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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

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | 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 jonbonfon
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
Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Commando, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of bh123
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

bh123, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
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
Photo of FlyingBull
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

FlyingBull, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Kegatron, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

pin, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Crazydaddyo
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Crazydaddyo, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Azyrien
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Azyrien, Jul 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Liondiscs, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of dgilks
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

dgilks, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Beerbuddy21, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of sleuthdog
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into GI pint

Pour: Almost black with an enormous 4 finger tan head. Head receded quickly to a slight film on surface.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, and some pine. Also picking up some roast and char. Aroma is very tame and pretty uneventful.

Taste: Mild coffee meets some bittersweet chocolate. Again like the nose, roasted and char and not much heat from the peppers. This one seems to be lacking the typical stout flavors that I desire. I see where this one is going but just misses the mark on the flavors of a big stout. Well as I continue to sip this I sense the build up of the pepper heat. Did not get it initially but getting through the glass the heat is definitely there and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Must say this is thin for a stout with a higher than average carbonation for this style. The thinness of this makes it easy to drink.

Overall: Lacked on most aspects to me and ends up just being ok to me.

sleuthdog, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Paccamacca, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

GraduatedCashew, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ste5venla, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

throwback, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

litheum94, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

a74gent, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Dirksen
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DIPAFAN, May 17, 2013
Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.