Beer Review: STONE SMOKED PORTER WITH CHIPOTLE PEPPERS

Beer Review: STONE SMOKED PORTER WITH CHIPOTLE PEPPERS

Publisher: Stone Brewing Co.
Genre: Beer Review
Print Length: N/A
ISBN: N/A

Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers was born from a creative spark back in May 2006 when Merchandise Manager Chris Carroll suggested a spicy, one-off beer for Cinco de Mayo. Originally named “South of the Border Stone Smoked Porter,” this brew has since become a sought-after delicacy, though its availability remains limited.

Appearance and Aroma

The beer pours a dark brown with a tan pin stripe, but attempts to enhance the head through aggressive pouring and swirling proved fruitless. The aroma is dominated by roasted, smoky dark malt, with hints of smoked ancho and ashes.

Taste and Mouthfeel

On the palate, this porter delivers a blend of roasted malt, fresh pepper, smoky chipotle, and a subtle celery note. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied but somewhat scratchy, adding a textural dimension to the drinking experience.

Overall Impressions

The interplay of flavors in Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers is commendable. While the heat from the chipotle is not overwhelming, the beer offers a robust, smoky profile that is well-balanced. This particular batch, sampled in Southern California, was notably refined, though some batches may feature a more intense chipotle presence.

In comparison to the original Stone Smoked Porter, this variant stands out, but falls slightly short of the exceptional Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean.