jonno (2345) - JAPAN - AUG 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really needs more heat. This is a good porter, light on the smoke with some tingly chipolte in the finish. I think I prefer the original though.
Crit (3394) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown,lasting beige head.Lightly peppery nose.Light roast with medium spicy peppers in palate
dlovell2 (895) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with amber tint and tan head. Roasted malt, smoky aroma with some pepper. Flavor is roasted malt with some smokiness and some cocoa. Nice smoky chipotle pepper flavor in finish. Nice spicy pepper heat in finish. The heat lingers. Really nice . Usually when I get a beer with pepper in it I’m disappointed with the heat but Stone delivered with this one.
radio_nowhere (915) - Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Roasthouse Pub in Frederick, MD. Served in a snifter glass, deep dark brown with tan head. Aroma of smoke, hot pepper, chocolate and a earthy note. Taste adds notes of coffee, some nuttiness, mildest peppery burn and earthy hop bitterness. Light-medium body, low-moderate carbonation, oily, soft with roasty peppery finish. Very nice peppery porter.
Bulk_Carrier (2269) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So the best by date stamp seems to be smeared off a bit. But as I taste and smell this, I’m thinking this is okay.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown around the edges with a blacker looking body the further I look towards the center. There was some nice somewhat sticky lacing that ends up spider webbing a bit.
The smell didn’t start as expected, perhaps I had it a bit too cold. Anyways, it started off with a dark roasty chocolate with a deep smokiness to it. It took at least a good minute to warm up to let the chipotle to come out.
The taste was roasty, slightly sweet, slightly smoky and with a pop of heat from the chipotle to gracefully touch my taste buds with a fantastic complexity.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. I want to drink it, but I also find myself sipping it a bit - sessionable, uh...hmmm...probably not, it seems there’s too much going on and I want to savor for as long as I can. The aftertaste is basically smoky heat leading towards a really nice sharp heat bite of a finish that comes across roasty and smooth. The carbonation is done extremely well for the style and for me.
Overall, big wow from me. Looks as if the date didn’t matter, hahaha, joke’s on the person who tried to smear it off.
lightbias (162) - USA - JUL 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, coffee color with a slightly frothy, off-white head. The lacing on the glass is light and wet. Roasted smoke with a slight spice until you’ve had a few sips. Then, the heat starts in the back of your throat. A light burn, nothing too crazy, and just enough to let you know that the chipotle are there. After a full bomber, the heat is consistent for an extended period, and mildly pleasant. There is nothing extreme about this, just really nice in all aspects. Nice smoky flavor and a nice spice in an excellent porter.
Definitely a long, dark finish with this brew!
JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When it comes to a hot pepper infused beers I like the heat midway through the flavors. Dark full bodied porter with smoked coffee malts and bitterness wrap around the essence of Chipotle peppers. Another well engineered beer from Stone.
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BiddleBrau (962) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Capone’s. Deep mohagany with off white lacy head. Cocoa and roast in the nose. Cocoa flavor and pepper presence is well incorporated, just right and pleasant. Always a nice Porter with a twist.
Huhzubendah (2660) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is dark mahogany with an off-white head. Aromas of hickory, smoke, roast, char, cacao, peppers. Nice flavor - everything comes together nicely. Peppery heat is there, but doesn’t overwhelm or fatigue the palate. Chocolate and roast with some earthy hop character in the finish. not something I would have regularly, but this was a fun beer. A good candidate for sharing a few ways.
poisoneddwarf (1767) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Aroma consists of peppers, tobacco, mild campfire, licorice, raspberry jam, wet rock. Pours dark mahogany with a medium beige head with decent retention. Taste is thankfully much more smoky than the aroma; also mid-level heat from the peppers, roasty, coffee, earthy, mild licorice; finishes slightly bitter. As it warms, the peppers become more pronounced, offering more vegetal jalapeno flavor (good in this case) and heat. Perfect palate. I love it; much better than plain old Stone Smoked Porter, which I’ve always thought was a lost opportunity.