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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

249 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | 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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:45:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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johnson3000

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-15-2013 23:08:44 | More by johnson3000
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-15-2013 05:53:48 | More by Rollzroyce21
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-09-2013 23:50:53 | More by spycow
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Azrael


4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-20-2013 05:58:48 | More by Azrael
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oline73

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours a black color with a half finger of off white head. There is just a touch of heat in this beer until the finish when the peppers ramp up. I'm getting some coffee, but it's more in the background than the peppers. Just enough sweetness from the roasted malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 23:18:01 | More by oline73
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-15-2013 03:15:37 | More by RedneckBeerz
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e30todamax

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-06-2013 21:36:03 | More by e30todamax
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mvdillman

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-06-2013 04:25:38 | More by mvdillman
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Bruin75

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

02-02-2013 19:54:14 | More by Bruin75
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-27-2013 20:52:45 | More by tourdot
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mmikey8

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-27-2013 03:53:53 | More by mmikey8
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kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

6.7% ABV confirmed. Acquired locally. I don't recall the price. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; the idea of a chipotle coffee stout sounds rather good. I've never been huge on Bootlegger's, but I'm hoping this changes my mind.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger khaki-light tan head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention for the relatively high ABV. No lacing. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical for the style but nevertheless appealing.

Sm: Chili powder, dark malts, light cream, chocolate malt, and caramel. A rather mild strength aroma. No yeast character is detectable. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Light chilis - not very spicy, dark malts, light chocolate malt, and a bit of cold pressed coffee. Lacks roast, to its detriment. The chili presence is ideal for the balance; there's not too much spiciness and it really works here. Not mind blowingly complex, but it's solid. Little subtlety, though the chili is nicely restrained (as abovementioned). I do quite like it. Needs more roast and coffee.

Mf: Smooth and wet in classic porter fashion. Good carbonation and palate presence. Perhaps a bit too thick for its simple flavour profile. Suits the flavours well. Some nice cream.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable - especially considering the relatively high ABV. I'd try this on draught, but otherwise it's not worth trifling with again. A nice little porter from Bootlegger's, but it's far from amazing. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's worth trying.

B-

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 05:29:12 | More by kojevergas
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ElSid

California

3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 04:32:56 | More by ElSid
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TGS

California

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

01-13-2013 01:20:10 | More by TGS
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-09-2013 20:48:13 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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cheetsmageets

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-09-2013 07:55:32 | More by cheetsmageets
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zacharrry

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-06-2013 23:52:31 | More by zacharrry
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-27-2012 14:02:29 | More by DaveHack
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BrkfstOfChmpns

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-16-2012 07:58:23 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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Bananasplit

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-24-2012 05:56:47 | More by Bananasplit
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

10-13-2012 06:54:42 | More by kevgod
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leodarko

California

1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

09-30-2012 01:54:29 | More by leodarko
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PunkFloyd

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

09-29-2012 05:34:59 | More by PunkFloyd
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours near black with a ridiculous 4" light brown head, watch out its a gusher. 2" head remains in the glass.

S- coffee, chocolate and some pine.

T- big coffee and chocolate notes, slight dark fruits, some pine bitterness and you notice the peppers that gives a slight burn at the finish.

M- Medium body and high carbonation. Crazy high carbonation.

O- if it wasn't for the crazy high carbonation this would be a very good beer. Nice amount of coffee and chocolate with some pepper burn.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 03:16:11 | More by kawilliams81
Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.