Stone's literature recommends pairing it with bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers ("Kermit Fingers", as I call them), baby-back ribs, and apple pie. But we all know that the best test of a chipotle porter is an actual Chipotle burrito, and this went really well with a carnitas cannon on the side. Not surprisingly, the beer has more spice than the burrito, and works like a palate cleanser between bites. That means each bite is like brand new, and each sip is like tasting it for the first time. I see a business partnership in the future.
This is a great intro to chili beers for people looking to diversify their drinking without running for the Pepto, though drinking multiple might cause slight heartburn and red ears in spice-averse wusses. But the flavor's spot-on and balanced rather than gimmicky, making for a great variation on Stone's non-chili classic. It's also a fantastic decongestant.
Andy Kryza is a senior editor on Thrillist's national food and drink team, and might have added extra carbonation to this beer by dropping Alka-Seltzer in it. Follow him to his next esophagoscopy via @apkryza.