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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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BA SCORE
90
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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 123
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:
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(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.

AmberMan22, Apr 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Guinnsslvr, Mar 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Skye1024, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

bsp77, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of mondegreen
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an Avery Tulip. Bottle dated 2/24/10.

Pours a dark brown with a thin barely off white head. The head quickly vanishes into a thin film. A little lacing clings to the side of the glass.

The pepper shines in the nose, offset by an equal amount of roasted malt flavor. Sweet and spicy work very well together here.

The pepper doesn't come through quite as much in the taste. There is a slight spiciness on the tip of the tongue, but it vanishes in the middle and finish. Would like more pepper presence here.

Medium bodied, doesn't scream "Imperial" as the name suggests. Still, a nice porter that I'd be happy to drink anytime. I have to wonder if the pepper was any more prevalent in the taste 11 months ago when this brew was bottled. In any case, glad to have the chance to try this one.

mondegreen, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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

beatenbyjacks, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

acurtis, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

InVinoVeritas, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, opaque, chocolate brown with a tight trimming of beige.
Fudgey aroma, deepened with smoke, roasted grain. Not much chipotle to be found, but the imagination seems to pick up a hint of it in tow with the smoke. Like all of 'Nena's big porters, chocolate is king.
Doughy, wet brownie batter is the domination taste component. Smoke seems amped-up here compared to their previous porter incantations, though not in a chipotle sense. Roasted grain and coffee notes rear up and add burnt note and traces of acridity. Fudge stay dripping all over this. At the very end of the sip, a tracer of spice pokes up and provides a grainy snapshot of pepper.
Beefy, medium-full bodied with a struggling, but steady carbonation.
I've said it before, but I like the "base" porter in these Tyranena experiments an awful lot. But similar to their recent BGW Cherry porter, the namesake element may be too slight for its own good. Neither the pepper nor the smoke make a loud statement here. It's still quite good, but I expected something a bit wilder.

cokes, Apr 18, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

secondtooth, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at alchemy prior to a fishfry

cellphone notes

appearance: very dark brown, bordering on black body...creamy chocolate cap and strong retention. nice appearance for this one

smell: hard to pick up much pepper on the nose but there is a nice whiff of smoke, roasty, a touch of chocolate

taste: i didnt get the chipotle/pepper i was looking for as the presence was rather subtle. as a smoked porter this did quite well (though i didnt really feel the "imperial" aspect either). smoky, roasty, dry chocolate. interesting beer

mouthfeel: creamy and rich

drinkability: good, quaffed

dirtylou, Apr 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

cjgator3, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

RickS95, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors. This is another hit from the Brewer's Gone Wild series. At first there's a crisp hot chocolate aroma but as the beer warms the smoky pepper comes forward over the tasty cocoa and mellow roasted grains. The body is a touch thick, it's it's right on for the style. My only critique is that the chipotle dominates the beer enough to simplify the overall character.

tempest, Jul 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared thanks to chswimmer.

Pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head that fades to some bubbles.

Excellent aroma of roast, chocolate, coffee, smoke, and chili peppers.

Flavor is a bit like a lighter version of Hunahpu's. Chocolate, roast, coffee, chipotle peppers. Lasting dry smokiness and a little heat from the peppers.

Medium body. Very smooth yet dry on the mouthfeel.

A really great beer overall. Tyranena is pretty much the best imperial porter brewer of all time. Of course they could lose that title if they just decided to call them "imperial stouts."

nickd717, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of kenito799
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Porter tasting.
Brown-black. Thin white head.
Smokiness apparenton the nose, not strong but present. Roasted malt.

Smoke on the palate, with a fizzy mouthfeel. Just a hint of capsacin burn hits the back of the throat after swallowing, otherwise not much chili pepper. I like this effect, restrained. Howeeverm this brew is very bitter ina charred wood way, which birngs the taste down a notch. Interesting effort.

kenito799, Nov 24, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this one from Beertracker, cheers Jeff!

Pours Mahogany with a finger of creamy mocha head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Rich chocolate, roasty maly & smokeyness

T: Follows the nose, some coffee & then peppery smokeyness up front, along with charred grain & cocoa sweetness. Dryness, dark chocolate, faint pepper burn as this warms, some herbal & woody hops too. Finishes with mocha, slight pepper warmth & faint oakyness

MF: Chewy, creamy, & smooth, a touch of warming sensation as well

Drinks sooo easy, seems less spicy than the growler I sampled, on a another occasion, but I was drinking other chile beers & my tasted buds were wasted after awhile... This one really worked for me...

russpowell, Aug 11, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of smooth dark mocha head. This retains with a thin layer of creamy foam, leaving back a light smattering of lace that sticks to the sides. Dark roast, chocolate, and earthy green citric character hit the nose first in the aroma, which is quickly followed by a warming tinge of peppers. As this warms up this, the peppers actually control things to a surprising degree. And that's not necessarily a bad thing here.

The taste is thick and tangy up front with chocolate, caramel, and citric fruit. This gives way to bitter hops and a flush of burnt roast across the back. The spiciness of the peppers is much lighter feeling feel, with some gentle warmth in a mostly dry roasted finish, and an overall more subtle presence than what the nose had. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a creamy thickness to the carbonation that fills out the back but then works itself into a sharper feel the longer it hangs around in the mouth. I was pleased to find that this maintained a certain amount of smoothness to it considering the flavors involved.

While I would have liked to have had a touch more warmth from the peppers in the taste, I did like the route that they took with them here, putting them out there a little more in the nose and then integrating them a little better in the flavor profile. There's a very smooth body on this as well for the more assertive flavors and higher ABV that was involved, helping keep this nicely approachable during the duration of the glass. A very well done BGW entry here from Tyranena.

Kegatron, Mar 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

zonker17, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of hopsbreath
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to zimmerbloke. 12 ounce bottle poured into my Portsmouth snifter.

A: Dark ruby brown yet translucent to direct light. A couple fingers of cinnamon head sit atop the body. That recedes to a glass ring with no lacing. However, syrupy legs dangle down the glass every time I take a draw. Those legs are what do it. I'm already intrigued. 4/5

S: Smoked beers are some of my favorites. Aromas of cured meat and campfire dominate at this point. Sweet cherries and other dark fruits are welcome secondary characteristics. I'm literally drooling already. 4.5/5

T: Again with the Slim Jim dynamic. Some smokey cocoa is there. I don't think I could identify the pepper if I didn't know it was already there. Since its presence is reported on the label though, I'm going to say I recognize the very slight amount of heat on the finish as the chipotle. Everything just works so well together. 4/5

M: Thick, low carbed, oily, and lightly sticky. It drinks bigger than the 7.5% ABV, and I like it. 4/5

O: Now that's a good porter. Quite possibly one of my favorites to date. Instantly memorable for this fan of smoked beer. 4.5/5

hopsbreath, Apr 16, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks very dark black with not quite two fingers of head that hung around for awhile before settling to a thick cap. Large amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a deep, complex aroma of chipotle chiles, smoke, chocolate, and coffee. A nice blend of aromas. Has a good flavor but does not live up to expectations that the aroma brought on. The chipotle chile can be tasted upfront but does not linger long and is taken over by more standar porter flavors of dark malt. Hints of chocolat and coffee. Very little if any heat. Gentle carbonation and medium in body. Feels good but could be better with a little thicker body, this is an Imperial Porter afterall. The chile is mild so I do not think this would be off-putting to anyone. I enjoyed drinking this chile beer.

morimech, Jun 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Chrixsus, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

YogiBeer, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

andant, Mar 07, 2013
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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.