He looked around to find the strangest one he could, and came back with Chipotle porter. At the time, I thought it was very strange, using peppers in beer! But if the last year has been any indication, Stone was a year ahead of the pack. We’ve had 4 different pepper beers this year, to varying degrees of likeness.
This beer has been sitting in the fridge for almost a year, waiting for the right time for Mark and I to drink it. It had made its way upstairs a few times, but never opened up. So this day, I forced us to FIFO and I brought it out. I poured it at least half an hour before dinner so that it could warm up and we could get the full effect right away.
It poured out black and smelled like a nasty, over portered porter. The smell was very sweet and very malty. It tasted, however, a little smokey and a little sweet. And then it hit you. Right in the back of the throat. Spicy chipotle peppers. Not enough to be hot, but enough to tweak the receptors in your mouth that you were drinking something spicy. It worked well with the sweet of the porter, which masked almost all of it.
Mark gave it a 5 on Untappd, which is rare. I liked it and it was definitely the best pepper beer I’ve had all year.
Country of Origin: United States
Alcohol Content: 5.9%
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle