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 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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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 porter_collie
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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Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark brown pour, almost black, with a hint of red around the edges. In contrast, the head is a light shade of white. However, it doesn't last long and you're left with a tiny ring of white foam around the perimeter. Only the tiniest of lace.

While not a huge pepper fan, the chipotles make a nice addition to the smokey scents. Plenty malty with just a little smoke so it's not overpowering, the chipotle shines.

Again, the peppers are the show in the flavor. I wouldn't say the peppers are overpowering, but all other ingredients pale in comparison. There's no hint of hops or alcohol and mostly what you get is something hot.

Sweet at the start, then nothing but heat. Once the beer hits the throat, little else registers. Surprisingly light bodied for such a dark beer, but given the ABV, makes sense. Very hot.

It's not a bad beer, but a bit hot for me. I do like their porter, but as mentioned, this is too hot. That said, I assume a pepper beer should be hot.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - poured opaque black with beautiful ruby hue when held to the light. Light tan 1.5 finger head was very creamy. Some lacing, and some head remained throughout.

S - similar to regular smoked porter, lots of chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, smoke, sweetness, the chipotles add a more campfire smoke character.

T - this is good, deep roasted barley and smoked malt character, very malt forward, can certainly taste the smokiness of the chipotle, but the heat really is only on the finish sort of delayed similar to cayenne, hops provide ample Bittering to go hand and hand with the spicyness... However it's very subtle. A little heat stays and I feel the heat more in my throat then in my mouth.

M - surprisingly refreshing, the carbonation and body are perfect, and the spicy finish makes me want to take another sip.

O - drinking this on its own, but this would be a great pairing for some BBQ meat. The spice is subtle, and the chipotle flavor is big. It melds a lot better with the base porter then it would any other style IMO.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color - quite light for a porter. The head is three fingers high, with a heavy cream shade. Retention is good. The texture is fairly creamy, leaving behind nice rings of lacing on the glass.

S: The smoky notes are very subtle, playing second fiddle to the fruity, nutty malt backbone. In addition, it takes on more of a peaty tone instead of a bacony one. Chipotle pepper comes out as it warms up. Unusually restrained for a Stone beer; luckily, it's restrained in all the right ways. Very pleasant.

T: It's more pepper forward than the nose indicated. The smoke - both from the malts and peppers - is to my liking. In other words, it's woodsy instead of bacony, and decently restrained. Another aspect to my liking is the heat level on the finish: it's evident, yet not oppressive. More and more sips reveal some nutty flavors. I want to say, though, that everything doesn't fully mesh together. The individual notes are nice, but come off as being disjointed with one another.

M: Pepper spice pricks the back of the palate, well enough to dry it out. Given its light body, it makes it quite drinkable. Carbonation could be calmed down somewhat, however.

O: Two years ago, I had the Vanilla Bean Smoked Porter...which I didn't like. This on the other hand, I do like. It makes want a big ol' bowl of chili to pair it up with. It's no Schlenkerla Marzen, but what is?! Nice work, Stone.

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Photo of obywan59
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near mahogany with a dark tan 2 1/2 finger head that leaves a moderate amount of thick sticky lacing. Slightly translucent. Held up to a very bright light, it's an almost clear and brilliant red.

Smell of dark coffee, bitter chocolate, smoky ash and chipotle. Almost like cigarette smoke at times.

Bitter chocolate, burnt malt, smoky chipotle and hot spicy peppers, Yow! Not nearly as hot as my Caribbean jerk pork, but definitely the hottest beer I've ever had.

Medium bodied. There seems to be a bit of fizz from the carbonation, but it's hard to be certain with the substantial bite of the chipotles. Very warming to say the least. It made me sweat.

I've tried chile bears before, but was never impressed before now. This blows them all away. Who'd have ever thought a porter could be classified as a good summer brew? Yet, the spice makes it so.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a goblet.

Pours like a dark brown ale but tastes like a porter. The flavor from the smoked malt gives this brew a phenolic taste, and paired with the chipotle peppers turns out to be a pretty interesting brew. I drank this with cheez-its and it was amazing.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, amber-highlighted chestnut coloring with a tall, foamy, frothy, bubbly, light tan head. Aromas of subtle smoke, chocolate, coffee, and a subtle pepper spice. The nose is fairly light compared to what I was preparing for, I guess. Flavors are more pepper forward, with spice and a subtle heat, followed by chocolate and mocha notes, subtle roasted bitterness, and a subtle creamy highlight, as well. The chipotle flavors are a nice twist on the base beer. The beer is light and smooth in mouth, has a steady flow of carbonation throughout, and leaves a very decent lacing along the glass as you drink. Chipotle and chocolate aftertaste, with a building heat as you go. The finish is smooth and slightly dry, and that pepper heat continues to linger. Solid brew.

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Photo of mattbk
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Black. Nice creamy head. As it should be.
S: Fairly mild, but roast and mild pepper heat come through. Some slight lactose quality as well, sweetness. The roast I was referring to might have been smoked malt. While this is mild, what I do get is nice.
T: This is pretty freaking good. Starts off with a smokiness, chocolate, slight roast, then quickly fades to the chipotle heat, which is certainly present but not completely overwhelming, and after a pause between sips fades a bit. There is an underlying sweetness that helps balance roast, smoke, and heat, which is nice. Background supporting bitterness in balance with the rest of the beer. As you drink more, the heat does build, and tends to take center stage. I would have preferred it back down a bit. However, I do like this, its solid, and enjoyable.
M: Perfect: medium mouthfeel, just carb'd enough.
O: I do like this beer quite a bit, backed down peppers would have made it exceptional.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The dark brown body was clearer, and lighter looking than what I typically expect from the style, but it was nice looking, and had a one finger thick, beige colored head. The smell of the beer was quite smoky, and smelled like really dark roasted coffee mixed with caramel flavor. There wasn't much chipotle pepper in the smell, but the flavor was right up front in the taste. It was a lot spicier than I was expecting, and the flavor of peppers was all over my tongue immediately. It was backed by semi sweet chocolate with hints of almond. The pepper never relented throughout the taste and lingered on in the finish. The beer felt thinner onn the palette than was the norm for the style, but when your tongue is on fire from the chili pepper, who cares. I love the peppery boldness of this brew.

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

Pours a crimson tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Nice head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Slight smokeyness & peppers

T: Smokey pepper, ever so slight roastyness up front. More chille heat as this warms, dryness & faint roastyness as this warms. Slight caramel notes in the finish along with smokey peppers

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, becomes creamy as this warms

Pretty decent take on a chille beer, but was hoping for way more. Way better than crime no matter how you slice it

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown in color with a light tan head that retains nicely.

Smell has lots of chocolate malt forward. Some light meaty smokiness follows and comes through more as it warms.

Taste follows the nose initially with chocolate malt on the palate first before a moderate meaty smokiness. Heat kicks in and dominates the mid section of the beer with a mild tangy flavor.

Mouthfeel is good modestly thin body and moderate carbonation leave this on the thinner side for porters. Moderate amounts of heat from the peppers give this a nice kick.

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Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing
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