Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers | Stone Brewing

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86
very good
1,283 Ratings
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Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle PeppersStone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers
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
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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 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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Photo of Jstonerock24
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vwbus7
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The chipotle is definitely better than the regular

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Photo of JDizzle
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
3.71/5.00

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Photo of PapaBlue52
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bgold86
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 3ricks
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of samtrillo
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nihilistkid
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,283 ratings.
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