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Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) | Bootlegger's Brewery

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Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale)Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale)
BA SCORE
3.77/5
Very Good
310 Ratings
Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale)Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States
bootleggersbrewery.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stout brewed with coffee and chipotle peppers.

Added by DoubleJ on 04-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,859
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
310
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 310 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of BrewskiBrandon
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jason_Bo
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of mikennat
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing stout with strong coffee notes with hint of chipotle spice. Perfect brew at the moment after 8 hours Disneyland, served at CA Adventure.

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of shoegueuze
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Dirksen
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of CEDAMA
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Azyrien
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Beerrenda
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Vevoda478
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of rwaynes
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of thumperskibum
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Appearance: Black with an off-white head.

Smell: Mainly coffee.

Taste: Very nice carmel malt flavor with coffee still very upfront giving way to chocolate. The chipotle peppers in here are not obvious, just a mild lingering smokey heat. I am glad they are not too overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and thick milky mouthfeel, without leaving any residual feel. Very good. Alcohol is not obvious.

Overall: I really liked this stout. The coffee, malt, and chocolate are balanced well together, the mouthfeel is very good, and the subdued peppers give it a unique taste without being too much.

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Photo of Liana
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PretzelCity
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Verdugo Bar. This beer came out black as night with only a trace of head that quickly fizzled away. A little disappointing, until I got a whiff. The nose was a big hit of coffee. I don't particularly care for coffee by itself but I love me some coffee in my beer. This one did not disappoint. The taste was more of the same, fresh ground coffee perfectly blended with roasted malts and a touch of spice at the end. The chipotle takes a back seat in this beer, with the coffee up front and then a nice touch of spice in the finish, complimenting the beer instead of overpowering it. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a medium body. I could have had a few of these if the Verdugo didn't have so many great beers to try. Overall this was an excellent beer, well balanced and extremely drinkable. I'll be looking for more of these in the future.

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Photo of edgar83012
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with a moderate coffee colored head. Two fingers to be exact with lots of bubbles and a few curtains of lacing after the head resedes.

S: The nose says chocolate covered chipotles to me. The coffee was present for sure but the nice roastiness, peppers and cocoa took precedence

T: Initial coffee gets ya but its pretty tame. The chipotles are ushered in with some creamy milk chocolate. Oh so nice. Harmonious the flavors are. No one flavor seems to dominate here. I am digging this. A nice roasted malt base for the flavors to ride on. The finish has a little hit, a nice pepper zing and coffee beans.

M:: Medium-full bodied, well carbonated, loads of flavor, a bit sweet with a light decadence to it

O: More than I was expecting here. My first beer from Bootleggers was very nice. I see the ratings are bit lower than mine. I think some people forget this is NOT a Imperial Stout as others BA reviews have eluded to " I see where this one is going but just misses the mark on the flavors of a big stout." Its a single stout. It hits all of the BJCP criteria and its very flavorful and full for the style. Well done.

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Photo of antioch
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Black with a thick dark tan head. Looks like coffee with bubbles.

S: Coffee! I smell a boatload of the amazing Kean Coffee that they use for this. Maltiness! I smell some amazing dark roasted malts too.

T: Coffee, chocolate, roastiness, malt and ending with a slight Chipotle sting on the back of the palate. Went amazingly with a big burger from Grill 'Em All Truck!

M: Smooth and creamy. Very nice on a cold night, especially if this was slightly higher in alcohol with a bit of alcohol burn.

D: I couldn't drink this all day, but it's quite nice. One bomber is probably good for me! I absolutely love this beer now.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black with red rings around the edges. 1/2 inch tan head with little retention and little lace

Smell: Coffee and bitter chocolate rule the nose on this one. If you really search for it you can pick up a hint of the peppers

Taste: Coffee again is the front runner here. It has a lot of bitter chocolate going on as well. A hint of brown sugar and just a pinch of spice from the chipotles

Mouthfeel: medium body with a medium carbonation level. Slight amount of heat from the peppers and a slightly dry finish

Overall: I really really really like this beer as I am writing this I actually just cracked another one I like it so much. The peppers are noticeable but are very well balanced. The coffee and chocolate notes really give this beer a great flavor.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in the Big Black Booty BIF, love my black booty!

A-pours a thin dark brown looking liquid that is almost completely opaque. The head is a light coffee color that is tight and fluffy, it fizzles away quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S-the nose is pretty huge and quite diverse. the big roasted malts come in up front with tons of dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. the roasted chili peppers immediately take over and take hold of the nose. it is very spicy at the finish however also chocolaty with some dark chocolate mixed in. This is so sweet with roasted malts and milk chocolate up front.

T-this is a very big stout that has some chili peppers worked into the finish. roasted malts dominate up front, lots of dark chocolate and sweetness with just a touch of vanilla. the finish brings a hint of spicy pepper that actually lingers a bit with some nice roasted coffee malts and then more dark chocolate. There is a light sweetness at the finish with a hint of dark fruits, plum and raisin.

M-this is extremely smooth and creamy with a good full body. It has a nice carbonation base that gives it has a crisp finish but a slight bite at the back of the throat.

D-this is a great stout! I actually am not a huge chile beer guy and would prefer the chilies not in this to take away that peppery spice; but, knowing that is what they wanted the rest of the stout properties are great! Big flavors, nice roasted malts, chocolate, and a little sweetness at the finish with a very solid body. I'd love to try a regular (or even better an imperial) stout!

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-A hard pour produces a 3 finger dark tan mocha colored tightly packed head. Black but a little lighter around the edges. Head settles to a little ring around the edges and some bubbles on top. Nice lacing that slowly settles back in the glass.

S-Sweet roasted malt, nice big roasted coffee aroma. A little spicy pepper on the background. Dark bitter chocolate and milk chocolate aromas.

T-Roasted malt with bitter coffee and chipotle peppers on the finish. A nice milk chocolate in the middle of the palate. The roasted malts and coffee come through in the finish. The coffee bitterness and chipotle peppers linger on your tongue. As you keep drinking the peppers hit you in the back of your throat and belly.

M-Light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Nice and smooth.

D-At only 6.7% it's pretty easy drinking. I'm really loving how the peppers and coffee shine in their own ways and compliment each other.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I loved this beer. It tasted just like really nice iced coffee. There wasn't a ton of pepper on the nose of taste which was a little disappointing, but I still really enjoyed this one a lot.

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Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 310 ratings
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