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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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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 41
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AdmiralDiaz on 03-15-2009)
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Reviews by AmberMan22:
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I do love a good porter, and I do like Wisconsin breweries. Seems like a match made in heaven.

And it looks like one too. Can't quite tell if it's entirely black or not because of the lower lighting in the bar, but I'll give it benefit of the doubt. Capped with a roasted mocha colored head.
The head is composed of superfine bubbles, giving it a great look. These come into the equation later to make for a wonderful mouthfeel.

Smell: bit of pepper (as in black pepper), followed by a wave of deep, roasty chocolate malt. There we go.

With this ABV and the smoked idea too, I'd expect the flavor to be more robust. Instead, it's a confusing mixture of "is this hot? no not really. Then what am I tasting?" On top of a porter that doesn't assert itself as much as it should.

While I don't appreciate how the 'chipotle' flavor factors in, the porter beneath isn't bad. As I said -- a porter needs to attack the taste buds, and this kind of groggily walks in unannounced.

It does carry a nice heft to it though, with those superfine bubbles dancing lightly on the tongue.

Overall....eh. Mixed feelings.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 14:32:22 | More by AmberMan22
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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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