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Chipotle Smoked Porter - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pipeworks batch # 544, bottled 2014-10-23.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-02-2013)
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Corando, Nov 08, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with Batch # 544 printed on the label. A new resurrected batch of the Pipeworks Chipotle Smoked Porter. I've never tried the original Pipeworks Smoked Porter, so I am unable to say how they compare. This one comes with a Warning: This Beer Is Spicy! printed on it, and it appears the abv has been amped up to 9.00% abv according to my label.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown; opaque black in the glass with one finger of rich frothy tan head. Leaves good lacing behind on the glass. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is pleasant enough - creamy, chocolatey, roasty, & malty. Smokey & leathery to be sure, with maybe just a slight hint of vegetal chile presence, but nothing that would suggest any type of heat.

T - The taste is hard to pinpoint; this beer might be just bit too spicy for my liking. Creamy chocolatey malt presence is definitely noted, but the long-lasting fiery chile afterburn is prominent. Smokey / leathery notes become more prominent as the beer warms.

M - The beer itself is smooth & creamy, medium-bodied with nice carbonation, but the long-lingering chile heat is borderline unpleasant.

Overall, definitely a nice representation of the style, especially if you are looking for a beer to bring the heat. I had my doubts that the warning would be unmerited, but this beer is probably one of the spiciest chile beers I've had yet. Recommended for fans of the style.

Pipeworks Chipotle Smoked Porter -----3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Oct 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

billab914, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

powz87, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Stevie_Janowski, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Cholansky1, Apr 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

imperialking, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

IPx, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, but still moderately translucent. Forms a rather modest, very bubbly tan colored head on an aggressive pour. Head doesn't bother sticking around for too long. No lacing.

S: Aroma is quite tame. Mostly roasted malts, lots of chocolate, and just a touch of smoke. Then there is a slight vegetal, raisiny earthiness that I would likely never identify as chipotle if it were not on the label.

T: Taste is very nice, though not at all what I was expecting. Lots of chocolate, with notes of coffee and even vanilla. There is a slight earthiness and a faint bit of smoke, but the chocolate dominates to the point where I would ask if this is a chocolate porter and not a chile porter. There is a very mild spiciness on the finish, but, in terms of chipotle, it is quite weak. Reminds me of a certain Vosges chocolate bar I once ate.

M: On the lighter side of full bodied. Smooth and creamy. Mild spiciness and mild bitterness. Lower carbonation level.

O: A friend warned me about the heat that this beer brings, but I got next to nothing in terms of fiery chile out of it, though in my experience, I feel these chile beers tend to have a lot of bottle variation. None-the-less, a good beer, just not the one I was expecting.

Florida9, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Angryzen, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lakeview Binny's. Served in a tulip during the Steampunk birthday shenanigans.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a near complete cap and minimal lacing. Very dark brown body.

S - Chipotles, smoke, roated malts, dark chocolate, light biscuit, toasted grains.

T - Taste is quite similar, with it's combination of chiles, dark chocolate, smoke, roasted malts and mild biscuit notes.

M - Medium body, lightly tannic, with lower carbonation, and a dry finish. Chile warmth is fairly mild but it grows a touch after a half glass.

D - Solid stuff - like this just as much as their standard smoked porter, although I could have gone for even more chiles and burn. I'm probably in the minority in wanting hotter beers, but the label promised 'hot' and I was a bit letdown.

MasterSki, Mar 25, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours near-black with a very thin off-white head. Dissipates immediately, not much lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, smoke, and chipotle pepper. These are 3 aromas that work extremely well together. I love the smokiness - very apparent but not overwhelming at all, and works perfectly with the chiptole.

Taste: The chipotle/smoke combo is still there, and very well executed. However, the roasted malt/darkchocolate flavor that I was picking up in the smell isn't nearly as apparent. The flavor profile is all about the smoke and pepper, and it's very good, but I would really like some more chocolate/roast flavor. No alcohol is apparent, and the heat from the chipotle is minimal, leaving just a hint of lingering spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body. A tiny amount of lingering heat from the chipotle on the finish.

Overall: Really highlights the chipotle pepper, and does it very well without being overwhelming. With a little bitofadditional chocolate flavor, this could be really spectacular.

emyers, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Gonzoillini, Mar 21, 2013
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Chipotle Smoked Porter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.