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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

259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 20
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

coldmeat23, Sep 08, 2013
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
Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +6.4%

stephens101, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ObeMaltKinobee, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of vande
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pretty average.. a little lighter than I'd have thought..decent head though.

s: dark chocolate, slightest hint of coffee, but the spice of pepper is present.. makes for an intriguing mix.

t: great suprise.. dark chocolates leading to the suttle warmth of pepper on the finish.. and nice warming affect! very pleasent.

m: creamy, which made this easy to sip on

o: pretty interesting, fairly tasty. worth a try

vande, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev +6.4%

kevgod, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

InfernoBoss, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Lucnifter, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Chingringo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Chingringo, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Beerbuddy21, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of joepais
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel lucky I got this brew in a BIF then the guy decided to stop shipping brew out on his other commitments’. So here is to all you guys who got the short in of the stick. I hope the senders brews the sender got all were infected and drain pours. I split this glass with friends and poured into snifters we were greeted with big old tan head that didn’t quit, on top of a black bodied brew.
The aroma of rich dark coffee dominates this brew with a slight chipotle coming up in the back end. In the taste department you get a lot of coffee at first. I think if this was marketed as a coffee brew alone it would be fantastic but the chili pepper is under done a bit. There was some but I really had to think about it to pick it out. I think it just needs a touch more chili the concept was great but it didn’t quite come thru for me.

joepais, Apr 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

danwho, Jun 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

OriolesFan1008, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of litheum94
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

litheum94, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a nice black color. There a bit of reddish tints at the edges in the light. Medium-tan head turns into a bubbly film.

Aroma: Smells of coffee and roasted malts. No chipotle apparent, but smells like a decent stout.

Taste: Initial flavor of roasted malts and a bit of cream and coffee. Just a hint of chipotle peppers (though mostly just mild chipotle adobo) just before the finish, and barely into the aftertaste. Otherwise, the aftertaste is mostly just the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty smooth beer; medium-bodied with pretty minimal carbonation.

Drinkability Quite drinkable as neither the taste nor the ABV are too strong, but the taste is quite pleasant.

Seriously, my only complaint here is that there's more coffee than chipotle! Though I love peppers, I wasn't a believer when I opened the bottle. But after a few sips, I realized it could totally work! So: More. Chipotle. Please.

Pretty please?!?!

mithrascruor, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

fthegiants, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Murrhey
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Reviewed live.

A- Poured out a thick bubble head, two finger width. Almost no retention, like soda. Very well carbonated. About as black a beer as you can get.

S- What a smell! Coffee and chocolate but majorly spicy. Montezuma's hot chocolate! Very intriguing.

T- So many flavors are bouncing around in the beer and yet it manages to be drinkable and subtle. The coffee and typical porter tastes stir first but then subside to the spiciness of the peppers. Truly a unique beer for me.

M- Heavier, lots of carbonation (maybe a tad much) but a crystal clean finish. I almost wish it would linger longer so I could enjoy those crazy peppers.

O- Tasty, smells nice. Appearance and feel are less than perfect. Would love to try at the source.

Murrhey, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Whatsarezaf (thanks for the extra man!). No bottling info. Served in a Sweetwater 15 snifter. 

Pours a deep, near-black brown with barely one finger tan head. Next to no lacing. 

Interesting nose with coffee, cocoa and a hint of peppery spice. 

Black coffee taste comes out first. A little bittersweet cocoa follows with a nice pepper bite on the finish. Not much else but not bad. 

Fairly thin feel with mild carbonation. 

No false advertising here- it says chipotle coffee stout on the bottle and that's exactly what it is. Not as big or complex as I prefer my stouts but overall it's not bad at all. No problems finishing the bottle myself in one sitting but not something I'll hunt in the future. 

ThickNStout, May 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

e30todamax, Feb 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

fox227, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Bnoise11, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Irrationalist, Apr 25, 2012
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Booner818, Jan 01, 2014
Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.