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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

278 Ratings
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 04-12-2009

Stout brewed with coffee and chipotle peppers.
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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a thick mocha tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smells like expresso and malt, a touch of chili as it warms.

Tasted like warm roasted malts and coffee. It has a slight chili aftertaste, more as it warms.

Feels smooth upfront, with a bit of astringency and carbonation on the sides of my tongue in the middle. I even got a little chili tickle in my throat at the end.

Overall, I like this beer. I like heat, so I wish it had more, but I understand that's unreasonable. The coffee is a major player, and for a stout(not my usual fare) it's really good. I little too much carbonation, but I don't mind. If I compare this to Guinness, it's leagues above, as Guinness has almost no flavor. This beer is as advertised, coffee with a hint of chili.

DOA

Photo of hopsputin
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark black with some muddy brown at the bottom

A: roasted malts, chipotle pepper, dark chocolate, toasted toffee

T: sweet malts and milk chocolate right away. Ten hit with the spice. It's not that spicy but you can feel it in the mouth. Fades to toffee and powdered dark chocolate

M: medium with some syrup-like qualities

O: this is nice because the spice is present, but not overwhelming to the point where the stout flavors are dominated. Would have like a little more roasted qualities, but overall it's better than average.

Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are all dark malts: lots of chocolate with a decent amount of roasted/coffee notes as well. Quite inviting...

The taste follows the nose but adds that slight little oomph from the chilies, which was undetectable from the smell. More coffee (minimal astringency, thank you), cacao, roasted malts and very light spiciness. I find the chipotle very minimal (although my taste is tuned to enjoying very spicy things).

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium, smooth, tasty. Good balance for the ABV and style; allows the flavors to shine properly.

Overall, this is a good, nice, drinkable stout with a hint of chili spice. I like it a lot, even though I wish there was a little more spice kick

Photo of djmichaelk
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 22oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - On first pour, it seems and sounds almost like cola -- the head isn't huge, maybe a couple of fingers, but crackles angrily and falls away pretty quickly. It leaves pretty much nothing, not even really a ring. Swirling doesn't produce much at all. No lacing, obviously.

S - Big notes of coffee, better than most. Many coffee beers smell and taste more like stale coffee, where this has the aroma more of freshly ground roasted beans. Maybe a hint of smoke, but nothing of peppers in the nose.

T - Again, plenty of roastiness in the beer between the malt and the coffee. This has just the right amount of coffee in a beer for me -- almost as if you added a couple of tablespoons to the glass. Some dark chocolate is there, but I can't say I detect a lot of the chipotle in the flavor. Maybe just a hint of spiciness in the finish.

M - The carbonation is very light, almost bordering on flat. Leaves it with kind of an oily, slick feel. Doesn't ruin the beer for me, but it's detracting from the experience. Could definitely benefit from more assertive carbonation.

D - Despite the challenges from the carbonation, this is still a beer that I would reach for (in the morning!) again.

O - Nice beer overall. I'll definitely be sampling another to see if I just got an off bottle.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks for the hookup Brendan.

Pours a dark muddy brown with a tannish one finger head into my Darkness snifter. Lacing remains.

Coffee and chocolate notes prevail. Pepper is evident with a touch of dark fruit on the backend. A peculiar combination.

The taste is definitely a combo of chocolate and coffee. You can feel the pepper finish off the sip in the back of your throat. It is a welcome sensation. The heat isn't overpowering but it is definitely there. As the beer warmed in my glass everything became more prominent. My only knock is the mouthfeel. It is a little too thin. I would like something chewier.

This was an exceptional surprise. I was expecting to have just another tick but this beer is actually quite good. I would gladly drink another.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Random spots of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans, and a smokiness from the chipotle. Taste is just like the smell with a nice roasty pepper taste that lingers after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. The body on this beer is somewhat light for a stout though. Overall, this is a good stout and I really like the smoked chipotle aroma and flavor found in this beer.

Photo of BreweryRun
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tpd975
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep dark flat black hue. Nice tall tan head. Dies to a ring with some spotty lace noted.

