Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle PeppersStone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers
BA SCORE
68.3%
Liked This Beer
3.78 w/ 1,284 ratings
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
Ranking:
#16,513
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
1,284
Liked:
877
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
13.49%
Alströms:
3.58
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
132
Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,284 |  Reviews: 326
Photo of Fcolle2
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

 546 characters

Photo of Amedlin18
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of utfiero
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Color- Chestnut brown. Full head.

Aroma- very smokey.

Taste- far too smokey with a tiny hint of pepper on the back end. The smoke overwhelms this brew. I'd rename this one in German (since Rauch or smoke beers generally originate from Germany) "Rauchbeir mit ein bischen Chilipfeffer" instead of Stone's label. Surprisingly subpar for Stone, especially considering the standard Smoked Porter is less smokey and better balanced than this variant. I'm a Stone fan and even toured the Stone brewery last time I was in San Diego. So my rating does not reflect a bias against Stone. I'm just disappointed in this specific brew.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/31/2014.

 755 characters

Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of psuscott1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, this beer was very dark brown/black in color. There was a medium-sized tan head with some sticky lace.

Not as much aroma as I expected. Espresso, smoke. A bit of spice in my nose.

Taste was an improvement. Charcoal, espresso. A hint of chocolate. The chipotle arrived late and lingered for quite some time.

I though the flavors went well together. I liked how the pepper hung around without being overwhelming.

 436 characters

Photo of Buttermilk
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of jharris0624
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Knoxrb12
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Ken_P
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ncelauro
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Pours a blackish dark brown color with an inch of very light brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is smoke, charred wood, spicy peppers and earth. The taste is the spicy chipotle peppers upfront as well as some charcoal and smoke. Some peat as well. Finishes with the heat of the peppers and nice mellow spicy aftertaste. Hints of dark chocolate as the beer warms. Light mouthfeel with alot of carbonation. Just like the Vanilla Bean one it is a nice variation but the original Stone Smoked Porter is still the best to me. Still this is a good Porter that isn't overly spicy or hot. Overall, worth trying at least once.

 630 characters

Photo of Stroma
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Dylanjf
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of robear
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of dwagner003
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of snansel
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Deaner1308
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ArtZan
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of SavageHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 68.3% out of 100 with 1,284 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.