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

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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
Ratings:
308
Reviews:
118
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
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22
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36
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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Random spots of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee beans, and a smokiness from the chipotle. Taste is just like the smell with a nice roasty pepper taste that lingers after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. The body on this beer is somewhat light for a stout though. Overall, this is a good stout and I really like the smoked chipotle aroma and flavor found in this beer.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

6.7% ABV confirmed. Acquired locally. I don't recall the price. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; the idea of a chipotle coffee stout sounds rather good. I've never been huge on Bootlegger's, but I'm hoping this changes my mind.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger khaki-light tan head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention for the relatively high ABV. No lacing. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical for the style but nevertheless appealing.

Sm: Chili powder, dark malts, light cream, chocolate malt, and caramel. A rather mild strength aroma. No yeast character is detectable. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Light chilis - not very spicy, dark malts, light chocolate malt, and a bit of cold pressed coffee. Lacks roast, to its detriment. The chili presence is ideal for the balance; there's not too much spiciness and it really works here. Not mind blowingly complex, but it's solid. Little subtlety, though the chili is nicely restrained (as abovementioned). I do quite like it. Needs more roast and coffee.

Mf: Smooth and wet in classic porter fashion. Good carbonation and palate presence. Perhaps a bit too thick for its simple flavour profile. Suits the flavours well. Some nice cream.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable - especially considering the relatively high ABV. I'd try this on draught, but otherwise it's not worth trifling with again. A nice little porter from Bootlegger's, but it's far from amazing. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's worth trying.

B-

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Photo of oline73
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours a black color with a half finger of off white head. There is just a touch of heat in this beer until the finish when the peppers ramp up. I'm getting some coffee, but it's more in the background than the peppers. Just enough sweetness from the roasted malt.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Dark brown, not quite opaque - a little light shines through. The small head quickly recedes to collar.

The nose has a mix of roasted barley, grainy sweetness, mild peppery chipotle heat and a reserved coffee presence. This is pretty balanced and harmonious, to my surprise.

The palate is also pretty good, heavy on the grainy/bready malt and dark roasted coffee, light on the chipotle flavor and heat. The beer grows in complexity as it warms, bringing the chipotle flavor closer to the forefront. The finish is roasty and mildly hot, which lingers nicely. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I'd like, but hefty enough. This was surprisingly enjoyable.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki tan head. Color is a dark mahogany brown.

Aroma: Mainly porter flavors with a dark coffee roast. No chipotles here. Dark chocolate. Creamy.

Taste: The chipotles come through more here, having a hot burn in the end. Big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, roasted, spiced, and dry. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, decent beer. It could be awesome if it wasn't so roasted. Somewhat drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stark black beer with a faint pepper burn.

Black as a bad bone. Not much head. General impression is kind of harsh and sharp. Heavy on the hops. I don't taste much in the way of peppers, but the aftertaste has a slight burn to it. Grainy malt flavors along with raw vegetables, like a touch a brussels sprouts. Some body but not any richness.

Drank most of a tulip glass at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach, San Diego.

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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

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this one recently as part of a box from somewhere, I swear I get these all way too confused at times, but no matter, I cracked this one open after dinner last night to get my fix for something a bit different. Served chilled in a pint glass, it was consumed on 12/25/2009.

The pour was warm and inviting, rich dark brown in color, nearly black with a big tan head on top that showed no signs of letting it down. Nice webbing on the side of the glass, a really good look. Aroma was dominated by coffee at first. Rich, dark roast with a light touch of sweetness trying to balance it out. Not really picking up the peppers at first. I go in for a sip and a luscious, chocolate and coffee flavor rushes across the tongue, not terribly strong but nice and mellow, well thought out and nicely done. But the pepper kicks in about ten seconds after this sip with a nice light burning on the tongue and throat. Well done I have to admit with nothing coming across as too course or overdone. I was actually really digging this and with the smooth, even flavor and light abv, we had ourselves a winner.

Overall this was pretty damn solid I have to say. Nothing really over the top and the pepper really balanced well against the coffee, playing off each other very nicely. A solid brew from top to bottom.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: Dark, dark brown (bordering on black) with a fluffy tan head.

S: The chiles were not quite as dominant as I had anticipated (thankfully). The primary aromas were roasted malt and coffee with just a touch of chipotle.

T: Like the nose, this one is mostly roasted malt and coffee with an ever so slight heat of chile on the finish. The chipotle flavor gives the beer a little bit of a surprise taste.

M: Medium bodied, but maybe leaning a bit more towards the lighter side. The carbonation level was moderate to high.

D: Not nearly as "bad" as I was expecting, for the style, that is. From talking to people, it seems they have dialed back the chipotle component, and it's for the better of the beer. It's not spicy, but does have a little kick. That said, it wasn't my favorite beer, but an interesting one to try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chambord shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to jodan for this LIFed bottle!

The post-fantasy football draft party continues here. This stuff pours a garnet-highlighted black-brown topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises light coffee, hickory smoke, roasted malts, light dark chocolate, and a rather light twinge of hot pepper in the background. I'm not entirely certain how much the power of suggestion was at work here, but I could swear the pepper was back there. The taste holds notes of mild smoke, roasted malts, watered-down coffee, and a larger bit of pepper in the back. With every drink, the pepper seems to grow more powerful, similar to the effect found in Hunahpu's (just with different flavors surrounding it). It makes for an interesting taste experience, believe you me. Unfortunately, the ancillary flavors are all kinda weak, save for the roasted malts. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a rather enjoyable brew. I was hoping for something a bit thicker and more full-bodied, but it wasn't too big a deal here. I'd also been worried that the pepper had faded (seemed to be the recent review consensus), but instead it seemed the coffee had faded, though this allowed for a nice cumulative pepper effect. I'd say this brew was a success regardless, just not a monstrous one.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of smakawhat
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 dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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 MasterSki
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't remember who gave me this - it was either Chris (spycow) or t0rin0. Anyways, served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving some wisps on top but minimal lacework. Dark brown body with some reddish notes.

S - Coffee, smoke, mild peppery spice, chocolate. Seems kind of faded.

T - Again, tastes a bit stale - a bit of papery oxidation, stale coffee grounds, mild chocolate, sugar and malt. not much in the way of the advertised chipotles.

M - Somewhat thin, dry, roasty, with zesty carbonation. Thankfully not alcohol present, but not chili heat either.

D - Not sure how old this bottle was - I've know Chris and Bobby for about a year, so I haven't had this bottle for more than a few months. Hopefully I'll get to try this fresh and it's a significant improvement. However, Bootlegger's could using some bottle dating. Coffee and pepper flavors seemed to fall out rather quickly in this beer.

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Black Phoenix (Chipotle Coffee Ale) from Bootlegger's Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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