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 Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown pour yields a nearly opaque black glassfull of beer topped with a creamy tan head that started full and settled into a slim cap with nice lacing

S: roasted malt, smoke

T: great smokey flavor with accents of the chipotle - I've had two chipotle-infused beers and I'm probably partial to the flavor; nice and earthy, some espresso flavors; nicely balanced sweet and dry taste

M: nice sting in the back of the throat from the chipotle peppers (again, I'm partial to it), creamy/milky feel; excellent finish; crazily drinkable - I drank it way quicker than I expected

O: I was really pleased; apparently something of a rarity in bottle form, but very enjoyable and highly recommended - has the bite from the peppers, a creamy milk stout like feel, and well-developed smoke flavors

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to track down a 12 ounce bottle of this much sought after nectar. No bottling date or other freshness info offer, but the consumer is encourage to "Enjoy Fresh" I do not have to be told twice.

Pour darkest of browns with a nice ruby hue shimmering. Dark finger of head, film and bit of lacing.

Sniff of the expected smoke, chocolate and yummy roasted peppers.

Full flavor porter, more chocolate, black coffee, and warming chili in back of the mouth and throat. Simply delicious stuff, complex, flavor and enjoyable.

Well worth seeking out

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served chilled into pint glass. I like porter, I like smoke, I like chiptole. This should be great!

A: dark dark dark with lovely red tint coming through. A finger of mocha head that fell to a splotchy cap. This looks SEXY.

S: chocolate and coffee up front, a swirl gets a hint of smoke and spice. Smells appealing but not amazing.

T: oh man! chocolate up front and coffee. A bit of smoke (just enough) and spice at the end just before the bitterness. Really tasty.

M: rich and creamy and oh so smooth. I like it!

O: everything I love. Smokey, spicy, and portery! Wonderful beer!

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle fairly hard poured into a Stone Brewing Company pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a beige one and a half finger head. What a beautiful aroma, smoke and chipotle come through very clearly. This brew almost smells as though your nose is placed over a grill as chipotle peppers are roasting without the heat. Opens with pleasant smokiness jointed by accents of chipotle pepper, smoky,roasted malt with a touch of sweetness joins in and then the finish is smooth and silky. Just a bit of mild heat lingers on the tongue courtesy of the chipotle. Medium-bodied, with a slick, silky mouthfeel. This brew is a dream pairing with barbecue, and I can't wait to try it with grilled fajitas. Possibly one of the best American-brewed smoked beers available and a great example using an added ingredient to highlight aspects of the base beer. The added chipotle is incredibly successful in highlighting the base smoked porter. A marriage made in heaven, indeed!

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Photo of riored4v
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip with a 1/2 finger, dark tan head. Chocolate colored body with some slight transparency.

Aroma was chocolate, light bitterness, smokey with a subtle chipotle pepper aroma. Fairly mild aroma.

Taste had alot more of the pepper flavor upfront. Quickly followed by some roast and chocolate notes. Light roast and some smokey flavor. Very light heat from the Chipotle. Mild bitterness. For a pepper beer, the flavors go together nicely.

Mouthfeel had medium body with medium carb and a crisp finish that let the peppers linger a bit.

Overall it was a good beer. I'm not a big pepper beer fan, but this was a good version.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle opened in 2013

A - Cola brown body with cranberry highlights. Creamy, light tan head with great retention and nice lace.

S - Nice dry, almost dusty, ancho chili nose with cocoa powder and burnt toast.

T - Smooth milk chocolate, raisiny chipotle, sharp capsaicin warmth, burnt coffee, toast.

M - Fantastically smooth, medium body. Great staying power. Nice heat.

O - Hard to miss when you're starting from the Stone Smoked Porter, and the Chipotle Smoked Porter delivers. The heat cuts through the richness of the porter, and the chipotle blends seamlessly with the smoke.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black with trances of brown. Killer thick, foamy 1 inch head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Rich malts, nut, smoke,cocoa, chocolate dark fruits, Molasses, and the addition of chipotle peppers is present.

Taste - Classic flavor of stones world class smoked porter. Malts are bold with cocoa and chocolate in each sip, but the addition of the peppers adds warm and spicy notes to each sip.

Mouthfeel - Thick, bold and lots of flavor. TOunge gets the malts and chocolates, along with some heat from the peppers. Palate gets more malts and remainder of the peppers.

Overall - A nice change of pace for this brew but honestly, its a great beer but i prefer regular stone over this. The peppers kind of hide the smoke, cocoa, rich malty flavors. Im not saying it ruins it, or does work well but man, that is the main flavors i look for when i drink the porter. This is for sure worth a try, and one of the best peppered porters out there.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is dark brown with ruby highlights. Several inches of frothy, caramel head made it impossible to force all twelve ounces in my glass.

S - The strongest element seems to be dark chocolate. It is accompanied by light smoke and pepper.

T - The taste pretty much mirrors the smell. I get big, rich chocolate and roasted malt flavors up front. The smoke rolls in on the back end. Finally, I am left with some bite from the pepper.

M - Full with some creaminess.

O - I originally tried this beer on Sunday. I liked it so much that I brought one home. I think porters and stouts are the way to go with pepper beers. The big flavors are complimentary.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a dark brown body that darkens to black. My pour produces a half-finger of tan head on the beer; it breaks apart into thin clumps of foam and leaves a few tendrils of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Roast, bitter chocolate, and coffee -- great porter aroma. The chipotle influence is noticeable; it blends well with the smoke of the base beer to produce an earthiness that reminds me slightly of wet clay.

T: Roasted grains, bitter chocolate, and dark-roast coffee lead the way. The mid-taste brings out smoke, and it transitions nicely into a finish that is dominated by a drying, earthy chipotle pepper heat. This isn't a Ghostface Killah type palate wrecker; it is a nice showcase for the pepper, with just a small amount of heat on the back end.

M: Excellent balance and integration of chipotle with the base beer. It finishes cleanly except that the heat lingers a bit.

O: $2.50 for a 12oz bottle is silly, but I had heard good things about this beer, and to its credit, it lives up to them. I'm happy I bought this.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a one finger tan head. Some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Really reminds me of Mexican chocolate. I get a good amount of chipotle, but it's melded with some dark chocolate and coffee notes. Has a bit of an earthy element to it as well. Really nice!

T: Unfortunately, the flavor isn't nearly up to par with the smell. A prickle of carbonation upfront followed by flavors of day old coffee, a touch of smoke and a bit of pepper heat on the finish. Leaves a dry and earthy peppery taste on the tongue, but not a ton of chipotle. Mouthfeel is a bit weak.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black body with 3 finger frothy head. Looks delicious. Lots of lacing

S: ugghhh... it must be the peppers... smells quite bad. I do get coffee, hops, and something nasty (probably the peppers). Maybe some chocolate too (but very slight)

T: Surprisingly, it tastes great. Spice kicks it at the very end. Starts off with coffee, roasty malts, not much hops as detected in the nose. Finishes off with spice and some smoke. It actually works quite well.

M: I think this is where the beer truly shines. Up there with HF Everett in mouthfeel. Super smoooth, creeaaaamy. I love it.

O: I hate the way this beer smells, but it's a very good tasting beer. You can really taste the Chipotle peppers and it works quite well, imo (and I don't even like spicy food in general). Very unique.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap before, surprised by the recent sightings of 12oz bottles. Thanks to Kevin for buying/sharing.

Pours dark but with clarity/red highlights. Light tan head eventually forms a thick ring and spotty cap.

Smell is chocolately, roasted, coffee, light smoke, maybe some pepper spice there. Good, a little weak strength-wise.

Taste follows with milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and light smoke followed by a pretty intense+spicy chipotle finish. It blends pretty well with the other flavors, but I'd say the base beer gets a little smothered as a result. But still quite tasty, love the spiciness and authentic pepper flavor.

Not quite as smooth as I'd like for a porter but decent enough, a little on the foamy side. Spice makes this one a bit of a sipper.

Hard to match the original, but this is definitely a nice variation. The chipotle is certainly a good pepper choice for this beer, and I'm glad they didn't skimp on the spice.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my indian wells brewing pint glass.

Looks dark with a bit of brown tint around the edges when held up to the light. The head is a tan color which is minimal and dissipates quick upon pour.

The smell is very malt forward, dark roasted malts with a bit of smokiness intermingled. Tough to distinguish the chipotle though I just get a bit of hotness on the back end.

