Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) - Bootlegger's Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
06-26-2011 06:15:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
Received this one recently as part of a box from somewhere, I swear I get these all way too confused at times, but no matter, I cracked this one open after dinner last night to get my fix for something a bit different. Served chilled in a pint glass, it was consumed on 12/25/2009.
The pour was warm and inviting, rich dark brown in color, nearly black with a big tan head on top that showed no signs of letting it down. Nice webbing on the side of the glass, a really good look. Aroma was dominated by coffee at first. Rich, dark roast with a light touch of sweetness trying to balance it out. Not really picking up the peppers at first. I go in for a sip and a luscious, chocolate and coffee flavor rushes across the tongue, not terribly strong but nice and mellow, well thought out and nicely done. But the pepper kicks in about ten seconds after this sip with a nice light burning on the tongue and throat. Well done I have to admit with nothing coming across as too course or overdone. I was actually really digging this and with the smooth, even flavor and light abv, we had ourselves a winner.
Overall this was pretty damn solid I have to say. Nothing really over the top and the pepper really balanced well against the coffee, playing off each other very nicely. A solid brew from top to bottom.
12-27-2009 05:44:43 | More by mikesgroove
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
On-tap at Bootlegger's
A: Dark, dark brown (bordering on black) with a fluffy tan head.
S: The chiles were not quite as dominant as I had anticipated (thankfully). The primary aromas were roasted malt and coffee with just a touch of chipotle.
T: Like the nose, this one is mostly roasted malt and coffee with an ever so slight heat of chile on the finish. The chipotle flavor gives the beer a little bit of a surprise taste.
M: Medium bodied, but maybe leaning a bit more towards the lighter side. The carbonation level was moderate to high.
D: Not nearly as "bad" as I was expecting, for the style, that is. From talking to people, it seems they have dialed back the chipotle component, and it's for the better of the beer. It's not spicy, but does have a little kick. That said, it wasn't my favorite beer, but an interesting one to try.
01-19-2010 16:58:30 | More by womencantsail
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
Served in a Chambord shaped pint glass.
Big thanks to jodan for this LIFed bottle!
The post-fantasy football draft party continues here. This stuff pours a garnet-highlighted black-brown topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises light coffee, hickory smoke, roasted malts, light dark chocolate, and a rather light twinge of hot pepper in the background. I'm not entirely certain how much the power of suggestion was at work here, but I could swear the pepper was back there. The taste holds notes of mild smoke, roasted malts, watered-down coffee, and a larger bit of pepper in the back. With every drink, the pepper seems to grow more powerful, similar to the effect found in Hunahpu's (just with different flavors surrounding it). It makes for an interesting taste experience, believe you me. Unfortunately, the ancillary flavors are all kinda weak, save for the roasted malts. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a rather enjoyable brew. I was hoping for something a bit thicker and more full-bodied, but it wasn't too big a deal here. I'd also been worried that the pepper had faded (seemed to be the recent review consensus), but instead it seemed the coffee had faded, though this allowed for a nice cumulative pepper effect. I'd say this brew was a success regardless, just not a monstrous one.
08-23-2011 03:51:51 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Dark brown, not quite opaque - a little light shines through. The small head quickly recedes to collar.
The nose has a mix of roasted barley, grainy sweetness, mild peppery chipotle heat and a reserved coffee presence. This is pretty balanced and harmonious, to my surprise.
The palate is also pretty good, heavy on the grainy/bready malt and dark roasted coffee, light on the chipotle flavor and heat. The beer grows in complexity as it warms, bringing the chipotle flavor closer to the forefront. The finish is roasty and mildly hot, which lingers nicely. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I'd like, but hefty enough. This was surprisingly enjoyable.
11-30-2010 04:10:14 | More by largadeer
3.13/5 rDev -16.5%
I can't remember who gave me this - it was either Chris (spycow) or t0rin0. Anyways, served in a Hill Farmstead glass.
A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving some wisps on top but minimal lacework. Dark brown body with some reddish notes.
S - Coffee, smoke, mild peppery spice, chocolate. Seems kind of faded.
T - Again, tastes a bit stale - a bit of papery oxidation, stale coffee grounds, mild chocolate, sugar and malt. not much in the way of the advertised chipotles.
M - Somewhat thin, dry, roasty, with zesty carbonation. Thankfully not alcohol present, but not chili heat either.
D - Not sure how old this bottle was - I've know Chris and Bobby for about a year, so I haven't had this bottle for more than a few months. Hopefully I'll get to try this fresh and it's a significant improvement. However, Bootlegger's could using some bottle dating. Coffee and pepper flavors seemed to fall out rather quickly in this beer.
08-07-2011 04:30:54 | More by MasterSki
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
Extra in a trade recently from Andrew I think, at the time of this review it is the #2 chile beer on beeradvocate best of lists. Thanks!
Beer is a dishwater brown, really hazy with a lazy head, no lacing moderate carbonation, not the most attractive beer I've ever seen.
Aroma is roasty, coffee, with hints of smoke and mild chiles. Smells decent.
