Oaked Chipotle Ale
Flying Dog Brewery

Oaked Chipotle AleOaked Chipotle Ale
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Chile Beer
3.83 | pDev: 9.66%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Oaked Chipotle AleOaked Chipotle Ale
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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Pours a deep ruby hued brew, lacing does a good job staying. Hints of wood, smoke, chile peppers, dark malts, and a mild fruitiness in the nose. Very smooth with a moderate level of carbonation. A brown ale maltiness meets oak and some chipotle pepper heat. Just a kiss of heat, the wood and beery flavors are still intact. Hint of alcohol with more peppery flavor in the finish. Pretty damn good for a Chile beer.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What I can say about this beer is that everything it highlights on the label (chipotle peppers, chicory root and toasted American oak), certainly comes through. It's nice to have a single bottle, but I can't imagine enjoying a full six of these.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/27/2016. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, smoke, toasted oak, and pepper; with light vanilla, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt, pepper/chicory, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, smoke, toasted oak, and pepper; with light vanilla, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness and oak/pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, smoke, toasted oak, pepper, light vanilla/cocoa/coffee, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt, pepper/chicory, and oak flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from oak/pepper spice; lightly increasing through the glass, along with some pepper heat, but never overbearing. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming other than the pepper heat after the finish. Overall this is a great pepper/smoked brown ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt, pepper/chicory, and oak flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the restrained pepper heat. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brian44556
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Enjoy by 7.27.2016 date on bottle.

Pours a deep ruby red with an refreshing white, frothy head. Nice retention and optimal lacing. This one has a faint campfire aroma, with a spiciness from the chipotle peppers, and lingering smell of roast from the malt and chicory root. Initial flavors are rounded out by the toasted oak notes and roasted malts. Back end of the taste is a strong, smoky chipotle pepper burn that lingers. Creamy feel and well carbonated. A mild chile beer that is worth a try, nice mixture of smoke and burn.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

This beer pours rust colored with copper highlights. It is topped with two inches of tan head that a little lacing.

It has a smoky aroma. The chicory and chipotle peppers blend nicely with the smoke. It smells appetizing.

The taste reminds me of a rauchbier. Then the chipotle subtle tickles the back of my throat. The smoke and the slight heat are a great pair.

Thin mouthfeel

This beer would pair great with a lot of dishes that I cook. I love spice. This beer is a rauchbier with peppers. This should start happening more as far as I'm concerned. Drinking this beer is making me hungry for some Mexican food or BBQ or both.

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Photo of SFNC
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks very good on the pour, an old penny copper with a 1/2 inch cream colored head that leaves quick, but has some thick lacing and some surface froth. I did not know if I was having allergy problems, but I was getting little or nothing on the nose. I asked my wife and she said it smelled gross (typical response). Taste is like a good brown ale on the front with a caramel and slightly smoky taste. This is followed by a nice slow burn from the Chipotle. The oak might round some of the rough edges off, but it is pretty low key. The feel is creamy, with not much carbonation prickle. A tasty brew, subtle for a Chile Beer, in a good way though.

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Photo of hophugger
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

My first one of the heat series I have seen or tried. First of all, the chipotle is the perfect amount, feeling the heat but not too hot. Second of all, the downers were that I did not get the oak, nor did I think that there was enough complexity and balance in this one. Tasted kind of a like a basic chili beer with no body..

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer does chile flavor justice.I haven't encountered too many beers that focus on the flavor of chile; usually it's about spicy heat and usually it's a gimmick. In this case, there are very tasty chipotle flavors going on. I don't know that I get the oak part so much. If I didn't know to look for it I probably wouldn't comment on it. Upon searching, the oak is there in an underlying flavor sort of thing, along with a texture.
There is some chile heat going on and I enjoy it.
In my opinion, this is a well handled, spicy beer. Not something that you encounter too often.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy body with a hint of light coming through. Soapy white head hangs around no clings to the glass. Smokey peppers and oak coming through along with the toasty malt in the nose. Flavor follows with sweet malts up front giving way to a big smokey oak flavor followed by some pepper heat. Feel is medium bodied, slight carbonation prickle and a lingering heat from the peppers. Overall a nice version of a pepper beer with good flavors and good drinkability for the style.

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, with "Enjoy by" dating of 7.27.16

Pours near clear mahogony, cae au lait mini head and leaving just some minor spotty lace

Yummy charrred peppers on the nose

Dark malts, caramel, and again smoky hot peppers on the palate...just about the right amount of heat here for this chili head...well done and well worth a try

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.

Pours dark mahogany with a creamy, dense head of beige. Plenty of sheets of lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration. Aromatics are roasty and spicy. Hints of caramel, chocolate, and smoke. Medium to full bodied and creamy. Bakers chocolate with Chili peppers start the palate. Smokey and spicy. A building warmth builds on the throat. Finishes with mild heat, cocoa, and roast.

The dark base of the beer adds some complexity but no oak or vanilla character found. The heat is right at a good level for me though.

