Smoked Porter - Chipotle - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
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?
03-26-2013 11:50:02 | More by tectactoe
3.74/5 rDev -1.1%
Bottle watching Butler and Marquette tussle with elbows for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.
Experimenting with extra flavors in an already superior brew proves here to be fun, but not an improvement over the OG. Appearance is the classic porter total solar eclipse. Thick head, of course. Olfactory stimulation of the expected sort: smoke, roasted malt, with latent jalepeño. Feels mighty nice against the gums. Bubbly smooth but creamy dreamy. The taste is complex, with the roasty toasty malt porter delicious coming initially, and the Mexican chili busting thru on delay. Swell enough for certain, but I'm daydreaming of ol' Stone Smoked Porter.
03-24-2013 00:31:44 | More by Rast
3.76/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a half-pint chalice.
A: Hazy, medium brown color showing light penetration at the margins, with less than one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.
S: A combination of brown and crystal malt qualities combine to yield earthy, husky, and slightly spirituous smells.
T: Begins dry, with powdery earth, mild cocoa, and dark caramel. Heat begins to develop into the middle, but remains tasteful and respectful of the palate throughout. The finish remains dry, with a lingering combination of earth, dark fruit, and appealing chile spice. Flavors are dynamic late, finally concluding with intense toasted crackers.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, warming on the palate over time, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: Strong all-around, but for a chile beer this version of Stone Smoked Porter is particularly effective. Favorably drinkable due to restrained but detectable chile presence, it is more than a novelty and never a chore to drink. Beware of this beer when it is available on cask service--legend has it that heat varies widely.
03-23-2013 15:41:06 | More by beagle75
2.78/5 rDev -26.5%
Poured a thin head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt with a quick hit of chipotle pepper smoke at the end.
The taste gets lost between the smoke and chili, neither which is overpowering. It's a bit watery with a pepper taste. The chipotle comes back at the end for a warm finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
I like chili beers, but this just didn't mix well together.
03-23-2013 04:18:03 | More by Fatehunter
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
12oz bottle without bottling date, poured into a Bell's tulip and consumed today 3/10/13
Aroma: Hints of some sort of spicy pepper, and I wonder if that's from the power of suggestion from the name. I can definitely vouch for the smokiness of the beer as well as the roasty character of the malt. Pretty solidly average nose on this porter. (3)
Colour: Pours a dark cola brown, nearly black with a generous 3cm beige head that dissipates over 2-3 minutes. Very nice looking. Lacing becomes a nice thick collar that clings to the side of the glass that I drink from. Really a nice looking porter. (4)
Flavour: Now I'm definitely not imagining the pepper bite. So in the front end, I get a nice smokiness accompanied by the sweet, roasty character that I come to expect from porters. But midway and through the back-end, there is quite a bit of pepper bite that definitely is not shy about making itself known. It's very interesting and enjoyable to drink. (4)
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonated well. Not quite a smooth drinker for some reason, but the spicy aftertaste coats the tongue rather well and I have to drink this one carefully as the spicy aftertaste definitely lingers for quite some time. Really neat. (4)
Overall: Very interesting beer! I like the spicy aftertaste as this makes the overall porter much more interesting. In terms of what makes this a porter though, I basically just get the smokiness. Not as much of the robust, rounded sweetness that comes with a typical porter- I'm thinking of flavours such as dark fruits, caramel, coffee, chocolate. It's dominated by the chipotle pepper which is the point of the beer. It doesn't overshadow the relative lack of porter characteristics in my opinion. But the fact remains that the flavour profile is different and I won't begrudge it for that. (4)
03-11-2013 01:42:23 | More by Stevedore
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
Bought at Bev Mo. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Smells are slight chipotle, coffee and overall roastiness. Tastes is roasted, a little coffee. A touch of pepper comes up after a bit, delayed response. Well carbonated, maybe too much. Overall pretty enjoyable.
02-27-2013 09:04:06 | More by Braz
Smoked Porter - Chipotle from Stone Brewing Co.
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