Jalapeno Smoked Porter | Country Boy Brewing

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Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BEERchitect on 01-24-2012

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 10
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The capsaicin intensity is strong. This is a sipping porter, to be sure, unless you want your pharynx scalded.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
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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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4.26/5  rDev +6%
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 jalapeño, 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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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4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Jalapeno Smoked Porter from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 52 ratings