Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml, labeled as Mikkeller Chipotle Porter for the American market. Best by date 02/25/2013, consumed in September 2010. The body is absolutely pitch black, shower far more dense and abyss-like than a sub 7% beer normally would. A thick, puffy head of dark mocha-brown foam deflates like a soufflé, settling in as a thin but lasting, frothy blanket. Torn and tattered tissue sheets of lacing mark the glass well. It’s really quite a beautiful looking beer. The aroma is based in dark, bittersweet chocolate and darkly roasted caramel, with a touch of black strap molasses and a hint of sweet smoke. It’s not overtly peppery, but you do get some rustic, smoked jalapeno and adobo notes in the background. Flavors are a good deal more intense in many respects. First off, the chocolate element tells a tale of two extremes, showing bitter, dark notes and fluffy, espresso-laced cake notes simultaneously. Burnt caramel sugars add further sweetness, as does a bit of creamy lactose. Then there’s the pepper, which is initially soft and smoky, quickly building to more of a zesty burn with a touch of acridity. The palate is smooth and creamy up front, with plenty of body. Growing carbonation works to intensify the chili burn on the back of the throat, as Belgian yeast leads towards a slightly drying finish. This is a very interesting brew. Well done, I’d say, save for the fact that I can’t really drink too much of it. In small doses, I see some cool food pairings that could work here.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml brown bottle. $12.99/Specs. Live Oak, TX. A very thick dark black beer with a huge cocoa color head. Looks nice and it looks like dessert. The aroma is sweet, a lot of chocolate, and just enough of pepper heat to be smokey. The taste is sweet, chocolate, smokey, and some bitterness. I cannot say I "taste" chipotle but I think it helps gives this beer its smokey quality. I know the lines get mixed between stout and porter but this is the most Imp. Stout like porter I’ve had as far as mouthfeel and thickness goes.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Cavie. Black pour with a great brown head. Aroma is full, spicy, yet full of nuts and chocolate. Taste is very smoked, meaty, alcohol, spicy, spicy, and spicy. Wears on me after a while.
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hall’s. I love the Texas Rangers, therefore I should love this beer. Pours a dark dark brown with a wicked tan head. Aroma is a chocolaty roast with some beef and pepper notes. Heavy on the nose. Flavor is beefy with lots of pepper. The finish has a wonderful beef rib finish. Not too spicy. Has some kick at the front but fades away. Wow this is actually pretty good.
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of smoked malt with roasted oat and some light spicy undertone. Taste is not as spicy as I would have expected but smoked malt is very prevalent with some black chocolate notes as well. Body is full with nice creamy texture and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Different with great execution and nice creamy texture with not too much peppers
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at KØ-2010. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee. Flavour is smoked, coffee, roasted malt, chili, licorice. Nice easy drinkable beer.
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour thanks to daknole! Deep brown/black with an intense beige head. Mikkeller makes such attractive beers. Aroma is heavy with dark chocolate, espresso, and a nice underlying spice. Flavor shows the same with additional roast malt, light smoke, and the chipotle spice definately makes itself known. Overall body is full, viscous, and finishes with a dry bitterness and spicy heat. Mmmm.
brokensail (10795) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is viscous and black with a big mocha colored head that has great staying power.
S: A very subtle chili spice that lies underneath a nice smokey and roasty nose. There is a bit of a woody note too, along with a bit of earth and salt.
T: The chipotles give this beer a real interesting flavor. Smoke, spice, salt, and earth all come to mind immediately. The beer is quite rich and chocolatey with lots of roasted character as well.
M: I was surprised when I checked the label to see this beer is only 6.6% because the mouthfeel is very impressive. Very full bodied with a nice creamy carbonation.
D: This is (surprisingly) one of the best Mikkeller beers that I’ve come across. A really nice porter with a well done chili addition.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Please consult your doctor before drinking this beer. May cause heartburn, A strong smell of burned toast, and fire in the back of your throat. Ask your doctor if chipotle porter is right for you today.
Tejas (871) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle said Chipotle Porter. OK, but not great. Some hints of heat but really no chile flavor. Didn’t get much Porter roastiness either. Maybe these chile beers aren’t for me despite growing up on the things here in Tejas. I didn’t care for Rogue’s either.