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Right Brain Firestarter Chipotle Porter

Right Brain Firestarter Chipotle Porter
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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Dark porter with chocolate malt. Subtle smokiness and mild heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8626) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Pour on tap at Crunchyís dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of cocoa, roast, pepper, some slight coffee notes into a bit of dark fruit, smoke, chipotle notes. Taste was a mix of dark fruit, coffee, nice cocoa powder into a bit of smoky, peppery notes with a hint of heat, slight roast, finishing slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1405) - Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Dark black. No head. Super Smokey. Rounds out to chipotle at the end. Nice. Would be really good w bbq. Tasted at Right Brain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2015
Tap: Completely black with a luscious, foamy tan head. Creamy. Aroma is simple, but enjoyable. Roasted malt, light cocoa powder, semisweet chocolate, & a touch of back-end peppery spice. Big bakerís cocoa & a heavy toasted nut compliment up front with each sip. Peppers creep in thereafter, tingling the senses with a nice amount of heat. Builds with each sip. The chocolate malts & nuttiness try to maintain balance but the heat is pretty intense about halfway through the beer. Quite tasty, as I typically like spicy things, but smaller sample sizes are definitely the way to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
njager246 (588) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Aroma is, bread and roasted malts, taste is chocolate a little vanilla and peppers on the back, not too spicey, very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle shared at Porch Nite. Pours a dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Aroma is malty and slightly roasty. No real pepper on the nose. Flavor is roasty with some dark fruits and maltiness. Very smooth. Not really any chipotle flavor but there is some burn on the finish. Overall, a nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (363) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
On draft The Firestarter pours black with a dark brown head that lasts a bit. The aroma is chocolate, caramel and a bit of spicy pepper. The flavor is chocolate and caramel initially with the pepper joining in the aftertaste and the spice hanging on for a while. Overall this is a pretty decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtw (1142) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2014
from a 22 oz bomber, it pours out a chocolatey brown like a porter should, with a hint of smoke and some other tangy/spicy elements that are hard to pin down. chipotle character is more apparent in the flavor, although to call the heat even "mild" is an overstatement - itís more of a peppery element than anything spicy or hot. it becomes a little more acidic throughout the lifetime of the glass with a rougher finish. decent i guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2767) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Draft at Slows. Pours black with a small creamy head that lingers nicely and leaves nice webbing. Aroma is a nice mix of sweet cocoa cereal, smokey peppers, and roast. Taste is the same with an almost sugary chocolate cereal flavor. Nice smokey pepper finish. Soft carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Solid but wish it was just a little less sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottled December 21st and poured March 19th. Appearance: Pitch black with a sort of.. frothy (awful word) head on it. No lacing though. Smell: My immediate thought is Band Aids with the chipotle and malt working together in this one. Not a great smell, but still not awful for some reason. Taste/feel: Has a bit of that Band Aid flavor one the front, but it turns into a woody/smoked flavor, and then it transforms into almost a nuttiness on the finish. Pretty nice depth of flavor here. The chipotle flavor is definitely there, but the heat? I get none of that at all. If I really think about it, I might the absolute slightest warmth from spice, but itís pretty much non-existent. Thatís a bummer, because Iíd expect and enjoy a little bit of heat. Firestarter is an incredibly misleading name for this beer. The feel is really nice -- medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking. The Band Aid flavor and smell suddenly changes into more of a jerky aroma and flavor with the woodiness. The nuttiness on the aftertaste is still there as well. Again, slightest warmth ever from the chipotle, and itís more on my lips than anything else. Overall, a good one from Right Brain. $6.99 is a bit high for the bomber I got ($5.99 would be what Iíd probably pay for it), but itís still quite nice. The chipotle presence is nice with the flavor, but some more spice would be welcome. I wouldnít mind having this one again. Try this one out if you like woody/smokey porters or stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5673) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, smoke, and faint chipotle peppers. Itís a dark brown with no transparency and a two finger tan head that eventually fades to a thin film. There us some thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate chocolate and faint roasted malt. The finish has moderate smoke, light coffee, and initially just a hint of chipotle peppers. The pepper flavor really builds after you finish taking a sip. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.

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