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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial PorterBenji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 238
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 41
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: AdmiralDiaz on 03-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. This poured black with no head. There are chocolate and roast malt aromas and flavors and the chipotle pepper is a surprisingly nice touch. Very drinkable. (175 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -1.7%

From notes on 11/14/13

Pours very dark black, almost no head. Has a chocolaty chili smell. Nice robust flavor. Taste of smoked chocolate coffee. Not any spice from the chipotle, just smokeyness. Wish it didn’t have a twist top. This is a nice beer and should be better sealed. (279 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark black with khaki medium lacing.

S- Void, kinda bland. Malt backbone is the main thing present.

T- What chipotle? What smoke? Not much of either; I would have just kept it out of the title.

M- Kinda smooth, nothing crazy here. About right on with carb.

O- My least favorite offering from Tyranena so far. (319 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from zrab11 (thanks!). If they bottle date I sure couldn't find it. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours black with an eighth finger off white head which quickly fades to a thin ring that leaves a good deal of lace.

Smells smokey and malty with a nice touch of pepper. Pleasant.

This is all around tasty stuff! Nice roasty malts, the smoke is present without overpowering and the pepper is flavorful but not spicy. Chocolate, earthy, burnt caramel and subtle coffee. No detected alcohol. Great blend of porter, smoke and pepper flavors. Very easy to drink.

Medium body with soft yet appropriate carbonation. Smoked malt and mild chipotle finish.

Smoked beers and chili beers often fail to impress me but this is great. Excellent balance of flavors on a solid base porter. This one is worth a try for sure. (824 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2012 (I believe), poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black body with clear reddish highlights; 1/2" head of fine light brown foam that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. Pretty good.

S: Chipotle pepper is prominent and pleasant, with equal parts smoke and spice. Plenty of milk chocolate and caramel malt as well. Straightforward and enjoyable.

T: Starts out sweet and spicy, with more chocolate malt sweetness building in midway through. Vanilla and coffee on the bittersweet finish, with a nice chili kick on the long, lingering aftertaste. Good stuff.

M: Smooth, slick medium body; not much carbonation, but what's there is reasonably creamy.

O: It's good, not great, overall, but I'm really digging the level of spice - it's unmistakable, but not distracting. Really well done.

Cheers! (816 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer as a thick black color, literally black as night.

Smell - The malt jumps to the front in the aroma, but the spice is detectable.

Taste - At the front, it is a pretty straight forward porter with the malts seeming a little more toasted that usual. One can detect burnt sugar and a little sweetness. The burns runs a little hot toward the back of the throat but is far from overwhelming. The aftertaste is more sweet than spicy.

Mouthfeel - By itself, the porter is very smooth. On the other hand, the spice at the end makes for a rough landing.

Overall - The spice was a little more potent when I had this porter when it was fresher. It is still quite drinkable. (687 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Got a single of this at the local beer store, after eyeing the four pack for a while. Glad I got to try the single. Expectations are just slightly above average, based on my past experience with Tyranena.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just over a finger of creamy bubbly mocha colored foam on top of an opaque black body with just the tiniest shade of ruby shining through when held to the light.

S - Smell is of big bold roasty malt / coffee notes, and dark chocolate. None of the overt rotting log campfire smoke smell that I'm used to smelling in some smoked beers, so that's good. Not much actual 'smoke' per se, more of a charred leathery scent.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: big bold roasty coffee, lots of dark chocolate, & maybe some dark chocolate covered cherry taste. The heat from the chipotle peppers really only becomes apparent on the finish.

M - Feel is sticky, with some roasty bitterness & chocolate lingering on the palate. Bit of dry peppery heat hanging out also.

Overall, about what I expected (hoped) it would be. Not too heavy on the smoke, not too heavy on the chipotle pepper, niclely balanced with good carbonation. Well worth trying at least once if you are a fan of porters.

Tyranena Benji's Smoked Imperial Porter Brewed With Chipotle Peppers ---4/5. (1,374 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - very think dark black in color. Almost oil black. Beautiful.

Smell - lots of smoky campfire smell to it. Back end hits with the chili peppers

Taste - smoky with a hint of the chipotle. The booze is hidden well with the spices!

Mouthfeel - leave a lot of smoke in your mouth. Finished with some pepper, but lots of flavor.

Overall - great beer to try. Not my everyday beer, but a fun experiment for sure. Excited for more of their beers (452 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black with a one finger fluffy tan head. Leaving some nice lacing already where it has dissipated.

