Jalapeno Smoked (XX) Porter
Country Boy Brewing

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3.73 | pDev: 27.08%
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 7
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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky deep brown, with amber highlights and a solid one finger tan head that lingers, leaving thick lacing.

Peaty smoke and fruity pepper dominate the aroma, with roast malt and coffee adding complexity.

The flavor is predominantly fruity jalapeno pepper, with smokey roast malt and coffee grounds comprising the backbone. There's a spicy kick that hits mid palate and carries well into the finish. It's just hot enough to not overwhelm the profile.

Body is on the thin side, with moderate carbonation, and the spicy jalapeno warms the finish.

Another great beer by CBB! The full flavor of the pepper is palpable, and the spice not overdone. The roast malt complements nicely. Would be a great winter brew, to warm you after a day in the snow!

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4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the heels of their very popular Jalapeno Smoked Porter, now comes this brighter, zestier, and fruitier version of the same porter base beer to appease those who found the original version to be simply a tease of pepper.

As with the original, 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 fairly; there's evidence to suggest that the capsasin oils are starting to impede foam character.

Intense aroams of smoke, spice, coffee, and cocoa deliver a pungent but balanced range of aromas with a hearty focus on the jalapeno papper. Though malty with the notion of heavy whipping cream is a support for the spice of pepper and to round of the moderate scent of roasted grain. Any fruit notes either derive from the pepper or weave into the peppery aroma itself.

Flavors of malted barley, bittersweet chocolate, french-press coffee, and caramel provide the underpinning while the dominance of zesty jalapeno gives a bright and playful vegetal taste that's a great substitution for American hops. As the taste of pepper remains assertive, 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 and allows the bulk of the zestiness to come from the pepper additions themselves. 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.

This zestier, spicier, and more flavorful beer that nearly seduces the palate and encourages the demand for more and more heat. "maybe I like the beatings!, may I have another!"

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Jalapeno Smoked (XX) Porter from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 7 ratings