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

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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 yeahnatenelson
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL on 02/13/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a slim sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Cocoa, woodsmoke, roast malt, and licorice are most prominent. There is faint chipotle aroma, but it's pretty far in the background.

Taste -- Well-roasted malt, woodsmoke, cocoa, licorice, and a hearty dose of chipotle pepper. Lots of spicy smokey flavor and a slow penetrating burn on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, moderate prickly carbonation. Not offensive, but nothing to write home about.

Drinkability -- I feel like I eated the purple berries. Had I not been prepared with a glass of water this would have been difficult to get through. There is a slow and forceful burn in this beer, but it's good! Challenging, yes, but the smokey base beer is really accentuated and elevated by the chipotle pepper addition. I'm thrilled that I got a chance to try this versiou, but I don't seem myself having this on a regular basis. Or possibly ever again.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poped my Cask cherry and I have to say I enjoyed my experience. Poured the first day of Winter storm at Stone brewery.

A: Very dark with minimal head and almost no lacing. Searching for color I found some very dark ruby red in the very corners of the glass.

S: smoke and the chipotle with a fair amount of funk.

T: Room Temperature is the best way to enjoy this, very delicious roasted malt and bitter chocolate with the ever present chipotle spice in the back of the throat (in a good way) Its spicy enough to make you take your time with it.

M: medium bodied and very spicy, but also very smooth and its an interesting match up in my opinion.

D: Overall the spiciness of the peppers makes you sit back and sip on this one, it is something that I enjoyed as my first cask experience. very interesting brew will leave me with some good memories. not something I could drink everyday.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.38/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover

A-pours a dark cola brown looking color with some red edges and a dark tan colored head.

S-the nose is a blend of spicy pepper and roasted malts. there are hints of coffee rind and a touch of dry bakers chocolate.

T-chipotle and chocolate do not make a good mix in my mind. each flavor is assertive and stands alone. poor integration of these two flavors then give way to a very roasty malt finish.

M-thinner body with a creamy teture. the spice burns the back of the throat to make it hard to enjoy with a slightly dry finish.

D-this has an interesting array of flavors that to me don't taste good togther. they stand alone and lack integration. the finish is rather harsh and makes it hard to drink.

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

Finally got around to ticking this one. On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente.

A: The pour is pretty much black in color, maybe just really dark brown, with a finger of tan head.

S: I get some almost salty notes from the beer, but plenty of earthiness. The peppers seem to enhance the smokiness of the beer, but not really overwhelm it. Plenty of roast to go with it along with some bitter dark chocolate.

T: A pretty similar flavor in relation to the nose. Lots of earthy tones to go with the smoke, which actually seems more rounded and mellow than usual. Very roasty with some of the usual saltiness of smoked beers, and a nice touch of bitterness and chocolate.

M: The body is maybe a bit on the light side for what I recall the regular smoked porter having, but still sufficient. The carbonation is medium.

D: Not always a big chile or smoked beer fan, but Stone has done well with this one. Not overbearing in any fashion, and actually pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Barley House in Algonquin IL.

Appearance is jet black with a thin tan head that continues through for the remainder of the beer.

Smell is mostly smoke, a woodsy campfire like smokiness, but some fresh baked bread aromas were in the background. A very small amount of chipotle rounds out the flavors.

Initially, the taste is a powerful smokiness that fades to bring in the chipotle peppers with a very mild heat on the back of the tongue. A touch of Mexican chocolate, prune, bacon and burnt toast round out the flavors I noticed. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thinner than the standard Smoked Porter. The smokiness wasn't overpowering, but much greater than the original Smoked Porter. Could drink several pints of this without feeling burnt out on the beer.

The beer was paired with some grilled cheese tomato soup and a traditional reuben.

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

Pours a black color with a off white head that lasts for a while.

Smells of roasted barley, some alcohol, coffee and some cocoa.

Tastes of coffee, roasted malt and then in the after taste you get the slight bit of chipotle warmth. It's warming, not over bearing and subtle in the end, but its there. The actual taste of the porter is slightly changed by it but its not potent and balances well.

Its smooth, goes down easy and is filling.

