cgreb (397) - Marburg, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap - dark brown, black beer with a beige head. Smoky aroma! Flavour is buttery. Spicy in the end.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donít get a ton of nose. Smoked malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of earthy pepper notes. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head and wonderful lace. Flavors of smoke and chocolate, leather, dough, roast, and medium spicy pepper that chills way back on the palate and adds an interesting dry/spice in the finish. A great example of how heat can be used well in a beer. Solid.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GLASS: Mug TEMP: Approx 45 degrees
Served from a Stone 1L Growler Aquired via trade
This pours a dark copper/amber color. Itís slightly murky looking. A very thin, tan colored, head forms and quickly recedes. There is not much lacing to speak of.
The nose has a big smokiness. Lots of smoked malt notes. Hints of dark chocolates. Nice notes of wood smoke. Hints of char. Very good hint of spicey, smokey peppers. Traces of leather and tobacco.
This is bigger and more smoke filled than íregularí Stone Smoked Porter. The smoke level is boosted, almost to the level of Schlenkerla. Good presence of smoked maltiness and campfire smoke. Lots of leather notes. Smoked pepper (chipotle) notes are very nice. The finish is smooth and mildly dry. Then the pepper heat kicks in. Itís really more of an aftertaste, but itís really good and not easily overlooked. Itís enough heat to make you reach for another drink, to cool it down. The heat builds with each successive swallow, until youíve got a nice level of burning going on your throat.....and yet, you still want more.
Full-bodied, but with a mild level of carbonation that makes it seem thin. It would really benefit from a slight boost here. Smooth, but seriously lacking in creaminess.
The heat build-up could certainly be a bit too much for some people, Iíd think. I like it, though. Iíd love for Stone to put out something like this on a semi-regular basis. Very good.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Hamiltonís Tavern for Second Saturday (San Diego, CA): Striking brew, not so much in a good way. Pours coffee brown, clear around the edges, egg shell colored head. Nose of crushed red pepper, bay leaves, chili powder, smoked jalapenos, and hickory. Iím left with a feeling like Iím just drinking smoked chipotle powder that was just dissolved in a little H20. The spiciness, not so much hot, but more peppery, is really substantial and almost takes over any traces of porter roasted malts. Or maybe itís just that I canít think of anything else because my mind is still wrapping itself around this revolting, yet extremely unorthodox brew. Strong, powdery aftertaste. Drinkability: As much as I donít care for this brew, I actually like the innovation. And for the most part, Stone pulled it off. But just barely. Pairing: Carne asada nachos! Rebuy: No. #445 on 12052010, DG.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours a dark brune body with a tan head. Light chipotle spice, not so much in the aroma but rather is expressed more so as a light heat, spice, nacho, salt, salsa tone in the body that gives a light heat masking any warming form an etoh warming, not that this beer has a high abv. Very light and session-able, chillies, bell peppers, really enjoyable.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Has a chocolate spicy nose. This really has some spice to it. This is fizzy and hot. Both spicy and abv. It burns the roof of my mouth with spice. Great malt base but the spice is the thing. Doesnít quite taste like chipolte. Um, wow. †
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blind Tiger: these spicy beers are starting to grow on me. Dark, smokey malt base. Nice throat burning and chili tingle. Could have used more hop character though.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone Winter Storm. Deep brown color with a nice tan head. Aromas abound of smoky maltiness. Medium in body. Flavors of caramel, cocoa, and of course some chipotle pepper heat. Not overpoweringly hot. Fairly dry and spicy finish. Loved it very much.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Stone Winter Storm 2010. Deep coffee brown pour with a small bubbly beige ring, spotty lacing. Nose is exactly what I expected, quite smokey and spicy with some roasty malts in the back ground. Some faint band aid notes as well. Fairly spicy on the palate with a surprisingly dry finish.
contagion (9) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Identical to standard Stone Smoked Porter except a spicy feeling on the tongue. Good if you want a very slight modification.