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Smoked Porter - Chipotle - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,156 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 33
Gots: 115 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-07-2007)
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Ratings: 1,156 | Reviews: 310 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Sammy, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

t0rin0, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted, toasted, and smoked malt along with some cocoa and very slight pepper aromas. Taste is of roasted and smoked malt, campfire, slight cocoa powder, and some mild chipotle pepper flavors. There is a mild smoke aftertaste and a fairly tame pepper heat in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that show a nice integration of the chipotle peppers with the base beer. Much better than the vanilla bean version in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14%

djrn2, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

spycow, May 02, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours near black with almost.no head or lacing. Nose brings forward a pretty good amount of chipotle alongside some roasted malt and hints of coffee. Smoke in the background. Taste brings the peppers forward while the smoke and roast characteristics remain in the background. Good feel--I like he heat on this. Drinkability is okay given the distinctiveness of some of the flavors.

Thorpe429, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

acurtis, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +19%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being black in color—when held up to a bright light it appears very dark brown. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of iodine from the smoke are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by Band-Aid like flavors that resemble iodine. The initial taste isn't that spicy, but the chipotle lends a hot kick to the finish. The spicy aftertaste seems to get stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The spiciness lends some kick to the taste.
O: I liked the spiciness that the chipotle lended to this beer, but felt like it had too much iodine. I would have enjoyed it better if it had more smoky flavors.

metter98, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Texasfan549, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer as part of the East vs. West Throwdown at Pazzo's.

Beginning with the base beer, Stone Smoked Porter (highly recommended), this beer takes on a whole new world of intensity because of the chipotle character. While the flavors of the chilis compliment the cocoa flavors of the beer very well, the fresh vegitable taste is largely lost in the heat of the peppers. Very warm, er... hot, this beer is a heartburn just waiting to happen. The heat of the peppers amplify the alcohols and the bitterness of the more coffee-like characteristics of the Porter. Because of the heat and intensity, it becomes difficult to descern the smoke flavor of the beer from that of the peppers- though this is a great subtlety, the smoke flavor is dimenished a bit too much.

Though a challenge to drink, I appreciate the experimental nature of the beer. Unfortunately it's one and done for me.

BEERchitect, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

kjkinsey, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14%

GRG1313, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to ticking this one. On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente.

A: The pour is pretty much black in color, maybe just really dark brown, with a finger of tan head.

S: I get some almost salty notes from the beer, but plenty of earthiness. The peppers seem to enhance the smokiness of the beer, but not really overwhelm it. Plenty of roast to go with it along with some bitter dark chocolate.

T: A pretty similar flavor in relation to the nose. Lots of earthy tones to go with the smoke, which actually seems more rounded and mellow than usual. Very roasty with some of the usual saltiness of smoked beers, and a nice touch of bitterness and chocolate.

M: The body is maybe a bit on the light side for what I recall the regular smoked porter having, but still sufficient. The carbonation is medium.

D: Not always a big chile or smoked beer fan, but Stone has done well with this one. Not overbearing in any fashion, and actually pretty enjoyable.

womencantsail, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: half finger head. Minimal light passes through. No lacing to speak of.

S: minimal roasty. weakest aspect of the beer as it takes the porter aroma in any significant quantity.

T: the spicey chiptole reveals itself in the aftertaste. The porter aspect is very smokey. I love how the flavors seem to blend as oppose to offset each other.

M: smooth. Right amount of chipotle. The chipotle lingers but it enjoyable.

O: I love stone's creativity. I rated this for what it is, a smokey porter with the creative addition of chipotle. Not a beer to drink regularly but its the type of beer that you look for in your beer drinking travels to keep things interesting. Happy to get a chance to try this one.

kylehay2004, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Knapp85, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Stone's Smoked Chiporter displays a reasonably clear, dark brown body capped by a modest bone white head.

Smell: Includes all of the fine cocoa, coffee, and smoke notes I'd infer from the base smoked porter, as well as some well-integrated earthy, spicy chipotle accents.

Taste: A start of dark maltiness with the usual tastes of cocoa, mellow Breakfast Blend coffee, and lightly smokey character. Restrained sweetness. Slight, subtle pepper taste like a small spoonful of chipotle in adobo sauce. It makes itself known without getting unruly or morphing into anything like the Cave Creek Chili Beer. Modest amount of chile heat lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: With the standard Smoked Porter and the Vanilla Bean version, I really must dare myself to try and stop chugging them down. With this one, well, one was more than enough.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

oberon, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.8%

JAHMUR, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark but clear mahogany-brown. Pours with a finger of lasting head.

Smell: The addition of chipotle peppers really amplifies the smokiness of the base beer. Beyond the smoke there's a dash of dark chocolate, a little charred malt and a mellow but enjoyable note of smoked pepper.

Palate: Chocolate and smoked pepper up front, followed by peat smoke and charred malt. The peppers intensify the smoke flavor without adding much in the way of heat. There's a fair amount of pepper flavor, and it tickles the throat a bit, but I find myself wanting just a bit more heat. It's a tasty beer nonetheless, and the chipotle works well with the base beer. The finish is ashy, smoky, moderately bitter - very different than the vanilla bean version.

largadeer, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

A little surprised to see this guy pop up 'round here. It pours a deep, dark ruby-tinted sienna topped by over a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, hot peppers, and molasses. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, molasses, light cocoa powder, oaky smoke, and a light pepper heat. The heat and smoke compliment the darkness nicely. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a real treat, a pepper-ed beer that neither overdoes it nor underdoes it. Nice.

TMoney2591, Dec 08, 2010
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Smoked Porter - Chipotle from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,156 ratings.