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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial PorterBenji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter
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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial PorterBenji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AdmiralDiaz on 03-15-2009

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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 129
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from zrab11 (thanks!). If they bottle date I sure couldn't find it. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours black with an eighth finger off white head which quickly fades to a thin ring that leaves a good deal of lace.

Smells smokey and malty with a nice touch of pepper. Pleasant.

This is all around tasty stuff! Nice roasty malts, the smoke is present without overpowering and the pepper is flavorful but not spicy. Chocolate, earthy, burnt caramel and subtle coffee. No detected alcohol. Great blend of porter, smoke and pepper flavors. Very easy to drink.

Medium body with soft yet appropriate carbonation. Smoked malt and mild chipotle finish.

Smoked beers and chili beers often fail to impress me but this is great. Excellent balance of flavors on a solid base porter. This one is worth a try for sure.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2012 (I believe), poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black body with clear reddish highlights; 1/2" head of fine light brown foam that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. Pretty good.

S: Chipotle pepper is prominent and pleasant, with equal parts smoke and spice. Plenty of milk chocolate and caramel malt as well. Straightforward and enjoyable.

T: Starts out sweet and spicy, with more chocolate malt sweetness building in midway through. Vanilla and coffee on the bittersweet finish, with a nice chili kick on the long, lingering aftertaste. Good stuff.

M: Smooth, slick medium body; not much carbonation, but what's there is reasonably creamy.

O: It's good, not great, overall, but I'm really digging the level of spice - it's unmistakable, but not distracting. Really well done.


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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer as a thick black color, literally black as night.

Smell - The malt jumps to the front in the aroma, but the spice is detectable.

Taste - At the front, it is a pretty straight forward porter with the malts seeming a little more toasted that usual. One can detect burnt sugar and a little sweetness. The burns runs a little hot toward the back of the throat but is far from overwhelming. The aftertaste is more sweet than spicy.

Mouthfeel - By itself, the porter is very smooth. On the other hand, the spice at the end makes for a rough landing.

Overall - The spice was a little more potent when I had this porter when it was fresher. It is still quite drinkable.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Got a single of this at the local beer store, after eyeing the four pack for a while. Glad I got to try the single. Expectations are just slightly above average, based on my past experience with Tyranena.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just over a finger of creamy bubbly mocha colored foam on top of an opaque black body with just the tiniest shade of ruby shining through when held to the light.

S - Smell is of big bold roasty malt / coffee notes, and dark chocolate. None of the overt rotting log campfire smoke smell that I'm used to smelling in some smoked beers, so that's good. Not much actual 'smoke' per se, more of a charred leathery scent.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: big bold roasty coffee, lots of dark chocolate, & maybe some dark chocolate covered cherry taste. The heat from the chipotle peppers really only becomes apparent on the finish.

M - Feel is sticky, with some roasty bitterness & chocolate lingering on the palate. Bit of dry peppery heat hanging out also.

Overall, about what I expected (hoped) it would be. Not too heavy on the smoke, not too heavy on the chipotle pepper, niclely balanced with good carbonation. Well worth trying at least once if you are a fan of porters.

Tyranena Benji's Smoked Imperial Porter Brewed With Chipotle Peppers ---4/5.

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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 273 ratings
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