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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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.

Vac's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Pours with a black body topped by a thin to medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a slight chipotle note and a little coffee and a lite roast. Full bodied, well carbonated and a touch warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15334) - 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 (4554) - 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 (4285) - 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 (6195) - 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 (5971) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (11364) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT XII. Clear dark red-brown color with a medium sized off-white to beige head that diminishes quite quickly. Aroma is malts, some coffee, roast. Taste malts, some roast, slightly old coffee, peppers though just doable even for me. A bit thin bodied, a bit fizzy carbonation. Not my kind of beer at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5110) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ ZZT13. Brown to black colour with a small beige head. Smells peppery, roasty, coffee. Tastes sugar, roasty, slightly peppery. Medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (5335) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2015
650ml bottle. Cloudy, darkest brown colour with average to huge, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Roasty dark malty aroma, fruity overtones with hints of red berries, hints of chipotle, spiced dark chocolate, some cold coffee. Taste is roasty dark malty, moderate sweetness, hints of red berries, mild peppery chipotle spiciness, very cautious smokiness, some dark chocolate, hints of sugared coffee. Well balanced, not overspiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricksta_p (2422) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2015
Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate, coffee, smokey chipotle. Flavour is medium sweet with a light coffee bitter finish. A little peppery heat on the tongue. Body is fairly medium. A bit on the subtle side, but smooth and very enjoayble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle from Ales by Mail. Dark brown (almost black) pour with a beige swiftly dissipating head. Aromas of smoke, burnt wood, coffee, spice and black pepper. Lots of coffee in the flavour followed by a pronounced warming chilli hit. Interesting.

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