Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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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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Photo of GeezLynn
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark shade of brown with a scant, off-white head.

S: Lots of chocolate malt, a touch of vanilla, a little vegetal smell, and a pungent smokyness.

T: Heavy smoke and wood followed by milk chocolate malt. The peppers give a nice little kick without getting too spicy.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate to high carbonation, which accentuates the spicyness of the pepper nicely.

The smoke and chipotle add an interesting twist to a pretty solid base porter. Good for something different, but probably not a beer I would drink more than occasionally.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an Avery Tulip. Bottle dated 2/24/10.

Pours a dark brown with a thin barely off white head. The head quickly vanishes into a thin film. A little lacing clings to the side of the glass.

The pepper shines in the nose, offset by an equal amount of roasted malt flavor. Sweet and spicy work very well together here.

The pepper doesn't come through quite as much in the taste. There is a slight spiciness on the tip of the tongue, but it vanishes in the middle and finish. Would like more pepper presence here.

Medium bodied, doesn't scream "Imperial" as the name suggests. Still, a nice porter that I'd be happy to drink anytime. I have to wonder if the pepper was any more prevalent in the taste 11 months ago when this brew was bottled. In any case, glad to have the chance to try this one.

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Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind beer #7, Blind Beer BIF Round 3. 12 oz. bottle labeled #5.

A-Dark brown with just a sliver of ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. Frothy mocha head has great retention.

S-Chocolate, toffee, caramel malt, a hint of bourbon I think. Very appealing.

T-Tastes pretty good too. Some roast, sweet malt, vanilla, caramel and some light smokiness in the finish. Can't decide if the smoke is a peaty, whiskey barrel aged character or if it's smoked malt, but leaning to the former. Just a bit of heat.

M-Medium bodied, a little slick, medium carbonation.

D-Quite tasty and delicious. A nice pleasant drinking beer in cold weather.

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Photo of arboristfish
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a black color, with a tan head. The aroma smells of smoke, chilies, and a hint of hops. The taste has a smokey flavor to it, and ends with a bit of a chili peppery taste. There is also a good roasted malt character. The mouthfeel is medium and overall is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very deep brown with a very small somewhat-chunky but smooth tan head about 1/4" Head has decent retention leaving a very small amount of lacing.

S: Strong smokey malt with a small hint of hopiness. Burnt chocolate and a very slight after burn of smokey pepper.

T: Strong smokey malts with a small hop sting hints of burn chocolate and a very dim roasted pepper taste in the finish. Not as bold or well balanced as when i had it on tap about a year and a half ago.

M: Fairly smooth, either needs to be a little more carbonated or a little thicker.

D: Very drinkable, not over-powering and tasty.

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Photo of sliverX
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a slight mocha colored head that hung around well.
Smelled like smoked meat and chillies
tastes of chillies, burnt malts, smoke, and extremely dark chocolate... interesting
Mouthfeel is a thin medium and suits the brew
Drinkability well this is a sipper and tasty but I'm not sure how much of this I could session...

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Photo of kenito799
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Porter tasting.
Brown-black. Thin white head.
Smokiness apparenton the nose, not strong but present. Roasted malt.

Smoke on the palate, with a fizzy mouthfeel. Just a hint of capsacin burn hits the back of the throat after swallowing, otherwise not much chili pepper. I like this effect, restrained. Howeeverm this brew is very bitter ina charred wood way, which birngs the taste down a notch. Interesting effort.

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Photo of klikger
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Bruery tulip

A - Color is black, large brown head, nice lacing

S - Smoked jalapenos, dark chocolate, and coffee

T - Dark chocolate with dried chilis --> pungent coffee and cayenne pepper spiciness --> cinnamon, chocolate, and residual peppers combine with the roasted malts for a spicy (not hot, though) sweet finish.

M - Awesome mouthfeel - creamy, well-carbonated, and the chilis are noticeable in the cheeks.

D - It'd be easy enough to down more than one, but I'd rather savor one and save the next.

Excellent beer here - further proof that Tyranena knows what they're doing with funky variations of porters and stouts. Must try if you're into chilis and porters.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Bottled on 24FEB10.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle!

