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Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale)Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale)

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85
very good

271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stout brewed with coffee and chipotle peppers.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 04-12-2009)
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Reviews by DeanMoriarty:
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell is light all around but what comes through is plum, sweet cigar, chocolate, coffee, toasted grain with a slight astringent finish. Flavor is dark chocolate, cherry, tobacco, strong roasted coffee, slightly sweet, no bitterness, mild chili on the back end - heat dissipates instantly. Finish is dry, light effervescence, on the lighter side of medium bodied - wish the chili lingered a bit longer, but still a good beer.

DeanMoriarty, Feb 01, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to black beer without head. My nose is greeted with pleasing milk chocolate and coffee aromas immediately. Also, a certain milky creaminess and a little smoke. Very chocolaty taste, I wouldn't put this in the chile beer catagory at all, even though chiles are used. Would we put Wrath of Pecant in the plantain catagory just because they are used? You know what I mean. There isn't much chile or spice to this beer at all, maybe a hint of chipotle late in the swallow. It could much easier pass as a coffee stout. It's clean with quite active carbonation. It's enjoyable, but you know what not to expect.

brownbeer, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of ElSid
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Beers of California

#53

Bottle Date: None

A: That pitch black stout look is going on with a faint head of khaki foam which fades to a bed of bubbles.

S: The coffee and roasted, toasted malt is there. No pepper bite is detectable. Overall the nose is smooth with some cocoa and espresso but was hoping for some spice also.

T: The coffee is there but somewhat muted. Good roasted malt presence along with caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Minimal chipotle burn. There is a nice bitterness which contrasts the dark sweetness.

M: Smooth and ample with good carbonation. Trace lacing on the glass.

O: As someone who loves spice and coffee this beer ultimately let me down with only moderate coffee notes and non-existent spice presence.

ElSid, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this growler.

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get chocolate, coffee, smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. I don't get a lot of pepper flavor or aroma, but I get the smoke from the chipotles. Very nice beer.

Mora2000, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +6.4%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Dark black with a thick brown head that is quite persistent. Moderate lacing left down the glass. Perfect for the style.

Subdued aroma, even after warming, of roasted malt, some coffee, and a somewhat nondescript sharpness I'm attributing to the chipotle.

A simple, balanced stout with typical roasted malt and some coffee flavors and a sharpness on the finish. I don't get much chipotle flavor, just a somewhat bland, quick spice warmth.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel for a stout and the chili sharpness isn't particularly welcome or married well with the other flavors.

A simple though uninteresting chili stout--nothing special, but nothing unpleasant either.

ehammond1, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mostly dark brown color, a little lighter than usual for craft stouts these days, but not ugly in any sense. Not much head, a thin brown (lighter) ring of head about 3/8" thick, doesn't retain well, not much for lacing. I guess that's the chipotle working.

Aroma of chocolate and coffee, I didn't pick up on the chipotle in the aroma, but the aroma was still inviting for what it was. Fractional smoke element to it.

Taste, alright, there's a little bit of chipotle. Bitter astringency, but not in a bad way. Mouthfeel was a little thin. Starting to have the phrase 'run of the mill' run through my head.

Ashy at times. Didn't really perceive any heat of flavor for the most part of my drinking experience related to the peppers. Yes, it does grow as the beer warms, but I think Stone has a cheaper alternative (smoked porter w/ chipotle) that is easier to find and better quality. Good enough, but won't be stocking up on these.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Blackwolf
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loves me muh stouts and porters!

A- Poured into a pint glass. Dark fudgy color and a milk chocolate head about a fingers width. The head dissipated almost too rapidly and the lacing was slippery to smooth. I enjoy looking at a deep rich ale in ambient lighting :)

S- A medium scent is evident with malts, coffee. As much as I hyped this ale up I was expecting something deeper =/

T- Smokey Roasted Malt, A piquant coffee/dark chocolate taste settles on the palate briefly, but this bottoms out quickly with the bold flavor. HOWEVER... The chipotle finishes quite well from the start to finish... but especially on the finish! I have had my share of chipotle beers and this one takes the cake. The nice subtle spice that tickles and plays with your tongue in the end definitely puts a smile on your face! Kudos bootleggers for pulling off what many chipotle beers can not!