The flavor starts out as the traditional smoked porter, the roasted malts are more muted than usual though. This fades nicely into a mild chipotle flavor, the smokiness from the peppers and the smoked malt definitely blend well and give you a nice end product.

Smooth mouthfeel, a bit hot on the back end if you're not used to spice but much more tame than I would have imagined stone going for, more chipotle!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $3.99 I'm not a huge fan of Stone Smoked Porter but I thought I'd give these a shot. Looks identical to the regular version, black, mocha colored head. Smells a little smoky and rubbery, odd. Flavor is a good mix between the smoke and the chipotle pepper. My only complaint is that there isn't any heat from the peppers.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for very long. There's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, chipotle peppers, smoke/peat, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like roasted/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, chipotle peppers, coffee, smoke/peat, and a bit of caramel. The heat from the peppers is noticeable but not strong, however with that being said it's still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall beer, I liked it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on-tap almost 2 years ago at a 3.9 review. Let's see if this new wave of bottles is on par with that.

A- Identical to the Vanilla Bean version. Dark but not pitch, black with a huge foamy head. Retention is impressive. Big lace rings down the glass.

S- Just like the base beer. A smooth going smoked porter with notes of cocoa, sweets and slight dark fruit. A bit of the peppery vegetal chipotle thing. Kind of faint after some time.

T- Chipotle is quite nice here. I get that leathery smoked pepper flavor on top of the base beer. Notes of cocoa, cereal grains, roast malt, smoked cherry wood malts, dark fruit and nutty malt round it all out.

MF- Silky smooth but on the lighter side for modern porters. Slight bitterness and some spicy pepper feel.

Really like the chipotle flavor and feel going on here, a great level of spice.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a dfh pint glass.

A: pours black, with a touch of dark brown translucence around the edges when held to the light... I get about half a finger of tannish head, that dissapates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S: earthy peppers along with chocolate and smoke, a touch of roastyness in there as well, not a bad smelling beer, to be honest I expected a lot more pepper in the nose.

T: chocolate and toasty grain, a bit of smoke, not really a while lot of pepper in the body of the beer, seems to come out more on the finish, and towards the end of each sip, again the pepper is not as dominant as I expected here, but more blends in nicley with the chocolate, smoke and roasty characters.... As the beer warms more pepper flavor comes out, but again I feel it is mostly on the finish.

M: light/medium body with a dry and peppery hot finish, medium carbonation and decent drink ability. Again the finish on this brew is really where the peppers shine through.

O: an interesting smoked porter, that is well balanced and has a slightly spicy pepper kick on the finish. All the flavors work well together here. Not a bad brew. Better then I expected.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body in my glass pours with a thicket of tan head forming nicely, fine even lacing left behind. I'm always excited for a new chipotle infused brew. This just happens to be in one of my standby favorites from Stone. The nose has those classic dark malt characteristics dark chocolate, roasted malts that hint at coffee, with a hidden layer of mild smoke. In addition in this one we get the earthy smoked jalapeno pepper character. The flavor rides on a current of dark chocolate like roasted malts and finishes on the dry classic powdered chipotle flavors found in the earthiness of roasted jalapeno peppers. I find it to be a dry excellent version of a classic stout, the bottle wants me to decide on Vanilla or Chipotle peppers I want both in bottles. Variety is the spice of life. Just enough heat in the back end this beer will probably cure a cold, not that it has medicinal qualities but the peppers are so well infused it's hard to pick them out individually. Classic smoked pepper beer with enough heat to let you know what your dealing with but doesn't ruin the palate with each sip. Awesome medium bodied smooth velvet like texture with an earthy dry finish , well carbonated no complaints in any department I will be drinking more of this awesome offering.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Julio’s Pours a solid dark brown with brilliant garnet highlights and a huge fluffy mocha head that persists forever. Smells of spicy pepper, caramel, chocolate, and smoke with little to no hop aroma. The aroma is heavy on the smoke. The taste is a nice mix of chocolate smoke caramel and a small bit of pepper that never gets too warm. The smoke and pepper mesh nicely together amidst a chocolate and caramel backdrop. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy almost syrupy mouthfeel. I liked this one a lot better than the vanilla version. Nice beer!

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Photo of IKR
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown with a fairly generous light beige head.

Smell: Chocolate and a faint hint of peppers.