I expected this beer to be kinda awful because I couldn't imagine a beer brewed with chipotle peppers to be good, but it was.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

A little surprised to see this guy pop up 'round here. It pours a deep, dark ruby-tinted sienna topped by over a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, hot peppers, and molasses. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, molasses, light cocoa powder, oaky smoke, and a light pepper heat. The heat and smoke compliment the darkness nicely. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a real treat, a pepper-ed beer that neither overdoes it nor underdoes it. Nice.

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Photo of beerisfuel
2.42/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm shocked this pulled an award at the beer fest. Nice beer but NO peppers. Contains some good smoke, but its a smoked porter! Takes a long time to open up with peppers, and my grandma likes her morning eggs with more spicy than this. Might just be me, but a mediocre beer.
Na zdrowie

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Photo of jampics2
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Fat Heads Cleveland. Served in a pint glass. Thanks so much to Jay and Mitch for bringing this fantastic beer out!

The beer looks great in the glass. It's the quintessential American Porter - black with just a touch of red around the edges when the light shines on it. A nice looking beer with a cappuccino colored head that subsides to a nice film and good lace. Just excellent looking!

The smell, however, is not terribly expressive. I primarily get hints of chocolate and smoke, with a hint of coffee. There's no pepper scents at all. It is nice and roasty, I just wish there was a bit more expression. As it warms, I can start to get a bit of chipotle, mostly just a smoked earthy scent, but anyone claiming the peppers are jumping out of the glass must not be drinking the same beer as I am.

The taste is loaded with roasted malt and some mild smoke, plus a ton of earthiness and a touch of lingering heat. Nicely integrated and not overwhelming, it tastes like the normal smoked porter with just a touch of pepper at the end. Mild lingering heat grows as the beer warms up. The woody and earthy tastes of the chipotle peppers work great with the roasted malt.

The mouthfeel is not too creamy, but features a nice medium body. The carb could be turned down a touch, and that would make this beer into more of a meal. This is pretty drinkable for a smoked beer and even more drinkable for a pepper beer. But, for an American porter, it's not up there with the cream of the crop. Still, I'm glad to have had the chance and I did enjoy more than one pour!

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Photo of Spider889
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

One of the more interesting beers at the Cleveland BREWzilla.

Nice black coffee color. Mocha head on it. Fairly thin body.

Smelled rich and malty. Slightly sweet, baker's chocolate and smoke. I couldn't smell the chipotle. Aside from mild smoke it was fairly typical for a porter.

The flavor is great. Probably my favorite smoked beer thus far. The smoke is very mild, not overpowering as some smoked beers can get. Again, lots of typical porter flavors: bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. After the third sip though I was starting to feel the prickle of pepper in the back of my throat. Intrigued, I took a large gulp and chipotle rushed over my tongue; pretty good heat that lingered well after I swallowed.

I didn't find the pepper overpowering, as it could have been, however, I don't think I'd ever go for seconds. This was a truly unique beer and one I'd be happy to see on shelves around me.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Review from notes taken on 10/1/10 at the Stone total tap takeover at the Alewife.

Pours a dark brown color with some clarity and lighter brown around the edges. A thin layering of tan head sits atop this brew. As it quickly receeds it leaves some patches of lace about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark roasty malt with hints of chocolate and a deep layering of smoked scents. Not just the typical smoked malt contribution of smokey smell but also a citrusy tangy component that is the product of the pepper addition.

The taste is smokey with a dark roasty malt bitterness. For a moment you think the chipotle doesn't come through in the flavor and then all of a sudden the flavor profile changes to a citrus peppery zip and in comes the heat. This brew is quite warming to the extent of almost burning the back of the throat. The peppery taste lingers with a flavor that adds a more complex smoked character that is a bit different from the normal smoked porter.

This offering is medium to light bodied with a modest level of carbonation. The peppery aspect of this brew is too potent for me. A burning heat sensation is left inside the mouth which is excessive and hurts the drinkability. It is a strange hate love feeling I get. I like the way it tastes but hate the way it burns. The burning feeling forces you in for another sip which calms the sensation for a bit before it intensifies in heat. Keep the same flavor but bring down the level of heat from the chipotle. I dont know if that is even possible, but that is exactly what this brew needs in order to be amazing.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured dark dark brown with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of smoked malt, spices, and subtle malt. The flavor was of smoked malt and chipotle that actually builds heat as it sits on your palate and after. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice change to the regular Smoked Porter offered by Stone. I really enjoyed the flavor combination of smokey and spicy. I wouldn't drink this spicy food however as the heat does tend to get a little much if you allow it to sit for too long.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Stone's Smoked Chiporter displays a reasonably clear, dark brown body capped by a modest bone white head.

