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Winter Ale - Chocolate Mint PorterWinter Ale - Chocolate Mint Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by vacax on 11-27-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
110
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
27.11%
 
 
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 110
Photo of mothman
2.13/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Spearmint gum and peppermint schnapps. Chocolate and ice cream flavors. Sharp.

Taste: Peppermint schnapps again, chocolate, boozy, mint chocolate ice cream. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and roasted. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. End dry with mint.

Overall, this just wasn't for me. Too much mint. I couldn't drink a lot of this.

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Photo of tasteegood
2.23/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

One of 5 sample tastes that I had during my first visit. I specifically went to Fullerton to check this place out. Very humble beginnings but their beers are well made. Unfortunately, of the 5 beers I did try this was my least favorite. It was about a 4 oz pour and I didn't finish it... :(

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Photo of kojevergas
2.41/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired at Total Wine on-sale for $1.99. 6.1% ABV according to my bottle. "Ale Brewed with Mint." Expectations are low given the brewery and its current ratings. 650ml brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

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.

A: Pours a three finger creamy tan colour head of good thickness and retention (~4+ minutes). Love the creaminess. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Atrocious spearmint. Herbal, minty, and unappealing. Redolent of extract. Dark malts. Brown sugar. I struggle to find chocolate; the mint is so overbearing. An average strength aroma. Not terrible, but I've experienced far better mint chocolate porter aromas.

T: Ugh. Herbal mint leaf. A bit suggestive of spearmint toothpaste. Maybe a bit of chocolate. Dark malts. Minimal hopping, if any. No yeast or alcohol comes through, but it's just plain bad. A bit creamy. Imbalanced and poorly built. That's just bad construction. Definitely needs more chocolate to even satisfy the premise of the beer.

Mf: Lightly coarse. Awkwardly dry for a porter. Overcarbonated. Too thick for the lack of flavour diversity and depth. Unrefreshing. This isn't up to par for the style - or for the flavour profile.

Dr: Swing and a miss. This just isn't up to par. I like the idea, but it's been far better executed by other breweries. I can see why Total Wine had this on clearance for $2.00 and still couldn't get rid of it. This is in serious need of work. A giant disappointment from Bootlegger's. I wouldn't bother with it again. Overbearing and difficult to drink due to the low quality.

D+

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.47/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this one, or at least some form of this chocolate minty thing.

Pours dark brown. Head dissipates fast, average lacing, thick rim leaches on the outside.

Lots of mint, cocoa. Appetizing as it smells like mint ice cream.

Cigarette butts mixed in water. Tobacco and charcoal. Awful. The mint is gone, anything that would generally be savory is devoid.

Mouthfeel is watery, yet crisp with the carbonation and alcohol.

I very much like the idea of mint in a beer, this failed miserably however.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2009)

(Aged for 2 years)

Thanks for sharing this one, Frank!

Dark brown in color with mahogany edges and a thin, light brown head that leaves spots and lines of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is of mint toothpaste and little else--perhaps there's a touch of roast underneath it all, but I swear this smells like Crest.

The taste follows the aroma. I don't know how this beer was when fresh, but what's left is a chalky, spearmint flavor reminiscent of mint-flavored chewing gum or toothpaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is by far the mintiest beer I've ever had, and while unique and somewhat interesting, it doesn't make for too enjoyable of a drinking experience. That being said, I'm glad I got to try it!

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Frank(not sure his handle) @ jerz halloween tasting

Look: Pours a darker brown color with a 1/4 inch off white head with ok retention

Smell: If you pick up anything but mint you're a liar.

Taste: Just think of anything overly minty and that is what this beer is. Mint toothpaste, mint gum, and oh yeah more mint to the point the thing is almost undrinkable

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a slight dry feel

Overall: This beer is more of a novelty I believe because there is nothing good about it

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Photo of broken22
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this thing into a glass. Initially it froths up trying to look like a heavier stout than it is. The head was a nice mocha color but it quickly dies away to a barely there ring. The beer itself is a dark brown with very little light penetration. The smell of the beer is not very apparent. I can smell the sweetness of the malts and mayhaps a hint of chocolate, but this is not a beer your'e going to smell. The flavor is much the same very light and subtle. You can taste an ever so subtle hint of mint. Mouthfeel is a full bodied and light on carbonation.

Overall I think the beer is okay. I think they stayed true to the american porter style. I do however think the mint is really something that could be removed. This is my first mint beer and probably not my last. I have been seeing these popping up from other brewers lately. If you want to try it try it if you don't then don't.

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Photo of dbmernin83
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Blue Palms.
Pours like a stout should.
The nose is all mint.
Peppermint with a hint of chocolate malt. The mint is overpowering and almost the only thing I taste.
A medium bodied porter. Slightly thin.
The mint is all that is happening. I applaud the experimentation but it didn't quite work out.

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Photo of mrmiles
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is 2010 re-release of this beer from a great local brewery. Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pour is a jet black. Mocha brown along the edge of the glass. No real head, light foaming along the edge of glass.

S: Mint first and foremost. Some vanilla which when combined with the mint produces a smell I can only describe as sasparilla.

