Smoked Porter - Chipotle Peppers | Stone Brewing

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Smoked Porter - Chipotle PeppersSmoked Porter - Chipotle Peppers

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Smoke Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 2006, Chris Carroll, a longtime member of Team Stone, took that adage literally, proposing that we produce a one-off version of our venerable Stone Smoked Porter made spicy from the addition of chipotle peppers. We gave it a shot and found that those smoked jalapeños melded quite naturally with the smoldery peat-smoked malt that gives the beer its flavor and moniker, creating a deep, roasty quaff with a carefully restrained tingle of tasteful capsaicin heat in the finish. The marriage of ingredients was so nice that it has become an annual summertime staple, released each May in honor of Carroll’s initial idea that Stone Smoked Porter w/Chipotle Peppers serve as an artisanal alternative to the industrialized adjunct-laden cerveza billed as the perfect fluid accompaniment to the sunny season. Cheers to variety and a quality alternative to mediocrity.

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Ratings: 1,286 |  Reviews: 327
Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear dark brown with ruby tint. Large creamy light brown head that dissipates and leaves small lines of lace.

A- Roasted malt and smokey aroma

T- Sweet roasted malt with smokey and almost a chocolate milk taste and feel with a slight spiciness in the background. As this brew warms up the chipotle can definitely be tasted and felt. Towards the end of each sip I now feel a warmth in my throat(this is awesome, I hope I'm not allergic).

M- Medium-full body with low carbonation(growler). Very smooth velvety drink. There is a warming I experienced; not from the alcohol, but perhaps the chipotle.

D- A very interesting beer. I think this thing would go great with spicy food, especially for someone that likes the heat. Not exactly a session beer unless you enjoy peppers. I found it very interesting.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chocolate brown with a bit of deep ruby showing thru when held up to the light,a thinner light beige head atop.Smoke and molasses really come into play in the nose,the chipotle provides mild smoke and heat.The body is a tad thin and doesn't hold up that well to the fuller flavors.A bit earthy upfront with light smoke and lightly sweet molasses notes rounding it out,the chili's come in the finish and after taste.It's not bad but it's not nearly as good as the standard smoked porter,the vanilla was not anything earth shattering either.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found this one in Toledo and couldn't pass it up - the regular Smoked Porter is one of my favorite Stone brews. This one pours a deep, crow-black with some very, very dark brown tints right at the edges. The khaki head shows nice retention and leaves plenty of that "signature" Stone lacing.

Bringing the glass anywhere near your nose unleashes an army of smoked malts into your senses - I don't think there's any surprise there. A very "hearty" smoke aroma; meaty, in a way - almost like the smell given off by smoked sausage and bacon. Very nicely balance between "not enough smoke" and "too much smoke" - there seems to be just the right amount, something I fell in love with about their original Smoked Porter. The chilies are noticeable, but seemingly only at the tail end. They provide a nice spiciness, but remain pretty low in character overall.

I take a taste and of course it reminds me of the non-chipotle version. Actually, for about the first few sips or so, this beer is probably indistinguishable with the original. Good, liquid smoke flavors coming from the smoked malts with a lightly smoked meatiness to it. The chipotle doesn't come out until the very tail end, just like in the aroma, and even then - it still takes many successive sips to settle in. Mild spiciness, chili powder, and chipotle seasoning attach themselves to the back of your tongue. Halfway down the glass, your palate has a solid spicy coating that will stick with you until minutes after you've finished the beer. A nice addition, and done in a pretty masterful way - providing good spice without being "spicy", so to speak. Medium mouth feel, lightly creamy with ample carbonation.

The chipotle was a nice, fun addition that added a slight bit of heat to the palate throughout the entire course of the beer. Overall, though, I'd rather just have the regular Smoked Porter. At the end of the day, Stone has created an elegant porter with plenty of nice smokey and malty flavors - why cover it up with chipotle?

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, this beer was very dark brown/black in color. There was a medium-sized tan head with some sticky lace.

