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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

948 Ratings

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 26
Gots: 77 | 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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3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Coffee colored with a thin head that completely disappeared after a few seconds.

S - Roasted malts, spice that tingles the nose, coffee aromas, a little bit of cocoa.

T - A little bit of spice up front followed by the smoked porter. Roasted malts with a little bit of nut in there. Not quite as spicy as I was hoping for.

M - Smooth porter with little to no carbonation present. A tingle from the peppers, but that's about it.

O - I think I'd rather just have the smoked porter. The peppers don't add enough flavor or heat to really be worth it to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:58:55 | More by ThePaleRider
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Light lace paints the glass.

Smell: smoke, light pepper aroma, and some chocolate are picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, mild dark chocolates, prunes, raisins, and some slight heat from the peppers late. Bitterness is moderate here and the smokiness is just right and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and and a bit dry late. Long lasting aftertaste as the peppers and smoke linger on the tongue.

Overall: this is a great BBQ beer, and for a smoked beer this one is well balanced. Definitely enjoyable but limited to one or two pints in a session.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:24:14 | More by Gavage
Photo of flexabull


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sad that I found this beer in Philadelphia, but can never find it back home in Northern California.

Pours a deep brown color with a fine off white head.

Aromas are of light smoke, bacon, charred wood, and hints of peppers.

Taste is nice. Chipotle peppers up front, but they aren't overpowering, and are held in check. Beer then settles into notes of charred wood, jerky, coffee, and some dark chocolate. Finish is earthy, and slightly creamy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is good, crisp, with plenty of body,

Overall, a very nice take on the normal smoked porter. The pepper addition is well thought out and executed nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 03:32:09 | More by flexabull
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 08:31:30 | More by tdm168
Photo of sweemzander


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Some good tan froth & lacing.

(S)- A nice subtle smoky chili pepper nuance in front of some nice bread-like yeasty raisin and molasses. Almost smells like smoked meats.

(T)- Similar to the smell, but backwards. The raisin and molasses/bread is up front and finishes lightly smoky with a twinge of hot peppers.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Mildly rich, but showcases great smoky chipotle without being too powerful.

(O)- Overall, I like this take on the regular smoked porter. Well integrated without taking over the base beer. Instead, the chipotle is integrated well into the beer and adds a new dimension to the overall smoked quality. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 15:41:06 | More by sweemzander
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-26-2012 14:21:22 | More by brewdude1982
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

09-26-2012 06:38:18 | More by grubefresh
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-23-2012 17:12:56 | More by rwilde
Photo of justintcoons


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark brown with 2-3 fingers of tan head that dissipates slowly. Can just barely see though this beer. Good lacing.

Distinct aromas of chipotle peppers and smoke. Not too much beyond that except some caramel malts.

Follows the nose pretty closely. Distinct flavors of chipotles and smoke. Reminds me a little bit of Burger King. Lighter notes of caramel and coffee. Very roasty.

Medium bodied, crisp and roasty.

I'm really digging the flavor the chipotles give this beer. Very roasty beer producing a modicum of heat that intensifies the more you drink it. This beer would pair extremely well with anything at a barbecue...or a Burger King.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 19:57:58 | More by justintcoons
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-22-2012 15:47:03 | More by hopup
Photo of davey101


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying side by side against the Vanilla. 2012, 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pro-tip: Let this beer warm up! The peppers are non-existent when the beer is cold.

A - Very dark brown body, seems to be a bit darker than the vanilla and thus lets through less light. Thin light tan head with some edging and a splotchy cap. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Smoked malts, raw and fresh jalapenos and a touch of chocolate. Its pretty soft, but this does smell pretty damn amazing for a pepper porter.

