan head that last as foam sticking to the glass in sheets.

S- The fresh roasted malt is followed by dried leaves with a septic aroma that finishes with a dark caramel malt and smoked hint.

T- A mellow dark roasted malt has a mellow cold smoke note to follow. There is a roasted bitter note that grows as the beer opens. There is a watery finish that turns into a chile heat on the exhale.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a slippery texture.

O- This beer has a nice porter flavor with some odd aroma and a soft smoke pepper support to the porter.

Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from the Stone event at The Attic, and my last beer of the night.

This beer is served from the tap in a snifter and, in the dim lighting at least, is very dark brown, possibly black, with a very nice crown of brown head on tap just over a finger tall. Lacing is left in pretty thick patches most of the way down.
The smoked porter (base beer) is one of my very favorite somked beers and a great one on its own. It's all there, smoke, rich and robust malts forming a strong foundation, plenty of earthiness, only now there's a nice peppery heat to it that doesn't sting my nostrils and really smells like someone's holding a pepper, fresh and uncut, up to my nose. The cocoa is fractionally lessened in the aroma, perhaps, but I still detect that element of it.
The flavor follows suit: that very nice base beer, going just slightly a touch more meaty in a flash off the front before settling to a solid wood smoke, and it's like I'm chomping on fresh peppers. It doesn't burn me, though; I do get the tasty flavor of the pepper and not just the heat, but that heat does rest on the back of the tongue and a bit down my epophagus.
This is a still a rich poter with a solid medium-full body, though the pepper does seem to thin it out a little. It's by no means lacking; that's only in relation to the base.
This is another beauty of a beer and one I was delighted to finish a great event at a great bar with great people with this beer.

Photo of Reappropriated
2.61/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer should have been right up my alley, both being a porter and also having chipotle, but I was really disappointed by the beer.

The pour out of the 12oz bottle was fine, about what you would expect from a porter, but that is where the problems started. Immediately I could smell the smoke with hints of the pepper, but more just overwhelmingly smoke.

Just like the smell the taste was just of the smoke, with a hint of the pepper. Everything was just muted, with no tastes popping, which I am hoping was just the beer being too old, and not the taste of the beer. I would not rule out oxygenation as the culprit to me not liking the taste, but overall it was just not a good experience.

Photo of rgrace99
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at Beachwood BBQ. Served at proper cellar temperatures in a nonic glass . Dark brown color. Slight smoky aroma. Good head with some lacing.
Flavor was roasty and smoky with just a mild heat on the back of the tongue and throat. Quite tasty and very easy to drink.

Photo of rdilauro
2.31/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I love Stone beers. I have loved the Smoked Porter from the first time I tasted it.
I love hot peppers, so putting things together, I was hoping for a great taste.

Sorry to say, but the chipotle flavor in my mind took away from this porter. I still believe the porter would be better without this pepper flavor. In fact, I found that the pepper almost diluted d the impact of the porter. The original porter was a good mouthful, this left a lot to be desired..

I think I would have enjoyed this more, if they used a hotter pepper, perhaps a harbenero

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black, with a dark ruby brown hue where light can penetrate. The head is light brown, a finger width thick and has average retention. Displays a decent, spotty lacing.

Smell - Oooh, nice! Tangy smoked chipotle notes catch the nostrils first, with subtle notes of chocolate sitting beneath. I can't stop smelling the empty bottle.

Taste - Intensely smokey upfront, backed by notes of chipotle pepper and bitter chocolate from the roasted malt. A bit of heat from the pepper kicks in near the finish, and provides a moderate spice burn which lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat silky, goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Another very good variation on the Stone Smoked Porter. I think I like the vanilla variation a tad better, if only because I enjoy the flavor of vanilla more than that of chipotle peppers, but I think this one shows better execution. I hope Stone continues to offer both, if not year round, then at least as seasonal releases, because they're both great alternatives to the OG Smoked Porter.

Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great porter, dark with large retained creamy head. Moderately smoked aroma. The mouthfeel is creamy. A substantive smoke taste, chocolate malt, the hot pepper in the background. Satisfying and enormously drinkable. ALtogether a tasty spicy mix.From Lueken Liquors.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; soft, off white head; decent retention

S - all chipotle peppers; not spicy just peppery

T - smoky, peppers, faint roasted malt, very faint bitter finsih; this is almost all peppers too. There is some very faint heat after a few sips but mostly the sweeter side of chipotle peppers.

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a pretty disappointing beer. The peppers dominate rather than compliment the beer. The roasted malts and the smokiness don't get a chance to shine here as they should. If you love peppers then this is great albeit unbalanced. I'll stick with the regular smoked porter.

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Beef O'Brady's in Newburgh, IN.

Pint poured a dark brown, almost opaque black into a Stone etched pint glass, with very little lace.

Aroma subtle, not much in the way of smokiness, porter malts, or pepper, somehow.

Taste is roasty and chocolate at first, followed by definite chipotle heat. Balance is good though... heat works well against the roastiness.


Photo of zaphodchak
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown, tinged with red, minimal offwhite head.

Smells and tastes kinda like red pepper flakes and cigarettes. I had much higher hopes. I've had pepper/chille done better, and smoke done much better. I don't really like it.

Feel is decent if a bit artificial.

Man, I had higher hopes, not to set the bar too high. This ended up being really underwhelming.

Photo of Snow81
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black as night

Head: Nice light brown head

Smell: Roosted smooth dark maltyness

Taste: Almost like a pepper skin with a very silky, creamy dark burnt malts

Weight: medium to heavy body with low carbonation

Finish: Burnt roosted dark malt with a little hot spice or heat in the throat

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Smoked Porter - Chipotle from Stone Brewing Co.
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