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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2.05/5  rDev -49.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
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: 4.03 out of 5 with 53 ratings