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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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.


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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
porternator (2) - - MAY 19, 2012
Iíve tried 2 other beers from Bootleggers, Black Tuesday and Chocasauraus Rye, and this orange County Brewery does not disappoint. The Aroma is coffee and Chocolate roasted malts. On second inhale hints of cocoa powder, mild roasted chiliís and real mild hops piney scent come thru with the coffe and roasted malts. Thin light brown head that that dissapears in a hurry. It is very dark. I held it up next to one of the flood lights in my kitchen and still could not see through it. As for the taste, it is almost exactley like it smells I canít even taste the alcohol. The chili is noticeable as an aftertaste but its more of a mild tingle on the back of your throat. As for the mouth feel Itís not thin as some may suggest (think a little less than Oatmeal Stout). Overall Iíd say this beer is top notch. I am just hopping to find it closer to home next time.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"At first, I was wishing this were an imperial. A sturdier backbone would do wonders for this beer. While that still holds, this 6% stout opened up VERY nicely. Not getting any real smokuness from the chipotle peppers, but the interplay and balance of coffee, pepper, and roasted malt was great. Smooth brew too

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nakedwhendrunk (2199) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Ah, finally! About time I had something good tonight, thanks at Rachelle for the bottle. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Tight speckled lacing graces the sides of the glass. The smell had a bold blast of roasty robust coffee bean backed up by a light chipotle /peppery heat - quite enjoyable. The taste was really balanced well between the coffee and the chipotle heat. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Decent dry texture pervades nicely with the heat settling in underneath. Overall, good stout with chipotle heat adding a nice complexity. Would have again if I could get it.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GenDV138 (1442) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2014
22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Black with half a finger or so of light tan head. Aromas of coffee, light chipotles, caramel, light vanilla. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, light chipotles, some sort of lactose like note that Iím not digging. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation, semi-watery mouthfeel. Not quite there for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4864) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2014
On tap at Yard House - Long Beach, August 2014. Almost black with a small creamy head. Roasted with coffee, chocolate, some smoke and light chili. Smooth and actually quite easy to drink. A good one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2864) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black, nose is roast malts, chocolate, taste is rich chocolate, bitter coffee, light spice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (491) - - JUL 11, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with quickly fading beige edge head. Aroma is roasted malt, peppers, and spicy notes. Flavor is overall sweet with notes of roasted malt, hot peppers, and a slight coffee complexity. Finish is dry, spicy and slightly woody. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord Tasting).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1463) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Shared with Zach over some wings, pours a dark rich black pour with a java colored head. Nose is malt and dark roasted coffee. Taste is malt and peppery and very drinkable. Not a heavy stout at all. Finish is peppery as well and ends on the same tasting notes. Descent by all means. Quaff Score 8 / 10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1414) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bomber. Pours black with brown head and aroma of coffee and light peppers. Taste is of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt with a spicy, peppery undertone leading to a dry, light spicy finish. Very drinkable stout

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2263) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
Deep brown in colour with a thin beige head, light lacing. The aroma is of coffee, light spice, chocolate and dark malts. The flavour is of coffee, chocolate, light peppers, chalky. Malty mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with some light pepper heat at the very end. Nice stuff. The peppers take a back seat. Good base stout helps.

Bottle opened on March 5, 2010

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5587) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2014
22 oz bottle sampled in November 2011. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, chocolate mild chipotle notes, light smoke with only a mild peppery heat. Thin mouthfeel takes away even more. Forgettable.


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