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Almanac Chipotle Smoked Stout



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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Our Chipotle Smoked Stout is the result of a collaboration with Chefs Nick Balla and Courtney Burns of Bar Tartine. Tartine’s Hungarian/Eastern European-inspired cuisine overflows with creativity and originality. This stems from their dedication to creating everything in-house, the old-fashioned way. This includes smoking peppers and making their own paprika. Nick shared some of his house-made chipotles with us and we fell in love—smokey and sweet with a delicate heat and deep intoxicating aroma—we knew we had to build a beer around them. Inspired by these chipotles, we combined them with Cherry-wood smoked malt and black and chocolate roasted malts to create a rich, deep beer with just a hint of chipotle heat hiding in the finish. Pair this 9% sipper with BBQ, goulashes and whatever is on special at Bar Tartine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18229) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Draft at the Encinitas Ale House - Encinitas, CA. Pours black-brown with a frohty, beige cap. Nice beer. Mellow chipotle spice present with moderate roasted malts, dry chocolate. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Smoked malts to finish with further restrained chili heat, a bit more dusty cocoa, modest roasted malt sweetness. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2830) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Dark black in color... Aroma of smoky rauch malts, roasted malts... Flavor is spicy chipotle peppers, smoke, roasted nutty malts... Enjoyable spice and smoke bomb ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13998) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours beautifully black with a big Guinness tan head. Smoky, peppery aroma. Not extreme tho. Med body or better. Flavor goes smoky, delicious chocolate, then peppery. Finishes just somewhat hot and smoothly, creamily chocolate. Smooth burnt malt all the time. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Tap@ Strong Ale Fest 2013. Black body with lasting tan sheen. Big campfire, smoked pepper, chocolate aromas. Chocolate, medium roast malt flavors with smoked peppers to finish___good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1967) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Draft at Uber. This was a surprise to me. I’ve been shying away from smoked beers lately, since my last few encounters have been with liquid bandaids. However, this one works really well for me. Opaque, dark brown pour. Aroma: ash, roast, chocolate, coffee. Taste: campfire, with nice chili pepper at the back of the throat in the finish -- not overpowering, just really well-integrated into the rest of the experience. Reasonably dry, full body, average carbonation. Overall: Too bad it was last call -- I’d happily drink another.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (15774) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
On tap @ Strong Ale 2013. Black pour with a khaki head. Aroma is pretty roast forward with a lot of smoke, soap, and cocoa powder. Mild head, coffee, and a touch of earth. Flavor is not really my cup of tea. Really soapy and smokey. Mild spice/heat, lots of roasted malt, and some earthy bitterness. Pass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Tap at Strong Ale Fest. Low haze deep red pour. Nice latte foam. Nose is gamey, raw animal, deer, slight plastic. Pretty nuts. Taste is richer/waxy dark chocolate, mild heat from the chipotles, dried guajillo chilies. Palate is just mildly chalky. Still, this has some serious potential. I hope they continue to improve this beer and get it out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Awesome spicy stout. Alot of spices, maybe too many. Very Dry medium body. Nice cocoa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
On tap. Black hued body with a tan head. Aromas are smokey, roasty, light peppery heat, a touch of coffee. Flavors are smokey, ashy, roasty, leather. Relatively dry, bitter chocolate. Low body, somewhat dry, well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
On tap. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, smoke, and peppers. Thick creamy palate. Sweet dark chocolate up front with a smokey and subtle chipotle flavor following and finishing dry and bitter. Nice.

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