A - Despite the height of the pour, the beer slipped into the glass with an eerie silence. The light tan head reached no more than a sliver and was poorly retained with no left-over lacing. The beer is pitch black.

S - The cold, slightly metallic nose offers up a low level of roasted malts giving off some mellow chocolate and coffee notes. A very mild hint of smoke and pepper comes through the finish.

T - Roasted chocolate malts provide a base for a mellow rauchbier-like smoke flavor. More campfire than peat malts and a minuscule level of pepper heat.

M - Medium-full bodied and low carbonation with a thick, smooth swallow, it mirrors the pour. Dry to the finish, particularly with the lingering smokiness. No alcohol or spiciness present.

D - Somewhat of a chore to drink, it doesn't at all seem like and imperial to age. The heat and smoke, more so the heat, have diminished considerably or were never that present to begin with. The prospect of a chili beer excited me, but it's much more like a thick porter with a drop of liquid smoke accidentally added in.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with htomsirveaux upon his arrival in Tampa.

A - It pours cola-brown, capped with a wispy tan head and not so much lace.

S - I don't get too much pepper at first, perhaps I am looking too hard. I am getting some roasty and oxidized notes, maduro leaf, a bit soy sauce-y, and some general smokiness. As soon as it airs out, the chipotle becomes apparent. An inspired and unusual creation, and the nose says so.

T - The taste is very much smoked porter at first, with some peat, a bit oxidized and a tad weak in flavor. After it airs out a bit, the smoke sharpens to reveal sharp peppery notes that remind me of chipotle adobo (the sauce that wet chipotles are canned in...) The flavor seems incomplete still, kind of like food that needs a dash of salt or a pinch of sugar. It is a very nice combination of flavors, though, and it is an enjoyable brew. It seems like a slight tweak would make it so much better.

M - It is on the thinner side for the style, but it seems to work well for this brew.

D - I enjoyed this thoroughly. It could be better, certainly, but it is not too shabby as-is.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Cola brown. Appears clear. Thin tan head with good retention.

Smell - Rich sweet malt. Licorice or molasses. Not catching a lot of the chipotle. Very nice porter aroma, nonetheless.

Taste - Dark roasted malt dominates. Dark coffee, maybe some very dark chocolate, smoke. And, oh yeah, the chipotle flavor, while not overpowering, sneaks up on you. Even leaves a hint of heat in the finish. The pepper works with the porter a lot better than I would have expected.

Mouthfeel - Seems a little thin for style.

Drinkability - This is the first smoked imperial porter brewed with chipotle pepper that I've tried, and I love it. Full flavored, unique, and great tasting. I vote for this as the Tyranena winter seasonal from now on.

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Photo of pastradul
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Johndoe8 for pulling this out of the cellar.

this had been a random want of mine for a while.

poured into a Delirium tulip.

dark brown with a thin slightly brown pink head.

the aroma is coffee and chile bouncing off each other. some mild chocolate is swirling in the nose as well.

the taste was a bit mild. The chipotle hits the front a little bit then the smoke and dark malt take over the mid and back palate with the chipotle leaving a nice spice trail down the back of the throat!

i great treat fore sure.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

TMoney2591 was kind enough to share this beer

This pours a beautiful darkest of browns with some tan foam on top. The aromas are of some roasted caramel, chocolate and molasses. The taste is very interesting. There is a nice creamy dark chocolate flavor to the beer which has hints of pleasant smokey properties. In addition on the back of the tongue there is a nice prickle from the spice of the pepper. It makes for quite an interesting brew. It's not spicy by any means, but it takes the good parts of the chipotle and puts it to good use. This is a very interesting feel on the palate, in addition it is rather smooth and goes down easy. A definite recommendation from me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Great to see a pack o' this left on my Binny's shelf. It pours a dark black-brown, highlighted in ruby, topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The taste follows this line of reasoning, adding some dark chocolate and a slight pepper heat in the back, adding an additional layer of complexity without overwhelming the tongue. The body is a heavy-ish medium, with a light carbonation and a feel that yearns to be chunky and chewy. Overall, a very nice and tasty pepper-infused porter that doesn't overplay its hand and goes down very easily.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single while I was in Wisconsin - buying a 4-pack of a chili beer without tasting it first seemed dangerous. Served in a FoBAB pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Pours with a late rising quarter-finger of dark tan foam that settles to a thin ring and a partial filmy cap. Body is very dark brown, with a faint hint of transparency at the fringes.

S - Dark roast malts, dark fruits, chocolate, smoke. If you stick your nose right up to it, there's a hint of chipotle, but I probably wouldn't have noticed if it weren't in the name of the beer. Pretty nice porter though.

T - Taste as more over chipotle flavor, and isn't nearly as sweet as the nose. Dark chocolate, burnt malts, and an bitter espresso finish that lingers into the aftertaste. The combination of the nose and taste gets me thinking mole sauce.

M - This is a weak spot for the beer, as it has a medium-light watery texture and somewhat harsh carbonation burn. While I appreciate that porters and stouts should retain some differentiation in texture, this is a little wussy. There's some residual stickiness which is pleasant. Maybe a bit of faint peppery warmth lingers.

D - Went through my 6oz pour pretty quickly - other than the annoying feel this is another solid porter from Tyranena. If you like a little peppery kick this is a solid choice.

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Photo of Pencible
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black cherry with some tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy dark chocolate and smoked barley and sweet cherry, with a bit of coffee and brown sugar and chipotle.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some earthy barley and smoked chipotle and a bit of cherry. It had a super clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick and creamy with a little carbonation, perfectly full body without being too much.
D: Tyranena just might make the best smelling beers ever. This had a great taste and body also. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was very easy to drink. But the complex and subtle elements were enough to justify sipping and savoring this drink. Probably best served fresh (i.e. not suggested for cellaring). Excellent brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown pour to become quite black and thick with no light getting thru. Small but dense cap of dark tan foam stays put. Big spotty lacing is placed all over the glass.

Dark creamy coffee aroma thats clean, crisp, toasty, black, and rounded. Nicely blackened grainyness, partial chocolate is there along with a bold touch to chipotle spices.

Taste is moslty resonated within a blackened earthy malty crispness with some puffs of smoke behind it. Edged in is just a tad of chocolatey sweetness that arrives late as does black coffee and a light bell peppery spice that does have a pull to a chipotle creamy dressing. More black residuals perculate around the finish late. Subtle in most ways, but boldly forward where needed with a nice black smokey tang balanced well with chocolate and bell pepper sweetness. Solid.

Feel is an almost light medium, but it gathers a crescendo of earthy darkness and weight as it piles on all sorts of burntush character and roasty flavors as it grows into a heavier finish and a blackened smokey dryish finish. Carbonation is lean and mean, snappy, crisp, yet yeilding with just enough creamyness underneath to keep a soothing roastified smoothness.

Crazy drinkability. Gone in no time flat as it really offers alot to an easy drinking porter yet also says alot within its subtle complexity and tone. Each sip brings something anew to darkly discover. Especially in the back end. One fantastically solid porter from Tyranena!

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy Diomede. Pours clear brown with a small ecru head. Big chipotle influence with plenty of chocolate and coffee, reminds me of mole sauce. Coffee and cocoa flavor with a slight smokey chipotle note. Could definitely use some more body, but the flavors come together pretty well.

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Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 12 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness tulip. Bottled on 24 FEB 10. The beer is dark opaque brown. The tan head was small and left only a ring and a light film.

The smell was Malty and chocolaty. Light metal. Peppers, organic. Very typically porteresque with a dash of hot pepper.

Taste was better than expected. Creamy and smokey but not too much. There was a tiny sizzle of heat from the chipotle peppers. Chocolate aftertaste as well as a linger of smokey pepper. Spicy but well contained. This one is well built and works well.

The mouthfeel was smooth, rich and full bodied.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a recent trade with oakbluff. Thanks bro!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium-thick tan colored head with good retention. Pours out dark brown and sits black in the glass with a bit of carbonation in the form of tiny bubbles. Head slowly fades to a good wisp. A ring remains until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smokiness, as well as some milk and baker's chocolate. No real peppers in the nose.