Not as much aroma as I expected. Espresso, smoke. A bit of spice in my nose.

Taste was an improvement. Charcoal, espresso. A hint of chocolate. The chipotle arrived late and lingered for quite some time.

I though the flavors went well together. I liked how the pepper hung around without being overwhelming.

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Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown with a bit of red and two fingers of creamy tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S - Nice and smoky with a definite roasted pepper presence, coffee and bitter chocolate. Also a faint milk chocolate presence.

T - Coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted grain initially, with smoky pepper coming in midway and on through the finish. The pepper heat is mild and very pleasant. Finishes with a nice earthiness.

M - Medium mouthfeel has a nice creaminess initially, transitioning to a nice subtle heat.

O - I had this and the vanilla version on draft at a Stone event awhile ago, and remember liking this version quite a bit more. The bottled versions confirm that (though I enjoyed the bottled vanilla more than the draft version). I appreciated the subtle roasted pepper heat, and it worked very well with the base beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours Pours brown with a medium rocky light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate malts, smoke and light peppers.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little smoke and a bit of heat from the peppers and some bitter char in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, the flavors seem a bit subdued and washed out. It's decent, but I was expecting more. I do like this a bit better than the vanilla version.

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Photo of Nature777
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap while touring the Stone Brewery. This is by far the best smokey beer I have ever had. I found this beer to be nothing short of perfection.

A: This hold a beautiful black color virtually identical to the standard smoked porter. Light brown head left a nice lacing.

S: Very smokey, very peppery. Little roasted malt in there, but the smell gets its power from the peppers.

T: I like the smoked porter a lot, but the after taste never really did it for me. The peppers in this are the perfect remedy. Up front, you get an amazing smokey flavor, easily paired with any style of BBQ. The spice in the aftertaste warms your throat very comfortably. There are some spicy beers that are killed by the heat (Cave Creek Chill for one). This is the best balance of flavor and heat I've ever seen in a beer. I was genuinely astonished by this beer's quality.

D: I can drink this nonstop. The heat isn't enough to make it unenjoyable. It's not to heavy, it's not syrupy, it's essentially the perfect smoked pepper porter.

Stone has always been one of the breweries that I've respected. This beer might have thrown them to the top of my list. I am proud to say that I was fortunate enough to drink this beer. Great job Stone! You really hit the ball out of the park with this one!

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Photo of mikechance
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bought on 11/20/12

A -- thick foamy head and rich darkness with a brief 1/2 inch head

S --- smoked malts, peppers, cocoa, a hint of grass

T --- wow! I really like this combination. Smokey, peppery with a hint of chocolate yet very drinkable.

M --- smooth, creamy, and a little oiliness. Medium body and carbonation.

O --- I really love this beer! I'm sure it go well with BBQ, but it's solid by itself.

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Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Deep dark ruby brown, two fingers of head

SMELL: Subtle smoke, hint of chipotle peppers, roasted grain, faint coffee tone

TASTE: Mild smokiness, charcoal, smooth, medium body, balanced hopping, chipotle peppers, slow pepper heat, black currants, peppery semi-dry finish

Decent, the pepper flavor seems to slowly be a bit too much or perhaps this beer has become too clean. Flavors seem not to fully mesh but all in all it works.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to track down a 12 ounce bottle of this much sought after nectar. No bottling date or other freshness info offer, but the consumer is encourage to "Enjoy Fresh" I do not have to be told twice.

Pour darkest of browns with a nice ruby hue shimmering. Dark finger of head, film and bit of lacing.

Sniff of the expected smoke, chocolate and yummy roasted peppers.

Full flavor porter, more chocolate, black coffee, and warming chili in back of the mouth and throat. Simply delicious stuff, complex, flavor and enjoyable.

Well worth seeking out

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, as well as some earthiness and smokiness from the chipotle peppers. The flavor follows suit. I get some light heat from the peppers, as well as some chocolate and roasted malt. The heat lingers for a while after drinking but it doesn't overpower the other notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Smoked Porter - Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing
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