Stone Brewing Company has several versions of its Smoked Porter that it rotates through as seasonal releases, and the summer version is Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers. It has the same 5.9% Alcohol by Volume (ABV) as its parent beer.
Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers is a black bodied beer, with a brown glow poking through when held up to a light. A small tan head tops it off, with scattered lacing remaining behind as the beer descends.
The nose has chocolate, roast along with a bit of smoke in the background.
Dark malts start things off in the taste, roast and chocolate with hints of caramel, smoky peat, with smoky chipotle peppers nicely intertwined. Neutral yeast, with low hop bitterness and low leafy hop flavor. Mouth is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, with a lingering pepper heat in the finish.
Recently Stone released a couple of pepper beers which, from what I heard, were pretty intense. I didn’t try either of those, but Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers maintains a nice balance and doesn’t go too haywire. The chipotle do provide a bit of heat, but it isn’t overwhelming, and the smoky pepper notes work well with the smoked Porter base. A nice beer.
Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers : B+
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz