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Smoked Porter - Chipotle - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked Porter - ChipotleSmoked Porter - Chipotle

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very good

318 Reviews

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Reviews: 318
Hads: 1,263
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 41
Gots: 130 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap before, surprised by the recent sightings of 12oz bottles. Thanks to Kevin for buying/sharing.

Pours dark but with clarity/red highlights. Light tan head eventually forms a thick ring and spotty cap.

Smell is chocolately, roasted, coffee, light smoke, maybe some pepper spice there. Good, a little weak strength-wise.

Taste follows with milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and light smoke followed by a pretty intense+spicy chipotle finish. It blends pretty well with the other flavors, but I'd say the base beer gets a little smothered as a result. But still quite tasty, love the spiciness and authentic pepper flavor.

Not quite as smooth as I'd like for a porter but decent enough, a little on the foamy side. Spice makes this one a bit of a sipper.

Hard to match the original, but this is definitely a nice variation. The chipotle is certainly a good pepper choice for this beer, and I'm glad they didn't skimp on the spice. (951 characters)

Photo of dwilson01
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my indian wells brewing pint glass.

Looks dark with a bit of brown tint around the edges when held up to the light. The head is a tan color which is minimal and dissipates quick upon pour.

The smell is very malt forward, dark roasted malts with a bit of smokiness intermingled. Tough to distinguish the chipotle though I just get a bit of hotness on the back end.

The flavor starts out as the traditional smoked porter, the roasted malts are more muted than usual though. This fades nicely into a mild chipotle flavor, the smokiness from the peppers and the smoked malt definitely blend well and give you a nice end product.

Smooth mouthfeel, a bit hot on the back end if you're not used to spice but much more tame than I would have imagined stone going for, more chipotle! (804 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $3.99 I'm not a huge fan of Stone Smoked Porter but I thought I'd give these a shot. Looks identical to the regular version, black, mocha colored head. Smells a little smoky and rubbery, odd. Flavor is a good mix between the smoke and the chipotle pepper. My only complaint is that there isn't any heat from the peppers. (332 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for very long. There's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, chipotle peppers, smoke/peat, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like roasted/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, chipotle peppers, coffee, smoke/peat, and a bit of caramel. The heat from the peppers is noticeable but not strong, however with that being said it's still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall beer, I liked it. (690 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on-tap almost 2 years ago at a 3.9 review. Let's see if this new wave of bottles is on par with that.

A- Identical to the Vanilla Bean version. Dark but not pitch, black with a huge foamy head. Retention is impressive. Big lace rings down the glass.

S- Just like the base beer. A smooth going smoked porter with notes of cocoa, sweets and slight dark fruit. A bit of the peppery vegetal chipotle thing. Kind of faint after some time.

T- Chipotle is quite nice here. I get that leathery smoked pepper flavor on top of the base beer. Notes of cocoa, cereal grains, roast malt, smoked cherry wood malts, dark fruit and nutty malt round it all out.

MF- Silky smooth but on the lighter side for modern porters. Slight bitterness and some spicy pepper feel.

Really like the chipotle flavor and feel going on here, a great level of spice. (843 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a dfh pint glass.

A: pours black, with a touch of dark brown translucence around the edges when held to the light... I get about half a finger of tannish head, that dissapates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S: earthy peppers along with chocolate and smoke, a touch of roastyness in there as well, not a bad smelling beer, to be honest I expected a lot more pepper in the nose.

T: chocolate and toasty grain, a bit of smoke, not really a while lot of pepper in the body of the beer, seems to come out more on the finish, and towards the end of each sip, again the pepper is not as dominant as I expected here, but more blends in nicley with the chocolate, smoke and roasty characters.... As the beer warms more pepper flavor comes out, but again I feel it is mostly on the finish.

M: light/medium body with a dry and peppery hot finish, medium carbonation and decent drink ability. Again the finish on this brew is really where the peppers shine through.

O: an interesting smoked porter, that is well balanced and has a slightly spicy pepper kick on the finish. All the flavors work well together here. Not a bad brew. Better then I expected. (1,181 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Julio’s Pours a solid dark brown with brilliant garnet highlights and a huge fluffy mocha head that persists forever. Smells of spicy pepper, caramel, chocolate, and smoke with little to no hop aroma. The aroma is heavy on the smoke. The taste is a nice mix of chocolate smoke caramel and a small bit of pepper that never gets too warm. The smoke and pepper mesh nicely together amidst a chocolate and caramel backdrop. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy almost syrupy mouthfeel. I liked this one a lot better than the vanilla version. Nice beer! (598 characters)

Photo of IKR
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown with a fairly generous light beige head.

Smell: Chocolate and a faint hint of peppers.

Taste: Mild roasted malt notes with a slight hint of peeper in the taste which also brings some faint pepper heat. The beer finishes fairly dry with the pepper heat.

Mouth-feel: Fairly thin bodied with a generous level of carbonation.

Overall: Decent Porter.

2012 Bottle (390 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A very dark, hazy porter with little light shining through. It produced a 2-3 finger off white head on a somewhat gentle pour. Head looks dense, and head retention seems to be great. I got some spots left on my glass but no lacing.

S - The first thing I pick up is smokey leather like notes. Deep roasted coffee bean, mild charcoal. It definitely doesn't smell like it would taste too sweet.

T - Roasted coffee beans, leather, charcoal, woody, earthy. Mild sweetness in the form of soft caramel like flavors. It finishes with mild, leafy hop like notes, mild bitterness, soft dryness, and a mild pepper like heat that builds up in your throat and the back of your tongue.

M - Medium bodied with moderate crispness and a bit of a smooth feel.

O - Wow, just like the original Smoked Porter, I really enjoyed this one. I loved how smokey, and leathery the aroma and taste were. It wasn't overly sweet or carbonated, and the appearance was great as well. Just a fantastic Porter to me.

Stone might have just started bottling this fine brew, cause I've never seen it in a bottle before. Pick it up and give it try if you can. Cheers! (1,152 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: nonic

Fairly dark, some red comes through, nice frothy 2-finger tan head. Sudsy lacing sticks for a while.

deep, deep, deep roasted coffee, almost a leather-like scent as well. Nice aromas of dank, resiny hops can be picked up when swirled.

Nice smoking flavor, roasted coffee and a very noticeable heat on the back-end that slowly builds from each swig. Pleasant to say the least.

Mouthfeel is approaching full with a medium carbonation level. Heat is pleasant for the most part but one 12oz serving is enough for me.

Good, great even. I think this beer fits nicely into the Stone, sorta theme of aggressive beers. Wouldn't mind having this again in the future. (675 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (1,442 characters)

Photo of brealbg
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was afraid to try this beer, but glad I did. It is very complex, and the chipotle flavor is extremely suttle. I expected it to be overpowering but it was just right. You feel the pepper on your tongue, but dont nessecarily taste it. One pint is more than enough though.

*head- small, good lacing
*soft carbonation
*dark in color

*chocolate, coffee, floral, citrus, dough

*chocolate, coffee, floral, citrus, dough, chipotle peppers (463 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown....

Deep dark brown... still very clear.. tannish head.. nice lacing.

The brew promises some minor smoke and lite cocoa in the nose with hints of the peppers.

Chipotles deliver much more on the palate.... roasty with some minor smoked malt but the chiles add a great wave of complexity.. building heat from the chipotles... great chili flavor mid palate toward the finish with a lingering sorta cocoa and chili end... The smoke from the jalapenos deliver more smoke than the malt with warmth.

The capsaicin burns on my lips after a while and definitely in the belly... dig it for sure.

I normally don't like or even appreciate smoked beers, but this one has a judicious hand and the chilis add a great layer of flavor that I really enjoyed.

3.5/3.5/4/4/4 (801 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Haymarket. 4oz taster glass.

A - Transparent mahogany body. Finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace.

S - Smoke and mole sauce, chili, caramel, and light cocoa. As it warms there's some nostril-tingling heat to it from the spice.

T - Taste is smokier, with more campfire and glazed ham flavors and less overt chipotle. The chili spice comes out more in the aftertaste.

M - Creamy medium body that ends a bit tannic and dry. Medium carbonation, and mild heat at the back end that builds over time. The chipotle tingles the lips.

D - Nice chili beer. I'd have this again, as it strikes a nice balance between smoke and chili. (673 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Haymarket Brewery you can buy 4oz samples of the guest beers on tap...that was awesome...first place that ever allowed that!!! The Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers poured a dark brown with a tan head and laced throughout the drink. The smell included smoke, roasted malts, and pepper. The taste followed suite...started with plenty of smoke, malt, and earth...then the peppers take over and provide a zip of spiciness which cleans the pallet. The mouthfeel was medium body smooth finish....not much carbontation to note. Overall was a neat beer and a lot better than I was expecting. Definitely recommend this beer. (631 characters)

Photo of keytown
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a 1 finger tan head & lots of sticky lacing

S - Smells of smoke & roasted malts, chipotles in the background

T - Very much along the same line: a little smoke followed by some roasted malts, hint of chocolate & you get the spiciness from the chipotles on the finish

M - medium body smooth finish

O - Overall good beer, worth checking out. May not be for everybody, especially if you don't like smokey/spicy beers. (443 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Greg 's book signing at neon's

A-black as night with a tan head that sticks around for awhile.

S- little bit of smoke little chipotle. Not much else

T- nice little bit of smoke with a killer hot aftertaste. I like it alot.

M-medium body and so smooth

O-very good beer that I would have time and time again (320 characters)

Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Downtown Johny Brown in San Diego, CA

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a roasted and smoked malt nose with a spice kick

T - Follows the nose with roasted and smoked malt flavors until the Chipotles and a good bit of spice to the flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - Well this is as about as drinkable as you can get for a beer with peppers in it a little spicy for me but its still a good beer that I'm glad I had the chance to drink worth getting a pint if you ever see it around (579 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Stone Smoked Chipotle porter – dark as night, good head. Smokey, chilli flavor smell…definitely roasted. Good salsa flavorings and bit to it. Not as much smoke, but it has some chipotle heat to it. Even body, good carbonation…worth checking out if you are into the chilli beers. (347 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a small head of light tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Notes of dark sugar and light smoke with a hint of chocolate.

T - Toffee and caramel notes up front with smoke. Dark, sugary notes of molasses and brown sugar appear in the middle with a hint of fruity chili character. The chipotles only really come out in the finish along with some chocolate and more caramel.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This really sounds like a good idea, the dark character of porter and the moderate level of smoke in Stone's version should work perfectly with chipotle, but somehow it doesn't come together as well as I expected it would. The chili character is relatively subdued and it doesn't have a lot of impact on the base beer. It may increase the perception of smoke a bit, but aside from that it does very little until it shows up in the finish. Overall I would prefer the original version of this beer to any of the specialty aged versions that I have had so far. (1,088 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on cask at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a deep brown with large off-white head that lingers and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - A bit subdued, mostly smokey--like the smell of a recently used charcoal grill. Some notes of chocolate and the chipotle are present, but not prominent

T - Very smokey taste, burnt coffee and chocolate before fading into that chipotle spicyness. You can't taste the chipotle so much as feel it. It's interesting to say the least.

M - Not great, the spicyness of the beer really throws off everything, as you can't fully enjoy any type of fullness in the beer because your mouth starts to tingle.

Overall - An interesting attempt to introduce something new to brewing, but I wasn't really buyin' (764 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

544th review on BA
Cask to Goblet
@ Blue palms

App- Very dark brown with a huge creamy off white head. Lots of spiderweb lacing in this one.

Smell- A mexican taco in a glass. Huge malt base but so damn spicy. Stings the nostrols as Ron Burgundy would say.

Taste- My god man, I couldnt finish it. Way too spicy with a hoppy back end. Very creamy and just way too spicy.

Mouth- a bit light and creamy and leaves a huge spice note.

Drink- I didnt like it. Just way too different and spicy. Worthy effort! (508 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tulip glass.

* I swear a few times in here, please don't let the kiddies read*

Pours a very dark brown with a touch of off white head. Chipotle smoked beer, mmm. Sounds so good when it hits your lips. Um wait. Where is the smoked num num? There is nothing on the nose other than roast and a bit of chocolate. Well naturally it must be in the taste. Wrong! WTF? I chastised Stone before on the vanilla version tasting like cheap shit vanilla extract. I figured there would at least be something of that nature here. Hell no. I've been duped yet again. Fuck off Greg Koch and Stone. You make awful beer and you've fucked me over too many times. (656 characters)

Smoked Porter - Chipotle from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.