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Smoked Porter - Chipotle - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked Porter - ChipotleSmoked Porter - Chipotle

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,011 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,011
Reviews: 300
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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bkrbdan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-19-2012 18:17:04 | More by bkrbdan
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
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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mschind

California

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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demgoth

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Tech_Savy


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-15-2012 05:03:07 | More by Tech_Savy
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Jmick28

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-15-2012 04:44:16 | More by Jmick28
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-15-2012 03:14:19 | More by JMBSH
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kirkse

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-15-2012 02:38:09 | More by kirkse
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JJFordick

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-14-2012 22:01:00 | More by JJFordick
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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
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Jiatlas

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-13-2012 15:34:14 | More by Jiatlas
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zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-11-2012 17:22:47 | More by zduerr
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.

Pours a maple caramel in color which settles as a nearly opaque espresso. Creamy, slightly tan head that wraps around the tulip's sides, slowly receding outside in. Attractive dimpled lacing down the tulip for the entire glass.

Mild milk and dark chocolate aromas with a hint of spicy espresso. The smoke character is also mild, adding a bit of dryness and muting the roasted malts. The chipotle pepper aroma is really tough to discern on account of the spicy, roasted malts.

Dark chocolate roasted malt base with touches of espresso. A mild vanilla sweetness lightens the roasted flavors before being quickly overtaken by quite a few spicy and dry qualities. The chipotle peppers really control the majority of flavors once the roasted qualities subside. Notes of oak and alcohol follow a rather dry and bitter finish.

Full bodied. Rough, chewy, and finally dry on the palate. The textures seem to come in waves as a result of the dynamic flavors.

A pretty interesting offering here; however, the chipotle peppers are a bit much, really taking over this Porter's other natural flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 18:29:42 | More by NEhophead
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-08-2012 01:42:11 | More by vicsju1991
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Sjorge3442

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-07-2012 21:56:20 | More by Sjorge3442
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Butzen

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The chipotle pepper version has an added spicy, chipotle and adobo character in the nose that melds with the existing smoke, chocolate and coffee aromas to create a smell vaguely reminiscient of mole sauce. The peppers aren't quite as prominent in the flavor, though a building, lingering heat in the beer's finish lets you know something is up. Overall, the peppers offer a restrained heat and a flavor that isn't wildly different from the regular Smoked Porter but contains a little extra earthiness, kick and vegetal character that is a fine match for grilled, smoked and rich foods. I drank it with a four-cheese-and-spinach lasagna, and the earthy, smoky flavors of the beer meshed nicely with the tomatoes, spinach and cheese, while the small kick from the peppers livened the dish up a bit. Like the smoke in the base beer, the peppers are used tastefully here.

Read the full review (and comparison with the vanilla bean version) at http://vittlesandbrews.blogspot.com/2012/09/stone-smoked-porters-w-chipotle-peppers.html

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:56:33 | More by Butzen
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IllNate

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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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

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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Jwale73

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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alecvdpoel


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

09-05-2012 19:45:11 | More by alecvdpoel
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Zorro

California

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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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

09-04-2012 22:01:41 | More by DelicateDelirium
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nrbw23

Ohio

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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jnardone235

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-03-2012 03:03:19 | More by jnardone235
Smoked Porter - Chipotle from Stone Brewing Co.
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