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Winter Ale - Chocolate Mint Porter - Bootlegger's Brewery

Winter Ale - Chocolate Mint PorterWinter Ale - Chocolate Mint Porter

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.4%


Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vacax on 11-27-2009)
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mrmiles

California

2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is 2010 re-release of this beer from a great local brewery. Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pour is a jet black. Mocha brown along the edge of the glass. No real head, light foaming along the edge of glass.

S: Mint first and foremost. Some vanilla which when combined with the mint produces a smell I can only describe as sasparilla.

T: Mint is very present as expected, however none of the sweetness noted in the smell was present.

M: Medium bodied beer. Medium carbonation as well. Pretty dry finish.

D: Moderate abv and with the dry finish this becomes an easy beer to drink. Assuming you like the mint flavor. I do.

Mint aside, this is a pretty good porter. I like the attempt and am glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 07:38:50 | More by mrmiles
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with ruby brown highlights that had a thin brown head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the mint definitely pops out on the aroma with s good chocolate presence slight roastiness and faint coffee spice notes.

T: the minty leaf character is also apparent on the palate which meshed quite well with the coffee flavors but had chocolate roasty accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which a sweet, minty, mild roasty, and silky finish.

D: it drank good and was very surprised on how tasty it was considering I'm not a big fan of mint.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:31:55 | More by Gobzilla
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tasteegood

Illinois

2.14/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

One of 5 sample tastes that I had during my first visit. I specifically went to Fullerton to check this place out. Very humble beginnings but their beers are well made. Unfortunately, of the 5 beers I did try this was my least favorite. It was about a 4 oz pour and I didn't finish it... :(

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 05:34:54 | More by tasteegood
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Murrhey

Montana

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 02:54:47 | More by Murrhey
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 08:25:20 | More by corby112
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TheCrowsNest

California

4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Bootlegger's in Fullerton.

Looks like a porter.

The chocolate mint is a surprising twist. Initially got anise when I wasn't looking for the smell, but going into looking for the mint you'll definitely find it.

Surprised. Again. There's just enough mint to make you think twice about this porter. Mint chocolate chip ice cream comes to mind, without a cloying sweetness though.

Medium bodied. Oily.

This is a great turn of creativity from the traditional winter ales. A nod of approval to Bootlegger's for creating a nice balance with this seasonal ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 17:33:59 | More by TheCrowsNest
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phichifiji00

California

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with minimal brown head which had faded by the time my pint was brought to me. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Mint leaves, milk chocolate, malty, anise.

Taste: Just like it smells, milk chocolate, mint, malty, anise, a bit medicinal towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A tasty beer. Initially the mint/chocolate are very prevalent, but they fade to a medicinal/anise taste towards the end that kills this beer. Overall, drinkability is high.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 22:28:40 | More by phichifiji00
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Drinkerofales

California

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a half-pint mason jar at the brewery.

Makes for a black brew, and light colored head.

Smells of sweet chocolate and a hint of mint.

Tastes of, get this, mint and chocolate. Amazing right? It is what it says it is. Great flavors, very unique beer.

Feels ok, a touch thin.

I love the originality of this beer. Flavors are there, exactly what it says, the name isn't original, but the beer is.

DOA

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 02:16:49 | More by Drinkerofales
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dbmernin83

California

2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Blue Palms.
Pours like a stout should.
The nose is all mint.
Peppermint with a hint of chocolate malt. The mint is overpowering and almost the only thing I taste.
A medium bodied porter. Slightly thin.
The mint is all that is happening. I applaud the experimentation but it didn't quite work out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 05:49:29 | More by dbmernin83
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timhoth

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If you love chocolate mint ice cream or cake, this is the perfect beer for you. Poured in a lighter brown color, with a rich smell of chocolate in the glass. Drinks very smooth, even for someone who normally cannot handle dark beers. The rush of flavor was first chocolate, followed by a hint of mint while you finished the drink. The aftertaste was a heavenly medley of the perfect mix of chocolate and mint. Recommended for anyone.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 02:06:02 | More by timhoth
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Spearmint gum and peppermint schnapps. Chocolate and ice cream flavors. Sharp.

Taste: Peppermint schnapps again, chocolate, boozy, mint chocolate ice cream. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and roasted. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. End dry with mint.

Overall, this just wasn't for me. Too much mint. I couldn't drink a lot of this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 22:38:25 | More by mothman
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Overlord

California

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a black core. Smells like chocolate and ... wait for it .... wait for it .... MINT MOTHERF****R!

Yeah. This is pretty much like drinking a liquified mint-chip girl scout cookie. Mmm. Mint, sweet milk chocolate, and a bit, just a bit, of MOAR MINT!

