ttoadee (1161) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany pour, toffee head. Nose is chocolate shake with smoked peppers over the top. Sweetness still rules the tongue with loads of dark roasted malt, but there is a smoky bitterness lingering. The finish is semi-sweet smoked malt with the last note being a well balanced smoked pepper riding down your throat. Try this beer...with a variety of foods (I found it good with both chili and brownies).
umich03jm (3275) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark black color with a nice 1 cm head that lingers. Lots of webbing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, and peppers. Not complex but does smell good. Taste is smoky with just a touch of spicy pepper heat. I thought the peppers would be more powerful but its really just enough to get the flavor in there. I would probably really like this if it weren’t so thin. It’s very light and easy drinking but I prefer porters with more body. It’s still pretty decent.
notalush (5626) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - I figured this would be a good beer to welcome the first sign of a light evening chill I the air - cola-like pour - fizzy head - nose is fairly smoky, with a string earthiness resembling soil - some cocoa - no chilis present in the nose - body is thin - texture is a little rough - fairly sweet throughout - some light notes of chocolate and roast - moderate pepper heat that builds a bit with each sip - smoke comes back strong in the finish - not a lot going on, really - just sweetness, spice and smoke - was hoping for more.
Ibrew2or3 (7931) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It has been a long time since I had a Stone Smoked Porter (that wasn;t barrel aged) maybe 6 years. So this will be fun to revisit with these two different treatments. The 12oz bottle pours mahogany with deep ruby red edges and tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sort of dark roasted malts and a little bit of chili pepper meat followed by some sweet maltiness. The taste is more bold than the vanilla version. I get dark roasted to burnt malts with a modest level of chili pepper flavor and very light chili heat to midway. Into the finish the smooth modest smokiness joins in and takes this to the after taste. Somehow the chili pepper addition has amplified the roastiness in this brew or it was the vanilla in the other one that sort of covered it up. Cool stuff, this.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big black body smaller tan head... Flavor has chipotle in just enough of a way.. Some light pepper notes finish... Green pepper flavor in a way, not much of a roasted quality, smokiness is still lightly present.. Nice beer, medium bodied...
bb (7987) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a tan head. Chili pepper and malt aroma with light smoke. Caramel and chocolate flavor with smoke and chilis. Medium bodied. Light chooclate and chilis linger with smoke and caramel.
grimreaperguru (258) - santee, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a an almost jet black ruby red with light tan head.The aroma is of smokey malt with light spice tone to it.The flavor is of smoked malt,chocolate, and a little spice.Goes down smooth with a nice bitter finish.Overall a real good beer.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked chilies, campfire, caramel and some chocolate. Flavor is smokey with bitter chocolate and some sweet caramel. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. This is really nice, I think it’s an improvement on the regular version because you can actually get a decent smoke character. No real chili heat at all, just added smoke.
jake65 (3236) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark brown with auburn hues. Roasty nose with light smoke. The smokiness is toned down from the original, not really picking up on the chipotle. Less ash and more roast, some cocoa, but no peppers. Good, but I was expecting more.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - purchased at Supermarket Liquors in FC. dark brown pour with a tan head. nice pepper / spice nose with a bit of smoke - the peppers don’t overpower. med body with big spice notes, smoked malt and a hot (but not too hot) finish.