Aroma: First thing that pops out is smoked oak. Digging deeper notes of chocolate and toasted malts come through.

Taste: A bit weaker in flavor than the aroma suggested. Starts with a strange acidity that carries on through to the end. Definite charred malts in there evoking some cocoa flavor. Some smokiness in there as well. After several sips the chipotle pepper aspect starts to come through as a heat over the palate. It creeps on slowly and never gets overpowering but makes its presence known. Lingering aftertaste of heat from the pepper along with a bit of smoke and charred malt.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body and a tad over-carbonated. Some of the robust flavors become cloying after a while and make for below average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not hugely impressed with this one but still an interesting beer none-the-less. Would I drink it again? Probably not. (1,001 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Gandhi-Bot snifter. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for this! Served just below cellar temperature and reviewed live with a full pour.

A- Pours a dark mahogany brown that appears a pitch black in the glass, about a quarter finger's worth of creamy mocha brown head appears that slowly fades to a thin layer, about average carbonation of consistent rising bubbles.

S- Dark chocolate, some spicy peppers, light smokiness on the back-end, about average aroma strength, decently balanced with the peppers maybe coming through slightly more especially as it warms.

T- Dark chocolate, lightly roasted malts, and balanced chipotle peppers come through on the front end. On the finish the smokiness comes through more with a richer dark chocolate taste and some lingering peppers. Overall well balanced, tasty, and unique.

M- Medium bodied, slightly silky, very drinkable, fairly robust (although definitely not the most robust porter I've had), decent carbonation.

O- This was a pretty nice unique beer from Tyranena and definitely did not disappoint. It had the qualities of a decently solid porter with a unique twist with the addition of the chipotle peppers and smokiness to give it further complexity and flavor while not adding too much spicy heat or dominating the profile. Overall this was pretty solid and I would definitely drink it again, but by no means was it mind-blowing. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance. (1,450 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with an off white two finger head. Smell is smokey, chocolate, woody, some dark fruits. tastes is smokey, dark malts,some vanilla, chocolate, hint of this chipotle peppers. Overall it's a great smoked porter with a nice smooth texture but I wish it was spicy, you get some pepper it no heat, I want heat in a beer made with peppers. This beer was very enjoyable, glad I got to try it. (396 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black, w ith ruby highlights. Head is thick and sudsy, and tan in color. Lace is loopy and erratic.

Aroma? I get spicy pepper and cocoa. There's a little smoke in there, too, somehow. Very nice!

Body is silky smooth, and very nice. Plenty of cocoa and smoke in the taste. The chipotle pepper comes in later near the finish, but remains subtle, and only adds to the distinctive and unique flavor profile.

A very delicious and complex porter with nuance and high drinkability. Recommended! (503 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white head, clear brown when pouring.

S-Smoke, spices, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

T-Some smoke, good deal of spiciness, roasted malt, some coffee, not much chocolate though.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-One of Tyranena's better brews, their Brewers Gone Wild series seems to be worth checking out when news ones are released. (398 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dense, tan head. Acidic, toasted notes with a touch of chiles. Black. Starts acidic and roasted with notes of coffee and chocolate with a nice smokey backing to it.. Builds to a low-medium bitterness and the malt comes in through the finish. A TOUCH of poblano makes its way in.

Overall, a VERY nice Imperial Porter that is smoked.
Poblano? Yeah, sure, I guess....
I think the smoke adds an opaque layer of complexity that keeps the mild poblano from shining. (474 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark pour, almost black with just some lighter brown shades sneaking out the sides. The head is about as dark a brown as I've seen. Darker than tan, kind of a fawn color. The head cascades in formation and ends up looking very much like an A&W Root Beer pour. A couple fingers thick and long-lasting. It's very foamy and plasters its lace against the glass.

Scent is one dimensional...dark. It's very malty and the smokiness, while not offensive, makes its presence known immediately. As it warms, the chipotle peppers become more aggressive in the nose.

Taste follows the lead of the nose, only better. Very malty, a bit of chocolate, and a kick from the peppers. Just enough smoke to be pleasant.

Lots happening. Very smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied. Some heat from the alcohol and peppers. Smoke is there from the beginning. Not dry or crisp, leaves you wet and licking your lips, but still wanting more.

My second Tyranena beer and I'm a fan. Very easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden. All the ingredients work very well together making a nice drinking experience. (1,092 characters)

Photo of PaterMorse
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great chocolate opening, spicy tongue finish. Memorable, fun, complex. Bravo!

