zizzybalubba (1393) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Cola-like dark brown pour with a foamy khaki head. The aroma at first is rather faint smoke but becomes more prominent very quickly. Very nice integration of smoke flavor that seems to take over but at the same time is not overwhelming. After a few sips the heat from the chipotle peppers creeps up in the background. Truthfully, going into this I thought the combination was a bit odd and did not expect to like it. However, the chipotle peppers are integrated quite nicely and bring the smoke to the front while allowing a subtle, yet increasing, amount of heat to lay in the back of the throat. Nicely done.
arminjewell (6100) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brings notes of pepper, chocolate, roast, smoke, hints of sweet caramel, some dark fruit notes as well. Taste is a mix of sweet dark fruits, chocolate, some chili notes going into coffee and roast, some pepper and slice, finishing fairy sweet.
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour with a foamy tan head. Smoky and roasted malt aroma. Wasn’t sure if it was the smoked porter itself or the chipotles. Couldn’t really discern one from the other. Flavor is a nice chocolate and roasted malt beginning with a very nice and subtle smoke note. Again, couldn’t really find the chipotle flavor. Still good.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Black pour w/ a tinge of red and a light brown head. Scents of roast, coffee & just a whisper of the chipotle. Flavors of smoke, espresso, bitter chocolate. The chipotle bites the tip of the tongue at first sip. Then tickles the back of the throat on the finish. Good, fun beer overall.
Niko100 (1947) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, peppers, coffee, & some chocolate; Flavor of roasted/smoky malt, coffee, chili peppers, some hops, and chocolate; Finish is fairly hot and slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Pretty decent.
RABinCO (1163) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, not quite black. Light tan head that swells up then fades fast. Aroma is smoky and peppery. You can definitely pick up a bit of the heat on the nose. If you really want to taste the chipotle then let this one warm up a bit. Chocolate, burned coffee and spicy pepper. It’s not an overwhelming heat, but a perfect tingling that grows on the palate after the other flavors have faded away.
GandGKevin (919) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky chocolate aromas. Smoky chocolate flavors with slight heat and chipotle flavors on the finish. Overall pretty good.
DSG (5658) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks Dagan. Very dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roastiness, light coffee notes and light smokiness. Nice roasty flavor with a bit of coffee, some malt sweetness and a finish with a bit of burnt wood and a bit of hot chipotle notes. Medium-bodied.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts and smoke, with some chipotle peppers and coffee.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some smoke and some milk sweetness. Through the middle, the chili flavor and heat comes through a bit with a bit of roasted coffee and some more smoke. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts, chili pepper, a bit of heat, and some smoke.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, hot, and smokey finish.
D - Very drinkable. The chili peppers is a nice addition and I like the bit of heat it gives the beer.
Nephilium (1325) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great smokey aroma, with a hint of the chipotle peppers peaking through. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown, with a full light tan head that slowly fades. The flavor is amazing, full of roasted notes, smoke, and a touch of pepper heat. The heat comes out a little more in the finish, and just exists as a hint. This is a beer you sip to enjoy the flavors, with no alcohol heat. If you like the regular smoked porter, I highly recommend this variant.