smaynard6000 (625) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with medium sized beige head. Aroma is hot pepper and roasted malt. Tastes like coffee with full bodied mouthfeel, bit of spicy pepper comes across the tongue and is present in the finish. Nicely done; canít decide which I like better, this or the Vanilla Bean!
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found a bottle at a shop in Boston. Deep, dark brown, with a smallish tan head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, dry roast, and smoke. The chipotles really make an appearance -- this is no background ingredient. They blend with the chocolate and brown sugar in the flavor, giving this an almost mole-like quality. A handful of sips in, and your mouth will start to tingle -- lovely effect with this sweet and smooth a brew. Iím not sure Iíd opt for this variation with any regularity, but once in a while, this is a really nice change from the normal smoked porter. Nice.
dfinney23 (1651) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Horrid when itís too cold -- nothing but an off bitterness comes through. But once it warms up a bit everything swings into balance. Not at all hot but the peppers and the sweeter chocolatey malt combine into almost a molť flavor.
kidmartinek (3640) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color with a dirty tan head. Toasty malt and chipoltle are evident in the nose. The taste is dark toasted wheat and chipoltle. The body is full and I canít tell if the pleasant burn is from the alcohol or the peppers. Some smokiness creeps in every other sip either from the smoked malt or the peppers or both. Its a hot beer to be sure. The finish is a little chalky, not too uncharacteristic of some porters.
daknole (9055) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Well this bottle was a letdown to me. Dark brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is smoke, copper metallic notes, roasted malt and maybe a hint of peppers. Flavor is metallic, roasted malt, char, smoke and where are the peppers and heat?
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. sweaty burnt malt in the nose resembles soil, firewood char and roast, while the yeast seems pasty, minerallic and chalky. peppers are seemingly absent, though they may be blurred by the smoked malt, when you would think they would play a bigger part. medium body thinning late. rough malt texture with chalky / pasty yeast, as usual with Stone. mild tingling chile heat and acid in the finish. pretty boring.
dogfish120love (938) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a rocky off white head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, chocolate, hot cocoa and chipotle. The flavor shows a mild spiciness that is well balanced out by chocolate from the malts. This beer could benefit from a little more body however at 5.9% ABV itís packed full of flavor and Iím not complaining.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark cola brown with a small tan head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is fairly smoky with a bit of coffee, pepper, and a slight vegetal note as well as some light vanilla. The taste has a slight smokiness with coffee, some pepper, and light cocoa. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was much better than the vanilla version. The chipotle peppers seemed to add some more smokiness.
pushkinwow (1997) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from b3shine as part of Summer Secret Santa 2012. Brown with a brickish hue, dark biege head that fades quickly. Smoked and dried chipotle for sure once things warm up although its not overwhelming, roasted malts, very light bittersweet chocolate, some vegetable notes, Moderate carbonation and body, semi-sweet with light hidden heat that you finally notice on the finish or if you keep a mouthful for a while, becomes dry, get more malt and dried chipotles at the end. An interesting integration and very well done compared to many of the other "spiced" pepper beers Iíve had - in fact I would willingly have this one again.
RoyalFlushing (322) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a deep dark brown with a large long-lasting tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma includes smoke, roasted caramel malt, and hints of bakerís chocolate and chipotle. Taste is bitter chocolate and roasted malt upfront followed by smoke and slight chipotle burn on the finish. Big mouthfeel with smoke, palatable bitterness, and peppery flavors lingering on the palate. Expected more chipotle flavor after loving the vanilla bean version, but still very enjoyable.