Beerman6686 (4879) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poured very dark red -brown color with a small off white head. Aroma was lots of tobacco and ash, and chilies that burn the nose. Flavor was really dry and bitter ash, and smoke, then finishes in the swallow with a punishing spicey chilie flavor that burns the throat for several minutes. Just too much heat in this one for me.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Black body with a tan, very small bubbled head. Ashy flavor, light chocolate, not much spice. Heavy green pepper in flavor though, spicy quality somehow stings the throat and burns in the chest, way too much pepper. Then comes more cigarette ash, faint porter qualities in the somewhat chalky texture, but the body is painfully thin. Bit of sweetness remains on tongue, but overall painful experience and one that I personally don’t enjoy.
cpetrone84 (1571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
A-pours an opaque black, viscous liquid with a thick creamy caramel brown head with a solid lace.
S-milk chocolate, mikkeller ash and peat moss, hints of smoke, somewhat assertive spice towards the back.
T-milk chocolate up front, notes of smokey peat moss, huge peppery spice in the back that I can’t get over. rough to drink for me but beer spice heads might like.
M-creamy feel, full bodied, somewhat dry with a clean finish.
D-this starts like a milk stout and immediately burns my throat with nothing I enjoy. the pepper is extremely spicy and overpowering in the back lingering throughout the sip.
GMCC2181 (1528) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle picked up at StateLine. Label says Chipotle Porter: Intially shared by robert. This bottle was consumed at home. Pours into a snifter, oily black in color, great mocha colored two finger head. Looks like a stout. Aroma of smoke, light ash, earthy notes with some pepper/spiceyness. Taste is great, intially some chocolate and roasted malts hits the front of your palate, then a nice smokiness and ash comes through. Light coffee. Not sugary or sweet at all. But well balanced. Very smooth.... rolls right down the hatch. Then the after taste has strong smokiness, campfire with some smoked meats....earthy... with the perfect amount of chipotle staying on the lips and lighting a small fire in the back of the throat. Awesome. Texture is creamy smooth. For only 6.5 percent this beer has tons of flavor. Overall: RB has it as a spice/herb/veg, mikkeller says a porter, but its very stout like. Great beer no matter what its called. Get some! Now! Thanks Roberto!
joeneugs (3688) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is thick and dark brown with red highlights. It has a beautiful towering dark brown head that settles to a creamy layer. The aroma is chiles, cocoa, salty, roasted malt, and a hint of blackstrap molasses. This looks and smells super potent. Much bigger than the alcohol content suggests. The flavor is ultra spicy with lots of hot chiles and roasted malts. There is some coffee and dark chocolate in there, but its covered up by the intense spiciness. The mouthfeel is nice and a bit lighter than expected which does match up with the 6.6 ABV. It really starts to burn your throat after several ounces. Overall, this is really interesting and well done. Pretty dry with almost no sweetness.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from West Lakeview, iirc. Pours a pitch black with a chocolate milk colored head. Nose is very chocolatey with some hints of black pepper and fruit. A smoky, mustiness comes out as well. On taste, super full bodied. It is a bit acrid and burnt as well. Some smoky notes come through, though I don’t get a ton of chipotle. Some burning in the throat, but quite subdued. Super thick body though. Pretty clean and tasty. Another good dark one from Mikkeller.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark with a tan head. Taste reminds me more of a stout than anything. Tons of roastiness with chocolate and coffee flavors. The bit of smokiness and spice from the peppers gives it personality, though it may be a bit too spicy for some. I’d say between Billy’s Chilies and Cave Creek (looking past the taste).
beernbourbon (1355) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of Chipotle Porter. Pour is very dark with a medium rich looking brown head. Aroma is loaded with roasted malt, light caramel, light chalk,, light smoke, and light dry stone. This is very earthy. Lots of deep geologic aromas. Flavor is sweet roasted malt up front with notable campfire ash, light coffee, and a faint spice. The finish is long, smoky, and roasty with notable burn in the back of the throat. Not too much, but notable. Really a very rich body for a 6.6% beer. Really good. Less fruitiness than expected.
kappldav123 (5279) - GERMANY - DEC 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle looks very good, the beer in the glass also. Deep black, huge head. Starts heavy-malty, strong, modest sourish from the beginning on. Finish well balanced, more and more sharp, burning aftertaste. Interesting! Thanks to yespr for this one!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice deep chocolate brown that settles in black in the glass. The head is tan, thick and enormous, refusing to go anywhere and leaves sheets of lacing.
The aroma is massively roasted with almost a burnt malt character. Plenty of cocoa powder and only the faintest hint of chipotle pepper, though it does grow as it warms.
The taste is much like the aroma except for the finish. The start is all about the black malts, heavily roasted, with chocolate and hints of espresso. But the finish is where it gets interesting with the pepper flavors coming out and leaving a serious burn on the palate after each sip.
The mouthfeel is smooth and close to full bodied for a normal porter. This thing almost has the feel of a Baltic porter, which is impressive given the ABV.
There is certainly no doubt that Mikkel knows his way around stouts and porters and this is one of the more interesting ones I’ve had. It’s a big, robust porter with a big dose of peppers in the taste. Certainly not the most drinkable porter, but very complex and tasty for a porter.