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Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle Peppers is a thing of spicy glory, with the just-right heat of smoked jalapeŮos (aka chipotles) that combines beautifully with the beerís peat-smoked malt and roasty character. The idea came about in 2006 when Merchandise Manager Chris Carroll suggested we make a special "South of the Border Stone Smoked Porter" for Cinco de Mayo that year. One sip, and we were hooked!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
12oz bottle from Binnyís Lincoln Park. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has a nice pepper spiciness up front with some smoke and earth evening things out after the initial whiff. Some dark chocolate malts and a medium roast backing keeps everything balanced. Some peat and a bit of a toffee sweetness showing up too. Flavor is similar. Green peppers and earth up front with a light chipotle spiciness before some richer dark chocolates come in to balance. Slight woody peat note in the middle with a moderate roast backing. Finishes dry with a bit of a peppery heat kick, but not overly spicy. Medium, earthy, roasty bitterness with a bit of a vegetal note from the peppers and wood in a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body with a softer, moderate carbonation. Overall, I liked this, but not nearly as much as the original. The pepper heat and spiciness is well done while never getting too hot, but itís pretty "green" throughout. Iíd love to see the malt backing kicked up a bit. Nonetheless, this was pretty enjoyable and a nice take on a style I really enjoy. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden copper edges and a 1.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Smokey roasted malt aroma with a nice chipotle pepper presence that compliments the notes of the base beer very nicely. Hints of charcoal and smoked meat along with coffee bean, burnt toast and dark chocolate. Some lactic cream, sweeter chocolate and toffee as well. Peppers become more prominent as it warms contributing to the smokiness. Medium bodied with a spicy, peppery kick that compliments the smoked/roasted malt without becoming too hot or overpowering. The meaty smoked malt flavors still dominate with hints of burnt toast, charcoal, BBQ, bacon, coffee bean and dark chocolate. Thereís some sweeter malt and lactic cream for balance. Hints of lighter chocolate, caramel and toffee before more peppery heat shows up in the finish. The peppers are nicely integrated into the flavor without taking over and killing off the characteristics of the base. Peppers become more prominent as it warms but itís still nicely balanced and really tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (7477) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
12 oz. bottle, pours a very dark brown / black with a reddish tinge and a small beige head. Aroma of mild roast, subtle chipotle peppers (not very prominent on the nose) and some vanilla-like notes. Flavour of muffled chipotle peppers, over top mild roast, and not much else. The peppers become more and more pronounced and monolithic with each sip. Not a fan of this edition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tullip glass. Pours a dark color with a light tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is smokey but spicy with some roasted malt and chocolate undertones. Flavor is similar to the aroma. You can taste the spice and some of the smoke. There are again notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Overall a decent beer, I got the smoke out of this better than the original and I loved the spice component. Average mouthfeel overall with decent carbonation. Something I would easily drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt and bitterness up front with peppery spices in the finish plus some malt sweetness. There is a mild heat that slowly builds as you drink but is not overpowering. Very tasty, but I think it is better on draught. 8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1004) - Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Pours dark ruby red with two fingers of light brown head. Smells smoked, hints of chocolate, and very subtle Chipotle spice. Taste is Chipotle dominant with some smoke underneath. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers finishes with a very subtle Chipotle burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Pours an opaque dark brown with a 2 finger khaki head. The head doesnít hang around too long but leaves nice lacing on the glass. The smokey aroma has nice notes of roasted coffee beans and chocolate, with the slightest hint of pepper. The taste leans more towards the smokey side as well. Has a nice roasted quality with a touch of heat. Tastes like it just came off the grill. The heat kind of lingers in the mouth. Feels a bit strange, but Iím definitely enjoying it. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6051) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle, dark brown with some tan foam , aroma is chalky coffee, flavor is more green pepper and some metallic roast , light almost watery finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (926) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Dark chocolate in color, or, better yet, black mud. cream head, moderate texture, thin. Aroma is a bbq dry tannin-filled smokiness with leather, light coffee, and hints of chilis. Body is medium, but with a heavy blanket of moderate texture, prickly carbonation, making it feel a bit lighter. Flavor is woody coffee, light dry smoke, and only hints of pepper, light malt sweetness. Refreshing hop bitterness. Delicious, perhaps better than the vanilla; Iíd have a touch time imagining it being better (itís been a couple of weeks since Iíve had it.) Certainly better than any other pepper beer Iíve had, especially the two Iíve attempted to brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2012
First off, I am a fan of the basic Stone Smoked Porter. I like this beer too. I donít get a lot of heat from the chipotles, but chipotle is a smoky pepper. So this is kind of a smoky, smoked beer. That said, I really enjoyed it. Nice chocolate aroma with some light smoke. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish. Go Stone!!!

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