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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
311 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:
#19,590
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
311
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 311 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DFLB
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have drank this before within my first year drinking a different beer I have not drank before. My father, uncle Tom, and I visited a new location that Bootleggers opened in Redlands. I had this on tap and it was so good I had forgotten about it. I had to get a bottle to write about it.

The smell of chipotle peppers and coffee are noted as you drink. Roasted malt is tasted from beginning to end. The warmth of char and its flavor encompasses the body of the beer.

The taste of chipotle peppers are noticed right out of the gate. The spice of the peppers is not too little or too much. The spice is pleasant upon the other elements of the beer.

The texture of coffee is felt along with the peppery body. The underlying chocolate is overwhelmed by the coffee and chipotle, but not distant to your taste buds. As you get used to these main elements, you can taste the chocolate from start to finish. A touch of cracked black pepper compliments the roasted malt and the body.

Black Phoenix is an exceptional spicy beer that is easy to drink. I write about this one from a bottle. When I drank it on tap, the freshness of the chipotle peppers packed more bite. I make my own salsa, and spice and heat either wanes or grows over time. Bottled, the heat of the spice wanes. A fresh, on tap Black Phoenix had more bite to it, but remained drinkable to my taste buds. Spice and heat is not an easy subject as everyone's susceptibility is different. My palette is developed to handle more heat and spice, so understand when I describe Black Phoenix between mild and hot. I will recommend this beer as an introductory beer towards spicy beer. Bootleggers has done a great job at creating a drinkable spicy beer. Even if you have not drank a spicy beer before, this is the best beer, to my knowledge, to start with.

Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.

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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 Avatar113
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No obvious bottle dating.

Deep mahogany red body color, a little wet looking out of the bottle with not much form and body to it. Head creation is minimal, barely half a finger of tan fine bubbles which quickly dissolves. Decent ringed creamy looking collar left and a see through top.

Aroma is quite invigorating. Mild chili warmth with a coffee angle that goes for the chocolate side mostly. There's a sense of very good charring pepper here and some possible scoville classic heat coming but remains to be seen. Decent and solid.

Palate manages the basics and enjoyably. Nice light roast with a great accent of pepper and char that compliment the mid palate real nicely. Finish is a little wet but also gets into some cola like sweetness which while is a nice balance also seems to cheapen the flavor slightly. Light sense of milk chocolate followed with simple drip coffee roast also warm up in the palate later as well.

A real nice take with solid integrated flavors of chipotle and coffee. More of a chocolate angle and the chipotle comes out more like hot pepper as opposed to roast and smoke, but it's done simply and nicely in the beer. Not mind blowing, but solid brew.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zorro
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear black colored beer with a tiny brown colored head.

Smells of Chile pepper and smoke. Smells sweet and fruity. Some patent malt and a little coffee, but this is scented of pepper.

Starts out mildly sweet and slightly metallic. Taste of lactose, didn't expect a Milk Stout. Light pepper taste and a mild smokiness. Not much heat at all.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a disappointment, I expected more.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Chief99
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jeff1973
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grimmace525
2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerCannuck
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Honeybourne
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aquazr1
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 311 ratings
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