rentonj7 (37) - USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Wood smoke, rock candy, faint chili spice.
Appearance: Deep dark cherry body, foamy tan head that fades with minimal lacing.
Taste: Wood smoke, dark chocolate. The chipolte really comes out in the aftertaste - tingles in the throat.
Palate: Light bodied for a porter. The chipolte spice seems to act in place of carbonation, with palpable bursts of heat throughout the mouth.
Overall: My first go with a chili beer. Very interesting and well done. Profile shows restraint and balance.
Mjp12 (336) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an almost cola brown, with a fluffy off white head, the chillies give a decent smoke and chilli heat hit. Very drinkable .
SSSteve (3769) - - JUL 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear brown under a small, whipped tan head. Chocolate, earthy dried tomato, a whiff of pepper, leather aroma. A light, roasty porter layered heavy with pepper heat and cocoa. Leaves a hot peppery finish.
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at ESBLS. Looks like a porter. A kind of odd aroma that I guess is the chipotle. The flavor brings that also and it is fairly robust. It is also not really great. I am not a fan of smoked beers and this is an example. There is some heat here. There is some meat and even some nuts. A good bit of hot spice. Not a favorite.
kramer (4943) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear brown body with a fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is a nice mix of smoked malt, chocolate, and chili peppers. The flavor is pretty heavy on the peppers, much stronger than expected. The chocolate and smoked malt dominate up front, but the finish is all spicy peppers. The more you drink, the more the chipotle builds, getting quite hot and spicy by mid bottle. It’s tempered a bit by the chocolate malt, but the peppers are clearly the dominant flavor here. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice beer, not sure I would want a sixtel of this on tap at home, but a bomber suits just fine.
bigguns22 (676) - Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For us who like the spices this is great. Pour is rich and dark with a tan head. Aroma is sweet and spicy with malts and chocolate note. A perfict balance between beer and food.
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is light chocolate roast, smoky, hint of spice, taste is sweet chocolate, light peat smoke, soft spice at first, lingering burn the further you get into the bottle, just a tad thin.
RoboKy (1) - New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014 does not count
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
woody, toast, black, minimal head, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish
Decent spiciness, but when compared to other spicy beers I’ve had (Mexican Cake), very uninteresting otherwise
Frank (2865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
You know, I go on and on about hating novelty ingredients in beers but sometimes, over time, one of these novelties will eventually be used subtly enough that it becomes a legitimate ingredient that good brewers use to brew good beer. Hot peppers are one of these ingredients and Stone is one of these brewers. This is a deep brown brew w/ a small head of off white foam. The nose is mildly smokey--sort of a peaty Scotch thing--w/ some roasted notes as well. This tastes mildly smokey with a solid chocolatey malt backbone. It is mildly sweet which works w/ the tinge of fruity chipotle heat in the finish and its texture is a bit oily w/ medium carbonation. The pepper here is subtly done--very much there but in no way overpowering--and used in a context where it compliments the other ingredients. I can deal w/ a beer like this if only for a change of pace every here and there.
RussianDragon (467) - - JUL 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear brown with 1 inch of beige foam that settle to a medium wisp with spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, and chipotle heat. Flavor is same with lingering chipotle finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice to try, but a bit hot for my taste - maybe best to share.