Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle PeppersStone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in the style of an American Porter with chipotle peppers added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited release draft as part of an annual release rotating series on Stone's Smoked Porter base recipe. Reviewed alongside Stone Smoked Porter for comparison.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Stone Brewing Pint glass. Served above 56 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a light tan complexion over a light cola brown body. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) The Smoked Porter base has aromas of chocolate, caramel bread and some delicate roast and a touch of smoked malt. The Chipotle variation adds to the base with soft roasted pepper character, somewhat robust, very faintly spicy in the aroma, a touch heavier than the smoked porter base's aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Chocolate malts, medium roast, soft caramel grains, moderately sweet. The chipotle peppers adds some moderate heat and compliments the subtle smokiness of this beer with smoky chile pepper flesh, culminating in an enjoyable, yet discernibly different variation of the popular Stone Brewing ale. Aside from the standard Smoked Porter recipe, I find I prefer this version as it is somewhat heavier bodied and more flavorful on the smoke and peat malt front; whether this is an illusion generated from the chile peppers or fact will vary based on your experience. The Chilies generate more flavor for this beer than heat, which is a move I greatly applaud. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, silky smooth, moderately clean, medium dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a soft frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. The body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is very slightly roasty and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Stone's Chipotle Smoked Porter is an excellent variation on the standard Smoked Porter recipe and one I look forward to trying in the summers. If the price point for the Chipotle Pepper Smoked Porter variant was set as generously as the standard Smoked Porter recipe, then I would nearly have a beer that comes off as superior in nearly every way. It's not for everybody, but for me it does a great job with the Chipotle Pepper character. 3.75

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Stone Smoked Porter With Chipotle Peppers

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

A: Dark coppery-burgundy exit from the bottle sits a flat black in the vessel with golden micro-beads of carbonation steadily rising along the walls. Meaty, golden tan head is rigid and sturdy, 1+ inches high, while leaving thick stratified rings of lacing downward.

S: Softly roasted chipotle peppers, some sweetened toasted malt and fresh grapefruit hopping.

T: Fresh, juicy grapefruit and citrus juice first greets the tongue followed by a gentle warmth of chipotle peppers. Fresh cold coffee, floral hops, spicy corriander and smoky cypress. Sweet malt wtih a peppery flair when held.

M: Spicy, creamy medium bodied maltiness, good amount of carbonation with a mineral feel.

O: Like the balance here, freshness and hopping with the light dry nature of toasted chipotle peppers against a sweetly roasted porter malting that is light in character allowing the chipotle peppers to be better exposed and balanced. Nice lingering peppery spicing lasts awhile, is easy drinking, very enjoyable with a good smoked nature, hopping and balance.

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Photo of Claydoe4
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer once on tap when it was chilled, tasted ok.

Had the same beer from a bottle at room temperature and it was phenomenal! The peppers come through much clearer when the beer is at room temperature. The pepper taste is nice, but not sinus clearing.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours deep brown with a slight ruby hue with a khaki head that laces fairly well.

S: Nice roasty malt with some chipotle spice, and a little smoke.

T: Nice roasted malt, a little light coffee, solid chipotle hit with a little warmth, but by no means overwhelming, some smoke, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, quite smooth with a little warmth.

O: Great twist on an old classic.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Love this porter. The chipotle flavor mixes well with the porter and has just a touch of heat on the back side. I always enjoy when I find a few of these.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle split with my husband.

A- Body is a dark brow hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head that fades to a thin collar with little lacing left behind in the glass. When held up to the light brownish/red hues can be seen.

S- Chipotle is definitely the highlight of the nose. The traditional smokiness of the smoked porter comes through next, with sweet vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate notes in the background.

T- Flavor is similar to the nose but does not offer the same softness and balance. The Chipotle is definitely the highlight, with smoke, vanilla, and chocolate in the background. The flavor is pretty consistent all the way through with a long lingering of chipotle peppers.

M- Carbonation is low to medium-but the peppers are somewhat assaulting in the mouthfeel. Medium to heavy weight body.

O- I love the stone smoked porter series- pretty much all of them. I also love chipotle-but this beer is much more aggressive than the others in the porter series. The heat from the peppers lingers on and on-which is a good thing-but it covers up the real complexity of this brew.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Dark brown black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is very good and a dense ring of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: I've never been a huge fan of the base beer because the smoke is so freaking weak. This is no different. It's there, just not enough. Light notes of chocolate and caramel. Mild-moderate roastiness. The pepper, I must say, is done quite well. It gives just a touch of heat, but more importantly a pleasant vegetal earthy pepper. Still, the nose is pretty tame overall.

3.75 T: Like the nose, the pepper runs the show. Just enough heat to get your lips tingling. Earthy vegetal pepper. Moderate roastiness with light chocolate and caramel.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Clean and quite smooth.

3.5 D: I like this version of the beer quite a bit. If only they buffed up the smoke.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a deep-deep brown color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of sweeter aromas of chocolate and caramel as well as some nice hits of roasted malt and chocolate with a little bit of a more vanilla and brown sugar like smell. While it is the chipotle variety it has very little of it in the nose with just a hint of heat from the peppers detected in the smell. While not much hot pepper the smell is rather delicious.

