Smoke Bomb Imperial Smoked Chipotle Porter Recipe Kit

SKU: UB10070

Silver Medal NHC 2013

Looking for an explosion of flavor that’s sure to tantalize your tastebuds? Look no further. Smoke Bomb delivers a 1 - 2 punch of smoky goodness through the use of smoked malt and smoky chipotle peppers.

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Smoke Bomb Imperial Smoked Chipotle Porter

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Although it may seem a bit unusual, the dark, rich flavors of porter are the perfect pairing for chipotle peppers. The peppers have a dark, dried fruit character that draws out the flavors of crystal malt, while the smokiness of the peppers adds depth and complexity to smoked malt. Add in subtle notes of roast and bittersweet chocolate delivered with a spicy kick and you've got yourself a bold brew that’s sure to raise a few eyebrows.

Now you can enjoy Brewmaster Deb Loch's recipe that clinched the Silver Medal at the highly competitive 2013 National Homebrew Competition.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Spice or Fruit Beer, Stout/Porter
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1066
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

Packed with smoky flavor! Review by Darren
Enjoying this one right now. If you like smoky malt flavor with a little kick, this is your brew. I was a little afraid of the peppers possibly ruining the brew so I only used 2 peppers (seeds removed, broken into tiny pieces and placed in a paint strainer bag during secondary fermentation for 2 days.) For my tastes, it was all it needed. Good advice to pull samples and taste each day during the pepper phase. You could easily spice this one beyond enjoyment. (Posted on 2/14/15)
Good changeup beer Review by Sam
This is the first time brewing. I steeped the smoked grains an extra 5 minutes. I think next time I'll go with the recommended amount of time to tame the smoke a bit.

I found that 4 days of peppers in the secondary was an appropriate amount of heat if you're considering sharing with other people. I'd like to try brewing this again and doing 5-7 days of chipotle peppers to start a little fire. (Posted on 1/31/15)
A beer lovers beer Review by Brad
Second time on this one and it is a favorite! Simple recipe, 1 week in primary then transferred to a keg once gravity held. Here is where the art begins... 4 medium sized chipotle peppers 1/2'd and seeded. Placed peppers in hop bag and 24 hours later... Spicy and smokey! Taste frequently during secondary to keep the heat in check. (Posted on 12/7/14)
Best brew yet Review by ChrisR
This is probably my 20th brew, and probably my 10th kit from NB, and it is by far my favorite. A breeze to brew. I added 3 peppers and kept them in there for 3 days since I don't mind a little extra heat. That being said, the chili heat blends perfectly with the grain and hops to create a brew that I could drink 3-4 of in a sitting. Definitely brewing this again, highly recommended. (Posted on 10/28/14)
5 Star with Modifications Review by Zach
If you think of this as an imperial porter, it won't be anywhere close, and falls outside of the baltic porter class too. I made the following modifications (based on BeerSmith calculations) and the beer came out awesome.

Final volume down to 4.5 gallons from 5 gallons.
Full ounce of hops for bittering.
Diced the chipotles and soaked in the minimum amount of vodka for 1 week, strained out the peppers and added the infused liquor to taste at bottling (I used the full amount but it might be too spicy for some).