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Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear dark mahogany color with a 1/2" tan head that soon starts to recede to a ring of foam that leaves some lacing and foam around the glass. There's also an island of foam and a thin layer over the liquid. Sipping creates arches of foam and lots of patches and legs of lacing. By midway through the beer there's still a ring and some thin lacing on the liquid along with scattered patches of foam on the sides of the glass.

The aromas include the chipotle (smoked chile pepper) riding on plenty of malt and with some light oak in the background.

The flavors include the smoked chile pepper, some caramel sweetness from the malt that prevents a lot of burn and that also seems to have a slightly smokey character. There are some hints of toasted oak in the background. The malt and its sweetness are enough to take the edge off the heat from the smoked pepper but do not completely conceal it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly prickly from the moderate carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the caramel malt sweetness recedes a bit leaving the playing field to the smoked chili. Eventually the smoked chile flavor recedes to dryness and some heat in the back of the throat that eventually fades away.

I'm enjoying drinking this beer and expect I'll have a few more before the best by date. No idea if Flying Dog will bring it back again but if so I'll have more then as well. However, I'd suggest that if you don't like spicy flavors and a bit of burn you take a pass on this beer. It's not powerfully spicy but the heat is definitely noticable and persistent.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored ale with a minimum amount of head.

Smells fruity and malty. Roasted peppers and caramel.No heat in the scent at all. Faint oak but if it wasn't on the label wouldn't have noticed.

Starts out sweet and smoky with a little heat. Fruity pepper and smoke and that is about it. Searched for the oak didn't find it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, OK but buy the coffee beer instead.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copper body with two finger head that stuck around awhile and left lace ring down glass. A mild (as mild as chili peppers can be) chili pepper aroma with bits of woody smokiness and sweetness. Smooth thanks to oak aging, hints of vanilla & booze sweetness, not a bad beer but honestly overall just a hot and spicy beer with hot finish and not much else.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish color with ruby edges and a finger of head. The nose is smokey but without the heat that I expected to find. The heat comes on assertively in the flavor profile and last long into the finish. The body is not quite hearty enough to hold up the spice of the chipotle peppers.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass best before 7/27/16. Pours a deep mahogany with a big sticky white head that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is smoke, spicy peppers, leather, tobacco, vanilla, dark chocolate, and chai.

Taste follows loads of smoke, tobacco, leather upfront, with hot peppers, chai, vanilla, and dark chocolate in the huge spicy finish, yikes it has some serious heat.

Mouthfeel probably medium, nice amount of life, maybe a touch dry, and drinkability is good because I keep going back each time for a sip to cool my mouth down and oops it starts the pattern all over again.

Overall I am glad I only purchased a single 12 oz bottle, that being said it is well crafted, very different, but the heat is pretty intense. I like spicy food, but really spicy and smoky beers aren't my thing, so I will review subjectively.

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Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 7/27/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with auburn hues; small light tan head that fades leaving solid retention and little lacing. The aromas are subtle with hints of smoke and oak. Hints of pepper skin with some chocolate. Malts are there. The flavors are clean with a spicy finish. The heat isn't over the top, but it lingers in a nice way. Hints of cocoa and caramel, but the chipotle peppers shine. The oak notes are there. The malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with very active carbonation. It's pretty smooth stuff.

This is a very solid brew. It's like a spicy brown ale. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog goblet/tulip like glass.

Deep crimson to mahogany red color body, with quite a bit of clarity. One finger slightly fleeting tan head, and a little bit of a creamed collar and very thin puck left over.

Really fun aroma. Smoked pepper and a bit of almost rauchbier smoked malt like character. Hits some caramel notes and a real nice smokey pepper vibe. Some excellent malt sweetness accents nicely to take the edge off nicely. Really mouthwatering, if sort of having some subdued oak character.

Palate washes slight watery and a bit clean, but flavors come with no problem. Nice heat and warmth, with a bit flavored smolder but less than hinted on the nose. Sweet caramel slightly and a bit of ashen like aftertaste. There's a little bit of banana estery quality to this as well which is a bit surprising and comes off slightly unexpected.

A pretty decent peppered ale.

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a dark ruby with a fingers worth of cream colored head. Smell is of a smokey chili and light caramel malt. Taste is similar to the smell, spicy chili predominates the taste with a light malt backbone. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall the spice takes over most of the taste which would make it difficult to have more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unique bottle label info: FOR OPTIMAL FRESHNESS ENJOY BY 07.27.16A

Dark, honey-amber colored body; very thick, creamy, sculpted head. Mild aroma of burnt firewood. Excellent smoked chili flavor; hop bitterness bleeds through the chipotle heat; toasted malt grains. Medium body; creamy; hot and dry finish.

All in all, a very fine chili beer that delivers a well-balanced, nicely fiery, smokey taste treat. I'm not sure where the smokiness comes from (i.e., the chipotle chilis, the oak?), but it really adds a nice complementary flavor element to the beer as a whole.

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Oaked Chipotle Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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