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Jalapeno Smoked Porter - Country Boy Brewing

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Jalapeno Smoked Porter
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 01-24-2012)
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Photo of macher0
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, Kentucky.

This beer pours dark brown with a white fine bubble rim. Excellent lacing. The smell is awesome, smokey jalapeño, charcoal, dark roasted malts and chocolate. The taste follows the nose very well. Much of the same notes but very muted. Some slight heat that builds but mild none the less. Not overwhelming at all. The feel is extremely smooth - which was very surprising - with light to moderate carbonation.

This beer rocks. I would never imagine how well it works together without being overwhelming or too one dimensioned. I could actually drink more than one at a sitting. It kind of rocks your taste buds which is a slight negative. Folks need to watch out for Country Boy. They are the real deal and keep coming up with innovative but amazing ales. Kentucky is fortune to have them.

macher0, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every now and then, a surprise comes along in the most obvious and ingenious forms: Jalapeno Smoked Porter delivers to the bar adorned with a sliver of jalapeno pepper cleverly affixed to the glass. Think hefeweizen, just darker and zestier; and with much better attempt to complement the beer.

Aside from the bright green vegitable, the beer fits the Porter bill with a dark onyx-like opaque brown hue. The beer delivers a creamy/froathy light tan head that retains and laces much better than expected when considering that the pepper oils should have impeeded the foam character much more than it does. Quite impressive!

Aroams of smoke, spice, coffee, and cocoa deliver a clean and well-balanced set of aromas to the olfactories with a dedicated blend of aromatics. Malty with the notion of heavy cream is a nice contrast the the spice of pepper and to round of the moderate scent of roasted grain. No real fruitiness or yeasty spice allows the malt and pepper to define the beer.

Flavors of malted barley, bittersweet chocolate, french-press coffee, and caramel provide the underpinning while the dance of zesty jalapeno gives a bright and playful vegetal taste that's a great substitution for American hops. As the taste of pepper subsides, the clean earthy bitterness from hops provides the balance in finish to accompany the light roast and coffee bitterness.

Rich and boldly textured, the lighter carbonation allows the weight of the liquid to rest on the palate and gives a silky, velvety feel- a great mouthfeel that avoids the prickle of carbonation that may have amplified the heat of the pepper too much. Creaminess receeds at mid palate and the spicy dryness of jalapeno, hops, and mild alcohol warmth closes the beer and does so with an aftertaste of pepper and chocolate.

Despite the intimidation of jalapeno, it doesn't take an advanced palate to appreciate and enjoy this peppered Porter. The finesse in balance is impecable as the base Porter is very well formulated and executed, while the peppers add a touch of pep and interest and without offense.

BEERchitect, Feb 14, 2012
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2.05/5  rDev -49.3%

denver10, Sunday at 11:15 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

fleurdelou, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

beb86, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

johnjohnbeer, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

IMFletcher, Aug 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

DH and the guys do an exceptional job brewing in general, and this is a great example. They take fresh jalapenos they grow themselves, and add them to their already quality porter to make one fine beer. The jalapenos add to the flavor without overwhelming the taste. I like the XX and XXX versions even better.

Bmonster, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jmrybak, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Bhoward0698, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

JustinSparks, Jun 18, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a strange beer but in a good way. Being from Arizona, I use jalapenos in almost every dish. The only reason I don't rate this higher is the middle kick. About midway through my pint there is an almost excessive smokey taste that settles after a minute or two. One of the best beers I have had when it comes to picking up the actual flavor of jalapeno vs. just the bite.

MunkeeMan, Apr 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

juicebox, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Rod_J, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

bilhelm, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

drdiesel9483, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

fellowrs, Feb 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Hobo, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Nolen12, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ali1987, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Llamameister, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

kylehay2004, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

BuckTuckian, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Shagator, Dec 21, 2013
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Jalapeno Smoked Porter from Country Boy Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.