The Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers from Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California pours out a very dark, chocolate brown in color with some light getting through on the edges and is topped with a large, khaki colored head that slowly reduces down to a thick film with a nice collar. On the nose, aromas of smoke, roast grain, coffee, dark chocolate and a mild spice. In the mouth, flavors of rich, roast grain with a pop of smoke, chocolate and coffee followed by a pleasant heat from the peppers. Medium to full bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Thin sheets of lacing on the glass. Rich, slightly chewy mouthfeel. The finish is long and layered with flavor.
Smokey, complex with a little heat. An extraordinary beer with layer upon layer of flavor that tantalizes the palate. Perfect to warm you from the inside out. Highly recommended.
12 ounce bottle, 5.9% ABV
Beer 184 of 366 for 2012