Jalapeno Smoked Porter | Country Boy Brewing

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 54

#8 ranked Smoke Porter | 6.80% ABV

Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Notes: Year-round availibility. 
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 54
Photo of bnes09
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown translucent appearance. Off white head with fair retention. Wonderful, spicy and roasted aroma in perfect balance. Flavor begans with an assertive pepper bite which mellows in the middle and finishes with a nice roasted flavor. This beer really showcases the jalapeno flavor without adding too much heat. Roasted malt compliments and balances the pepper perfectly. Moderate body and well carbonated. One of the best pepper beers I've had.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brought by a friend to an impromptu bottle share. Not my style, but still thought this a decent beer. As advertised. Spicy. smoky porter. Decent porter...though bite from peppers was distracting to me. But if you're into drinking chili beers you would have no problem with this.

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Photo of Bmonster
4.75/5  rDev +17%

DH and the guys do an exceptional job brewing in general, and this is a great example. They take fresh jalapenos they grow themselves, and add them to their already quality porter to make one fine beer. The jalapenos add to the flavor without overwhelming the taste. I like the XX and XXX versions even better.

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Photo of MunkeeMan
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a strange beer but in a good way. Being from Arizona, I use jalapenos in almost every dish. The only reason I don't rate this higher is the middle kick. About midway through my pint there is an almost excessive smokey taste that settles after a minute or two. One of the best beers I have had when it comes to picking up the actual flavor of jalapeno vs. just the bite.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Black. Porter looking.

S - Slight coffee. something "spicy" that's funky... no doubt the jalapenos

T - A porter. Burnt astringent coffee. (That's all i normally get from porters, this review is biased bc I'm just not a porter guy.) But then you can definitely taste the jalapenos on the back. I'd say the perfect amount of jalepenos. Not overbearing, there's still most definitely the porter taste there, and the heat is enjoyable.

Overall, I was thrown off by the idea of jalapenos in a beer. Definitely a good idea to put them in a dark beer, not a lighter beer. I love stouts, so i would love to see a jalapeno stout!

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Photo of macher0
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, Kentucky.

This beer pours dark brown with a white fine bubble rim. Excellent lacing. The smell is awesome, smokey jalapeƱo, charcoal, dark roasted malts and chocolate. The taste follows the nose very well. Much of the same notes but very muted. Some slight heat that builds but mild none the less. Not overwhelming at all. The feel is extremely smooth - which was very surprising - with light to moderate carbonation.

This beer rocks. I would never imagine how well it works together without being overwhelming or too one dimensioned. I could actually drink more than one at a sitting. It kind of rocks your taste buds which is a slight negative. Folks need to watch out for Country Boy. They are the real deal and keep coming up with innovative but amazing ales. Kentucky is fortune to have them.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep and rich rubiness lends to black in low light, the head was relatively thick and foamy plus it laced well.

The scent is somewhat one dimensional with an earthy pepper smell. There isn't much else in the Porter range but the Jalapeno is natural and evident.

Unlike most pepper, chili, or Jalapeno beers this has more flavor and less burn. The Jalapeno is earthy, natural, not subtle with large smokey tones. The pepper taste tends to overshadow the porter flavors but it's a nice flavor.

The feel is thin, smokey and peppery but no burn, which can be a good thing. I really like this; it's a true go to when you get to Country Boy.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw-top growler received via Growling at the Moon from Stonequarrywest. Thanks for the brew, Gabe!

First stein pours with a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head dwindles at an average pace, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is deeply of peppers, which is as advertised.

Taste starts with smoke, pepper comes on in the middle, and then they meld nicely through the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. Not the biggest pepper fan in the world, but the flavors come together artfully in this brew.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtually opaque black with a creamy, lingering beige head.

S: Aromas of woodsmoke, fresh jalapeno, bitter chocolate, coffee beans, and heavy cream fill the nose. There is a slight, herbal, almost tobacco-like aroma that emerges as the beer warms in the glass. Overall, very intriguing.

T: Mild, spicy notes of jalapeno are quick to express themselves, followed by notes of bitter chocolate, cinnamon, heavy cream, woodsmoke, dried tobacco, coffee, leather, and moist earth. The finish is beautifully dry, elegant, and poised with an expert combination of tobacco, chocolate, coffee, and jalapeno flavors.

M: This ale is medium in body and mildly oily. Carbonation is unobtrusive; in fact, it is barely noticeable. Despite its stillness in the mouth, this ale remains quite drinkable, as more pronounced carbonation would render the spice from the jalapenos overpowering.

O: If there is one ale that just begs to be accompanied by a good cigar, this is the one. The rich spice of the peppers and the earthy, leathery notes from the hops would pair perfectly with a good smoke and/or a dinner of smoked meats and vegetables. I'd love to try this with an Alec Bradley Prensado or a robust Cohiba. Make a point to try this beer if you should stop for a drink in Lexington.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every now and then, a surprise comes along in the most obvious and ingenious forms: Jalapeno Smoked Porter delivers to the bar adorned with a sliver of jalapeno pepper cleverly affixed to the glass. Think hefeweizen, just darker and zestier; and with much better attempt to complement the beer.

Aside from the bright green vegitable, the beer fits the Porter bill with a dark onyx-like opaque brown hue. The beer delivers a creamy/froathy light tan head that retains and laces much better than expected when considering that the pepper oils should have impeeded the foam character much more than it does. Quite impressive!

Aroams of smoke, spice, coffee, and cocoa deliver a clean and well-balanced set of aromas to the olfactories with a dedicated blend of aromatics. Malty with the notion of heavy cream is a nice contrast the the spice of pepper and to round of the moderate scent of roasted grain. No real fruitiness or yeasty spice allows the malt and pepper to define the beer.

Flavors of malted barley, bittersweet chocolate, french-press coffee, and caramel provide the underpinning while the dance of zesty jalapeno gives a bright and playful vegetal taste that's a great substitution for American hops. As the taste of pepper subsides, the clean earthy bitterness from hops provides the balance in finish to accompany the light roast and coffee bitterness.

Rich and boldly textured, the lighter carbonation allows the weight of the liquid to rest on the palate and gives a silky, velvety feel- a great mouthfeel that avoids the prickle of carbonation that may have amplified the heat of the pepper too much. Creaminess receeds at mid palate and the spicy dryness of jalapeno, hops, and mild alcohol warmth closes the beer and does so with an aftertaste of pepper and chocolate.

Despite the intimidation of jalapeno, it doesn't take an advanced palate to appreciate and enjoy this peppered Porter. The finesse in balance is impecable as the base Porter is very well formulated and executed, while the peppers add a touch of pep and interest and without offense.

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Jalapeno Smoked Porter from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 54 ratings