Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers | Stone Brewing

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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
324
Ratings:
1,278
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
26.82%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
135
For Trade:
3
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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.

Delicious!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, darker orange brown with a tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: roasty, nuts, chocolate, pecans, cocoa beans, dark bread, smoky, hickory barbecue

T: starts out slightly bitter, then the onslaught of chili wipes out any hint of other flavors, it just tastes like chipolte peppers, the smoke flavor comes through in the end, there are flavors of toasty malt in there somewhere

M: nice carbonation with a lighter palate

O: smoked jalapeno flavor is prominent above all else rather than complementing the other flavors

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Photo of mountdew1
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dated best by 8/9/14. Poured into a goblet, a very dark dark red, slightly translucent. Very thin off white head. Aroma was smoky, with a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor was smoky, but also spicey. Mellowed out, and then pepper kicked back in with a hint of heat. Interesting flavor, definitely an acquired/desired taste. Felt thin, not overwhelmingly so, but with a bit of carbonation tingle. Overall definitely a sipper. Unique flavor, not in a bad way, but unique.

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle in tulip glass

A - A dark brown - almost black - body with a cafe-colored head.

S - Spicy coffee, smoke, and dark chocolate. This beer definitely has a kick to it!

T - First, chocolate, coffee, and even a hint of toffee. Then comes a sizable wave of spice. The finish is of smoke and a lingering chipotle spice that envelopes the mouth.

M - Pleasantly medium bodied with a lively carbonation.

O - This beer is remarkably well balanced - especially for a pepper-infused brew. The medium body and relatively low ABV make it perfect for a summer sip on the porch. Also, while the chipotles definitely provide some heat, this too is just right. Well done, Stone.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle on the recommendation of the beer shop guy. I tend to be disappointed by Stone but took the recommendation. Good looking beer with a good smoke smell but seems a little off. Flavor is okay, but certainly not great, similar to smell there was something a bit off. The late bite from the peppers in interesting but not enough to change the fact that this is just an average porter with a twist.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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 dar482
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a brown color.

The aroma has a huge earthy note, some dirt, roasted malt, and chocolate.

The flavor has brown sugar, melanoidin toasty malt, slightly sweet toast. Then in the middle there is an aggressive fruity and bright spicy pepper. Then some smokiness.

In general, a bit too spicy and light on the roasted malt quality.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beige, two-finger head. Some spots for lace. Deep, dark brown liquor with only a bit of (bright sun) light passes on the extreme edge.

I smell powdered cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate. No chipotle that I can tell.

Starts as a typical porter with a rich body and a darker chocolate flavor. The swallow brings out the heat from the chipotles. It's surprising at first, but then it settles nicely to a truly spicy aftertaste. Lasts a long time. This flavor dominates from the swallow onward. There may be hops but I cannot detect them.

Overall, this is interesting, well made and a bit of a novelty.

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Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany body with a very thick, billowy, lightly tawny head. Light milk chocolate aroma with a whiff of beechwood smokiness. Flavor exhibits a mild, over-arching cocoa taste with a slow-burning yet not-too hot chili pepper heat that slowly evolves and builds at the finish. Medium-heavy body; silky smooth feel.

This American porter is decent enough. It comes across better with its dark malt porter character than its chili beer aspect. Mild and approachable as both a porter and a chili-flavored beer, so it should appeal to a wide audience that may what to try or indulge in both styles. Still, it may let down hardcore fans of either style with generally low-key aspects of either type of beer.

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

The beer is dark mahogany with an off-white head. Aromas of hickory, smoke, roast, char, cacao, peppers. Nice flavor - everything comes together nicely. Peppery heat is there, but doesn't overwhelm or fatigue the palate. Chocolate and roast with some earthy hop character in the finish. not something I would have regularly, but this was a fun beer. A good candidate for sharing a few ways.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber – 2014 release with my IRS snifter glass
Noted on 05/30/14

A: Pours thinner in appearance much like the base beer. Dark chocolate brown body and nearing black save for this ruddy tone all throughout. Thick khaki topping with decent retention. Some intermittent patches and dots of lace sliding down the glass upon each sip.

S: Chocolate malts and dark roast grains segue into that familiarity of smoked jalapeno peppers. Brings a light spiciness to the nose along with a rich fire-roasted smokiness. I get some mild earthy hops peeking through as well. Fairly nice and the peppers warm the nostrils a bit.

T: The Chipotles are more pronounced in flavor and bring quite a bit of smokiness to the table with some moderate levels of warming spice. Plays nicely off the soft chocolate malts, smoked malts, and other dark roast grains that are present. Unfortunately the smoke combined with the intense flavor of the peppers put a strangle hold on much of anything else. Has a nice hop bitterness to it with some green earthiness to round out but this is mostly Chipotles in Adobo sauce with some mild chocolate accents. The heat builds in the back of the throat the more you drink. Taking some time with this one.

M: A bit light in body as most Porters are. Moderate filling with a mid level range of carbonation. Gives a nice frothy texture leading into a dryer finish and that warming Chile spice after the swallow. Somewhat watered down but not terribly so.

D: Have had this before a few times at the brewery and it is always fun to try but not my favorite by any means. Not that it is a bad offering and I am sure this has great food applications like a Chili or BBQ sauce. But I think the Chipotles tend to overbear the thinner Porter at times and would work much better in a thick hearty IRS instead. If I had to choose I would stick with the original or Vanilla Stone Porter.

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Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing
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