T: Mint is very present as expected, however none of the sweetness noted in the smell was present.

M: Medium bodied beer. Medium carbonation as well. Pretty dry finish.

D: Moderate abv and with the dry finish this becomes an easy beer to drink. Assuming you like the mint flavor. I do.

Mint aside, this is a pretty good porter. I like the attempt and am glad I got to try this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small clumps of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and mint/licorice notes. Taste is of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and the mint/licorice flavor. An herbal and metallic flavor lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a thin and watery mouthfeel. Not very good for a porter. Overall, this is not that good but not bad for an attempt at adding mint to a porter.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger tan head. Minimal retention. Dark brown and nearly black color. Nice carbonation.

S- Strong mint and chocolate. Smells like a peppermint patty. Heavy smell.

T- Chocolate, roast malts and mint mint mint. Too heavy on mint for me.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O- Quite a nice novelty beer. Could be nice in its own right as well.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice black with about one finger of mocha head. The tiny bubbles dissipate fairly quickly leaving a nice ring along the top of the beer. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells mainly of dark roasted malt and mint. There are some underlying notes of caramel and vanilla, but I'm not picking much chocolate in the nose.

T: The mint is pretty serious in this beer. It's not overwhelming, but it's noticeable from the first sip through the finish. It starts off with roasted malt, toast and mint. Then it turns into mint and some mellow vanilla sweetness. It finishes with mint, caramel, and (maybe?) some chocolate.

M: Full bodied beer. The carbonation is a little much for this offering. It has a sting to it. The finish is decently smooth.

O: This beer is alight. The amount of mint is a bit much, but it's interesting. I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pitch black pour into my DFH glass. Kahki tan head that fades almost immediately leaving no trace of lacing.

S- Coffee, chocolate and fresh picked mint... in that order! Kinda wierd and unusual. Mint is definately something you don't think about in a beer, but I kinda like it.

T- Like eating a spearmint leave wrapped around a chocolate bar. I've never had anything like this. Nice notes of dark roasted coffee, bitter cocoa and mint jelly. The mint really opens up as it warms up.

M- Kinda thin. Nice dark chocolate bitterness and fresh mintiness. No carbonation at all.

O- A very unusual take on a porter. Might be better with peppermint instead of spearmint. Could use a better vicosity. Not something I would seek out, but I would definately pair this with a mint chocolate brownie for dessert. Kudos for braveness and thinking out of the box on this one... but still not enough to rate this one very high.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into an large Duvel tulip glass]

I: I just picked this up because the bottles were flying off the shelves... probably because mint and chocolate is such a beautiful combination.

B: [6.1% ABV, 1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. (650ML)] Overall its comes off as meh, leaning towards generic looking(damn title font begs for attention). Labels at least include the bar essential(ABV, amount, etc), though no date(i assume it's 2011) can be found. Bottle cap is just blank and silver.

A: Black body with a large some what fluffy mocha head (med/fast dissipation with nasty bubble carbonation), and decent lacing.

S: The mint is defiantly present along with the other typical smells you get from a porter/stout.

T: Sweet malt (very light) complemented with mint are up front (far from distracting or intrusive), having the cocoa take a back seat.

M: Smooth, light bodied, low/med carbonation, and low alcohol presence.

O: I really don't get the hype. Sure the mint was there, but it wasn't on the level of peppermint patty. The mint would of been more prominent with a fuller body(too much on the watery side). I suppose you should try it at least once, due to it supposedly being rare. If you want a great porter, go for black butte or Maui Coconut.

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Photo of portia99
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to San Diego. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown with so-so clarity, appears a bit opaque and muddy. A thick finger of cappuccino colored dense foam sits on top for a minute or two before falling to the surface...light lacing only left on the glass.

S - Peppermint up front, like a candy cane backed up lightly by some milky chocolate. Has a bit of the cool, sinus-clearing quality of a cough drop that unfortunately masks most of everything else that may be in there.

T - Yep...peppermint here too - bordering on taking a swig of peppermint schnapps with what feels like a quick hit of alcohol muted by a background chocolatey presence. Unfortunately, the mint comes off as a bit heavy handed and really covers up the base beer.

M - Medium bodied with a foamy mid level carbonation. Each sip brings with it a cool nasal hit of peppermint. Beer itself is smooth and creamy feeling all the way thru to the swallow.

O - An interesting idea...I think the combination of flavors could work well. Definitely needs to have a bigger base beer with more intense flavors to stand up to the mint. The mint here really overpowers everything else. Perhaps minting up an imperial stout would be a better execution of a chocolatey mint beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A luscious pour with a big old head laying atop the dark chocolate colored liquid; leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: More chocolatey than minty, but the mint builds as the beer warms

Taste: Bread and chocolate, up front, with the minty element building by mid-palate; really flattens out, after the swallow, without much flavor lingering into the finish; plastic phenols in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat aqueous

Overall: Not being familiar with this brewery, I was really intrigued by the label; there is a concept here that could be very interesting but the execution is somewhat lacking

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity

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Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured black in color with a thin tan head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a nice mix of mint and chocolate to it. A little malty, caramel sweetness is there as well. I'm not usually a mint fan, but it compliments the chocolate pretty well and doesn't feel overdone.

