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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:
#19,827
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
310
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
38
Trade:
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Ratings: 310 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of Sark
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Appearance- healthy finger of caramel head that's slightly pebbled but mostly velvet. Almost completely black with only a dark mahogany showing up to the light

Smell- coffee steals the show with sweet maltiness rounding it out, the chipotle is only a slight hint after the two

Taste- very mild sweetness to start, nice roasty toasty notes of espresso and dark grains that envelop the mid mouth, peppers come to play on the way down and linger with a satisfying mild spice finish

Mouthfeel- medium/full bodied but a little watery that doesn't quite balance with the flavor profile of the ingredients, I could use something a bit more to chew on

Overall- A good winter warmer, having played around with my own chile brews I know the temptation to just go wild with the spice, but this beer keeps it on the quiet and lets the coffee and peppers take turns with the palate. The mouthfeel left me a bit unimpressed, but I'd gladly have another.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra in a trade recently from Andrew I think, at the time of this review it is the #2 chile beer on beeradvocate best of lists. Thanks!

Beer is a dishwater brown, really hazy with a lazy head, no lacing moderate carbonation, not the most attractive beer I've ever seen.

Aroma is roasty, coffee, with hints of smoke and mild chiles. Smells decent.

Beer is medium in body and pretty bitter at the back, lots of roasted coffee coming up in this one overall. The beer has this mildly dry finish and on that desert of a palate remains this slight smoky heat. Interesting. The chili flavor comes out the more I drink it, the stronger it gets but it never get overwhelming. It is just resting there, in the background popping up to remind you, "This isn't a porter it is a chile beer" -- I don't think I'd have it again but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of SalukiAlum
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Monkeymagic for this. Poured into a snifter. At first lots of carbonation, not sure if that's from movement during shipping. Very black beer, after all it is 'Black Phoenix.' Could smell the coffee in the beer. Tasted dark chocolate malts and coffee flavor. Didn't taste the chipotle very much. Very smokey finish but just too carbonated for me, for a stout. But was overall a good beer.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours nearly black, tall brown head which dissipates almost instantly indicating quite a bit of carbonation.

S: Smells of bittersweet cocoa, a hint of roasted aroma and earth.

T: Flavor starts with big roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and finishes with warming spicy heat. If the bottle didn't read 'chipotle' you wouldn't guess that to be the pepper used. The heat is the only flavor indicator that peppers are present.

M: A little thin on the feel and more carbonation than the style typically calls for.

O: A good pepper stout, not integrated the best but actually improves as it warms.

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Photo of Mike_Amps
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The heat from the chipotle peppers comes through as the beer warms up.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cisco619 for this!

Pours a light black color. Light tan head, creamy, with good retention.

Roasty, with a light chocolate and coffee aroma. It's hard to detect the chipotle aside from the light burning in the nostrils.

Taste has a pleasant chocolate note, and mild bits of coffee. It's not a lot of coffee, unfortunately. The chipotle comes in very subtly on the finish with a slight peppery burn in the throat.

Feels lightish to medium bodied. Seems right for the style.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1514th Review on BA
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Filled @Bootleggers 9/14/12

App- More of a crimson looking brew in the glass with a bit of darker browns mixed in. I would say some red and yellows make the mix but not much. A small 1/2 finger head was there and gone and didnt leave any cling.

Smell- I liked the aromatics but it didnt wow me. This one is more of a small coffee note with with a bit of water. Not a lot of the chipotle comes through and thats okay. A more smokey and roast malt aroma with a bit of BBQ.

Taste- I am not normally one for smokey or Rauchbier like beers, but this was good with the balance of the chipotle and the coffee. It was like when watching a cooking show and seeing a coffee rub on a good piece of meat. The smokey malts paired well with the heat of the peppers and didnt leave it too hot or too spicy really.

Mouth- A lighter medium body and a lighter carbonation. Just thin all around. The malts are quite tame and a bit of the chipotle comes through and tingles the tastebuds on the residual flavors of this one.

Drink- I enjoyed it. I am just not a fan like I said of the smoky hot thing. I like the addition of the coffee on this one and it was a good idea to keep the ABV low to make everything a bit more mellow and not compete against the booze.

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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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Photo of Klym
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: What can I say, a healthy stout look. Black (browner on some parts), solid browned head with lacing that slides off at a medium pace.

S: Coffee, chocolate, chipotle. At first I hardly even got any chocolate but as it warmed up it really came up powerfully in the nose and mouth. Honestly, smells a bit watery but we'll see.

T: Again, coffee, chocolate, chipotle. Pretty simple and straight forward taste. I honestly got more chipotle character as it was colder and less as it warmed up. The flavors run together simultaneously instead of being broken up into a sequence of transitions. It actually surprises me how well chipotle and coffee run together but they do quite well, and chocolate goes with both so it's an easy mix in. As this continues to warm I just have to repeat it, tons of chocolate in this.

M: More carbonated and more creamy than I expected from the nose, but still not as much as I'd really like. I think an imperial version of this would do well, as I think a thick and creamy body would really serve the flavors better than a medium body with medium carbonation. It's certainly not horrid though and it's probably just the result of trying to keep this a single stout, which is a fair effort.

O: Definitely not a bad beer. Good mix of flavors, but I think it was a little simplistic and straightforward, and underplayed it's most interesting ingredient: chipotle. Worth picking up if you like the aforementioned flavors; not worth picking up if you're looking for an intense pepper experience or just something complex and new. Hats off to bootlegger's, though, as everything I've had from them so far has at least been good.

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Photo of vande
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pretty average.. a little lighter than I'd have thought..decent head though.

s: dark chocolate, slightest hint of coffee, but the spice of pepper is present.. makes for an intriguing mix.

t: great suprise.. dark chocolates leading to the suttle warmth of pepper on the finish.. and nice warming affect! very pleasent.

m: creamy, which made this easy to sip on

o: pretty interesting, fairly tasty. worth a try

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Photo of BrewerB
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A large medium tan headed formed atop the pitch black body. Good retention. Aroma includes smoky bqq, coffee, dark chocolate and heavy focus on the roasted malts. Dark chocolate, earthy. Clean ferrmentation. Non-threatening, moderate level of bitterness. Carbonation level seems slightly high, medium-bodied.

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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 Btip1969
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bananasplit
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of riotontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

especially good on nitro!

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Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jonbonfon
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jpaulsen
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mbeerdino21
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of raulazzer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Chuggernaut00
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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