notalush (5910) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle - I figured this would be a good beer to welcome the first sign of a light evening chill I the air - cola-like pour - fizzy head - nose is fairly smoky, with a string earthiness resembling soil - some cocoa - no chilis present in the nose - body is thin - texture is a little rough - fairly sweet throughout - some light notes of chocolate and roast - moderate pepper heat that builds a bit with each sip - smoke comes back strong in the finish - not a lot going on, really - just sweetness, spice and smoke - was hoping for more. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2012
It has been a long time since I had a Stone Smoked Porter (that wasn;t barrel aged) maybe 6 years. So this will be fun to revisit with these two different treatments. The 12oz bottle pours mahogany with deep ruby red edges and tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sort of dark roasted malts and a little bit of chili pepper meat followed by some sweet maltiness. The taste is more bold than the vanilla version. I get dark roasted to burnt malts with a modest level of chili pepper flavor and very light chili heat to midway. Into the finish the smooth modest smokiness joins in and takes this to the after taste. Somehow the chili pepper addition has amplified the roastiness in this brew or it was the vanilla in the other one that sort of covered it up. Cool stuff, this. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Big black body smaller tan head... Flavor has chipotle in just enough of a way.. Some light pepper notes finish... Green pepper flavor in a way, not much of a roasted quality, smokiness is still lightly present.. Nice beer, medium bodied... bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. Blackish beer with a tan head. Chili pepper and malt aroma with light smoke. Caramel and chocolate flavor with smoke and chilis. Medium bodied. Light chooclate and chilis linger with smoke and caramel. grimreaperguru (264) - santee, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Pours a an almost jet black ruby red with light tan head.The aroma is of smokey malt with light spice tone to it.The flavor is of smoked malt,chocolate, and a little spice.Goes down smooth with a nice bitter finish.Overall a real good beer.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2012
12oz bottle. Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked chilies, campfire, caramel and some chocolate. Flavor is smokey with bitter chocolate and some sweet caramel. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. This is really nice, I think it’s an improvement on the regular version because you can actually get a decent smoke character. No real chili heat at all, just added smoke. jake65 (3986) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle: Dark brown with auburn hues. Roasty nose with light smoke. The smokiness is toned down from the original, not really picking up on the chipotle. Less ash and more roast, some cocoa, but no peppers. Good, but I was expecting more. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2012
12 oz bottle - purchased at Supermarket Liquors in FC. dark brown pour with a tan head. nice pepper / spice nose with a bit of smoke - the peppers don’t overpower. med body with big spice notes, smoked malt and a hot (but not too hot) finish. ben4321 (6678) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Sparrow-Downtown, 8/30/12
rougeau13 (3157) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Aroma: The aroma has lots of smoked malts/meat, burnt malts, and some peppery notes
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark drown color with a smooth froth of light brown head and heavy lace
Flavor: The flavor of the one, like the nose, is also heavy malty, with lots of roasted/burnt flavors, some medium-plus smoke, and, while not a ton of pepper, there is a little more pepper in the taste then the nose
Palate: It is medium bodied, has a somewhat creamy feel, soft carbonation, and a dry, roasty finish
This one feels like a combination of a Porter and a Rauchbier with a light pepper presence thrown in. Overall, that style combination works pretty well here. Though the peppers are subtle, they still add a nice component to the beer.
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Almost black with a big beige head with substantial lacing. Rather mild aroma of smoke, chipotle, and roast. The taste is roasty and a little bitter, but the chipotle character is a little disappointing. Medium bodied, a little dry. Good, but I expected better.