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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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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed both in bottle and on-tap. Aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for a year at the time of bottle release in 5/2012.

Pours midnight black with a sturdy tan head and good lacing retention. Interesting aroma filled with coffee, a whiff of bourbon and a hint of pepper.

Proper balance of bourbon and base beer, in this case a warm coffee mouthfeel. The bourbon is sweet, mellow and blends well with a medium strong, free of coffee or hops bitterness. As typical with the base beer, a tiny hint of chipotle comes in about halfway through. The finish is nice, a full mouth sensation of black malt, bourbon and coffee.

Picked up several bottles since this one seems destined to be a one-time and gone brew.

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4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle courtesy of womencantsail. Thanks! Split 3 ways, consumed on 9-3 and reviewed from notes.

A: Black as tar. Pour yields chocolate milk head which quickly fades. Sticks nicely to the glass.

N: Extremely tasty blend of vanilla, coconut, and caramel from the bourbon, the light hint of chipotle, and loads of chocolate. Coffee is faint in the background.

T: Zesty. The bourbon is perfectly integrated with loads of vanilla and caramel. Hints of fruit and some minor heat from the peppers. Chocolatey fudge. Some soy sauce. Some decent smokiness underneath which adds a bitter note to the balance. Also some honey.

M: Coating and thick without that slick oilyness which can detract from the overall enjoyment.

O: One of the best BA stouts I've tried. Bootlegger's always impresses. This beer is really well integrated and it's comparable to CFH '12 in the way it manages to blend the depth of flavors.

Sarlacc83, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
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.

HopHead84, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 05, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev 0%
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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Imperial Black Phoenix (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Bootlegger's Brewery
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