A: Pours black; but top 1/4" remains a thin watery layer. Head looks like a rootbeer float; dissipating all too quickly (but leaving a wide lace dusting). Big suds stick to side. Nice enough; but appearance s only aspect that's not all that special about the beer.

S: Interesting! Cocoa powder meets bacon & bite. Roasted, like blackened jelly toast with butter. Don't sense the pepper in the aroma, but do on the taste (and especially the "walk away").

T: Disarming. Simultaneously sweet, smooth, and bitter (with a bite). Chocolate notes, smooth like ice cream. Has some real spice to it. Earthy feel meets chocolate sundae. Light peppery aftertaste.

M: Medium body. The "swish" actually helps brng forth the bacon & pepper... and the heat. Thick hold-together.

O: Very interesting, very fun little beer. Smoky chocho on the front end, Steak N Shake peppers on the back. Probably a beer I'd limit to once in a sittng; but I'd surely repeat that sitting again and again. A fun experience.

Repeat? Definately. Again, not in the same sittng; and maybe not on a weekly rotation. But I think I'll have a few on hand at all times to share the experience with other newbies and to capitalize on those occasions where such a unque (and good) beer will, alone, do the trick. [NOTE: I don't mean to suggest it's overly unique or really limited; one certainly could enjoy a few of these at once or on a regular rotation. The non-spicy aspect of this porter is impressive in its own right.]

Where Best? Tailgates. Campire, hayrides. Just prior to heading out for the evening. State Fairs!

Two Word Description: Either "Spicy Sundae" or "Chocolate Bacon" (1,729 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been enjoying this series so far – nothing I’ve had has let me down.

Brewed a month before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON 17 JAN 13”).

A: Dark chocolate brown, letting absolutely no light through. Rising to a full inch is a head of tan cream, falling slowly to a fizzy retention – in its wake is foamy lacing tracing all the edge of the glass.

S: Cocoa powder and smoky chipotle pepper aromas emanate from the body with force – earthy sweetness with a natural spice (not just hot sauce and chocolate). The smoke is enhanced with tones of campfire and bacon, a testament to malt dried over an open flame. Slight mineral tones toward the back end conjure images of a British porter, or with all the smoke, a Bamberg rauchbier.

T: Immediate tastes of milk chocolate and vanilla ice cream – a full helping of sweetness – before the tastes evolve into smoky complexity. Burnt sugar and roasted wood lend that campfire character to the palate in a slightly drying manner, assisted in bitterness by a mild, grassy hoppiness. Overall, chocolate rules the palate, but it’s in no way the only big flavor. Tastes of wet oak round out the palate, though a final kick of what tastes like red pepper flakes is able to sneak its way through.

M: Creamy carbonation and a full body give this a chewy mouthfeel; it definitely feels bigger than a 7.5% porter. A slight bit of heat is apparent, likely from the peppers – a welcome change from the norm within this style.

O: This is just one of those beers that’s a blast to drink. A smoked beer with chipotle, the ultimate smoky pepper: here, Tyranena shows that this is a combination that doesn’t just work on paper. Good, interesting beer. (1,715 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark brown with thin tan colored head and wispy lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, smoke and some heat, which I can't tell if it is from the chipotles or the booze.

Taste: Slightly smoky Porter with a balanced mix of chocolate, molasses and roasted notes. The finish has some very light pepper notes, along with an unexpected sweetness that may also be the chipotle.

Feel: Medium to full body with low carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth.

Overall: This is a nicely balanced and flavorful big Porter. I had expected that the smoke and/or chipotle would be more noticeable, which would have made this a little more memorable. Still, it is damn tasty. (727 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque black and dark brown color. Two finger light brown head that recedes to a thin film of foam that eventually fades away. A little tan lacing sticks to my glass after each sip.

Great roasted mlat aroma of black bread crust chocolate, cocoa, coffee with just a hint of smokiness. Wouldn't think there were any chipotle peppers in this beer from the smell.

Roasty, bitter roasted malt. Coffee and dark chocolate play around nicely. The start has some chipotle smokiness. The middle is void of any smoke, but the finish is roasty. Add to that peppery, smokey chipotle and chocolate. Palate is dry and a little grainy. Good porter worth trying for sure. (658 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #44 top beer in the category "American Porter". Served in a New Belgium globe glass.

Beer is black and hazy with a lazy thin brown head, no lacing, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet and spicy, nice mixture of malt, chocolate, milk, chiles, very nice aroma. Minimal smoke.

