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Smoked Porter - Chipotle - Stone Brewing Co.

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994 Ratings

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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 27
Gots: 84 | 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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British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with red/brown highlights with lots of tan head. Subtle bits of smoke and spice, as well as darkly roasted malt, an appealing nose for sure. Taste follows with smoke and distinct spicy afterburn. Slight coffee, but hops are lost among the rest. Not for everyone but I kinda like it. Spicyness is a tad over the top and overshadows the beer. But about midway it tones down and it was more enjoyable. Mouthfeel is good and overall a good interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 02:40:18 | More by IllNate
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. comes out the a nice dark/deep brown. Nice slightly darker than tan colored head. Comes up big after a somewhat hard pour, and takes a little while to simmer down. Sticks around pretty much the entire time and it has some pretty good lacing.

Smell is good, very interesting. Like Stone's regular smoked porter, there is a good amount of smokiness coming from this one without being obnoxious like some smoked porters can be. Plenty of dark roasted grain and some dark bitter chocolate combines and compliments the smoke. After that there is a slight tickle on the nose from the chipolte peppers, but you can't really smell the peppers that much.

Taste is good, and pretty unique. Here's where the peppers come out. Again there's plenty of dark roasted grains that's mixed about and makes a nice dark bitter chocolate flavor. At first the peppers seem subtle, but they really bite at you after awhile. Goes nice with the smoke, would pair well with some nice grilled steak.

Mouthfeel is good, high medium to full bodied. Carbonation level is good. Starts off pretty smooth, but the flavors kind of stomp on that after a little. Peppers provide a nice unique aspect here. The heat creeps up on you. It's not vicious but it makes itself known. Balance is key here and it's got balance. The addition of the peppers make Stone an evil genius. The heat makes you want to drink more and more until it's gone, which makes it drinkable as all hell. Nice unique beer. I have one more, curious to see what some age does to this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 02:22:50 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a nonic. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, two inch, khaki-colored head. Head eventually settles into an eighth inch cap - some spots and strands of lacing are exposed; however, they exhibit poor retention. Nose expresses smoke and chile peppers with a slightly sweet character that manifests between the smoke and spice. Taste follows nose; however, the flavor profile is a bit more watered down than implied by the nose - the smoke and chiles intermingle nicely without overshadowing one another. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an easy, even carbonation. There's a little residual heat in the mouth and at the back of the tongue if the brew is given the opportunity to linger and warm. An interesting interplay of smoke and spice; however, I still enjoy the original offering to the variants. That said, I wish I saved some of the vanilla bean variety to blend as I think it would have created an interesting montage of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 13:31:37 | More by Jwale73
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

09-05-2012 19:45:11 | More by alecvdpoel
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4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored beer with a medium sized light brown colored head.

Smells smoky and spicy the chipotle immediately tickles the nose. Fruity chile pepper scent with chocolate and patent malt..

Starts out very smoky with a little chipotle bite. Nice smoked jalapeno flavor with just a little bit of heat. Fair amount of fruitiness from the chilies with a slight tartness from the jalapeno. Peppers warm the stomach a bit. Best chile beer I have had this year.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very tasty and interesting beer. Far superior to the Vanilla bean version.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:35:49 | More by Zorro
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

09-04-2012 22:01:41 | More by DelicateDelirium
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brownish color with a fairly thin brown head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells a lot like the regular version. With a good hint of peppers.

T- Good amount of char, peat, smoke, light coffee and a bit of heat from the peppers.

M- Medium in body and carabonation.

O- I really like the pepper addition to this beer. Adds another layer of flavour to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 20:24:54 | More by nrbw23
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-03-2012 03:03:19 | More by jnardone235
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mid-black with a two-finger milk chocolate brown head. Solid lacing for the style. Roasty and smoky aroma. Big roasted malt notes, a bit of roasted chocolate, and of course, a good smoky vibe to the nose. Flavor follows. Roasted malts, roasted chocolate, and a bit of coco sweetness to start. A hint of bittering hops before a smoky finish, not over assertive, but lives up to the name of the beer. Pleasant smoke notes. At the very back end, nice chipotle notes. Not spicy, but minor heat and very tasty. Great variation of the tasty smoked porter. Very good smoke and chipotle profile while maintaining nice drinkability. Very hard thing to do and Stone nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 23:49:29 | More by uustal
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-02-2012 19:26:41 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-02-2012 05:08:00 | More by hilgart1
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-01-2012 21:22:27 | More by cfh64
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black appearance, I can barely see through it in the light as it glows with a rich ruby hue. The head is a nice half inch thick tan foam that I wish lasted a bit longer. The smell is awesome as it seems much more smokey than the regular version. I don't really single out the chipotle aroma so much is it just fuses with the smoke and creates that nice intensity. A little touch of chcolate is a nice complement.

