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Winter Ale - Chocolate Mint Porter - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Winter Ale - Chocolate Mint PorterWinter Ale - Chocolate Mint Porter

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BA SCORE
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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: vacax on 11-27-2009

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small clumps of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and mint/licorice notes. Taste is of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and the mint/licorice flavor. An herbal and metallic flavor lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a thin and watery mouthfeel. Not very good for a porter. Overall, this is not that good but not bad for an attempt at adding mint to a porter.

Photo of Bwagner1122
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Murrhey
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger tan head. Minimal retention. Dark brown and nearly black color. Nice carbonation.

S- Strong mint and chocolate. Smells like a peppermint patty. Heavy smell.

T- Chocolate, roast malts and mint mint mint. Too heavy on mint for me.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O- Quite a nice novelty beer. Could be nice in its own right as well.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice black with about one finger of mocha head. The tiny bubbles dissipate fairly quickly leaving a nice ring along the top of the beer. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells mainly of dark roasted malt and mint. There are some underlying notes of caramel and vanilla, but I'm not picking much chocolate in the nose.

T: The mint is pretty serious in this beer. It's not overwhelming, but it's noticeable from the first sip through the finish. It starts off with roasted malt, toast and mint. Then it turns into mint and some mellow vanilla sweetness. It finishes with mint, caramel, and (maybe?) some chocolate.

M: Full bodied beer. The carbonation is a little much for this offering. It has a sting to it. The finish is decently smooth.

O: This beer is alight. The amount of mint is a bit much, but it's interesting. I'm glad to have tried it.

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pitch black pour into my DFH glass. Kahki tan head that fades almost immediately leaving no trace of lacing.

S- Coffee, chocolate and fresh picked mint... in that order! Kinda wierd and unusual. Mint is definately something you don't think about in a beer, but I kinda like it.

T- Like eating a spearmint leave wrapped around a chocolate bar. I've never had anything like this. Nice notes of dark roasted coffee, bitter cocoa and mint jelly. The mint really opens up as it warms up.

M- Kinda thin. Nice dark chocolate bitterness and fresh mintiness. No carbonation at all.

O- A very unusual take on a porter. Might be better with peppermint instead of spearmint. Could use a better vicosity. Not something I would seek out, but I would definately pair this with a mint chocolate brownie for dessert. Kudos for braveness and thinking out of the box on this one... but still not enough to rate this one very high.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of MEsoJD
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into an large Duvel tulip glass]

I: I just picked this up because the bottles were flying off the shelves... probably because mint and chocolate is such a beautiful combination.

B: [6.1% ABV, 1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. (650ML)] Overall its comes off as meh, leaning towards generic looking(damn title font begs for attention). Labels at least include the bar essential(ABV, amount, etc), though no date(i assume it's 2011) can be found. Bottle cap is just blank and silver.

A: Black body with a large some what fluffy mocha head (med/fast dissipation with nasty bubble carbonation), and decent lacing.

S: The mint is defiantly present along with the other typical smells you get from a porter/stout.

T: Sweet malt (very light) complemented with mint are up front (far from distracting or intrusive), having the cocoa take a back seat.

M: Smooth, light bodied, low/med carbonation, and low alcohol presence.

O: I really don't get the hype. Sure the mint was there, but it wasn't on the level of peppermint patty. The mint would of been more prominent with a fuller body(too much on the watery side). I suppose you should try it at least once, due to it supposedly being rare. If you want a great porter, go for black butte or Maui Coconut.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Rudy
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of portia99
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to San Diego. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown with so-so clarity, appears a bit opaque and muddy. A thick finger of cappuccino colored dense foam sits on top for a minute or two before falling to the surface...light lacing only left on the glass.

S - Peppermint up front, like a candy cane backed up lightly by some milky chocolate. Has a bit of the cool, sinus-clearing quality of a cough drop that unfortunately masks most of everything else that may be in there.

T - Yep...peppermint here too - bordering on taking a swig of peppermint schnapps with what feels like a quick hit of alcohol muted by a background chocolatey presence. Unfortunately, the mint comes off as a bit heavy handed and really covers up the base beer.

M - Medium bodied with a foamy mid level carbonation. Each sip brings with it a cool nasal hit of peppermint. Beer itself is smooth and creamy feeling all the way thru to the swallow.