Beer is medium in body and pretty bitter at the back, lots of roasted coffee coming up in this one overall. The beer has this mildly dry finish and on that desert of a palate remains this slight smoky heat. Interesting. The chili flavor comes out the more I drink it, the stronger it gets but it never get overwhelming. It is just resting there, in the background popping up to remind you, "This isn't a porter it is a chile beer" -- I don't think I'd have it again but I did enjoy it.
06-25-2011 15:50:21 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
09-07-2010 03:31:43 | More by Mora2000
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-15-2013 23:18:01 | More by oline73
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
Stark black beer with a faint pepper burn.
Black as a bad bone. Not much head. General impression is kind of harsh and sharp. Heavy on the hops. I don't taste much in the way of peppers, but the aftertaste has a slight burn to it. Grainy malt flavors along with raw vegetables, like a touch a brussels sprouts. Some body but not any richness.
Drank most of a tulip glass at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach, San Diego.
05-14-2011 05:28:41 | More by mactrail
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours black with a nice whisp of head.
S: Heavy on the coffee and chile spice, capsaicin rich, very pungent.
T: Big time coffee and dark chocolate start the brew. The spice component is robust, not extremely hot, not mild either. It's really there from mid-palate onward. Long aftertaste, you'll be feeling this one long after you finish it.
M: Medium-bodied, felt watery at times to me though, light carbonation, spice makes it interesting.
D: A very nice beer from Bootlegger's. Both of the local North County breweries have made a chile beer and both have turned out to be really good. Check this effort out.
09-24-2009 16:57:38 | More by Halcyondays
3.3/5 rDev -12%
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.
01-20-2013 05:29:12 | More by kojevergas
4.05/5 rDev +8%
Draft at the brewery.
Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a strong chocolate character that lingers before being countered by the chili powder. Hints of roasted coffe bean, dark chocolate, lactic cream and caramel. These notes blend well with the spicy chili powder.
Chewy body with a good balance of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Lots of sweet and bitter dark chocolate along with hints of toffee, coffee and oatmeal. Toward the end of the palate there is a prominent chili pepper spiciness that lingers well after the finish. Chocolate and chili well integrated, creating a well balanced and flavorful sipper. Reminds me of an artisan chocolate bar.
01-26-2012 08:35:16 | More by corby112
3.9/5 rDev +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.
07-02-2012 02:01:07 | More by tempest
4.46/5 rDev +18.9%
A: Poured jet black with a moderate coffee colored head. Two fingers to be exact with lots of bubbles and a few curtains of lacing after the head resedes.
S: The nose says chocolate covered chipotles to me. The coffee was present for sure but the nice roastiness, peppers and cocoa took precedence
T: Initial coffee gets ya but its pretty tame. The chipotles are ushered in with some creamy milk chocolate. Oh so nice. Harmonious the flavors are. No one flavor seems to dominate here. I am digging this. A nice roasted malt base for the flavors to ride on. The finish has a little hit, a nice pepper zing and coffee beans.
M:: Medium-full bodied, well carbonated, loads of flavor, a bit sweet with a light decadence to it
O: More than I was expecting here. My first beer from Bootleggers was very nice. I see the ratings are bit lower than mine. I think some people forget this is NOT a Imperial Stout as others BA reviews have eluded to " I see where this one is going but just misses the mark on the flavors of a big stout." Its a single stout. It hits all of the BJCP criteria and its very flavorful and full for the style. Well done.
08-09-2013 14:33:43 | More by barleywinefiend
4.2/5 rDev +12%
Bootlegger's already makes several variants of its Black Phoenix beer; Spicenator Black Phoenix, Imperial Phoenix, Barrel-Aged Imperial Phoenix. Does a nitro version of Black Phoenix count as well. If it does, let's makes some notes of it:
Once again, that nitro gas leaves a super creamy, long lasting beige head atop a black body. Beautiful, once again. The nose is softer on nitro, but it still delivers the key notes, of spicy coffee, and even some brownie chocolate.
I'll confess, the nitro does soften the flavor. Still, it does it in a good way. The peppers are softer, which allows the stout part of the beer to come out. The dark malt body and the nitro gives the flavor of devil's food cake. It's very smooth and creamy in the mouth, medium bodied, and much easier to drink than the "standard" Black Phoenix.
So there are a few differences between the nitro and non-nitro versions. The nitro version is easier to take, while the non-nitro version fills your mouth with more spicy peppers and coffee. I'm totally taking this ride again.
07-13-2012 23:09:01 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.33/5 rDev -11.2%
Pours 1/2 finger of khaki tan head. Color is a dark mahogany brown.
Aroma: Mainly porter flavors with a dark coffee roast. No chipotles here. Dark chocolate. Creamy.
Taste: The chipotles come through more here, having a hot burn in the end. Big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, roasted, spiced, and dry. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends dry.
Overall, decent beer. It could be awesome if it wasn't so roasted. Somewhat drinkable.
01-16-2011 22:44:19 | More by mothman
Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.