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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Black Phoenix melds rich bold coffee with the smokey flavors of chipotle peppers, giving it just a touch of heat. To insure the freshest coffee available, we had our local Orange County friends, Kean Coffee, custom roast a batch for us. Notes of chocolate complement this complex and bold stout. This special release will only be available in limited quantities so enjoy it while it lasts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22450) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2016
6th December 2015
The Pigs Ear wrap up tasting at ChrisO’s. Clear deep red - amber beer, thin pale head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Decent fine carbonation. Tangy dark malts, some fluffy malt cream. Mild coffee. A chilli burn begins but never gets too much. Tangy dark fruits. Light semi dry finish. Just another chilli stout. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17239) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle split at Chriso pre Xmas tasting, 06/12/15. Light black with a decent tan covering. Nose is light smoke, charr, spice, dark malts, toffee, cocoa powder, dark fruit tang. Taste comprises Chipotle, light roast malts, toffee sauce, green pepper, sweet’n’sour vibes, chocolate. Medium bodied fine to spritzy carbonation, semi drying close. Ok spiced stout ... not OTT in this respect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6603) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle share at Chriso’s. Thanks! As ’Bootleggers Black Phoenix’. Black, opaque, small foamy tan head. Aroma is earthy, touch of mint, red peppers. Body is medium to light, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Taste is earthy, dark chocolate, spice, light metallic, plenty of chilli in the finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18720) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle shared at the chriso and Ruth pre-Christmas / post-Pigs Ear holiday tasting of 2015 - London. Cheers! Pours mostly clear brown with a tan cream head. The aroma holds dry chocolate, light roast, faint rubber notes. Light to medium sweet flavor with moderate chili spice, bittersweet baking cocoa, hints of vanilla. Medium bodied with average carbonation. More moderate chili burn on the finish, with licks of dry chocolate, mild roast, some earthy bitterness. A nice beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teorn88 (6741) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2015
Bottle shared at Chriso’s Xmas Tasting, London. It pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet roasty with chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet and lightly roasty with chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2015
Draught at the brewpub in Fullerton, California. Black beer with a nice beige head. Roasted cocoa and dark chocolate aroma, tar, fruity, some ash and coffee. Roasted chipotle flavor, coffee, dark chocolate, soot, some hay. Quite ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5540) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and spice. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, chili peppers, coffee, and a bit of smoke. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4538) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2015
Black brown colour, beige head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, cacao, roasted malts. Light sweet, light bitter flavour, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, light heat. Finish caramel, cacao, chocolate, chili heat and ash.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’ Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, DutchDrebus!)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2015
Thanks! to DutchDrebus. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT XIII. Dark brown, red amber hue, big mocha head. Nose is thin, mocha, caramel, thin with a weird vegetable profile. Taste is thin mocha, herbal, lightly vegetable, thin, roasted, mocha. Thin & grainy. Weak, body & base, the chipotle pepper appear to have completely turned to weird vegetable flavors with no heat even. Pretty clear miss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (6685) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT, small sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, slight smokey touch. Soft spicy peppery burn in taste, carried by roasty and coffee notes. Heat is nicely balanced and does not overpower the beer. Liked it.

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