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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: 232
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AdmiralDiaz on 03-15-2009)
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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

05-29-2013 13:01:11 | More by ShanePB
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

02-17-2014 05:15:40 | More by NicholasOfMKE
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -23.2%

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear dark orange, brown away from the light, thin light tan head forms and quickly settles to a very thin ring around the glass, retention isn't so great, few lace spots stick to the glass.

Smell is neat, rich and malty, raisins, caramel, grapes, brown sugar, some biscuit, a touch of chocolate milk and light roast, lots of sweet fruit, a bit herbal, pretty intense chile/pepper aroma, pretty spicy.

Taste is similar, very dry and roasty, nutty, wafers, caramel and brown sugar, some fruity sweetness, cocoa powder, very peppery, spicy and lightly vegetal in the finish, very dry and almost puckering, powdery and not too enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, way too dry and weird character from the peppers. Thanks Russ.

08-08-2010 19:08:13 | More by Viggo
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3.15/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

04-22-2014 22:44:08 | More by gueuzedreg
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -19%

03-09-2013 00:05:21 | More by BGsWo22
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

03-16-2013 23:17:52 | More by BrownAleMale
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3.35/5  rDev -16.5%

Pours a dark brown color, nearly black with a very small tan head.

Scent of peppers, roasted malts, and oats. A simple, somewhat disappointing scent.

Taste of roasted malts, oats and some peppers. It has a nice flavor, but I was expecting a stronger pepper presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and thin with low carbonation, underwhelming.

05-16-2010 22:52:35 | More by paco1029384756
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3.38/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

11-21-2010 19:39:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.45/5  rDev -14%

poured relatively aggressively and cold from the bottle near pitch black to a surly darkness 10oz goblet with a 1/2 finger short lasting off white head

aroma of smoke and peppers, as advertised.

hmmm... smoky, and peppery hot, leaving a chipotle hot tingle on the tongue. its an interesting brew, though at first blush, its a bit disconcerting.

thin for the style, light bodied, pepper hot.

drinkable - one and done.

overall - A for effort. C for taste.

04-09-2011 19:58:24 | More by robwestcott
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

08-21-2013 03:43:49 | More by largadeer
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-04-2011 22:38:21 | More by barnzy78
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3.53/5  rDev -12%

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. 

08-08-2011 04:17:45 | More by Wadsey
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3.55/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

03-09-2011 02:28:51 | More by IdrinkGas
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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

Had this on tap at Uncle Mike's Hwy. Pub in Kenosha; reviewed from notes, originally 6/6/10.

A- Pours a cola color with brown, one finger head.

S-Cocoa and chocolate upfront with a dry roasty character that's not overwhelming, and some smokey notes, the chipotle is barely noticeable.

T-Chocolate and roasted malt with some dry, dark chocolate and a slightly spicy, but pretty smokey finish. I expected way more heat and the kind of smoked quality that you expect from chipotle peppers.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation, a little slickness to it.

D-A really easy drinking imperial porter. However when you put the word "Chipotle" on your label, I expect some more heat which just wasn't present here at all. As a brewery, I think Tyranena suffers from putting way too many words on their labels. If they had just labeled this as an Imperial Porter I would have been very happy.

06-19-2010 15:51:40 | More by samie85
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3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

12 ounce bottle courtesy Diomede. Pours clear brown with a small ecru head. Big chipotle influence with plenty of chocolate and coffee, reminds me of mole sauce. Coffee and cocoa flavor with a slight smokey chipotle note. Could definitely use some more body, but the flavors come together pretty well.

09-19-2010 08:22:47 | More by illidurit
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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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