Taste – While the nose shows very little chipolate, the mouth shows much more. The taste begins with a drier roasted malt flavor with roast and toast and a little bit of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. As the taste advances the chocolate flavors pick up a bit, but with a loss of much of the sweetness. All the while a light heat of chipotle pepper comes to the tongue. This flavor really starts to pick it up toward the end all while the sweeter flavors fade. With the dwindling of the sweet and the increase in the chipotle one is left with a slightly lingering burn on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the mix of darker and spicier flavors of the brew the more moderate ground is rather nice and creates a decent base for the brew.

Overall – Ah a somewhat decent porter, but the hot pepper sorta throws me off and makes it not really a nice sipping brew and not one I will come back to. I much prefer the standard or the vanilla over this, but if you like spicy things then this may be up your alley.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

A month after the enjoy by date, this is quite fresh to me. Leaves a nice full, khaki head with a slightly aggressive pour.
Traditional porter scents diffuse to me with a hint of peat malt. Smoke leads the way with a bit of caramel and roasted malt
across my palate. Chipotle flavor is there but subdued in the end. A nice pepper spiciness tingles the lips between sips, and now you are
sure this is a pepper porter. Pair this with your favorite steak, while I'd like this next to a plate of Szechuan chicken and fried rice..

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Photo of McNealc31
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Visually, it's as expected. The aroma has more chipotle than smoke. That carries to the flavor, as well. This isn't a sneaky hit, it hits you immediately. However, it's not overpowering. After you get through the heat, there's smoke, char, even a bit of chocolate. Lips still tinge for a bit, too.

This is truly outstanding. Everything in the title is there, and with phenomenal balance. Love it.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

A - black with tan coloured medium head. Great retention.

S - some chipotle peppers, some cigar smoke, sweet malts.

T - first a big smokey malt flavour, fading into sweet chipotle peppers, some green flavours. Finishes with some heat and fruity notes from the peppers.

M - very silky mouthfeel, finishes sweet and spicy. Medium carbonation

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Smoked Porter w/Chipotle Peppers into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights with a finger of mocha head.

S - First sniff getting roasted malts. Not much else on the second.

T - Whoa, different here. Nice smooth dark roasted flavors, some smoked malt. Mid palate some coffee with more smokey malts. On the finish, here it comes the heat and spice from the peppers.

M - Nice for a porter, medium all the way.

O - Nice smoked porter, the complexity it outstanding. Recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with some hints of amber. Lots of bubbles and about two fingers of beige head that settle into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A roasty, spicy, smokey, and somewhat sweet dark malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate and peppers. Upfront dark roasted malt with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cream, toast, biscuit, grains, burnt caramel, smoke, and a little peat. Light hints of molasses sweetness. Good hints of the chipotle peppers. Hops are pretty light. A pretty good porter aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, spicy, smokey, and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, peppers, and heat. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, cream, lactose, toast, biscuit, caramel, smoke, and peat. Some notes of sweet brown sugar and molasses. Big presence of the chipotle peppers giving some good spicy heat. Hops are pretty subtle. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and fairly hot from the peppers but not overwhelming with the heat.

Overall: A pretty good twist on an already great porter. Good roasty malt taste with a nice kick of heat from the added pepper.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice deep reddish brown with a one finger head that quickly dissipates. Not much smell to the beer but definitely has a porter smell. Tastes is typical of a porter but very much light bodied and the pepper is subdued with just the slightest of burn at the end. You can taste the smokiness and the pepper but it is very easy on the mouth. Not a lot of body and a bit watery. Overall an ok beer that you could drink easily.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rating the appearance extremely high - the monster head is still half there, over a finger thick, and I've been nursing this bomber for over a half an hour already. Could have a bit stickier lacing, otherwise I'd have rated the appearance perfect. The beer itself is black from a distance, but dark brown with reddish hues if held up to the light, and certainly very porter-like.

Aroma and flavor are somewhat dominated by the peppers, but in no way do I find the peppers overwhelming. Heat wise I would compare to Rogue's chipotle ale, which I think is an excellent pepper beer. There's a definite warming, and even some tanginess on the tongue and lips, but it's not blaring at all (and I am not one to tolerate pepper heat very well, if it was blaring hot, I would certainly make it known). Otherwise Stone's smoked porter is all there, albeit taking somewhat of a back seat to the peppers. I suppose if you chugged it, the heat would get to you, but if you're buying a bomber of limited release Stone with the intention of chugging it, you're a moron.

Everything else is essentially Stone smoked porter: body, drinkability, finish, except add a touch of warming to the gut and a touch of warming to the lips and mouth.

I found it quite enjoyable. Don't consume with other hot food, or the characteristics will probably be lost. Might go very well with some nice honey-BBQ'd chicken, pork, or veggies.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a dark brown leading to black with a nice off white head that settles very slow and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

The nose is excellent spicy and sweet with a tinge of sourness to the complexity that has hints of bread, alcohol and malt.

The taste is very nice with some of the tastes leading towards a variety of bitters. The chipotle is definitely there with notes of bread, nice bittering hops and a sweet malty undertone.

The moutfeel is fairly rich and a good match for this unique experience.

Overall this is a great result for an unexpected blend of Chipotle and porter. A very enjoyable and different experience with a nice bitter finish.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Beef O'Brady's in Newburgh, IN.

Pint poured a dark brown, almost opaque black into a Stone etched pint glass, with very little lace.

Aroma subtle, not much in the way of smokiness, porter malts, or pepper, somehow.

Taste is roasty and chocolate at first, followed by definite chipotle heat. Balance is good though... heat works well against the roastiness.


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