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 (2033) - 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 I’ve 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 baker’s 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.
Tybalt (206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks absolutely gorgeous - deep off-black with ample brown head. Didn't really pick up the chipotle in the aroma...smelled like their normal smoked porter - smokey, roasty, malty. Up front is more of the same...but as soon as the smokiness passes, there it is...a nice subtle-at-first kick of chipotle peppers. Not overpowering - just a nice balanced addition that adds some complexity to an already fine beer. The chipotle seems to add as you get through the glass and even starts to burn just a bit in the back of the throat. Definitely a winner.
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with beige frosting. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, smoke, plum and roasted peppers; burns a bit after each whiff. Medium body with a tang; building jalapeno warmth then ashy. Taste is coffee, earth, grass, smoke and hot pepper. Heavily biased to the dark side and tedious on it’s own but would be killer with mole or BBQ.
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of peppers and smoked malt. Pours dark brown with a red tint with a light brown head with ok lacing. Tastes of smoked malt and caramel with a light pepper spicyness. Mouthfeel is pretty chewy with medium carbonation. Overall this tastes pretty good and is well balanced but its not quite as good as the vanilla version in my opinion.
xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
served at 45 degrees in a tulip. pour was milky black, about a half inch of head pillowed on top, some light lacing and retention. sweet and roasted with a hint of smoke and even smaller hint of chipotle. at first, i did not taste the chipotle, this beer needs to warm up to room temp. once it did, there was a very well integrated chipotle flavor. nice light spice combined with the smoke and sweetness. light and creamy, easy going. slight sting from the peppers. i dug it, it was tame IMO, but well executed.
RedSox2004 (1289) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, deep ruby red/black with a two-finger brown head that left a lattice down the side of the glass. Smoky malt aromas as expected, also a hint of coffee, caramel and hops and generous chili notes. Chipotle presence almost overwhlemed the nice coffee and chocolate flavors most evident on the tongue, and the smokiness lingered in the aftertaste. Full bodied, richer than most porters. Gimicky, but kind of fun, though no need to seek it out again.
wchesser (1197) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like this way more than the vanilla one...just way more integrated and complimentary. Mostly the normal smoked porter but the earthiness of the chiles comes out some in the nose. Chipotle is just in the finish after the caramel malts, smoke, and hops. Works great together. Terrific with some Velvet Merlin braised brisket tacos.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown core with a thin white head. The nose shows the peppers and plenty of smoke. The palate is similar. One could call this one dimensional, but I really love Chipotle peppers and smoked flavors, so it is a dimension I appreciate. Highly carbonated, which adds a complex dimension to the vegetal smoky flavors.