Friday, July 27, 2012

Hopped and Bothered; Stone Smoked Porter Chipotle

Stone -- Smoked Porter w/Chipotle
Alcohol content 5.9%. Dark and nearly nubilous. Almost a mineral white head, akin to bone. Instant pepper aroma, mixed with malt and a hint of roasted coffee. First sip is strong and typical Stone; hidden hop base mixed with a charred tang. As the brew warms, the peppers become stronger on the bite, with the spice lingering nicely on the lips. The flavor, save for the aforementioned charred malts, is restricted solely to the chile. The chile is a nice addition, but is not enough to carry the full weight of the brew to the finish, which is lacking.

Buy if: you want a decent smoked chile beer.

Overall: Though the spices and chile work well, the roasted malts that Stone is known for do little to distinguish it from other beers.

2 out of 5.

--Nick


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