Beer is mildly smokey, a little sweet, a little dry on the finish, chocolate, chili, mild spice, good but not great. I won't have another. (463 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky very dark brown with a half finger of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Smokey and roasty with a mild amount of sweetness. Definitely getting the peppers along with some dark fruit.

Taste: Picking up smoke and roast right off the bat. Then the chipotle peppers show up along with some dark chocolate. The finish is slightly bitter and roasty from the malt.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this one a lot. The roast and chocolate notes go very well with the peppers. I would definitely have another. (668 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Brees6221, thanks! Pours a rich, thick black color with a fine-bubbled brown head that needed some coaxing to reach a good 2 fingers or so. Lasts a good while and leaves some spotty lacing.

Nose is big on the chipotle! Smells almost just like a freshly opened can of chipotle sauce or peppers in adobo sauce. Nice. Chocolate is noticeable but it definitely takes a backseat to the rich, salty and spicy smoked jalapenos.

Taste is much more beery and sweet with chocolate and roasty malt coming out nicely. The peppers dont contribute much heat and the spice notes are subtle. Plenty of flavor from the peppers come through though. Some hops are even detectable, both flavoring and bittering. Moderate fruitiness throws some plum notes out as it warms and adds to the complexity. Not bad at all, probably the best chipotle beer I have had so far. I have been thoroughly impressed with the BGW series from Tyranena, I think this is the third installment of the series I have had the pleasure of trying. Much thanks Rad Racer, this was a great addition to the Hotter than Hot BIF! (1,104 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby bottle courtesy of a trader whose name I don't remember - thank you, whoever you were! Poured in to my brand new wide-mouthed snifter.

Appearance: A pleasantly dark but not pitch black bodied brew with a good half finger of uniform tan head.

Aroma: Rich and aromatic, with a slew of peppery cocoa.

Taste: Better in the aroma than in the mouth, this one seems to have faded a little. A standard (maybe even mild) porter, with faint bittersweet cocoa, hints of charcoal, and lots of neutral, biscuity, but darker notes. Pepper is noticeable, cayenne-like in places, with the faintest bit of heat and a nice earthiness that compliments the cocoa well but probably complimented it better when. As it warms, the spice gets hotter (no pun intended), stepping up to balance the cocoa nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mellow, with minimal carbonation, but enough that it doesn't come across as flat or unlively. Part of that is the age on the bottle, I imagine, but I think all things considered the effervescence on this one is about right - I don't want carbonated heat.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, though one that's beginning to fade just a little with age, I do believe. Low enough in abv% that I could have gone back for a second. (1,248 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 24 Feb 2010. Unfortunately didn't get to try it fresher, but curious to see how it's held up.

Pours essentially black, but dark brown at the edges with light behind it. Minimal medium-tan head; even an aggressive pour couldn't bring many bubbles out of it.

Smell is everything it's billed to be - porter, smoke, and a bit of chile pepper. These are in really nice balance, and all meld together. Smoke, dark roasted malts, smoky pepper. It's like minor variations on a theme, and I like it.

Taste is really good. It reminds me a lot of Deschutes Black Butte XXIII, though that's probably the pepper talking. But this beer is lighter and better balanced (at least vs. BBXXIII fresh). The porter flavors are solid, with dark chocolate, some smoke, a little bitter. And then there's the chipotle, dancing with those darker flavors, bringing the lightness and pop such beers so often need. I really like it.

Mouthfeel is a mixed bag. Body is nice - starts out medium, but feels thicker and chewier as it rolls around my mouth. A little flat, though, as expected from the appearance. Very low carbonation, would be better with a bit more. Long loose finish.

A very tasty porter. The chipotle pepper works really well, and the rest of the beer would be great even without that. Main complaints are the appearance and mouthfeel, both of which could do with a little more fizz. (1,382 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Benji's Smoked Imperial Porter

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours deep brown/black with two-inch tan head that demonstrates little retention. 

S: Chocolate milk shake with spicy peppers. Additional aromas include black pepper, earth, smoke and some morning blend coffee.

T: Sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts mixed with spicy peppers. Smoked malts are more evident in taste and add a pleasant layer to flavor. Medium bitterness. Finish is somewhat harsh with bitterness and heat talking over. Quite drying, too. 

M: Medium body with medium-light carbonation  Thin but smooth. 

O: Clearly, the finish and the body of Benji's Smoked imperial Porter hurt the beer. With that said, it packs big flavor in a low abv package, which always rates well with me.  (776 characters)

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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.