Barreled Jalapeño Smoked Porter
Country Boy Brewing

Barreled Jalapeño Smoked PorterBarreled Jalapeño Smoked Porter
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Beer Geek Stats:
Style:
Smoke Porter
ABV:
9.3%
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Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 26.85%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
5
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Country Boy Brewing
 
Kentucky, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 5
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1.71/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

This beer smells like peppers, bell peppers, green bell peppers. Taste = peppers, bell peppers, green bell peppers. There is a nice burn to it after a few seconds that helped me get the thought of stringent bell peppers off my mind, but the smell and taste are still there. Country Boy's Barreled Jalapeno Smoked Porter poured with just about no head at all, not too surprising after being in a barrel, but it also poured thin, which is surprising given the increase in viscosity usually imparted. And is there supposed to be smoke in here? I'm trying way too hard to find it. I'm pulling out some caramel, maybe a fading memory of a barrel, and smoke may have wafted through the warehouse during storage, idunno. I'm kinda bummed about this one. I had higher expectations, which I know to keep subdued during a review, but the imbalance in this bottle is too far out of scope. Maybe switch this recipe to chipotle peppers (which are smoked jalapeños), and use less of them, and keep in the barrel longer or add staves to the barrel, and maybe add chocolate malt to the mix... just some thoughts, but what do I know, I just drink the beer. Overall smokestack metric = a generous 3 out of 7, which translates to 2.143 out of 5 in BA's rating system. Check out https://smokebeerministry.wordpress.com/ for more smokebeer reviews, info, t-shirts, etc.

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4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter. Pitch black body with brown highlights 'round the bottom edge. 2 fingers of mocha-colored foam tops this behemoth off. The nose is an interesting combo of roasted malt and chocolate, paired equally with raw jalapeno peppers. There's an unmistakable oaky sweetness that says that, yes, this was infact aged in bourbon barrels. Upon tasting, it would seem this is nothing more than a standard imperial porter. Big notes of malt, chocolate, and caramel initially that slowly give way to a sweet, mild booziness. But wait. What's this familiar vegetal tingling? It's getting stronger. Oh my, hey that's some freshly diced jalapenos! Waddaya know. The spiciness isn't overpowering at all (ie. Nacho Bait), but rather provides a unique balance to the metric asston of roasted malt mentioned earlier. Not that I was expecting this to be bad, but I am pleasantly suprised. Wonderfully balanced. The mouthfeel is chewy and dense, but a good carbonation bite is felt on the finish.

Really interesting, and very good. The base beer is good, but aging this guy in barrels just takes it to another level.

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Barreled Jalapeño Smoked Porter from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 5 ratings