These changes brought it to a 1.082 SG (8.3% abv est) with 39.1. IBU, and it is delicious. (Posted on 10/23/14)
Ms. Loch knows her beer ! Review by Barry
Brewed normal using 2 us-05. I didn`t know it came with peppers so i bought my own.Took 3 large peppers,1 with seeds and 2 without and soaked in 1 cup kettle 1 while fermentation took place then added the vodka,now dark brown n smoky,to the secondary.4 weeks secondary then kegged.Tried 1 last night. Smoky n chocolately and just an outstanding porter which reveals its heat after the sip with a nice tingle on the lips. Great job ! (Posted on 9/28/14)
Don't follow the instructions Review by Mark
Ok, this is a FANTASTIC beer, but unless you are 5 (and why would you be here if you were) you should DEFINITELY up the heat from the suggested TWO peppers! I love a beer that will slap you in the face and call you Shirley, so after sampling based on the directions, I dumped in the whole batch of peppers in (and added some of my own fresh "Guatemalan Insanity Peppers" (thank you Chief Wiggum) to give it the punch it needed. The only, and I mean ONLY downside to this recipe is, I recommend you don't let it sit too long in your bottles/keg as it seems to lose a bit of FLAME over time. I will try the Gojira on this order to compare, but I REALLY enjoyed this brew. I'd go 4.5 out of 5 if they would let me... Positive I'll order this one again, we all enjoyed the depth of flavors mixed with the heat that forced you to drink something to put out the flames (thankfully I had 12 ounces in my hand) (Posted on 8/30/14)
What a change! Review by Steve
Brewed this on 4/13. Took a taste out of the hydrometer and was very disappointed. It was thin, watery, and tasteless! After five weeks in the secondary I added the peppers. I only used those that came with the kit, including some of the seeds. Three days later I chose to bottle. Taste tested again and the mouthfeel was thin but could get a hint of the porter taste. There was some heat to it. Now, after a few bottles I can see that the tastes are really developing. Not as thick as some of the other porters but not watery either. I might have liked just a little more heat but what is there is noticeable especially on the first drink. Glad I brewed this and can't wait until my jalapeno-lovin' friends give it a try. (Posted on 6/20/14)
Smoky and Spicy Review by Paul
I used 4 peppers, broke them into pieces and put into the secondary in a cheesecloth bag (seeds and all) for 24 hours. The beer turned out very complex, very smokey, and a good amount of heat. But all the flavors work well together. This is a fantastic beer and if you can handle some heat, recommend you give it a try. (Posted on 4/4/14)
Fantastic Beer! Review by Chad
Primary for 1 weeks and secondary 2 weeks. Used all of peppers and left them in for the final 5 days of fermentation. Turned out great. Awesome beer with smoked salmon. Will make this beer again. (Posted on 2/28/14)
Spicy smoky and delicious Review by Aaron
This brew turned out great. Perfect balance of malt and peppers. Great smoky aroma and taste but not overwhelming, with just the right amount of heat on the back end. Will definitely brew again. (Posted on 2/1/14)
Thoroughly enjoy it from first smell to aftertaste. Review by Jamie
This brew is so complex that you thoroughly enjoy it from first smell to aftertaste. Smokey but not overwhelming. Grains & malts perfectly balanced. We made ours pretty spicey, using all the peppers in the muslin bag and soaking in the secondary for 2 days. It definately has a kick and pairs best with Mexican type food choices or brats & burgers for the game.
Definately on our top 5 list of favorite brew kits, we wouldn't change a thing! (Posted on 1/28/14)
Really nice chili beer, expected an imperial porter Review by Sean
Primary for 2.5 weeks, Secondary 2.5 weeks. Wanted to give this one some heat.. split and seeded all the peppers, soaked in a little vodka for 2 days and tossed them in the secondary for the final 4 days. Came out pretty hot but nothing intolerable.. Should be interesting to see how this ages over the next year or so.

Tried this one three weeks after bottling and it's already pretty tasty, but I expected a darker color and a thicker feel. Wish it had more of chocolaty, malty taste expected from an imperial porter. The flavors that are there are great though, big time hot smoky pepper, dark fruit and sweet malt, just not exactly what I had expected, Interested to see if others feel likewise. (Posted on 1/18/14)
Outstanding!!! Review by Andy
This is only my second brew, but it turned out better than the majority of the smoked porters I've ever had! I only used 2 chipotles for 3 days, and the flavor doesn't come through as much as I wanted, but that's just a lesson learned! I'll def be brewing this one a couple times a year! (Posted on 12/28/13)
Excellent balance of heat and flavor Review by Travis
So i might be cheating by reviewing this a little early (my batch is still in the secondary) but HOLY COW is this awesome! The dark malt flavors add a ton of body and depth, and the smoke level from the malt is just right to add a little "something else" to the base flavor.

I followed the recommendations in the instructions and used two peppers, which i seeded, chopped, and re-hydrated in about a tablespoon of vodka for about 20 minutes before adding to the secondary in a muslin bag. That was 5 days ago. Yesterday I took a sample (hence my ability to review today), and the level of heat and fruit flavor was incredible for a 4 day soak. The heat, however, isn't overpowering, and blended really well with the smokiness and malt flavor. Adds a nice little kick at the end though. I pulled the peppers and intend to let the beer sit in the secondary for another 5-7 days before bottling, to let the added flavors mellow in a bit.

If i remember, I'll update my review after I crack this baby out of the bottles, but I can already tell you this is hands-down the best kit I've ordered from Northern Brewer -and probably one of the best beers I've ever made - so maybe there's no need. (Posted on 12/2/13)
Good instructions and excellent beer Review by Greg
We have really enjoyed this beer. It's not as smokey as I'd like (though I prefer VERY smokey beers), but the instructions were excellent and quite clear. It is exactly as expected.

One suggestion that I had for the recipe was to do a vodka infusion with the chipotle peppers so that vegetation and non-sanitized ingredients won't enter the beer.

But regardless, nice job! I'll be ordering this again. (Posted on 12/2/13)

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