Smoked Porter - Chipotle - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.01/5 rDev +6.1%
a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into a snifter that left a thick ring of lace throughout. the body was dark brown bordering on black.
s - roasted malt and chocolates with spicy peppers.
t - balanced and complex. spicy with some beef jerky smoke coming through to balance out the malt sweetness.
m - creamy and medium mouthfeel.
o - great version of the smoked porter. i paired this with some ribs and that was a great idea!
11-09-2012 15:30:56 | More by GPHarris
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
11-04-2012 03:45:33 | More by TheSixthRing
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
$5 for the single 12oz bottle
[A] On the pour, a creamy light brown head rises one finger high. Excellent retention fades into a soapy everlasting film and thick uneven collar. The body is is very dark brown, nearly black, with dark amber tints along the glass's edge. Backlighting reveals a ruby interior and impressive clarity. Above average lacing in no particular pattern.
[S] Peat smoked malts provide heady smoke aromas with underlying notes of damp soily earth and well oiled leather.
[T] Earthy, charred chipotle pepper heat grazes the tongue. Peat flavors compliment the roasted character of the base beer. Bitter chocolate lives deep in the background.
[M] I love everything about the mouthfeel. Plush and creamy from front palate well through mid. Softly biting carbonation sets in briefly which prepares the tongue for the lightest splash of heat.
[O] Apparently this beer has been around for a while but this is the first year its been bottled - and it's in competition with the vanilla version for a chance at another bottling run...Stone - Get your shit together and bottle each. They are both fantastic.
10-31-2012 00:25:38 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.43/5 rDev -9.3%
[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]
The pour was a very dark brown with a slight ruby hue and a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that slowly receded, down to a few puddles and large collar producing good spotty lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt and a leathery yeast with notes of baker’s chocolate, roasted coffee, smoke and a nice hot pepper presence.
It tasted roasty with a good bold maltiness along hints of chocolate and coffee from the onset, becoming a tad bitter with a good strong note of smoke and a spicy peppery bite that cleared the sinuses. The flavor lasted a good long while with a smoky peppery espresso taste hitting you right in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel was a bit past medium in body with a dry, oily texture and a soft carbonation.
Overall this is a brew that possesses a strong bitter smoky flavor with a mild chocolate sweetness and a gentle heated peppery finish...
10-29-2012 22:11:25 | More by KajII
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
Deep brown almost black beer with a thin but resilient off white head. There is a strong scent of dried peppers that mingles nicely with the smoked malts and in the background is a faint odor of brown sugar. a nice dose of bitter chocolate is also present. Not getting much hops, but the aromas that are present seem cohesive and pleasant.
The chipotle isnt as dominant on the tongue, but it masks a little of the smokiness, or perhaps the familiar taste of smoked chipotle isnt standing out as much as the relative novelty of simply smoke in a beer does, strangely making this seem a little more mellow than the original. Either way it is pleasant if not overly interesting. The heat from the peppers will build in the back of your throat. the beer finished with a little bit of a dry char. This beer has a some meium to light thickness that works well as this beer doesnt taste overly big, and some surprisingly aggressive carbonation. finishes clean, which for a gimmicky beer is welcome surprise.
Pretty nice, but i prefer the original, although i would happily drink another one (at $6 for 12 oz. i only bought one).
10-28-2012 16:54:53 | More by jmaharaj
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
Appearance - Dark brown, with reddish tint. Head doesn't last long, but it is somewhat sticky.
Smell - The smells are incredible on this porter. The main thing here is that it is smoky, smoky, smoky! Notes of chocolate and coffee are definitely present as well. But the chipotle pepper smokiness comes through very strong, along with some peat smoke.
Taste - Again, huge smokiness. Smoked/roasted malts give some coffee. The heat kicks in after a few sips. By the time you are half-way through, it becomes intriguingly spicy (but not too much). I notice some bold, spicy chocolate, but the most notable flavor is the chipotle pepper. No alcohol burn in this one either, it's just peppers. Somehow, the chipotles are very present, but I would still consider this to be a very well balanced beer.
Mouth - Medium body on this porter, slightly carbonated.
Overall - Stone Smoked Porter has always been one of my favorite porters, and I feel that the chipotle peppers are a wonderful addition. I had this one poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. Can't wait to drink another!
10-27-2012 19:59:15 | More by brother_kenneth
4.23/5 rDev +11.9%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/26/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing rings cling down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, smoke, chipotle pepper, light coffee, and light herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, smoke, roasted malt, chipotle pepper, coffee, toffee, citrus, and herbal hops. Light amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, chipotle pepper, light coffee, citrus, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of classic porter flavor with the chipotle peppers; the heat does start to build up in the back as you drink, but it just fine with me. No cloying flavors on the palate at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed on the finish, unless the peppers are masking it. Overall this is a highly excellent porter! Fantastic flavor balance with the special ingredient; very smooth to drink despite the pepper heat build up. Highly enjoyable offering; I hope it makes a comeback around here sometime.
10-26-2012 04:07:32 | More by superspak
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
A - jet black in color. Two fingers of quickly dissipating tan foam. Leaves just a touch of lacing as it sinks to a thin film.
S - as expected the aroma is smokey but also slightly vegetal. Chipotle peppers are propionate but with hints if red bell pepper and maybe some green stalks/stems. Very slight hints of chocolate, coffee and charred malts in the background.
T - sweet caramel and roasty coffee style bitterness up front. Some milk chocolate notes in the center. The smokey and spicy chipotle pepper comes out as the liquid warms on the tongue. The flavor melds with the pleasantly with the notes of chocolate but it pepper does command the palate long after the finish.
M - medium nearing full bodied. Creamy yet slightly watery around the edges. Medium carbonation close to high.
O - good beer. Could see this going with a wide array of foods which is a plus, yet it was not as intense as I was expecting.
10-24-2012 04:19:26 | More by Teleweizen2
4/5 rDev +5.8%
A: Deep reddish amber color, hard to see through. Huge 4+ finger head. Rich, fluffy tan head. Thick and beautiful. Nice retention.
S: Smoky malts are huge. Smoke smells awesome, like a campfire. Chocolaty malts. Chipotle pepper is huge too. Some citrusy hops.
T: Flavors closely follow the aroma. Chocolaty malts. Smoke flavor and chipotle pepper. The chipotle pepper is lightly flavored. Good balance. Some citrusy hops. Great flavor. I really enjoy it.
M: Medium body, decent carbonation. Not too slick. Nice mouth feel
O: Really great pepper beer. The rich dark malts balance with the light peppers. Tasty and enjoyable. Mole anyone?
10-22-2012 04:52:57 | More by tony223366
Smoked Porter - Chipotle from Stone Brewing Co.
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