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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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berlinabb

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-12-2013 00:16:09 | More by berlinabb
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 07:19:44 | More by homebrew311
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jds8411

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-25-2013 03:44:09 | More by jds8411
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EZEKIEL_F

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-16-2013 05:04:01 | More by EZEKIEL_F
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LoveStout

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

10-26-2013 19:36:18 | More by LoveStout
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InfernoBoss

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-24-2013 06:30:22 | More by InfernoBoss
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

10-23-2013 15:03:35 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-22-2013 10:16:27 | More by zestar
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20%

10-15-2013 01:47:17 | More by MNBeer1017
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jonbonfon

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-05-2013 20:50:06 | More by jonbonfon
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anon

California

4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:03:09 | More by anon
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-08-2013 02:28:50 | More by coldmeat23
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Commando

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-07-2013 03:03:51 | More by Commando
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bh123

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

08-18-2013 05:44:46 | More by bh123
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 14:33:43 | More by barleywinefiend
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FlyingBull

California

3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer from a 22 oz bomber. My wife picked it up cause she wanted the bottle cap for her bottle cap board. ...Go figure.

The beer poured a deep dark brown with a tan head that lasted though out the drink. There was considerable lacing down the sides of the glass. Carbonation looked good.

The aroma carried strong dark malts - roast malts that were fresh ground coffee like, some caramel sweetness, and some spice.

The initial flavor was of dark roasted malts, followed by some caramel sweetness that was balanced by pleasant hop bitterness and spicy smoky chipotle pepper flavor. There was a lingering but pleasant bitterness backed up by a spicy pepper flavor that was actually quite nice.

The beer was medium heavy in body with a pleasant mouth feel, a little higher than average carbonation for this style, but easy to sip.

Overall, I liked this beer. I really don't like too many coffee stouts or chipotle stouts (or chipotle/chili pepper any beer...), but I enjoyed this one. I think the roast malts, hops, coffee, and chipotle was all balanced very nicely. I think this beer would be good with a big bowl of chili on a cool fall night watching football...or with a big bowl of VENISON chili in deer camp. I would get this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 03:50:59 | More by FlyingBull
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-24-2013 18:32:07 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-23-2013 19:48:27 | More by Kegatron
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pin

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-12-2013 04:24:08 | More by pin
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Crazydaddyo

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-10-2013 15:31:35 | More by Crazydaddyo
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Azyrien

California

4.5/5  rDev +20%

07-09-2013 18:53:49 | More by Azyrien
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Liondiscs

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-06-2013 08:43:40 | More by Liondiscs
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-28-2013 21:27:00 | More by redleg411
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dgilks

Australia

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Translucent brown colour with a foamy tan head. Good head retention.

Slightly stale coffee aroma. Nice chocolate and roast notes. Pretty good.

Moderately toasty with touches of chocolate. Good coffee hit. Mild spicy and smoke from chipotle. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A solid beer. Nice flavour and good to see it on tap in an airline lounge.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2013 19:25:18 | More by dgilks
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Beerbuddy21

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-28-2013 16:05:16 | More by Beerbuddy21
Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.