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: 236
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.48%
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 Wadsey
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
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. 

More User Reviews:
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.

Photo of mondegreen
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of dirtylou
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

Photo of RickS95
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of nickd717
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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."

Photo of kenito799
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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...

Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Bottled on 24FEB10.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle!

A - Despite the height of the pour, the beer slipped into the glass with an eerie silence. The light tan head reached no more than a sliver and was poorly retained with no left-over lacing. The beer is pitch black.

S - The cold, slightly metallic nose offers up a low level of roasted malts giving off some mellow chocolate and coffee notes. A very mild hint of smoke and pepper comes through the finish.

T - Roasted chocolate malts provide a base for a mellow rauchbier-like smoke flavor. More campfire than peat malts and a minuscule level of pepper heat.

M - Medium-full bodied and low carbonation with a thick, smooth swallow, it mirrors the pour. Dry to the finish, particularly with the lingering smokiness. No alcohol or spiciness present.

D - Somewhat of a chore to drink, it doesn't at all seem like and imperial to age. The heat and smoke, more so the heat, have diminished considerably or were never that present to begin with. The prospect of a chili beer excited me, but it's much more like a thick porter with a drop of liquid smoke accidentally added in.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a brownish-black w/foamy light-beige head. Retention was decent and some lacing remained.

S-Smoke dominates w/dark roasted malt, dark chocolate character, faint tobacco and leather, and although I was looking for the spice in the aroma, I couldn't pick out any pepper until it warmed some and I'd already tasted it.

T-Light roast marshmallow, smoke, and prickly peppery spice. Faint hops in the finish. The taste is an interesting blend of slightly sweet, spicy, smoky, and faint bitterness that works well.

M-Medium-bodied w/smooth texture that is cut by moderate carbonation and the prickly spice and pepper. The result is an interesting sensation that amps up the mouthfeel without overpowering. Pretty awesome.

D-This brew is not only tasty, but it must also have some interesting food-pairing potential. I will buy this bottled if I ever see it and save it for this purpose.

Photo of scaliasux
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Cola brown. Appears clear. Thin tan head with good retention.

Smell - Rich sweet malt. Licorice or molasses. Not catching a lot of the chipotle. Very nice porter aroma, nonetheless.

Taste - Dark roasted malt dominates. Dark coffee, maybe some very dark chocolate, smoke. And, oh yeah, the chipotle flavor, while not overpowering, sneaks up on you. Even leaves a hint of heat in the finish. The pepper works with the porter a lot better than I would have expected.

Mouthfeel - Seems a little thin for style.

Drinkability - This is the first smoked imperial porter brewed with chipotle pepper that I've tried, and I love it. Full flavored, unique, and great tasting. I vote for this as the Tyranena winter seasonal from now on.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown porter emerged from the bottle with a huge billowing four inch head of foam in its wake. Enormous retention left this one hanging back for what seemed like forever, and even after it started to settle,

Started out very sweet, with nice notes of chocolate and sugar running through it. Not at all what I was expecting. Some touches of vanilla and a bit of coffee as well coming through. There was a slight bit of pepper way in the back but it was not dominating by any means.Sweet milk chocolate and sugar a tingle on the tongue, a warming in the throat and a fire in the belly. Subtly the chili comes through, warming you as it goes, but by no means is this too big. This is perfectly blended in the flavor, rising subtly to a crescendo that then backs down as easy as it came up

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12oz bottle to my snifter.

A:Pours a very deep shade of brown almost black. A thin layer of tan head from a rough pour.

S: Smoky, roasted Chipotle pepper, and a hint of dark chocolate. The smokiness is not overpowering.

T: Mostly a smoky taste but finishes with a little roasted chocolate malt kick.

M: A little thin and under carbonated. It has a big flavor which would probably be better with a bigger body.

D: ABV is well hidden but due to the strong flavor its something I would only drink one of in a sitting.

I didn't think I would like this at all but it turned out to be quite enjoyable.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: unibroue tulip, nice mocha colored head recedes to a thin layer, the beer a deep, opaque brown in color

s: big malty porter nose with loads of smooth roasts and a balanced smokiness, chocolate rolled toffee, the chipotle seems to blend in so well as to remain elusive but it seems to push through on occasion, lots of creamy espresso and dark chocolate

m: smooth carbonation, medium-full body

t: sugary toffee base loaded up with dark chocolate, creamy espresso, and mild char, the smoke only nudges through, but I can't really find any chipotle - suppose it probably blends into the general smoke/roast character, long pleasant finish

d: a high quality semi-imperialized porter, but not really "chile" enough for that category, imo

graciously provided by a dear friend and true gentleman, mr. dirtylou

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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