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

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%


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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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown mixed in and a finger of frothy khaki colored head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of some roasted and burnt chocolate and coffee with a touch of sweetness and some peppers.

T - Starts off with some roasted and slightly burnt chocolate malts and coffee with a bit of hot pepper in the background. Through the middle some more pepper flavor comes through with some bitter coffee flavor and a bit of earthiness. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with a touch of pepper.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth was a warming, roasted, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice stout and the touch of hot chipotle is a nice touch for some depth.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 06:24:30 | More by ngeunit1
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DM1293

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: I was taste-testing this, and I had to try this with a fresh bottle to be sure; but the biggest problem I have with this taste is the fact that it doesn't feel...carbonated. Like, even mildly. Its kind of flat.

That said, it still doesn't hold back the flavor of this. Its pretty smooth, with chocolate and coffee up in front with very little of the chipotle (which made me avoid this stout before). Instead its a little smoky flavor, and a little bit of bitter on the finish.

Overall: If you don't mind the light carbonation of it, its still a solid drink. I really wish it had more carbonation though, because I believe it would liven up the flavors. The man who was doing the samples said to get it on tap, and I think it'd help.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 02:29:09 | More by DM1293
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RaulMondesi

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Playground in Santa Ana, California. (Shout out to tha homies.)

Raul b hesitant at first. I approached this thing like I wuz a mongoose and it was da cobra. And in tha end, I think we both won.

Crazy beer. Looked good n had a nice coffee smell. I wuz hesitant about the chipotle at first thinkin' it wuz a gimmick; but nah, dawgy, it wuz der.

Smooth beer, very smooth. Initial hits of the coffee flavor, den that lil spicy note crept up on me like all sudden n stuff. Kinda like wen I'm watchin tha Dodgers in my own zone, n my girl all of a sudden asks me for a 20 to get her nails did. She look good with her nails did.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 09:44:30 | More by RaulMondesi
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 08:35:16 | More by corby112
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TheCrowsNest

California

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro at Bootlegger's tasting room in Fullerton.

A thick, viscous head stands above the cascading bubbles. Pitch black.

Coffee, vanilla. I didn't get any chipotle flavors in this beer.

Coffee, vanilla, chocolate upfront. There's a subdued complexity that gives the drinker a lot to think about without overpowering.

Creamy. So creamy.

Bootlegger's should only put this on nitro. It's so much amazingly better than the carbed up version.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-24-2012 17:51:36 | More by TheCrowsNest
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Murrhey

Montana

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 05:20:55 | More by Murrhey
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Phelps

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap, served in a mason jar at the brewpub.

Dead black, super inky with a one finger head of creamy foam the color of hot cocoa powder. Big, thick, creamy — the usual nitro stuff. Thick strands of lace.

In the nose: deep cocoa, toasted bread, oats, some chipotle. Great blend.

Lots of smoke and dark chocolate in the flavor. Burnt bread along with very gentle chipotle heat in the back of the throat. An awesome, smooth blend.

Subtle, gentle heat in a creamy, smooth medium body. Nice and viscous. Lingering cocoa and pepper heat.

Phoenix is a very, very good porter, especially on nitro. Gentle pepper heat and nice roasty flavors. The body isn’t quite up to the standard of most nitro beers, but it’s good enough here.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-08-2012 22:31:58 | More by Phelps
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Drinkerofales

California

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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 09:11:54 | More by Drinkerofales
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Many thanks to leschkie for this one! Poured into pint glass...

A- Well, this is waaay over carbonated. I think I got less than a cm of beer and 3/4 glass of foam... Once things settle, its a dark brown/maroon color; pale khaki head atop still billowing over the glass.

S- Intense carbonation aroma. Not much coffee, but there is a touch of rotated barley in the nose. Overall light and underwhelming.

T/M- It's just an over carbonated porter. Not much coffee, no chipotle, nothing spectacular. Caramel sweetness in the finish, but thats about as far as it goes. Taste follows nose closely- light and disappointing. Body is where this all went wrong. Carbonation is through the roof and prickly on the tongue. Too much gas, not enough body.

O- Could have been decent, ended up a blank, foamy, light, liquid. Not sure if a batch issue or what, but I see some reviews eith my same problem and some without. The base porter I could taste really was decent, but everything else... sigh

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 20:50:43 | More by TheGordianKnot
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rtaps

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours into a tulip fairly aggressive. black bodym with a 2 finger width light tan head. medium retention and little lacing

aroma is pretty good. mocha, some chocolate and a hint of smokiness

mocha in kinda overpowering the flavor with spice the the chipotle. chocolate plays in and out. not find to much smokiness is the flavoring. mocha aftertaste.

light bodied medium carbonation.

overall not bad and higher hopes. wasnt a fan of the spicy mocha after taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 16:58:24 | More by rtaps
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MrVonzipper

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 16:45:09 | More by MrVonzipper
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brandon for this bottle

A - a gentle pour yields a whole bunch of foam. A strong fizz when the the cap came open indicated strong carbonation, but I did not expect this much. In any case, this is a very normal-looking stout. Dark body, large brown head.