Smell: Includes all of the fine cocoa, coffee, and smoke notes I'd infer from the base smoked porter, as well as some well-integrated earthy, spicy chipotle accents.

Taste: A start of dark maltiness with the usual tastes of cocoa, mellow Breakfast Blend coffee, and lightly smokey character. Restrained sweetness. Slight, subtle pepper taste like a small spoonful of chipotle in adobo sauce. It makes itself known without getting unruly or morphing into anything like the Cave Creek Chili Beer. Modest amount of chile heat lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: With the standard Smoked Porter and the Vanilla Bean version, I really must dare myself to try and stop chugging them down. With this one, well, one was more than enough.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Small bar, drank from a tulip during the Stone 40 tap takeover...Black pour with light tan head, good retention and lacing...The aroma doesn't present what you are looking for. Roasted malts and a little chocolate, but where are the chilis? As the beer warms the chipotles present on the very end, a little sharp heat, wish it was stronger...The taste is roasty as well but the chilis show a little more. They are spicy, bring hear to the tongue.

A decent beer but a pretty boring show of chipotle.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass.

Beer is nearly opaque. Dark brown (almost black) with brown/ruby highlights. When the beer was served there was about 1-1/2" of dense, dark tan head. Good head retention and moderate lacing.

The smell is roasty and chocolatey, with hints of smokiness and sweet caramel. I get a nice hoppy aroma as the beer starts to warm. I don't really notice any Chipotle at all.

The flavor is chocolate and caramel, with hints of coffee as well. The chipolte presence is not immediately noticable, it sneaks up on you as you drink the beer. I think the base beers smokiness is enhanced by the peppers in a good way. By the time I finished the beer, I could really feel the burn in the back of my throat. Medium/heavy bodied and moderately carbonated. Fairly easy to drink if you are able to withstand spicy food/drink.

The spicy nature of this beer works because of the contrast with the sweetness of the base beer, and the way it seems to mesh so well with the smokiness... I really enjoyed this beer

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours near black with head or lacing. Nose brings forward a pretty good amount of chipotle alongside some roasted malt and hints of coffee. Smoke in the background. Taste brings the peppers forward while the smoke and roast characteristics remain in the background. Good feel--I like he heat on this. Drinkability is okay given the distinctiveness of some of the flavors.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three smoked porters tasted side by side at Churchkey last night, regular, vanilla and chipotle. Served in a wine glass.

Beer is black / dark brown with a thin broken head of brown tiny bubbles that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low, they all three looked exactly the same.

The aroma on this one was subtle but the chiles were present. I feel the smell of the smoked chilis complemented the smell of the original beer better than the vanilla.

The chipotle sneaks up on you in the this beer. Its definitely not a chili forward beer at all. Its just a really nice background of the chipotle and then it drops off and gives way to the roast / smoke of the base beer. A very good use of chilis in a beer.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the churchkey. pours a near black with a rich tan head that has solid retention. Lacing leaves a bit to be desired. Smell is awesome. Coffee, Chocolate, slight hoppy bitterness, a bit of smoke. The pepper kicks in at the end and compliments the other notes very well.

The pepper is kicked down a notch in the flavor, and the smoke is kicked up a bit. I liked the balance it had in the aroma a bit more than the flavor, but it is still delicious. Nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel, with a bit of prickly carbonation.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Rattle 'n Hum. I sampled only 4 brews at the 40 Taps and took review notes on three of them.

This was one of the two beers I wanted to try the most at the event. It ended up being a solid brew, but a little watery for a porter. Ultimately I felt that the chipotle took away from the beer rather than adding to a fuller/rounder flavor.

The appearance was good, a nice half inch head disappated and left very nice lacing.

The aroma was disappointing - mostly roasted malt, no trace of the spiceness.

The taste was very good, but it was a very good porter. The roasted malt and hop profile were evident but they were muddled a bit by the chipotle. With a spice more a burning note than a complitment to the other flavors.

