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Firestarter Chipotle Porter - Right Brain Brewery

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Firestarter Chipotle PorterFirestarter Chipotle Porter

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oline73 on 09-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 15
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the few spices beers in Traverse City, and it's a good one. By no means is there a scorching burn, but be ready for a nice kick, and don't make the mistake of using the beer as a palette cleanser during a hot sauce competition.

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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.09/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Not at all pleasing. Way too smoky

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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Big off white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Meaty smoke. Light pepper.

Taste - Chocolate and roasted malt up front. Chipotle is much stronger. Nice smokey pepper flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda creamy.

Overall - Has a little bit of a sweet stout component that I don't love, but it's got a very nice smoked pepper flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled December 21st and poured March 19th.

Appearance: Pitch black with a sort of.. frothy (awful word) head on it. No lacing though.

Smell: My immediate thought is Band Aids with the chipotle and malt working together in this one. Not a great smell, but still not awful for some reason.

Taste/feel: Has a bit of that Band Aid flavor one the front, but it turns into a woody/smoked flavor, and then it transforms into almost a nuttiness on the finish. Pretty nice depth of flavor here. The chipotle flavor is definitely there, but the heat? I get none of that at all. If I really think about it, I might the absolute slightest warmth from spice, but it's pretty much non-existent. That's a bummer, because I'd expect and enjoy a little bit of heat. Firestarter is an incredibly misleading name for this beer. The feel is really nice -- medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking. The Band Aid flavor and smell suddenly changes into more of a jerky aroma and flavor with the woodiness. The nuttiness on the aftertaste is still there as well. Again, slightest warmth ever from the chipotle, and it's more on my lips than anything else.

Overall, a good one from Right Brain. $6.99 is a bit high for the bomber I got ($5.99 would be what I'd probably pay for it), but it's still quite nice. The chipotle presence is nice with the flavor, but some more spice would be welcome. I wouldn't mind having this one again. Try this one out if you like woody/smokey porters or stouts. For those who have had Stone's Chipotle Smoked Porter, or are thinking about it, this beer is a couple bucks cheaper, but it also has less heat. The flavor is fairly similar (from memory), though. I'd like to have the two side-by-side to decide, but from memory, Firestarter may be a little bit better, though it's almost a tie.

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Firestarter Chipotle Porter from Right Brain Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.