Chipotle Smoked Porter
Pipeworks Brewing Company

Chipotle Smoked PorterChipotle Smoked Porter
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Chile Beer
Ranked #11
Ranked #22,845
3.86 | pDev: 11.14%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Chipotle Smoked PorterChipotle Smoked Porter
Notes: Pipeworks batch # 544, bottled 2014-10-23.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 90 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Greywulfken from New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pepper sting immediate and continuous, with a chocolate sweetness to round off the edges. If you like chili stouts, and especially if you appreciate the heat-more-forward-than-the-sweet, you'll dig on this. Nice smoky chili sting in dark malts and roastiness. Feels a little heavier than it looked on the pour, a smooth, medium-plus body; the tingle of pepper heat overtakes any sense of carbonation or abv (7.75%). I really enjoyed it.

Jun 19, 2016
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Azpittil57 from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 08, 2019
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably a desert beer, but with a twist. From a brown bottle that once held 22 ounces came a pour of about 14 into a clear Imperial pint glass. A well carbonated offering, however there's no head nor lacing. Yet, it is the almost black color of brewed coffee. Although relatively bright, it's also quite opaque. The aroma is distinctly roasted malt and Chipotle. It's not particularly rich or smooth on the tongue, which is disappointing. It is mildly spicy with a strong influence of smokiness, thanks to the Chipotle. Picante pepper beers are oh! so rare these days. Offerings like Free Will's Safeword and Ballast Point's Habenero Scullpin seem to have been retired. Unfortunately, this provides no where near the Scovilles of those, but there is enough heat here to let the drinker know that this is a peppered beer. But, that's all there is. Overall, it's a mediocre porter with a nice dose of Chipotle, which elevates it, but not by much.

Apr 17, 2021
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emerge077 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, some larger bubbles result when the bottle is poured from a height, but there's not much foam that lasts. Thin ring around the edges with the barest amount of spotty sea spray lace.

Smoky aroma hits with some peaty iodine at first, becoming more woody and layered with malt toastiness as it warms.

Pleasant smooth feel with lower carb levels, earthy smoky chipotles linger into the dry aftertaste. Plenty of chile flavor without much heat really. End of Days is spicier. Some dry bakers chocolate notes come out mid-palate, and a slight tingle from the peppers as well. Overall a great variation on the standard Smoked Porter. Don't be scared off by the warning on the label that it's spicy...

Mar 02, 2013
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i really wanted this beer to do something more. it's got the pieces, but the whole just seems a bit lacking.

pours nice and dark. has a nice, smoky note to the smell but nothing really that grabs you. taste is a little acrid, some smoke, and some dried chili notes that kind of get lost. just a touch of heat at the very end, but nothing serious.

compared to other chili beers, this one just seems a little flat to me.

Feb 20, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark black in color—traces of dark red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark and smoky malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of dark and smoky malts along with notes of chili peppers.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili peppers lend a bit of heat to the finish.
O: This is a solid porter and the chili peppers add som complexity to the taste and mouthfeel. It doesn’t have too much heat for a chili beer.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 05, 2018
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lakeview Binny's. Served in a tulip during the Steampunk birthday shenanigans.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a near complete cap and minimal lacing. Very dark brown body.

S - Chipotles, smoke, roated malts, dark chocolate, light biscuit, toasted grains.

T - Taste is quite similar, with it's combination of chiles, dark chocolate, smoke, roasted malts and mild biscuit notes.

M - Medium body, lightly tannic, with lower carbonation, and a dry finish. Chile warmth is fairly mild but it grows a touch after a half glass.

D - Solid stuff - like this just as much as their standard smoked porter, although I could have gone for even more chiles and burn. I'm probably in the minority in wanting hotter beers, but the label promised 'hot' and I was a bit letdown.

Mar 25, 2013
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DrinkSlurm from New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 21, 2016
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Brew33 from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Feb 23, 2015
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CPAles from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jun 17, 2016
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spycow from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Mar 05, 2013
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billab914 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

May 10, 2013
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - dark brown with a thin tan head
S - smoky, peaty, malty, earthy
T - wow hot! Roasted chipotle peppers dominate the palate; roasted barley, caramel, smoke, char and a hint of chocolate get drowned in spicy pepper heat
M - fiery hot peppers coat the palate with heat; medium body, ample carbonation, spicy peppers burn the mouth and throat
O - this was a disappointment for me. I like spicy food, but not this. It's over-the-top hot and takes away from the beer experience.