Mouthfeel was good, but a little watery. The chipotle had a bite at the end. The carbonation was good. Ultimately, this is a solid porter but I doubt I would reach for it over any of the other Stone offerings as parts of it were 'distracting' more than enhancing.


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Photo of pants678
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At Tony's in Burbank.

Pours jet black with a creamy head that's slightly beige.

Smells off a very strongly spiced coffee.

The Chipotle is the perfect compliment to Stone's Smoked Porter. The original tasted like drinking from a fog machine, but this adds a much needed dimension to achieve a unique balance. Peppers are a welcomed contrast to the smooth desert flavors and add to the roasted malts. Never off putting or overwhelming, rather a potent aftertaste.

Pleasantly dry finish to a porter that has the right carbonation. I couldn't keep going with many of these, but certainly I could take down more than I could with the Smoked Porter.

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Photo of tbase
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this and almost immediately felt the need to bust it open. Pours a beautiful black with with a little dark brown head that fades. Smelled of chocolate, chipotle, and barley. I thought it had an incredible taste a near perfect balance of ingredients with enough of a kick from the peppers to keep the taste-buds happy. It's def not the thickest porter but still has a good medium body to it. Ultimately I would put this on par with bootlegger's Black Phoenix, which was also exceptional.

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Photo of Nature777
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap while touring the Stone Brewery. This is by far the best smokey beer I have ever had. I found this beer to be nothing short of perfection.

A: This hold a beautiful black color virtually identical to the standard smoked porter. Light brown head left a nice lacing.

S: Very smokey, very peppery. Little roasted malt in there, but the smell gets its power from the peppers.

T: I like the smoked porter a lot, but the after taste never really did it for me. The peppers in this are the perfect remedy. Up front, you get an amazing smokey flavor, easily paired with any style of BBQ. The spice in the aftertaste warms your throat very comfortably. There are some spicy beers that are killed by the heat (Cave Creek Chill for one). This is the best balance of flavor and heat I've ever seen in a beer. I was genuinely astonished by this beer's quality.

D: I can drink this nonstop. The heat isn't enough to make it unenjoyable. It's not to heavy, it's not syrupy, it's essentially the perfect smoked pepper porter.

Stone has always been one of the breweries that I've respected. This beer might have thrown them to the top of my list. I am proud to say that I was fortunate enough to drink this beer. Great job Stone! You really hit the ball out of the park with this one!

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Photo of pastradul
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out of cask at Pizza Port Solana Beach.

I have had this one draft before and wanted to see what cask did to it.

Poured a dark dark brown with a super creamy light mocha head.

smell: not really much going on at all... a slight smokyness to it, with the ever so slightest smell of spice.

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth

taste: Smoke is the dominate flavor, some mild coffee notes with even more subtle chipotle flavor.

Drinkability: easy to drink.

Was a bit let down by this one. Out of draft that chipotle is super present and is what makes this beer fun to have. The cask, or at least the cask I had killed the chipotle flavor almost all together.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at lucky baldwins

A: poured a dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin head with a little sticky lacing.

S: big on roasted chipotle peppers in the aroma along with spices and burnt fire wood. Very light on the malts but the chipotle spice aromas was amazing to me cause I do enjoy a great spicey smoke porter.

T: loved the chipotle pepper punch up front with the nice buring sensation in the back of the throat after sip. The spices and roastiness really propel the overall flavor of the beer with a subtle malt presence.

M: medium body with light carbonation and a great spicey finish on the back of the throat.

D: drank amazingly good for a spicy smoked porter. It is the best spicey smoked beer I've had so far. I will seek this beer out every time they brew it. I know it pretty limited and brewed once a year I think. I hope they bottle it one day.

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Photo of Bajasith
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this special brew at the 10 Year Russian Imperial Stout Tasting event at Stone Brewing Co. for the kick-off to San Diego Beer Week.
Appearance/Smell: What can I say other than this is a smoked porter. Dark apperance with rather nice two finger head. Chipotle Pepper aroma just gives this porter a unique style, burnt wood along with that spicy aroma.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste has all the makings of dark roasted malt/caramel giving way to those chipotle peppers. Being a salsa guy here in the desert southwest, love that spicy tinge at the back of my throat. Even though I liked the taste and feel, I don't see myself having this special brew often.

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Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing
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