The beer really tastes exactly like it smells. Not a real robust porter, the smoke and roasted malt dominates through to a slightly dry finish with very subtle peppery heat at the back. Mild sweetness, no taste of alcohol. Approaches a thick body but doesn't overdo it, the carbonation is very nice.

I'm really impressed by this version of the Smoked Porter. The chipotle peppers turn it up a notch, though at the same time it is still remarkably easy to drink. I enjoyed this much more than the vanilla bean version and I have to say it's better than the orginal too. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 05:57:53 | More by bennetj17
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is very dark brown, with a massive tan head and good lacing.

Nose is sweet, with dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, and some chili pepper.

Taste is roasted, with cola, butterscotch, cocoa nibs, and dry malt. There is delicate chili kick at the end.

Mouthfeel is delightfully dry with medium carbonation and a sizable body. This feels and tastes like a desert beer.

Overall, this is a uniquely dry beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:48:56 | More by dorianmarley
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-01-2012 01:28:52 | More by NoProblem
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-31-2012 19:32:08 | More by mixed_master7
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Raleigh Times

Blackish, deep brown color with a fine creamy head that leaves behind only a few spots of lace. Smoky, dark chocolate and chili aromas. The chipotles obviously work well with the mild smoked malt character of the base beer. Flavors of bittersweet cocoa, slight smoke, and subdued pepper that leaves just a hint of heat way down deep in the throat. Medium bodied and tingly with some dryness in the finish. Quite subtle in the pepper department, but I imagine this would go great with certain food.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 13:31:19 | More by wedge
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-30-2012 02:16:18 | More by zacheits
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

maybe the best chilli beer ive ever had. its got all the same great characteristics as the regular smoked porter, but the chipotle pepper adds a lot in my opinion. the pour is lovely, excited and invigorated light brown head on a dense dark brew. the smell is where the peppers really bring something special. they compliment the peaty smoked malts with a spicy roundness that really makes me want to drink up. the flavor is not hot at all, rather as the label says, its like one of those fine chilli chocolates, where the pepper adds flavor and not heat. such is the case with this, very complex finish on a decadent beer. feel is great too, smooth and rich, dancing on the tongue from front to back sweet to spice. i really really like it, and used it as a secret ingredient in a buffalo meat and heirloom tomato chilli that was sensational. this beer is fabulous!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 23:32:33 | More by StonedTrippin
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 21:50:57 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-29-2012 02:13:33 | More by bbadger
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark brown (almost black) in color with some lighter brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront the smell of this beer is all smoked chipotle pepper (and quite strong), after that there are some lighter aromas of dark roasted malts and milk chocolate. There are some very light hints of coffee and citrus hop notes.

T: Like the smell, upfront there is a lighter (than the smell) presence of chipotle pepper along with some dark roasted malts and coffee. Nice complexity. Subtle hints of milk chocolate.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Overall this is a very good example of the chipotle enhancing a beer rather than overpowering or dominating a beer. This is enjoyable but definitely not a beer that I could have over and over again - not sessionable and not one I want to have multiple times.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:02:36 | More by dbrauneis
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-28-2012 02:30:48 | More by Focusf111
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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pegs snifter

A: pours a dark brown/black color when held up to the light has some deep ruby streaks. 1 finger brown head, darker than regular smoked porter. head is less dense too.

S: sweet, toffee, chocolate, earthy, smoky, bacon, pepper, smells like a freshly opened can of chipotles, coffee, you lose some of the base beer scents, because it is overwhelmed by peppe

T: chocolate upfront, with a sweet chocolate/toffee flavor, then comes the smokey chipotle wave. Huge notes of pepper and smoke and earth come through. Mingles quite well with the base, leaves a chipotle pepper aftertaste.

M: Same as regular smoked porter, medium/full bodied, not syrupy but enough sugar to hang around and coat your mouth, leaves a pepper aftertaste at the end, but not too spicy.

O: This is a great example of a pepper beer, not overwhelming but just enough to add to the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 00:31:51 | More by fields336
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4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a solid dark brown. Deep reds. Head is a light tan, creamy, and drops to a thin cap and solid collar. Some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smoky chipotle pepper from the start. Mild vegetal pepper aroma underneath. Nice and roasty. Milk chocolate, some faint hints of caramel. Light dusting of citrus from the hops. Nice layering effect with the chipotle aromas. Almost meaty. Mild coffee. Nice pepper level.

Taste: Day old coffee. Some minor chocolate malts. Slightly roasted. Caramel sweetness. Touches of smoke. Roasted vegetal quality. Some earthy hop notes. Citrus rounds out the back. Chipotle heat lingers in the back. Each sip builds the pepper flavor, but never goes too far. Mild spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Just creamy enough.

Overall: A nice addition to the standard from Stone.

I tried this beer when it was fresh. It was a mess. Somehow, a little bit of time has allowed to chipotle to really fuse with base beer. Nice backing spicy smokiness. Well done sirs, well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 20:19:11 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Smoked Porter - Chipotle from Stone Brewing Co.
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