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Imperial Black Phoenix (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Imperial Black Phoenix (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Imperial Black Phoenix (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 28
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 04-13-2011)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bootlegger's 3rd Anniversary Party.
Menu indicated it was aged for 4 months in a bourbon barrel, but my notes say 6 months for some reason. Don't know what barrel it was aged in.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head.

S: Nose is dark chocolates and roasted coffee.

T: Just like the smell but with vanilla and a smokey, oak char. No notable chile spice at all. Even and well balanced flavors.

M: Creamy and richly textured.

O: Very enjoyable. Had it in a beer float later in the evening with vanilla ice cream. Heavenly!

Tried again at the 4th Anniversary Party. Poured from a bottle. Even more balanced than last year and drinking even better!

wethorseblanket, Apr 27, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black in color with a khaki colored head. Great nose on this. Nice bourbon and vanilla notes with dark chocolate, moderate coffee, and just the slightest hint of chipotle. A nice wood character and a fair amount of roast. The flavor is sweet, but still maintains a nice balance. Vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon give plenty of sweetness, as does a touch of caramel. Good wood, roasted malt, and coffee flavors to balance things out.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1736th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

Thanks to my buddy Jeremy for grabbing this last year
Shared with my co worker Antti

App- A bit of a gusher even when cold in the glass. A solid medium black color with only a small brown head that was quite bubbly and fizzy and faded quickly. No cling or lace.

Smell- I can't say this was the most aromatic bourbon barrel aged beer I have had. The barrel seems to get lost in the nose. More of the base beer comes out with only the peppers and coffee shining. A bit hot and bitter on the nose. Lacking balance with oak and vanilla.

Taste- This was good. I actually prefer the base beer though. More flavor and more layered balance to it. The bitter of the coffee seems to have faded and the spice of the peppers as well. A bit of a mish mash of layers here. More bakers chocolate to the flavors.

Mouth- A thinner medium body with a medium prickly carbonation. Seems a bit over carbed to me. Residual mixture of thin coffee and semi potent peppers.

Drink- Was a bit let down with this. I think my fault for not drinking sooner and storing improperly.

FosterJM, Feb 15, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice black beer, no light penetration. A medium sized mocha head forms, but quickly dissipated to a tiny ring that left no lacing, but nice legs.

Smells of bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffe, and hint of booze, what a treat. This I could smell this beer all day.

Taste isn't quite as big and complex, but many of the notes are there. The bourbon becomes a hint, while the malts and the coffee come to the forefront. Chili peppers and pepper come through on the finish making for a good complexity.

Texture falls a little short, IMO. The beer is quite thin for a 10% BBA Stout, but is very smooth. A hint of throat tickle from the chipotle on the end, and low carbonation, both of which are good. Pretty easy to drink, surprisingly.

I liked the beer, but the thinness makes me feel like it's not quite worth the 20$. The flavor and aroma though, do make it worth it. I will age a bottle for later.


Drinkerofales, Apr 29, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Thanks to Andrew for sharing.

A: Black with a fast fading beige head.

S: Light chipotle with earthy coffee and a big bourbon aroma. Dark and milk chocolate with traces of vanilla and brown sugar. A little roastiness.

T: Dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla, and brown sugar cookie. Delicious. Faint chipotle flavor and restrained coffee. Mellow roasted malt profile. There's a touch of spiciness on the back end.

M: Full body with lower medium carbonation.

Overall: Really well done. Exceeded my expectations.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded with Angst for a Dark Lord 2012. Thanks again!

A - Black with a relatively light cream head. Looks somewhat thin.

S - Whoa. LOTS on the nose. Bourbon first, then chocolate, then hints of black pepper. Really complex. Chocolate icing, mole, very intense.

T - Bourbon and black pepper. Then lots of malts and chocolaty greatness. Then the pepper comes back with cocoa/coffee to finish. Really really good.

M - Medium/light body with light carbonation. I thought it was fitting, some others thought this was more of a 4/5 in terms of the balance.

O - Wow this is easy drinking. I really like this a lot. It is very complex but not at all overwhelming. The pepper in fantastic and the body makes this smooth drinking. Cheers, will look for this again!

dlello2, May 10, 2012
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Imperial Black Phoenix (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Bootlegger's Brewery
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