Chipotle Porter | Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by gbarron on 07-20-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.6/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at the Sweetwater Merrifield in the summer of 2006.

A - black as pitch in the middle, but slight amber/caramel colored hues at the edges. Small puddle of bubbles, off-white in color, form the head on this beer, but does not last long and leaves little lacing.

S - standard roasted malt aromas. Toasted bread, coffee grounds, burnt grains. Hints of earthy hops and fresh flowers.

T - initial flavors are that of a standard, well-crafted American porter. Lots of deep roasted grain flavors such as black coffee, dark chocolate, toasted bread with honey on top. Menu states that the beer is made with smoked malt, and you can definitely detect hints of smoke. Balanced out by a nice hop earthiness and drying bitterness. Then comes the heat. There is little or no chile flavor in this beer (except what may be mixed in with the smokiness), but there is a significant heat presence that you feel in the aftertaste. Warming, but not in an alcoholic way. Deep burning in the back of your throat down near the Adam's apple signifiies the presence of the chipotles in this brew.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is average to a little low. Fairly dry finish.

D - I did not love the heat element to this beer, I think they could have dialed it back a bit and it would have made the beer more drinkable. The porter base of this brew is very well done and balanced, but the chipotles are almost too hot in the finish.

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Chipotle Porter from Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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