Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,283 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Smoked Beer

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.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-07-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,283
Reviews:
326
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.54%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
132
For Trade:
4
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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have a drinking buddy who comes over to The Porch at Chez Woody about once a week, bringing some of his beers (even though I ask him not to) & we run through whatever that week's theme may be. During our last meeting, we decided that this week would focus on smoked beers, accompanied by smoked meats, cheeses & seafood with crackers. We had smoked kielbasa, smoked Gouda & smoked oysters to go with the beers. I should add that SummerDave is also a pepper buff who grows his own & experiments with putting peppers into crowlers to allow them to further flavor the beer.

From the bottle: "

It was an aged bottle, out of my basement beerfrigerator & I was curious as to how it would fare. I Pop!ped the cap & began a very gentle pour so as not to rouse any lees that may have settled out. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with great retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a dry, smoky odor with some sinus-tickling heat behind it, a portent of what was to come. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was VERY peppery-spicy, undoubtedly a by-product of its aging. The smokiness was light, in comparison to previous smoked beers that afternoon, but the aging had allowed the heat of the peppers to come forward in a heated, spicy way! Phew. The commingling of the spices with the smoke made for a really brilliant drink! Finish was totally dry, as one might expect. We both agreed that this was the best beer of the day. I just wish that it was still being brewed.

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Photo of Roguer
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Modest head production and similar head retention. Brew is a clear dark brown.

Nose carries licorice, chocolate, dark fruit, and touches of smoke and peppers.

Thin on feel and up front flavor, but both chilis and smoke quickly announce themselves quite nicely. Throughout, there's a lingering roast and char, giving hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

This is a surprisingly tasty brew. The peppers are quite nice, and balanced well with the smoke and roast.

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Photo of Kurzman
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of psweendogg
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ikidunot
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its pitch black, as porters should be, with a moderate tan head. As you go to take a sip a strong smoked smell hits you in the nose. Good solid malts combine with a fairly strong smoky, faintly chocolate base. The pepper flavor is barely noticeable in the initial taste because of the smokiness, but in the aftertaste it’s apparent. Even in the aftertaste the chipotle flavor is not overwhelming though and blends very nicely with the other flavors, unlike some other pepper flavored beer variants (Habanero Sculpin) that I’ve tried which were too intense for me. The original Stone Smoked Porter is an excellent porter and I would have to say that the chipotle pepper addition is perhaps an enhancement albeit a slight one. This is a really great and very interesting beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from Brewer’s Haven. Pours inky black/muddy brown with small beige head. Faint pepper aroma on top of usual roasted malts. pepper becomes more apparent in the taste, with a little lingering spiciness on the tongue. Not quite as spicy as Crime, which is a good thing.

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Photo of GreyGhost4
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GMorgan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in the middle, brown to the edge, crimson red right on it, 3/4" tan head that yields some uniform lacing. Aroma strove for those smoky notes, both the malt and the peppers.

Taste was a beer of substantial malt dimensions, but enough chipotle in the mouthfeel. Hops are up in there.

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Photo of sposter4
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aratcliffe
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ctylinebeer
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip. Here we go....

L - jet black with maybe a hint of brown. Creamy head on top. Tight, slow lacing with a nice ring around the edge.

S - Dark chocolate malt. Thick chocolate with hints of vanilla. Charred wood on the back end.

T - milk chocolate up front, beef jerky, and a subtle spicy finish. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, charred meat, and hints of pepper.

F - creamy feel on the mouth like whole milk. Very little carbonation but full-bodied.

O - a bit disappointed in this beer. Not enough smoke and pepper if you ask me, but the finish is mild smoked pepper. I tend to like big flavor but the smoke and pepper need to be more prevalent. There is balance though, which wins out on everything. Cheers!

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Photo of SDDLSK
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gjoker321
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutElk_92
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a khaki head. Smells of chocolate and smoky hot peppers. It tastes about the same. Smoky barbecued hot peppers running through a dark chocolate like coffee substance. It is indeed spicy, and smoky, and roasty and chocolatey. It is slightly creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall, pretty good if you are in the mood for a spicy dark beer.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Thai 9, Dayton, OH. Served in a Unibrou Raftman Tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black, with a dense tan head. The foam died back a bit and left a thin persistent foam across the top with fine strands and islands of lacing.

Smell: Light smokiness. Surprisingly to me not a lot of aroma.

Taste: A little hit of smoked malt and porter chocolate notes right up front and in the middle, then some more smokiness and bitterness picking up at the finish - English style bitterness with a bit of American piney bitterness thrown in. The peppers are just there in the middle, and then show up at the finish with a definite peppery heat that shows up after the bitter finish. A nice accent flavor.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation and thickness. Nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: At first I thought I made a mistake with this beer with the spicy food I ordered, but it complemented it nicely. By itself, I think I might get tired of it, but with food and sipping it slowly over a dinner, it worked nicely and the smoke + chipotle become very nice accents for a simple porter. I wouldn't want another glass in the same evening, but I will definitely pair it again with spicy strong flavored Thai food, and I think it would go really well with an even wider range of meats.

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Photo of Redgoatman
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KShophead
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radome
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle into a goblet.

L - Appears to be mahogany brown and opaque, but holding it up to light reveals it is a crystal clear dark brown with strong shades of red. Head is off-white. It piles high initially, then fades to a thin layer and scattering of large bubbles. Nice lacing on glass.

S - Strong grain and chocolate notes. Faint smoke in the nose. Very faint hops in the background. I don't detect the peppers.

T - Malt and smoke are almost instantly overcome by vegetal pepper flavor and strong heat. Later in the palate the flavor of roasted chipotle pepper is strong. The finish is dry and the smoke comes back at the end, with a final pepper burning at the back of the throat after the swallow.

F - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Strong hops bitterness that blends into significant heat from the hot peppers. Low alcohol presence.

O - I find this to be too one-dimensional, dominated by the pepper heat. I'd prefer more smoked porter and less chipotle pepper, but that is only my opinion.

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Photo of abkaroll
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Devil_Doc
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone balloon glass.

Look: As black as coffee with ruby coming through in the light. A cream colored head remains as a thick film after head recession. Light patches of foam remain for lacing.

Aroma: A rich fudge aroma blended with spicy, smokey dried out chipotle peppers.

Taste: Much like the aroma, there is a perfect mesh of roasted malts that bring out really nice chocolate-fudge flavors coated in a dried out chipotle spiciness. The finish has dark bitter coffee notes. As the beer warms, some smokiness emerges but it's subtle, and a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, just about right for a porter, not too thick.

Overall: I really like this. The heat lingers. I appreciate a spicy beer.

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Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing
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