MF- Scrumptious semi-thick stout, kinda syrupy and it sticks to your mouth for a bit. It is a deep beer with medium carbonation. This will go great with bbq or a greasy mexican fusion breakfast plate :P

O- I like my stouts and porters very much, this one is a very filling and bold stout. I don't know about breaking the wallet for one, but if you can afford it go for it! Yum yum YUM!

Blackwolf, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle included as an extra from vacax - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of cocoa powder. Also present are hints of chiles and milder hints of vanilla that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although with more influence from the chiles. Mild roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by slightly sweetened cocoa powder. Midway through the sip mild amounts of chile flavors and heavier amounts of heat enter into things. The heat continues through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this wasn't the best example of a chile stout I've had however it didn't skimp on the chile flavor like some others I've had either. Worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 16, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Bananasplit, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Oct 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ste5venla, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Dirksen
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

InfernoBoss, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a nice 1cm khaki head with average retention and little to no lacing.

The nose is probably the best part of this beer. Nice notes of bitter chocolate, espresso and a touch of smoke from the chipotles. Also a bit earthy and leathery.

Flavor is pretty good but I had higher hopes for it. It follows the nose pretty well with pretty good bitter chocolate and coffee notes. But really lacking smokiness and heat from the chipotles I was hoping for and expecting. Pleasant mild espresso aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for the style which is obviously due to the use of coffee. Low carbonation.

Overall it's a good beer and real easy to drink. I was just disappointed by the lack of chipotle representation in the flavor and the mouthfeel.

MrVonzipper, Nov 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

fthegiants, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

especially good on nitro!

riotontheroad, Yesterday at 03:29 PM
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber while in El Segundo. I opened the bottle after dinner and it makes a fine dessert beer. It's by no means sweet, but there's a medium, thicker body and tasty cocoa notes. I only get the slighted hint of chipotle and heat once the beer warms to cellar temperature, but it's a nice touch. This is definitely not a beer to drink too cold, the subtle flavors are totally lost. I'm not getting any noticeable coffee, but the smooth chocolate liquor taste, balanced by a mild roast will ease your mind and please your palate. Give this a try if you find it.

tempest, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to one of those wonderful California BAs for this one. Taken from notes.

Pours dark brown with minimal head.

Smells of some sweetness, a little chili, earth, and... Chlorine?

Tastes of sweet peppers, some chocolate. We--balanced with a pleasant slight burn in the finish.

Good carbonation, but a little lighter than expected.

This one is pretty good, actually. Interesting and worth a second look. Hopefully that Chlorine smell was just my imagination.

RomaniIteDomum, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of PretzelCity
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Verdugo Bar. This beer came out black as night with only a trace of head that quickly fizzled away. A little disappointing, until I got a whiff. The nose was a big hit of coffee. I don't particularly care for coffee by itself but I love me some coffee in my beer. This one did not disappoint. The taste was more of the same, fresh ground coffee perfectly blended with roasted malts and a touch of spice at the end. The chipotle takes a back seat in this beer, with the coffee up front and then a nice touch of spice in the finish, complimenting the beer instead of overpowering it. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a medium body. I could have had a few of these if the Verdugo didn't have so many great beers to try. Overall this was an excellent beer, well balanced and extremely drinkable. I'll be looking for more of these in the future.

PretzelCity, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep black with a tan head that dissapated to a thin ring. Very little lacing.

Aroma is the best part. Lots of stouty goodness with a bit of coffee. Smells like a good chocolate mocha actually. Smells great.

Taste falls short a bit. It's just kinda stouty and chocolaty. Can't really taste the chipotle. And it's lacking flavor and busy in the finish. It doesn't taste bad it's just plain for what it's claiming to be.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout of this kind. Nice carb.

Overall an ok beer. Not bad. Worth a try. Might have it again

PeprSprYoFace, Jul 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Crazydaddyo, Jul 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Kegatron, Jul 23, 2013
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Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.