O - An interesting idea...I think the combination of flavors could work well. Definitely needs to have a bigger base beer with more intense flavors to stand up to the mint. The mint here really overpowers everything else. Perhaps minting up an imperial stout would be a better execution of a chocolatey mint beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A luscious pour with a big old head laying atop the dark chocolate colored liquid; leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: More chocolatey than minty, but the mint builds as the beer warms

Taste: Bread and chocolate, up front, with the minty element building by mid-palate; really flattens out, after the swallow, without much flavor lingering into the finish; plastic phenols in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat aqueous

Overall: Not being familiar with this brewery, I was really intrigued by the label; there is a concept here that could be very interesting but the execution is somewhat lacking

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured black in color with a thin tan head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a nice mix of mint and chocolate to it. A little malty, caramel sweetness is there as well. I'm not usually a mint fan, but it compliments the chocolate pretty well and doesn't feel overdone.

The taste has a little more of the mint coming out giving it more of a herbal, toothpaste like flavor. The chocolate is a little overshadowed in it but I get some sweet, caramel to it along with a little roasty, slightly burnt bitterness in the finish. The mint is a little too dominant in the taste though unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was an interesting beer but the mint was too much for me. It reminded me a little of toothpaste. The mint could have definitely been a little more subtle in it.

Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewery.

Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Sporadic streaks of lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a nice mint presence that balances out the smokey dark malt notes.  Complex aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee bean, toast and mint.

Medium bodied with a blast of earthy mint that lingers throughout, dominating the flavor. Really organic and vegetal tasting with an herbal/medicinal presence from the mint.  Underneath, there is some roasted malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, toast and oatmeal.  The mint however really dominates and becomes overbearing after a few ounces. Really weird but decent.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mkotsayfan
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours a deep dark black with a couple fingers of light mocha colored head. The aroma is no surprise - mint and chocolate, with the mint being more of the focus. There's some malts lingering in the background as well. The taste has a lot more roasted malt than expected - kind of oddly annoys the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, but again is slightly lacking.

Overall, and ok beer, and could've been executed better. I think a more pronounced chocolate and sweetness (no diabeetus though!) character could've helped this one.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Bruery snifter...

A - Pours a deep brown with a two finger light brown head that dissipates at a good pace. There is a little lacing to be had, but it is minimal...

S - Roasted malts and mint. Not picking up any chocolate...

T - As with the smell, mint is definitely prominate here. Also pick up some chocolate and some roasted malts. Finishes with roasted malts, and mint that carries all the way through the aftertaste...

M - Pretty thin. On the lighter side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - Interesting brew that i'm glad I got a chance to try. My only other experience with mint in a beer is a batch of homebrew that turned out overly minty. Unfortunately, it seems to be the same case here. Mint dominates the other flavors. Not bad per se, but not something I see myself buying again...

Cheers...

Photo of Sark
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours with a half finger of head subsiding rapidly with minimal lacing. Quite a dark porter.

Smell- MINT! Really not too overpowering, almost more anis than mint, but a funk that I've never expected from a brew...and it's fun. Still has undertones of rich toasty malt.

Taste- a brighter porter. Licorice flavor arrives in the after taste out the nose. The mint gives attributes of a little unbalanced bitterness but the maltiness comes back to finish well.

Mouthfeel- full bodied and well smooth

Overall- one of those beers meant for sharing in the 22. Meant to keep your taste buds on eir toes. Something to get again next season.

Photo of FosterJM
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

934th Review on BA
Bottle to Mug
22 oz

2011 Bottle

App- I've used this analogy a lot lately and this one couldn't be more true. Liquid chocolate in the glass with a good two finger head. Dots of cling but not stick.

Smell- There isn't much you aren't expecting. Chocolate, malt and like Overlord says. Mint. Like a liquid peppermint patty but just tamed way down.

Taste- Damn!! I wanted a thick lush flavor profile like the pour. This was a bit thin and watery. Had a decent amount of malt and mint. Needed to be kicked up a bit. A good bit of smooth chocolate and roast.

Mouth- A good bit of a creamy/watery body and then has a nice bit of low/medium carbonation to it. Pretty smooth really.

Drink- I like the seasonals from Bootlegger's. Wildfire wasnt as bad as I thought it would be. Pumpking was good and this okay. This needed a bit more thickness to it with some more balance.

Winter Ale - Chocolate Mint Porter from Bootlegger's Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.