S: Aromas of roasted chocolate malt, earthy peppers, stale coffee, and sweet candy.

T: Semi Sweet chocolate, mild chili's more earthy than hot, hints of fresh coffee, and sweet malts. Almost has a lactic milky quality to it. Is the base a milk stout?

M: On the thinner side of medium, smooth, tasty.

D: Good, nice drinkable stout with a hint of chili. I like it a lot.

Photo of jefferz5000
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FINALLY opened this baby up. Picked it up a while back on a trip to CA.

Pours a deep brown with hints of ruby. It's clear. Small light tan fizzy head works itself up, then fades rather quickly to absolutely nothing, as if it's just too exhausted to maintain some bubbles.

Aroma is nice though. The coffee is pretty strong smelling and I'm digging it. Some nice smooth roast going on here.

The taste is pretty clean, with lots of coffee that has held up surprisingly well, for not being a very "big" beer. It's a lot smoother than some other coffee beers I've had, and I'm impressed. The chipotle takes time to build up. If you were to only have a sip or two, you would never guess it's even in there. That could have something to do with this bottle's lack of freshness.

Mouthfeel is decent. It's a bit thin for my liking. Lively carbonation, but not overdone. The beer almost needs it, unless it were to have a bit more body.

Overall, I like this beer and think it's a very tasty stout. Like I said before, the coffee in this is better than some I've had before. It seems to be very well integrated. The chipotle adds a weird angle, once you have a glass or two and start to realize it's there. Enjoyable brew.

Photo of farrago
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour gets you two plus fingers of creamy dark brown foam, all micro-bubbles with a uniformly flat surface, you can see hundreds of bubbles popping at once as it simmers down to the surface with ease, the foam glides down the glass sides in solid sheets, no lacing. As expected, the liquid is pure jet black without a trace of color, appears to have no haziness. Wastes no time unleashing the chipotle peppers, albeit the heavily roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and cocoa, follows up with lactose, cumin and coriander spice, over time the pepper recedes in favor of earth, muddy straw and cigar ash. Medium-bodied, firm and muscular, the weak carbonation would surprise if you only viewed the glass after the pour and not minutes later when there is absolutely no bubbles to found anywhere. As a result, the heat and spice are able to soak in and maintain as consistent a presence as the bitter dark chocolate, coffee and milk cream. Except for the burn there's no real roughness, smooth enough overall texture. Oatmeal, corn bread, biscuit breadiness is doughy and not that sweet. Momentary touch of orange peel. Any greenness is akin to tea leaves or tobacco wrappers. Not particularly complex but does show determination in getting its few words across.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Genghis22
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very deep dark brownish black, with the slightest hints of ruby on the edges when held up to the light. A nice mocha color head.

S - Smells like a big roasty porter. Good amount of smoke and roasted malt. There is just the faintest hint of chile spice in the nose. Not enough to make you think of it, but the nose tingles just a tad, and knowing that there is chipotles in here, one knows what the tingle is from.

T - Yum! A nice big roasty malty porter. Hints of chocolate and a fair amount of smoke. The chipotle is in the aftertaste and attacks the back of your throat. It provides a nice addition. This starts of tasting like your normal big malty porter, but the peppers, really elevate this beer, and add a totally differnt element.

M - Medium body, with moderate to high carbonation. Very rich and smooth. The carbonation, provides a nice feel, and finish is like velvet.

D - Not sure how many of these I would really comsume in a night, probably just one. This is tasty beer, and very unique, but like all spicy foods, the more you drink the more chipotle you taste. The burn is not intense, but it is there. One and done for me.

Photo of markgugs
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: chocolate and roastiness dominate the nose with slight chipotle pepper notes and mild coffee character.

T: the chocolate and coffee flavores were more potent on the palate with roasty milky accents and a touch of chipotle peppers that leave a slight sting on the finish.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a pretty low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild roasty, and spicy creamy finish.

D: I really enjoyed this beer that featured some roastiness chocolate and chipotle peppers. I just just wished the chipotle character was more potent throughout. Still drank good and was a decent brew.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.