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Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers | Stone Brewing

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3.78/5
Very Good
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:
#17,754
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
1,284
pDev:
13.49%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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45
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132
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Photo of Jimmys
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bomber into Victory tulip. cant read the bottled on date, but I am pretty sure this is relatively recent.

A:

S: smoke. definitely some cinnamon in the aroma as well. a fiery smoke erupts from the pour. a mild char as well. not many other porter-like attributes make their presence known here.

T: definitely some burn in the finish. that's where I am getting most of the chipotle pepper. smokey, but is not the complete focus of this brew. still manages to be light and a porter.

M: light and fizzy. works well. medium body.

D: some tasty stuff. especially if you are in the mood, which I feel like you have to be with a spicy brew. but this one is hitting the marks and goes down good. pass.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/17/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, a touch of hops and a faint hint of chipotle peppers.

T: The taste starts out very smoky along with flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate. Then a mild sting of chipotle pepper heat comes in and intensifies after a few sips. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hot from the chipotle peppers.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you enjoy the hot pepper beers.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours an almost black, very dark brown in color. Just the tiniest bit of light makes it through the body of the pour, giving a very slightly red tone to the drink. A small to average sized head forms and has decent retention. Lacing is good.

S- Starts off with a fairly smokey scent that mixes in with dark roasted malts. Not much chipotle or pepper flavor to be found in the scent except for a small amount at the very end.

T- Starts off smokey and dark just like the scent. Smoke flavor leads nicely into the dark malts before a slight peppery flavor from the chipotle kicks in. Smokiness returns a little at the end with the lingering flavor on the tongue being dark malts and just a continuing touch of the pepper.

M- This one feels just like the regular smoked porter, with a fairly high level of carbonation and a light to medium weight on the tongue. Pepper flavor isn't too strong, so it is still nice and easy to drink.

Overall, this is a good addition to the smoked porter variant line up. Not quite as good as the vanilla version, but still very good.

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Photo of JOHNKNEEGEEZ
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a 10 oz snifter
A: mahogany with thin white foamy head that produces moderate lacing.
S: subdued smoke, coffee and roasted barley. I didn't pick up the peppers.
T: more of the same but the chipotle was there up front and around every corner. Dry finish, as expected, but with chipotle. I'm not complaining though. It was not overbearing, but rather refreshing!
M: medium-bodied with a dry finish.
O: outstanding representation of American porter style with the added bonus of smoke and chipotle. Very refreshing brew!

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Dark mahogany brown with some slight red tint. Two finger off white foamy head with nice retention and lacing.

S: Light smoke, roasted malts, some coffee, hot sauce.

T: Roasted malts mixed with all kind of peppers. Lots of roasty and smoked goodness. Everything you want in a nice porter with big pepper heat.

M: Thin and dry as expected. Typical of a good porter.

O: Much like the standard smoked porter from Stone, this is very nice and easy drinking. The peppers bring a big punch of flavor to the party. It borders on overpowering the rest of the brew.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a really dark ruby brown color. Light tan head with average retention. Spotty lace.

Smoke is big and foremost on the aroma. A little bit of campfire with a hint of smoked meat. Not really picking up much pepper.

Much better taste. Nice balance of smoke and heat. Peat smoke with a little campfire, a touch of a jalapeño flavor with good Heat. Hints of lighter roasted malt. A bit of a lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Light to medium in body. Maybe could've used a touch more body, but then again it is a porter.

A nice take on this classic beer. The chipotles showed nicely which doesn't always happen in beers like this.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Samuel906
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Hard for me to review this beer, because I am just straight up not a fan of the whole "spicy pepper in beer" thing that has been going on lately. I just don't get it; spice and beer are not flavors that suit eachother in my opinion. That being said, the beer is well made: all of the things you would expect from a good smoked porter are there. Roasty malts, coffee and bitter chocolate, silky smooth texture, dark as pitch... And then there's some spice and chipotle flavor. Totally kills it for me.

Overall, well made beer, just not my thing.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Stone Smoked Porter W/Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,284 ratings
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