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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

uturn, Jan 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Beerrenda, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Kelp, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of hopsputin
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

hopsputin, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Tommers207, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Sark
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Appearance- healthy finger of caramel head that's slightly pebbled but mostly velvet. Almost completely black with only a dark mahogany showing up to the light

Smell- coffee steals the show with sweet maltiness rounding it out, the chipotle is only a slight hint after the two

Taste- very mild sweetness to start, nice roasty toasty notes of espresso and dark grains that envelop the mid mouth, peppers come to play on the way down and linger with a satisfying mild spice finish

Mouthfeel- medium/full bodied but a little watery that doesn't quite balance with the flavor profile of the ingredients, I could use something a bit more to chew on

Overall- A good winter warmer, having played around with my own chile brews I know the temptation to just go wild with the spice, but this beer keeps it on the quiet and lets the coffee and peppers take turns with the palate. The mouthfeel left me a bit unimpressed, but I'd gladly have another.

Sark, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Booner818, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

lehueve, Dec 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djaeon, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extra'd by daveydapoolman- thanks!! Pours a deep opaque brownish black. Pour yields minimal head with no lacing or retention to speak of. The nose starts with medium roast coffee followed by a hint of smoke, and some green pepper. Notes of chocolate and vanilla are sprinkled in, but coffee and pepper dominate the nose. The taste starts with mild acidity, presumably from the coffee, this develops into notes of chocolate and deep notes of fresh brewed coffee paired with smoke. The chipotles don't bring much heat to the table, but some definite smoke and vegetal notes. The finish dry and revisits the coffee along with roasted barley. Mouthfeel is medium to light with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice brew that could be so much better. I think the brewers went a little shy with the chipotles as heat never really presents itself on the palate.

homebrew311, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jds8411, Nov 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

EZEKIEL_F, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

LoveStout, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

InfernoBoss, Oct 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

zestar, Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

MNBeer1017, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jonbonfon, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of anon
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured pretty much pitch black, with a nice big coffee-colored head. Smell is pretty much roasted coffee up front with a bit of spice thrown in there.

I'll admit I was a little hesitant to try this for a while for I was in doubt of how this would taste, but I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of coffee up front with a nice spicy kick from the chipotle in the tail end. Nice and smooth, creamy. Goes down easy. Will definitely be having one of these again.

anon, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

coldmeat23, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Commando, Sep 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

bh123, Aug 18, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

barleywinefiend, Aug 09, 2013
Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.