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.

Added by Westsidethreat on 05-07-2007

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great porter, dark with large retained creamy head. Moderately smoked aroma. The mouthfeel is creamy. A substantive smoke taste, chocolate malt, the hot pepper in the background. Satisfying and enormously drinkable. ALtogether a tasty spicy mix.From Lueken Liquors.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: half finger head. Minimal light passes through. No lacing to speak of.

S: minimal roasty. weakest aspect of the beer as it takes the porter aroma in any significant quantity.

T: the spicey chiptole reveals itself in the aftertaste. The porter aspect is very smokey. I love how the flavors seem to blend as oppose to offset each other.

M: smooth. Right amount of chipotle. The chipotle lingers but it enjoyable.

O: I love stone's creativity. I rated this for what it is, a smokey porter with the creative addition of chipotle. Not a beer to drink regularly but its the type of beer that you look for in your beer drinking travels to keep things interesting. Happy to get a chance to try this one.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

maybe the best chilli beer ive ever had. its got all the same great characteristics as the regular smoked porter, but the chipotle pepper adds a lot in my opinion. the pour is lovely, excited and invigorated light brown head on a dense dark brew. the smell is where the peppers really bring something special. they compliment the peaty smoked malts with a spicy roundness that really makes me want to drink up. the flavor is not hot at all, rather as the label says, its like one of those fine chilli chocolates, where the pepper adds flavor and not heat. such is the case with this, very complex finish on a decadent beer. feel is great too, smooth and rich, dancing on the tongue from front to back sweet to spice. i really really like it, and used it as a secret ingredient in a buffalo meat and heirloom tomato chilli that was sensational. this beer is fabulous!

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted, toasted, and smoked malt along with some cocoa and very slight pepper aromas. Taste is of roasted and smoked malt, campfire, slight cocoa powder, and some mild chipotle pepper flavors. There is a mild smoke aftertaste and a fairly tame pepper heat in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that show a nice integration of the chipotle peppers with the base beer. Much better than the vanilla bean version in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being black in color—when held up to a bright light it appears very dark brown. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of iodine from the smoke are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by Band-Aid like flavors that resemble iodine. The initial taste isn't that spicy, but the chipotle lends a hot kick to the finish. The spicy aftertaste seems to get stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The spiciness lends some kick to the taste.
O: I liked the spiciness that the chipotle lended to this beer, but felt like it had too much iodine. I would have enjoyed it better if it had more smoky flavors.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown with some red at the edges. There is a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Definitely getting the roast and the smoked malt up front. The roasted peppers show up as well with a mild dark fruit sweetness.

Taste: The taste follows closely from the smell. Lots of smoke and roast with just a touch of sweetness. The peppers show up here more than the smell, with some tingles on the tongue from the heat. The finish is bitter from the roast with some pepper heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the mix of smoked malt with the smoked peppers. Definitely interested in another given the chance.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are actually fairly high; I quite enjoyed the smoked porter with vanilla beans on-draught (and on cask).

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 5.9% ABV confirmed.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger nice khaki colour of nice smooth cream, good thickness, and above average retention - though the ABV is a mere 5.90%. Good lacing. Colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Smoke and hints of peat. Dark malts. Chili peppers do come through, though I wouldn't say I'm able to identify them specifically as chipotle. Cream. Hints of vague background chocolate. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Some cream opens into a dark malt foundation with hints of vague chocolate and peppers (only when I actively search for them). It's well built but lacks the subtlety needed to make it great. The pepper character emerges more as it warms. It could use more cream. Nicely balanced for what it is. It's certainly a far cry from the spicy chocolate vibe the label suggests it's akin to - but what would Stone be without that air of pretentious snobbery? I do like it, but it just isn't all that impressive. The smoke is incredibly limited, which is a huge disappointment for a smoked porter. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some creamy character. It's a bit thin for the style. Carbonation is adequate.

Dr: A solid pepper porter but not one that delivers on the promise of the style or even the title. Smoked porters require smoke; it's that simple. I like it and I'd try it on draught (or even nitro), but it doesn't live up to the recent hype. Certainly one of Stone's better offerings, but that doesn't mean all that much in my book.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer as part of the East vs. West Throwdown at Pazzo's.

Beginning with the base beer, Stone Smoked Porter (highly recommended), this beer takes on a whole new world of intensity because of the chipotle character. While the flavors of the chilis compliment the cocoa flavors of the beer very well, the fresh vegitable taste is largely lost in the heat of the peppers. Very warm, er... hot, this beer is a heartburn just waiting to happen. The heat of the peppers amplify the alcohols and the bitterness of the more coffee-like characteristics of the Porter. Because of the heat and intensity, it becomes difficult to descern the smoke flavor of the beer from that of the peppers- though this is a great subtlety, the smoke flavor is dimenished a bit too much.

Though a challenge to drink, I appreciate the experimental nature of the beer. Unfortunately it's one and done for me.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/26/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing rings cling down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, smoke, chipotle pepper, light coffee, and light herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, smoke, roasted malt, chipotle pepper, coffee, toffee, citrus, and herbal hops. Light amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, chipotle pepper, light coffee, citrus, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of classic porter flavor with the chipotle peppers; the heat does start to build up in the back as you drink, but it just fine with me. No cloying flavors on the palate at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed on the finish, unless the peppers are masking it. Overall this is a highly excellent porter! Fantastic flavor balance with the special ingredient; very smooth to drink despite the pepper heat build up. Highly enjoyable offering; I hope it makes a comeback around here sometime.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of smoked malts, hot peppers, toffee and dark chocolate. Nice subtle spice flavor with chocolate, smoke and rich toffee.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark brown (almost black) in color with some lighter brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront the smell of this beer is all smoked chipotle pepper (and quite strong), after that there are some lighter aromas of dark roasted malts and milk chocolate. There are some very light hints of coffee and citrus hop notes.

T: Like the smell, upfront there is a lighter (than the smell) presence of chipotle pepper along with some dark roasted malts and coffee. Nice complexity. Subtle hints of milk chocolate.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Overall this is a very good example of the chipotle enhancing a beer rather than overpowering or dominating a beer. This is enjoyable but definitely not a beer that I could have over and over again - not sessionable and not one I want to have multiple times.

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Smoked Porter - Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing
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