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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: 39
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 30
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 04-13-2011)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to oily wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of dark malt, cookie dough, bourbon, vanilla, and some slight smoky chipotle aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly spicy quality due to the peppers. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice barrel aged presence but somewhat lacking in the mouthfeel department.

UCLABrewN84, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

zestar, Oct 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
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
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Javier for this one. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar, leaving behind minimal lacing. Near-black body with some lighter red-brown glints at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of oak and chipotle, with notes of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a touch of roasted malt filling out the flavor profile. Alcohol is pretty well-disguised; I wouldn't have guessed it's 10%.

T - The taste has a bit less chiptole influence, with more of the chocolate and oaky vanilla and only mild-to-moderate coffee and chile flavor. The earthy bourbon complements the similar notes from the peppers and coffee, and I appreciate the balance of sweet and roast flavors here. Again, alcohol is largely absent.

M - Medium body that is a touch undersized for 10%, but not as thin as the original Black Phoenix. Moderate carbonation, some tannic grit from the oak and the peppers, and only light residual stickiness. No alcohol warmth, but a mild chile kick.

D - An excellent example of balancing and integrating numerous elements: adjuncts, bourbon barrels, and your typical beer flavors. If you're looking for something hot, you may want to look elsewhere, but for an excellent barrel-aged stout with a twist this is a great choice.

MasterSki, Nov 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

drewone, May 13, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

illidurit, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

whartontallboy, May 29, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

DarthKostrizer, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from vanlingleipa. Cheers dude!

From a bomber into a snifter
Stout brewed with chipotle, coffee, black pepper, smoked malt and aged one year on wood.

APPEARANCE: This one was a slow foamer upon opening. Never a good sign. A dark brown pour yields a small, loose, bubbly, tan head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a ring only. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Coffee beans and dark chocolate on the nose. Roasted aromas as well, light vanilla cream and touches of spicy peppers. Nicely chocolaty, creamy and spicy.

TASTE: Coffee and dark chocolate up front with some good vanilla cream, roasted coffee, roasted grain and a touch of pepper at the swallow. Bolder finish of bitter coffee, chocolate, sweet vanilla cream and a hint of peppers. The chili is quite subdued lending just a faint touch of heat, which I appreciate. Not a chili bomb; interestingly complex and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy, a little fizzy actually, goes down a bit prickly and finishes sticky on the palate. A bit of a spicy bite lingers at the back. Too fizzy and prickly for the style, which is unfortunate.

OVERALL: Really good. The flavors were bold and enjoyable while the chili added just a faint touch of heat without dominating the beer, which happens all too often. It's too bad the feel was under-par, as it would have been a whopper otherwise. A really nice wood aged adjunct stout. Cheers vanlingleipa! Always a pleasure.

Jeffo, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Rollzroyce21, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

dogfishandi, Jul 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

jvillefan, May 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

jeff1973, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

sliverX, Jun 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

coldmeat23, Sep 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

pperez38, Aug 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

MrVonzipper, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

John11486, Feb 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

vacax, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

jwswigs, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

ILikeGoodCider, Nov 27, 2013
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Imperial Black Phoenix (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Bootlegger's Brewery
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