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Imperial Black Phoenix (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Bootlegger's Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by womencantsail on 04-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
42
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
9.58%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 42
Reviews by Vanlingleipa:
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4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed both in bottle and on-tap. Aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for a year at the time of bottle release in 5/2012.

Pours midnight black with a sturdy tan head and good lacing retention. Interesting aroma filled with coffee, a whiff of bourbon and a hint of pepper.

Proper balance of bourbon and base beer, in this case a warm coffee mouthfeel. The bourbon is sweet, mellow and blends well with a medium strong, free of coffee or hops bitterness. As typical with the base beer, a tiny hint of chipotle comes in about halfway through. The finish is nice, a full mouth sensation of black malt, bourbon and coffee.

Picked up several bottles since this one seems destined to be a one-time and gone brew.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bootlegger's 3rd Anniversary Party.
Menu indicated it was aged for 4 months in a bourbon barrel, but my notes say 6 months for some reason. Don't know what barrel it was aged in.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head.

S: Nose is dark chocolates and roasted coffee.

T: Just like the smell but with vanilla and a smokey, oak char. No notable chile spice at all. Even and well balanced flavors.

M: Creamy and richly textured.

O: Very enjoyable. Had it in a beer float later in the evening with vanilla ice cream. Heavenly!

Tried again at the 4th Anniversary Party. Poured from a bottle. Even more balanced than last year and drinking even better!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black in color with a khaki colored head. Great nose on this. Nice bourbon and vanilla notes with dark chocolate, moderate coffee, and just the slightest hint of chipotle. A nice wood character and a fair amount of roast. The flavor is sweet, but still maintains a nice balance. Vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon give plenty of sweetness, as does a touch of caramel. Good wood, roasted malt, and coffee flavors to balance things out.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of FosterJM
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1736th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz

Thanks to my buddy Jeremy for grabbing this last year
Shared with my co worker Antti

App- A bit of a gusher even when cold in the glass. A solid medium black color with only a small brown head that was quite bubbly and fizzy and faded quickly. No cling or lace.

Smell- I can't say this was the most aromatic bourbon barrel aged beer I have had. The barrel seems to get lost in the nose. More of the base beer comes out with only the peppers and coffee shining. A bit hot and bitter on the nose. Lacking balance with oak and vanilla.

Taste- This was good. I actually prefer the base beer though. More flavor and more layered balance to it. The bitter of the coffee seems to have faded and the spice of the peppers as well. A bit of a mish mash of layers here. More bakers chocolate to the flavors.

Mouth- A thinner medium body with a medium prickly carbonation. Seems a bit over carbed to me. Residual mixture of thin coffee and semi potent peppers.

Drink- Was a bit let down with this. I think my fault for not drinking sooner and storing improperly.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice black beer, no light penetration. A medium sized mocha head forms, but quickly dissipated to a tiny ring that left no lacing, but nice legs.

Smells of bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffe, and hint of booze, what a treat. This I could smell this beer all day.

Taste isn't quite as big and complex, but many of the notes are there. The bourbon becomes a hint, while the malts and the coffee come to the forefront. Chili peppers and pepper come through on the finish making for a good complexity.

Texture falls a little short, IMO. The beer is quite thin for a 10% BBA Stout, but is very smooth. A hint of throat tickle from the chipotle on the end, and low carbonation, both of which are good. Pretty easy to drink, surprisingly.

I liked the beer, but the thinness makes me feel like it's not quite worth the 20$. The flavor and aroma though, do make it worth it. I will age a bottle for later.

DOA

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/8/2012

Thanks to Andrew for sharing.

A: Black with a fast fading beige head.

S: Light chipotle with earthy coffee and a big bourbon aroma. Dark and milk chocolate with traces of vanilla and brown sugar. A little roastiness.

T: Dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla, and brown sugar cookie. Delicious. Faint chipotle flavor and restrained coffee. Mellow roasted malt profile. There's a touch of spiciness on the back end.

M: Full body with lower medium carbonation.

Overall: Really well done. Exceeded my expectations.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Imperial Black Phoenix (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Bootlegger's Brewery
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