S - Some nice roast, touch of peppery heat, some chocolate, not picking up too much coffee. It's a nice balance, fairly light.

T - Chocolate, roast, Pepper. Some earthy or woody notes, and some medicinal plastic-y stuff. I think some of this is highlighted by the over-carbonation, but this is a little iffy anyway.

M - thin, carbonation city. smooth.

O - This beer is not too bad. Some good stuff, but there is all sorts of bubbles goin on, and it's not helping.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 02:08:59 | More by ColdPoncho
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tjkinate

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks goes out to deadeye for this one.

A: Massive foamy cocoa colored head with lots of retention. Dark bodied brew, opaque, not much lacing.

S: Smell is subtle, light cocoa malts, earthy tones, some coffee, no chipotle detected.

T: Chipotle pokes through during the tasting, little lacking in my opinion, but is accompanied nicely by semi sweet chocolate and coffee flavors.

M: Medium, wet and silky.

O: Pretty tasty, and it was my first from this brewery, gotta keep my eye out for more during my trip to Cali to try more of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:06:34 | More by tjkinate
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Monkeymagic for this. Poured into a snifter. At first lots of carbonation, not sure if that's from movement during shipping. Very black beer, after all it is 'Black Phoenix.' Could smell the coffee in the beer. Tasted dark chocolate malts and coffee flavor. Didn't taste the chipotle very much. Very smokey finish but just too carbonated for me, for a stout. But was overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:50:34 | More by SalukiAlum
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vande

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:09:00 | More by vande
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cisco619 for this!

Pours a light black color. Light tan head, creamy, with good retention.

Roasty, with a light chocolate and coffee aroma. It's hard to detect the chipotle aside from the light burning in the nostrils.

Taste has a pleasant chocolate note, and mild bits of coffee. It's not a lot of coffee, unfortunately. The chipotle comes in very subtly on the finish with a slight peppery burn in the throat.

Feels lightish to medium bodied. Seems right for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:18:06 | More by EgadBananas
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MarkVegas

Nevada

2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

WHOA! right when i broke the seal of the cap a huge amount of fizz builds and begins to spew out, wasting at least a quarter of the beer on my kitchen counter... bad start.

I let this guy settle down before pouring into my Bruery tulip glass.

A: A HUGE cloud of tan head invades the glass almost over flowing. Head eventually subsides leaving a bit of lacing but not much. Very dark brown with a bit of rustiness to it. Looks inviting.

S: Smells alright but muted in a sense. While I get coffee, dark chocolate, maybe some smoke in there all the aromas seem past their prime.

T: Hmm not sure what to think about this one. The coffee does come through faintly in the taste but that's just about it. I kind of feel like this beer has had its better days. A bit watery, no chili characteristics at all, I want to like the taste of this beer so much but, so much seems missing.

M: As seen above, just over carbonated and almost impossible to drink.

Overall I'm a bit disappointed in this brew. I did have high hopes and almost from beginning to end not a very pleasant experience. I'm hoping it was a fluke and later on down the line I'll get a bottle that will impress me and I'll get to re-review this beer but for now this is where I must stand: an over-carbonated mess that was either past its prime or just a horrible brew. Looking at other reviews i hope its the former and not the latter.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 05:15:32 | More by MarkVegas
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ehammond1


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 21:30:24 | More by ehammond1
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 03:51:51 | More by TMoney2591
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle from barfdiggs; thanks Ward! Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass.

Dark brown with about a centimeter of light brown head that quickly fades away to a ring around the edge of the glass. Certainly not bad looking as it rests in the tulip glass, but not exceptional either. Smells of fresh coffee, very subtle chili, a touch of chocolate, faint caramel, and some grassy hops. Taste is a little bigger than the nose, with some roasted coffee notes up front, roasted chocolate malt, caramel, lighter hops in the middle, and a mild chili flavor in the very end. For some reason, it makes me think of poblano peppers instead of chipotle, which seems a bit odd even to me, but it works alright. Mouth is a bit watery in between bursts of flavor, feels a bit under-carbonated, and finishes quite dry and sticky. Overall, a rather average coffee stout. The addition of the pepper mixes it up a bit, but really doesn't add much value to the beer for me. I'm certainly glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't actively seek it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:24:25 | More by eclipse54
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 04:30:54 | More by MasterSki
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Port Brewing pint glass...