Oct 03, 2016
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imperialking from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Apr 11, 2013
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Vonerichs from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark hazy opaque brown body with a small tan head.

The smell is chocolate, meaty smoke, and earthy tones.

The taste is predominantly chocolate, smoke, and vegetal. The pepper brings quite a bit of heat in the end that lingers in my throat.

Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin with moderate carbonation.

It's a fun beer. The pepper brings a nice little heat to it and the smoke works well with the chocolate.

Mar 18, 2013
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Gonzoillini from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Mar 21, 2013
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 15, 2016
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emyers from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours near-black with a very thin off-white head. Dissipates immediately, not much lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, smoke, and chipotle pepper. These are 3 aromas that work extremely well together. I love the smokiness - very apparent but not overwhelming at all, and works perfectly with the chiptole.

Taste: The chipotle/smoke combo is still there, and very well executed. However, the roasted malt/darkchocolate flavor that I was picking up in the smell isn't nearly as apparent. The flavor profile is all about the smoke and pepper, and it's very good, but I would really like some more chocolate/roast flavor. No alcohol is apparent, and the heat from the chipotle is minimal, leaving just a hint of lingering spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body. A tiny amount of lingering heat from the chipotle on the finish.

Overall: Really highlights the chipotle pepper, and does it very well without being overwhelming. With a little bitofadditional chocolate flavor, this could be really spectacular.

Mar 25, 2013
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: bold Chipotle chili molasses, dry smoked tobacco notes with a big smoked meat nose.
Black, opaque with a tan head and nice lace. Full body. Heat follow thru the finish, might pair well with spicy hot dishes

Aug 11, 2016
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, but still moderately translucent. Forms a rather modest, very bubbly tan colored head on an aggressive pour. Head doesn't bother sticking around for too long. No lacing.

S: Aroma is quite tame. Mostly roasted malts, lots of chocolate, and just a touch of smoke. Then there is a slight vegetal, raisiny earthiness that I would likely never identify as chipotle if it were not on the label.

T: Taste is very nice, though not at all what I was expecting. Lots of chocolate, with notes of coffee and even vanilla. There is a slight earthiness and a faint bit of smoke, but the chocolate dominates to the point where I would ask if this is a chocolate porter and not a chile porter. There is a very mild spiciness on the finish, but, in terms of chipotle, it is quite weak. Reminds me of a certain Vosges chocolate bar I once ate.

M: On the lighter side of full bodied. Smooth and creamy. Mild spiciness and mild bitterness. Lower carbonation level.

O: A friend warned me about the heat that this beer brings, but I got next to nothing in terms of fiery chile out of it, though in my experience, I feel these chile beers tend to have a lot of bottle variation. None-the-less, a good beer, just not the one I was expecting.

Mar 28, 2013
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- chocolate, smoke, light pepper

T- roasted malts, chocolate, some smoke, there is pepper flavor but not much spice.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a warming feeling from the peppers in the aftertaste.

O- nice porter, has some pepper and warming but I wish there was some more spice.

Mar 08, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'm still steamed at my local Chipotle for not honoring my quesarito order... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises cherrywood smoke, chipotle peppers (the peppers' smoke is distinct from the surrounding cherry), mild molasses, and a touch of cocoa powder. Everything blends together so well, and the smoke is so easy-going and pleasant, that I honestly don't wanna stop sniffing. The taste brings in more of the same, with a lighter smoke contingent, some cinnamon, some extra cocoa, and a hint of hickory wood. The peppers come through with a hint of spiciness close to the finish, but they don't linger very long. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a damn tasty smoked porter, one that doesn't over- or underdo it when it comes to both the smoke and the peppers (though the peppers come awfully close to underdone). Get some.

Mar 07, 2013
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krome from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was tough for me to rate fairly. I am not fond of Chile beers ... and smoked ones aren't my favorite either. This seemed to be well executed for the style. The Chile seemed more prominent than the smoke

Oct 10, 2015
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oline73 from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aug 21, 2016
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ccozzi from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Jun 26, 2013
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 90 ratings