The taste has a little more of the mint coming out giving it more of a herbal, toothpaste like flavor. The chocolate is a little overshadowed in it but I get some sweet, caramel to it along with a little roasty, slightly burnt bitterness in the finish. The mint is a little too dominant in the taste though unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was an interesting beer but the mint was too much for me. It reminded me a little of toothpaste. The mint could have definitely been a little more subtle in it.

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Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewery.

Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Sporadic streaks of lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a nice mint presence that balances out the smokey dark malt notes.  Complex aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee bean, toast and mint.

Medium bodied with a blast of earthy mint that lingers throughout, dominating the flavor. Really organic and vegetal tasting with an herbal/medicinal presence from the mint.  Underneath, there is some roasted malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, toast and oatmeal.  The mint however really dominates and becomes overbearing after a few ounces. Really weird but decent.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Pours a deep dark black with a couple fingers of light mocha colored head. The aroma is no surprise - mint and chocolate, with the mint being more of the focus. There's some malts lingering in the background as well. The taste has a lot more roasted malt than expected - kind of oddly annoys the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, but again is slightly lacking.

Overall, and ok beer, and could've been executed better. I think a more pronounced chocolate and sweetness (no diabeetus though!) character could've helped this one.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Bruery snifter...

A - Pours a deep brown with a two finger light brown head that dissipates at a good pace. There is a little lacing to be had, but it is minimal...

S - Roasted malts and mint. Not picking up any chocolate...

T - As with the smell, mint is definitely prominate here. Also pick up some chocolate and some roasted malts. Finishes with roasted malts, and mint that carries all the way through the aftertaste...

M - Pretty thin. On the lighter side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - Interesting brew that i'm glad I got a chance to try. My only other experience with mint in a beer is a batch of homebrew that turned out overly minty. Unfortunately, it seems to be the same case here. Mint dominates the other flavors. Not bad per se, but not something I see myself buying again...

Cheers...

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Photo of Sark
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours with a half finger of head subsiding rapidly with minimal lacing. Quite a dark porter.

Smell- MINT! Really not too overpowering, almost more anis than mint, but a funk that I've never expected from a brew...and it's fun. Still has undertones of rich toasty malt.

Taste- a brighter porter. Licorice flavor arrives in the after taste out the nose. The mint gives attributes of a little unbalanced bitterness but the maltiness comes back to finish well.

Mouthfeel- full bodied and well smooth

Overall- one of those beers meant for sharing in the 22. Meant to keep your taste buds on eir toes. Something to get again next season.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

934th Review on BA
Bottle to Mug
22 oz

2011 Bottle

App- I've used this analogy a lot lately and this one couldn't be more true. Liquid chocolate in the glass with a good two finger head. Dots of cling but not stick.

Smell- There isn't much you aren't expecting. Chocolate, malt and like Overlord says. Mint. Like a liquid peppermint patty but just tamed way down.

Taste- Damn!! I wanted a thick lush flavor profile like the pour. This was a bit thin and watery. Had a decent amount of malt and mint. Needed to be kicked up a bit. A good bit of smooth chocolate and roast.

Mouth- A good bit of a creamy/watery body and then has a nice bit of low/medium carbonation to it. Pretty smooth really.

Drink- I like the seasonals from Bootlegger's. Wildfire wasnt as bad as I thought it would be. Pumpking was good and this okay. This needed a bit more thickness to it with some more balance.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass, the Mint Chocolate Porter pours dark brown and almost black in color. Half an inch of mocha foam offers moderate retention.

Nose of roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and a notable spearmint character. Pleasant mint and not overdone in potency. Bit of spice balances things out with nutmeg and cinnamon, which become more pronounced vs. the mint with warming.

The mint is quite forward on the palate, with chocolate malt present but subdued in the middle and finishing with more muddled mint and roast notes with a touch of black cherry and spice. Decent feel, bit sweet on the finish. Might become a bit much after a glass or two as the base beer aside of the mint seems to lack much complexity.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to McD0uche for hooking me up with this one.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very, very dark brown most nearly black color. It appears pretty dense as it is poured. It has a two finger mocha colored head that reduces to a thin film rather quickly.

S: The aroma is a nice balance of chocolate and roasted malts with a bit of bitter dark chocolate and a little kick of mint towards the finish. Quite pleasant.

T: Unfortunately, the taste doesn't match up to the aroma. The malt characters are a bit flat as are the chocolate and mint additions.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The minty finish sort of acts as a palate cleanser. Pretty good.

O: I enjoyed this take on a porter. The additions of chocolate and mint were wonderful in the aroma, but like other aspects, they fell short in the taste. Not a bad offering overall.

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Photo of Overlord
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a black core. Smells like chocolate and ... wait for it .... wait for it .... MINT MOTHERF****R!

Yeah. This is pretty much like drinking a liquified mint-chip girl scout cookie. Mmm. Mint, sweet milk chocolate, and a bit, just a bit, of MOAR MINT!

Oddly enough, it's a tad dry and thin, though it certainly seems sweet at first glance.

I sorta dug it as a novelty.

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