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RATINGS: 195   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BSchnab (118) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Aroma its lacking a little but get coffee and roast, appearance is dark with little head, taste is coffee with peppers, palate is slight burn which is pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1469) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Aroma is initially very toasty buy as it warms the chipotle becomes rather noticeable. Light coffee note that was stronger when the beer was cold. Medium low chocolate aromas. Pours dark brown, almost black with a moderately thick tan head that has decent retention but does end up disappearing to the sides. No lacing or legs. Flavor has an initial sweet chocolate note that turns more toasty. Mid palate you get a nice coffee note, not too strong but instead more of a background note. The finish has a bit of chocolate and a light chipotle flavor. Some lingering spice in the finish - not too strong but definitely noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth, though there is some warmth from the peppers. Overall a fairly well balanced stout that is on the smaller side compared to what most people release these days. The chipotle is well balanced and adds background flavor and aroma without kicking your palate’s ass. The coffee is a bit on the faint side for my preferences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8911) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Tap at the brewpub. Dark black pour with a small pure white head. Nice coffee aroma and taste with a little chipotle heat coming on late. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10311) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013
Draught @ Bootlegger’s Tasting Room, Fullerton, CA
Pours almost black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and hint of smoke. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long coffee, chocolate finish with a hint of chili and burn. Body is medium, texture oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7031) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013
On tap at Bootleggers tap room. Pours black with an off white head. Aroma of coffee, toffee, roasted malt and grains. Flavor is sweet and roasted with some malt, coffee, chipotle, caramel and chocolate. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013
On tap at the taproom. A next to black one. A small beige head on top. Roasted aroma with some coffee and chocolate. Soft on the palate, semi-dry, with a pleasant carbonation. Roasted flavor with coffee, chocolate and some chipotle that burns lightly. Pleasant finish. The chipotle actually lifts this beer to a high level. 130812

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Super deep brown, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Soft chocolate and roasted malts on the nose.   Hint of chili pepper.   Smooth moderately bitter chocolate and roasted malts on the tongue.   Some heat from the peppers, or at least it seems that way.   My lips have a slight tingle to it.   Very smooth for a moderate body and mouthfeel.   A little milky stout like finish.   Light sweetness, not real bitter.   The peppers add a neat aspect to this brew.   Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikem409 (1946) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Alyssa. Pours black tan head. Faint coffee aroma. Taste is non spicy chipotle and dry coffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5316) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with a ruby and strong violet tint and a thinnish, one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of coffee, milk, cream, earth, caramel, peat and a little oak - very nice and complex - even in the nose. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong earthy malts up front with some coffee and chocolate noticeable, a lot of milk and creamy notes tucked in with quite a bit of sugars, all caramelised. Aftertaste shows a good complexity with some alcohol, oak, vanilla, toffee and some slight burn from chiles. Overall, a nice and strong beer that shows well and lingers for a while! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from BevMo (Mission Valley) in San Diego, California on 08-June-2013 for US$5.49 sampled at home in Washington on 14-July-2013.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 28, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours black with no head. Both the coffee and chipotle flavors are very subdued. Smoke, oak, sweet malt as well. I think I got a bad bottle. Not much carbonation and a little tart which I don't think is right. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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