ben4321 (5507) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Sparrow-Downtown, 8/30/12
Aroma: The aroma has lots of smoked malts/meat, burnt malts, and some peppery notes
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark drown color with a smooth froth of light brown head and heavy lace
Flavor: The flavor of the one, like the nose, is also heavy malty, with lots of roasted/burnt flavors, some medium-plus smoke, and, while not a ton of pepper, there is a little more pepper in the taste then the nose
Palate: It is medium bodied, has a somewhat creamy feel, soft carbonation, and a dry, roasty finish
This one feels like a combination of a Porter and a Rauchbier with a light pepper presence thrown in. Overall, that style combination works pretty well here. Though the peppers are subtle, they still add a nice component to the beer.
rougeau13 (2494) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Almost black with a big beige head with substantial lacing. Rather mild aroma of smoke, chipotle, and roast. The taste is roasty and a little bitter, but the chipotle character is a little disappointing. Medium bodied, a little dry. Good, but I expected better.
kevinator (1846) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was good. It is the first beer Iíve had with peppers added that Iíve enjoyed. It is also a variation to an already great beer that truly stands apart from the original. Roasted malt on the aroma with a hint of spice. Really dark but not with an overly thick head. The taste has a strong roasted and smokey covering that is followed by an earthy roasted pepper that blends so well. It is the one taste they lasts before being covered by another sip.
Braudog (6220) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep, dark and brooding as this beer should be. Thereís a little bit of burning essence right up front. This drinks with a nice roasty base, the slight burn of the peppers augmenting well. Kind of a combo of good olí Rauch beer and a steady porter. (#4751, 8/28/2012)
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good porter, with a slight hint of the pepper. Itís very subtle. The regular smoked porter is very roasty, dark, smooth, easy to to drink and with a light body. Itís very easy drinking. The chipotle is enters at the end of the palate and adds some slight pepper.
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very black with tan head. Aromas are subtle smoke and roasted malts. The flavors are more robust, smoke upfront with burnt malts followed by peppers. The lite sting of the peppers move into the finish, leaving a spicy mouthfeel. This a fun beer and could have some real possibilities with food pairing
obguthr (5428) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smoke and tree bark nose, savory, campfire. Clear cola pour, thick tan head, some lacing. Smoke flavor, with soot in the end. Thinnish mouthfeel. A slight sweetness that doesnít belong at all. Really no chipotles to be found. I have some issues with this one. Itís certainly not at the level of quality I expect from Stone. Didnít deliver on the peppers, has no body, and is a tad too sweet.
TheBeerGod (5924) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black bodied with a medium, frothy tan head. Aroma is smoky and peppery but kind of smells like roasted malt, spicy smoked meat and pepperjack cheese rolled into one. Taste is smokey with more roasted malt, soft peppery spices and heat, smoked meat notes, faint coffee and fainter chocolate. Body is medium and slightly chewy with a pleasant mild warmth from the peppers. Finishes with more roasted malt, smoke, smoked meat notes, hot peppers, spice and light coffee.
Alfonzo (13) - Alabama, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely dark with a thick tour head. Strong smoke flavor with a subtle kick in the aftertaste
gramity (1600) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
RBAG Summer Session 2012. Pours black with a thick and steady light beige head. nose is fairly muted, some light vanilla, cocoa, smoke, very mild chipotle. Flavor shows a bit more of the pepper but again itís very subtle. Medium bodied, maybe a tad over carbonated with minimal smoke and roast. Kinda bland, but drinkable.