peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a sizable light tan head. Aroma is light chocolate, minimal smoke, roasted malt, and a nice, relatively tame spice aspect with some hops into the finish. Taste is roast and light chocolate with a more dominant presence from the chipotle and some slightly bitter, smokey notes as well. Bit of lingering heat from the chipotle after each sip as well. Clean, somewhat light and airy mouthfeel. Iím a big fan of beers with some form of pepper heat and I found this one to be well done, balanced, and clean. Great beer Stone!
Doghair (256) - Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown. Minimal foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very vegetal. The smoked chipotle comes through though. Taste is smoky sweet malt with the pepper taste in the back of your throat. Very nice, subtle. Overall very good. Unique!
More beer please...
bluejacket74 (1275) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that didnít stay around for very long. Thereís also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, chipotle peppers, smoke/peat, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like roasted/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, chipotle peppers, coffee, smoke/peat, and a bit of caramel. The heat from the peppers is noticeable but not strong, however with that being said itís still a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a little creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall beer, I liked it.
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. from Bottleworks. Black, opaque body, with a wispy head. Light roast, smoke, and pepper aroma. A little "milky" aroma comes through, too. Not very impressed with the aroma, as it seems less pungent than the plain smoked porter. The soft texture is nice. The beer is smoky, and then goes towards a peppery flavor, but it isnít very distinguished. Iím not saying something like chipotle peppers should stand out too much, but a little more of a presence couldnít hurt. With that, there is a very subtle peppery heat, and itís nice, but itís not enough to save the beer. Glad they decided to give this a shot, but Iíd say "Next!"
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the new 12oz bottles. Pours identical to the vanilla bean but then the aroma shows where this is going. Smooth, not much smokiness. The pepper comes on about midway and then lingers over the first few sips and then dissipates a bit.
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium sized fluffy beige head. The aroma is roasted, moderate smoke, with a dash of chocolate and some peppery spice. The flavor has dry roasted malts, mild smokey notes, the peppers kick in mid palate for a slowly building heat, light chocolate also works its way in. The finish has a touch of green pepper. This is solid, but not world class. It seems to be a touch thin at the finish.
ChazMania (652) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into tulip. Interesting nose, doesnt seem as smokey as I recall the straight smoked porter to be. Dark brown as expected. Taste is much more mild in the pepper than the Vertical 11.11.11. Light smoked aftertaste medium body. I liked the Vanilla Bean one alot more than this.
johnnnniee (2178) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle from Julioís Pours a solid dark brown with brilliant garnet highlights and a huge fluffy mocha head that persists forever. Smells of spicy pepper, caramel, chocolate, and smoke with little to no hop aroma. The aroma is heavy on the smoke. The taste is a nice mix of chocolate smoke caramel and a small bit of pepper that never gets too warm. The smoke and pepper mesh nicely together amidst a chocolate and caramel backdrop. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy almost syrupy mouthfeel. I liked this one a lot better than the vanilla version. Nice beer!
b3shine (5184) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; dark with low carbonation and bubbly lacing. Smells good too; smokey and spicy. Tastes nice; a good balance of pepper and smoke without excess heat. Mouthfeel is good for this style of brew.A very good non-barreled pepper beer!
skmikeg (835) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark pitch black with a foamy tan head which lingers for a while. Aroma is of peppers, smoke, some roasted malts, and some coco notes. Taste is of smoked chipolte peppers, roasted malts, bakers coco, some coffee, and some earthiness. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a spicy, peppery finish. overall, a nice combination of smoke and peppers for a tasty spice/herb/vegetable porter.