A - Pours a deep brown with mahogany hues and a two finger tan head on a passive pour. Head dissipates fairly quick and there is not much lace to be had...

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of pepper...

T - Chocolate, coffee and a hint of caramel. Ends on roasted malt note with a slight pepper presence. Pepper is really subdued. Abv is well hidden, and there is next to no heat from the pepper...

M - Pretty thin for a stout. On the lower side of being medium bodied with a good amount carbonation...

O - Good brew, but I was hoping for more of a pepper kick. While I still enjoyed this, it's nothing that's going to be in my regular rotation. Would be interested to try the imperial version...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 04:35:35 | More by comfortablynumb1
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Essentially black, and nearly opaque in appearance. Pours with ~2 fingers of light brown head, which fades to a thin cap. Excellent retention. A sheet of sticky lacing.

S- Roasty coffee and baker's chocolate. A nice smoky note.

T- Coffee...dark chocolate...roasty malts...smoky, with a hint of chipotle on the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation, medium-light feel.

O- Good. This is a "straight 4" beer....pretty good on all fronts.

Future outlook: Enjoyed this for-me-one-off that I drug back from Cali....doesn't make it out here though, so unlikely to encounter again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 02:58:51 | More by DoctorDog
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Cavery

California

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml shared with Klym, poured into Stone Nonics.

A: Black with a bit of brown give to it. Sandy brown bubbles sit very lightly over the beer, and move quite violently. Honestly this looks a bit watery, even perhaps a bit light for a porter; let alone a stout. However I can't remember the last time I had a non-imperial stout, so I'll give it points for color. Not bad looking at all, the body just looks a bit suspect.

S: Real pronounced smokey chipotle and adobo with a coffee roast background. Very nice upfront nose that goes into chocolate brownie crusts and coffee cakes. A lot of median flavors are created between the chipotle and coffee. Winner winner chicken dinner, this smell matches the label. However, this is really smelling like coffee with pinches of chipotle.

T: This tastes like a coffee with chipotle creamer. This chiles come off so lightly, and give off absolutely zero heat. However, their lightly smokey presence is unmistakeable. The coffee beans and peppers are married together harmoniously. Chile infused dark chocolates are dropped into the coffee. Very good flavor, but I am missing the heat. The sweet smoke does a lot for me here, but it's more or less a saving point in the beer rather than a detail among many great flavor characteristics. Good, but I'm left wishing for better.

M: The mouth is quite creamy despite incredibly rapidly dissipating bubbles. There is a bit of staying power in the carbonation that at least allows for the peppers to take over in their smokey sweetness. Once you get all that coffee flavor coating your mouth, the body is much more better perceived. The body is medium-light with a saving point of creaminess.

O: This beer is really on the edge of quite good and just good for me. The smell would be a lot weaker if it wasn't for that smokiness, but the chipotle in that smokiness is a hard note to pick out. Furthermore, the taste is a bit tame considering the ingredients. The chocolate and coffee is there, but the chipotle is done with a pretty light hand. Lastly, the body is saved by the creamy sensation of smokey adobo. This is a good beer with a lot of saving graces in each category. Definitely worth trying, and I think Bootleggers have a decent starting recipe to a much better beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 02:09:24 | More by Cavery
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Klym

California

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: What can I say, a healthy stout look. Black (browner on some parts), solid browned head with lacing that slides off at a medium pace.

S: Coffee, chocolate, chipotle. At first I hardly even got any chocolate but as it warmed up it really came up powerfully in the nose and mouth. Honestly, smells a bit watery but we'll see.

T: Again, coffee, chocolate, chipotle. Pretty simple and straight forward taste. I honestly got more chipotle character as it was colder and less as it warmed up. The flavors run together simultaneously instead of being broken up into a sequence of transitions. It actually surprises me how well chipotle and coffee run together but they do quite well, and chocolate goes with both so it's an easy mix in. As this continues to warm I just have to repeat it, tons of chocolate in this.

M: More carbonated and more creamy than I expected from the nose, but still not as much as I'd really like. I think an imperial version of this would do well, as I think a thick and creamy body would really serve the flavors better than a medium body with medium carbonation. It's certainly not horrid though and it's probably just the result of trying to keep this a single stout, which is a fair effort.

O: Definitely not a bad beer. Good mix of flavors, but I think it was a little simplistic and straightforward, and underplayed it's most interesting ingredient: chipotle. Worth picking up if you like the aforementioned flavors; not worth picking up if you're looking for an intense pepper experience or just something complex and new. Hats off to bootlegger's, though, as everything I've had from them so far has at least been good.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 02:00:11 | More by Klym
Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.