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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of BillRoth
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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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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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4.12/5  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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Lukass
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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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2.05/5  rDev -49%

Photo of bnes09
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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