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Chipotle Smoked Porter - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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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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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

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3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, Batch 95
Riedel unmarked tulip

A: Pours a deep brown black color. Collar of light tan color even with an aggressive pour. Some alcohol feet and lacing bits.

S: Lots of smoked malt. Campfire roast. Dig in there you get some of that spice. Also some chocolate. Wish there was more pepper on the nose.

T: Up front, tickle of spice that lingers in tongue. Maybe the peppers. Then it's the roast campfire that you taste, co-mingling with the Chocolate and coffee flavors. Some what dry finish. Lingering spice notes. Tingle of pepper spice in the back of the throat.

M: Medium. Thought it would be thicker.

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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.

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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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark hazy opaque brown body with a small tan head.

The smell is chocolate, meaty smoke, and earthy tones.

The taste is predominantly chocolate, smoke, and vegetal. The pepper brings quite a bit of heat in the end that lingers in my throat.

Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin with moderate carbonation.

It's a fun beer. The pepper brings a nice little heat to it and the smoke works well with the chocolate.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, some larger bubbles result when the bottle is poured from a height, but there's not much foam that lasts. Thin ring around the edges with the barest amount of spotty sea spray lace.

Smoky aroma hits with some peaty iodine at first, becoming more woody and layered with malt toastiness as it warms.

Pleasant smooth feel with lower carb levels, earthy smoky chipotles linger into the dry aftertaste. Plenty of chile flavor without much heat really. End of Days is spicier. Some dry bakers chocolate notes come out mid-palate, and a slight tingle from the peppers as well. Overall a great variation on the standard Smoked Porter. Don't be scared off by the warning on the label that it's spicy...

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- chocolate, smoke, light pepper

T- roasted malts, chocolate, some smoke, there is pepper flavor but not much spice.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a warming feeling from the peppers in the aftertaste.

O- nice porter, has some pepper and warming but I wish there was some more spice.

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Chipotle Smoked Porter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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