T - Starts off smokey with some chocolate and coffee notes, then comes a pleasant jalepeno flavor, then...ohhh yeah, a very soft but noticable pepper burn. You can feel the burn on your tongue, but its like watered down Tabasco. Is there an aftertaste? I can't tell, I'm just distracted by the burn. I have to admit the beer is tasty and balanced, albeit simple...but that burn just brings the beer to whole new level. Mouth feel is medium to light bodied.

M - A very tasty beer, and the clear winner of the mini-smoked porter competition. Its tasty and the burn is oh so pleasant, but like ordering a sandwich with what you believe to be hot jalapenos peppers and instead receiving those lame mild peppers, I found myself wanting more burn!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 04:11:00 | More by davey101
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-20-2012 01:41:33 | More by Musineer
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-19-2012 18:17:04 | More by bkrbdan
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4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty much the same appearance as the other Smoked Porters: black with a nicely sized brown head. Really nice retention here, with a half-finger cap of head remaining well after the pour. The lacing is as thick as ever.

S: As with the vanilla, the peppers are very much noted on the aroma. I think this one has a little bit more balance, however. It smells a lot like smoked porter: coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts, but this one adds the spice of the chipotle peppers.

T: The peppers really add a subtle kick to this beer that really impress me, but fall just short of making this beer amazing. Again, the taste closely resembles Smoked Porter, but this time with a kick of the heat of peppers on the backend. It really lingers on the palate for a long while. I just wish they were a bit stronger. The coffee and roast of the beer already coats the palate and dominates the backend, the peppers simply add a level of complexity. If they asserted themselves a bit more, this would be one of my favorite porters on the market. I'm not saying I dislike this beer at all, I just don't think it quite warrants a 5 for taste.

MF: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The finish of this beer is as complex as it gets. Smooth and extremely drinkable. The heat and smoke really make the mouth water and keep you coming back for more.

O: $4.50 for the bottle, you can't really beat it. Delicious porter that stands out against its competition. I preferred this to the Vanilla Bean version, and overall I think it was better than the original.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 02:05:57 | More by russwbeck
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Color and clarity are good for a porter but not much head or retention.

S- Smoke and spice with chocolate notes. There is a definite chipotle aroma.

T- This delivers on the promise. Rich smokey flavor, chocolate, adobo and mild heat in the background. Reminds me of mole' with a roasty carbon finish.

M- Thin for a porter but carbonation is good. A bit astringent.

O- An interesting combination that worked well with a black bean and chorizo burrito. Not sure I would want it on its own.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:58:56 | More by mschind
Photo of demgoth

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-16-2012 01:41:43 | More by demgoth
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a brown pour with 3" of aerated tan head, great lacing.

smells like chocolate and chipotle peppers (aka bandage), smoky, malt heavy.

the smokiness is subtle but the chipotle taste is very up front, not spicy/throat closing, but very flavorful. bitterness coming from the roasted grains. getting both chocolate and coffee out of this.

medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

this is a great chipotle ale.. one of the tastiest ones i've had.. i do however enjoy the spicyness, which this beer lacked. i think the fade to black this last year was what i was looking for in an ale like this.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 10:24:38 | More by facundoCNB
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-15-2012 05:03:07 | More by Tech_Savy
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-15-2012 04:44:16 | More by Jmick28
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-15-2012 03:14:19 | More by JMBSH
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-15-2012 02:38:09 | More by kirkse
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

09-14-2012 22:01:00 | More by JJFordick
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The color is dark brown with a froth tan head. Retention seems to be good and lacing as well.

S - Roasted malts with smoke of course and very apparent chipotle peppers.

T - Lots of smoke and a good amount of peppers. Not very complex at all but tasty if you love pepper spice.

M - Mouthfeel is a little rough. The carbonation isnt playing well with the chipotle spice.

O - Not too great but worth a try. I like the vanilla been one better.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 05:16:41 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Jiatlas


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-13-2012 15:34:14 | More by Jiatlas
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-11-2012 17:22:47 | More by zduerr
Smoked Porter - Chipotle from Stone Brewing Co.
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