Oddly enough, it's a tad dry and thin, though it certainly seems sweet at first glance.

I sorta dug it as a novelty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 20:43:13 | More by Overlord
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ptykozoon

California

2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this one, or at least some form of this chocolate minty thing.

Pours dark brown. Head dissipates fast, average lacing, thick rim leaches on the outside.

Lots of mint, cocoa. Appetizing as it smells like mint ice cream.

Cigarette butts mixed in water. Tobacco and charcoal. Awful. The mint is gone, anything that would generally be savory is devoid.

Mouthfeel is watery, yet crisp with the carbonation and alcohol.

I very much like the idea of mint in a beer, this failed miserably however.

Serving type: growler

11-28-2010 00:42:27 | More by ptykozoon
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DoubleJ

California

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshly filled growler from the source itself, on to the beer:

It's black like charcoal. The head retention is poor, and a thin ring of lace hangs around on top of the beer. doesn't Lots of fresh green mint in the aroma. Some chocolate cake batter sits in the background, but the mint continues to dominate. You really need to love mint to love the aroma. A little more malt would make it better for me, but s'far, interesting.

To my satisfaction, it is minty, thought not overpowering minty. But seriously, the mint flavor is the most dominant as you taste it. There's a little bit of semi-sweet chocolate chunks in the background, and a faint roastiness to compliment the sum. The feel of the liquid is thinner than I would like. Some bubbles hit the sides of the tongue.

My first mint beer has some good to it. I would have liked more malt to it though. It's good enough as it is, but even better when I paired it with a slice of chocolate cake.

Update 1 day later: More chocolate malt is showing itself. Not quite as thin as I remember too. I'll have no problem finishing the growler, and I think I may get more.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2010 03:47:58 | More by DoubleJ
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Blue Palms

A: An innocent enough looking porter. Very, very dark brown bordering on black. The head is a thin layer of tan foam.

S: You can definitely pick up the mint. The beer needs to warm up just a bit for the chocolate to come out. Once it's a little below room temperature, this thing smells like a peppermint patty.

T: The mint is very strong on the palate. Again, the chocolate is somewhat subdued, but present. While there are some other flavors (chocolate, roasted malt, etc.), the mint really overpowers them.

M: A medium to full bodied beer with a moderate level of carbonation. Not quite as creamy on the tongue as I was hoping.

D: You really have to like mint to enjoy this beer. I found it nice to try, but I wouldn't want to down a whole pint of the stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 21:26:02 | More by womencantsail
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a soft white head, fair retention, looks watery there at the end.

S: It smells like it should. York Peppermint patty, light dark chocolate, the mint stands out.

T: Just glad the mint is not over the top, that would have pissed me off a bit. I like mint, but it can certainly go overboard. Solid base porter, good roasted malt and chocolate flavours, with a moderate mint play; unique I don't know why other brewers haven't thought of this first.

M: Somewhat thin for me at 6.2%, but creamy and smooth.

D: Been wanting to try this since I heard about it, I was certainly not blown away, but a very enjoyable beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 21:44:33 | More by Halcyondays
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vacax

California

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bootlegger's Brewery is brewing a different winter seasonal ale every year. For 2009 they have devised the Chocolate Mint Porter, a combination that works so well I am surprised this is the first time I have experienced it in a beer.

The pour is ridiculously dark brown, bordering on black, yet I can make out a bit of a cloudiness underneath the darkness. The head was a creeper, nothing at first but as I finished filling my glass two fingers of cocoa colored foam appeared. Head retention was moderate to low, and I suspect the oils of the mint leaves may be the culprit here. Ten pounds of fresh peppermint and spearmint were utilized in the boil, and an additional mint tea injection was added later on.

I recommend letting this one warm up quite a bit, I find it just gets nicer the longer it sits out. The aroma certainly exudes a mint presence, as well as cocoa, and some roast in the background. The mint can come off as a bit catty in the nose, though overall I find it quite appealing.

The flavor kicks off with a chocolate malt character that is infused with peppermint. It is evident this beer is very herbal, that mint is inescapable throughout the experience. The finish brings spearmint, roast, and a touch of cookie. The finish is not especially sweet, the mint and roast resulting in a touch of dryness. Mouthfeel is one of the highest points of this beer, it is full bodied and slippery with lightly creamy medium carbonation.

This is one of those beers that is pleasant to drink, feels nice, and introduces new flavors to my beer palate. It tastes good yes, though it is hard to judge a beer that challenges my palate. Is it too minty? Not chocolatey enough? Maybe, for my taste. But perhaps this is exactly what was intended. Hey, it is the best chocolate mint beer I have ever had.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2009 04:37:00 | More by vacax
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