Taste: Mild roasted malt notes with a slight hint of peeper in the taste which also brings some faint pepper heat. The beer finishes fairly dry with the pepper heat.

Mouth-feel: Fairly thin bodied with a generous level of carbonation.

Overall: Decent Porter.

2012 Bottle

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Photo of PintOHops
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A very dark, hazy porter with little light shining through. It produced a 2-3 finger off white head on a somewhat gentle pour. Head looks dense, and head retention seems to be great. I got some spots left on my glass but no lacing.

S - The first thing I pick up is smokey leather like notes. Deep roasted coffee bean, mild charcoal. It definitely doesn't smell like it would taste too sweet.

T - Roasted coffee beans, leather, charcoal, woody, earthy. Mild sweetness in the form of soft caramel like flavors. It finishes with mild, leafy hop like notes, mild bitterness, soft dryness, and a mild pepper like heat that builds up in your throat and the back of your tongue.

M - Medium bodied with moderate crispness and a bit of a smooth feel.

O - Wow, just like the original Smoked Porter, I really enjoyed this one. I loved how smokey, and leathery the aroma and taste were. It wasn't overly sweet or carbonated, and the appearance was great as well. Just a fantastic Porter to me.

Stone might have just started bottling this fine brew, cause I've never seen it in a bottle before. Pick it up and give it try if you can. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: nonic

Fairly dark, some red comes through, nice frothy 2-finger tan head. Sudsy lacing sticks for a while.

deep, deep, deep roasted coffee, almost a leather-like scent as well. Nice aromas of dank, resiny hops can be picked up when swirled.

Nice smoking flavor, roasted coffee and a very noticeable heat on the back-end that slowly builds from each swig. Pleasant to say the least.

Mouthfeel is approaching full with a medium carbonation level. Heat is pleasant for the most part but one 12oz serving is enough for me.

Good, great even. I think this beer fits nicely into the Stone, sorta theme of aggressive beers. Wouldn't mind having this again in the future.

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Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from the Stone event at The Attic, and my last beer of the night.

This beer is served from the tap in a snifter and, in the dim lighting at least, is very dark brown, possibly black, with a very nice crown of brown head on tap just over a finger tall. Lacing is left in pretty thick patches most of the way down.
The smoked porter (base beer) is one of my very favorite somked beers and a great one on its own. It's all there, smoke, rich and robust malts forming a strong foundation, plenty of earthiness, only now there's a nice peppery heat to it that doesn't sting my nostrils and really smells like someone's holding a pepper, fresh and uncut, up to my nose. The cocoa is fractionally lessened in the aroma, perhaps, but I still detect that element of it.
The flavor follows suit: that very nice base beer, going just slightly a touch more meaty in a flash off the front before settling to a solid wood smoke, and it's like I'm chomping on fresh peppers. It doesn't burn me, though; I do get the tasty flavor of the pepper and not just the heat, but that heat does rest on the back of the tongue and a bit down my epophagus.
This is a still a rich poter with a solid medium-full body, though the pepper does seem to thin it out a little. It's by no means lacking; that's only in relation to the base.
This is another beauty of a beer and one I was delighted to finish a great event at a great bar with great people with this beer.

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Photo of brealbg
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was afraid to try this beer, but glad I did. It is very complex, and the chipotle flavor is extremely suttle. I expected it to be overpowering but it was just right. You feel the pepper on your tongue, but dont nessecarily taste it. One pint is more than enough though.

*head- small, good lacing
*soft carbonation
*dark in color

*chocolate, coffee, floral, citrus, dough

*chocolate, coffee, floral, citrus, dough, chipotle peppers

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown....

Deep dark brown... still very clear.. tannish head.. nice lacing.

The brew promises some minor smoke and lite cocoa in the nose with hints of the peppers.

Chipotles deliver much more on the palate.... roasty with some minor smoked malt but the chiles add a great wave of complexity.. building heat from the chipotles... great chili flavor mid palate toward the finish with a lingering sorta cocoa and chili end... The smoke from the jalapenos deliver more smoke than the malt with warmth.

The capsaicin burns on my lips after a while and definitely in the belly... dig it for sure.

I normally don't like or even appreciate smoked beers, but this one has a judicious hand and the chilis add a great layer of flavor that I really enjoyed.


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Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing
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