TASTE: Roasted malts, dark malts, smoke again, as well as some chocolate and coffee notes. The spicy peppers show up in the middle, with some spiciness on the swallow. The smoky, roasted aftertaste with a spicy kick is mild but lingering. Interesting twist.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a spicy tickle from the peppers after the swallow, and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: This brew follows the description on the bottle to the T. Though I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the peppers, as it got a little difficult as time passed, it's definitely an interesting twist on the style and is done very well. Give it a try if you're a fan of peppers, or just if you want to try something unique. Thanks a lot oakbluff for sending one of these my way.

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Photo of JLeege
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds me of sitting around a camp fire on a cool fall evening.

Appearance- deep brown in color, decent khaki head, quickly fading, a little lacing

Smell- smokey/roasted malts, some coffee, some sausage, some jerky, a bit of pepper

Taste- follows the aroma, but with some dark chocolate coming through. actually the chocolate is very apparent upon drinking, with a nice warming sensation from the peppers on the back end.

Mouthfeel- pretty thick, perfect for this brew. low carbonation, a bit chewy.

Overall- very complex porter, a lot going on but it all works well together, no flavor truely dominates, but they seem to come together quite nicely.

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this one from Beertracker, cheers Jeff!

Pours Mahogany with a finger of creamy mocha head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Rich chocolate, roasty maly & smokeyness

T: Follows the nose, some coffee & then peppery smokeyness up front, along with charred grain & cocoa sweetness. Dryness, dark chocolate, faint pepper burn as this warms, some herbal & woody hops too. Finishes with mocha, slight pepper warmth & faint oakyness

MF: Chewy, creamy, & smooth, a touch of warming sensation as well

Drinks sooo easy, seems less spicy than the growler I sampled, on a another occasion, but I was drinking other chile beers & my tasted buds were wasted after awhile... This one really worked for me...

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Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this one from EliteDigger. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 8/2010.

pours deep brown, crystal clear, with a small very fine light brown head. the head drops quickly and leaves spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is good. dark chocolate. light smoke. touch of spicy chili character. light alcohol. toasted mulit-grain bread. biscuit. bit of caramel. this beer smells like it's going to be big and chewy... let's see...

taste is good. dark and milk chocolate. smoke. dark toasted mulit-grain bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. as it warms the chipotle starts to come out a little more, giving a little pepper character and just a slight prickle but never really getting even slightly hot. bit of caramel. nice earthy character complimenting the smoke. medium-low bitterness level, more chocolate than hops.

mouthfeel is great. this thing does seem huge. big and chewy. medium-low silky smooth carbonation level.

drinkability is great. good balance, hiding almost all of its alcohol. nice depth and complexity. this beer is delicious! now where can i get some more?

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Photo of Viggo
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear dark orange, brown away from the light, thin light tan head forms and quickly settles to a very thin ring around the glass, retention isn't so great, few lace spots stick to the glass.

Smell is neat, rich and malty, raisins, caramel, grapes, brown sugar, some biscuit, a touch of chocolate milk and light roast, lots of sweet fruit, a bit herbal, pretty intense chile/pepper aroma, pretty spicy.

Taste is similar, very dry and roasty, nutty, wafers, caramel and brown sugar, some fruity sweetness, cocoa powder, very peppery, spicy and lightly vegetal in the finish, very dry and almost puckering, powdery and not too enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, way too dry and weird character from the peppers. Thanks Russ.

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Photo of gford217
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Frankenbrew.

Pours completely black with a small but thick tan head that recedes very slowly to a thin cap leaving some solid lacing.

The aroma has a lot going on with mildly smoked black malts and cocoa powder. There is a hint of spiciness and burn from the peppers but it's subtle.

The taste is a little smokier than the aroma though it's not overpowering. The chocolate is present and more of the bitter chocolate variety which fades into a semi-spicy peppery finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhere between porter and imperial porter. The carbonation is moderate.

This is an interesting beer to say the least. A spicy smoked porter that has numerous flavors, none of which takes over in the end.

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Benji's Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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