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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
This is our Winter Seasonal Release Beer. Perhaps a mint chocolate porter sounds like an odd combination, but we like to think of it as a match made in heaven. The refreshing mint is balanced with subtle hints of dark chocolate notes, making it a complex yet exceptionally drinking winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
androman (1290) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2015
650ml shared bottle at home from Craft & Draft, Amsterdam. Body is pitch black, head is big, brown, fizzy rocky, average lasting, fair lacing. Nose is chocolate, chemical, slightly smoky, flavor is chocolate, mild coffee, herbs, dried fruits, light smoke, toast. Medium sweet, medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter. Medium to full body, oily texture, fizzy carbonation. Easy dessert beer, too much carbonation, mint is completely missing and not an exciting porter, not bad though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nie (78) - - DEC 25, 2015
Bomber pour to cup. Creamy mint cookie aroma. No foam or lacing, looks like cola. Mint mixed with Porter as expected, a bit flat and artificial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacBoost (1647) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Bomber from A. Miller. Chocolate pour. Minty. High carb. Light roast. Decent toast. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
markextrae (2756) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2015
bottle sample from bomber bottle, poured a dark brown colour with a small tanned head. nose of after eight, sweet chocolate, small hint of roast, toffee, taste is indeed a bit fake and artificial, not good and totally not balanced, bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (3165) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Mint chocolate chip bouquet. Sweet mint and roasted malt notes. Not a big body. Average mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[2/18/15] Draught at Bootleggerís Brewery in Fullerton. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roast, mint and chocolate. Roasty flavor with mint and some sweetish chocolate. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernesto987 (5165) - Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2015
ooooof. bottle. Way too much mint and fake chocolate flavors Tastes like expired walmart mint chocolate mix. Terrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (811) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Smells very minty. Taste is mint, roast, and slight mineral. Donít get much chocolate, although it is there barely. Medium sharp carbonation with medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1541) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2015
When a brewery markets a beer as having a certain, unique (perhaps novelty) character, you go into it with an expectation. And when it doesnít live up to that expectation, itís fair to penalize it as such. Thatís the case with Bootleggerís Mint Chocolate Porter Ė itís not that itís a bad beer - itís just a standard porter in all aspects with only minor mint and chocolate character to it. Itís fine, but itís not especially impressive.

I poured a 22oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date. It was sent to me from the brewery (thanks, guys!).

Appearance: Standard black color, with a small, dark tan, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Standard porter aroma, though mild. Only a hint of a mint scent.

Taste: The palette begins with a mild sweetness. I detect mild mint crŤme and milk chocolate as well as some dark fruits. It becomes slightly bitter through the middle with plenty of roasted malt on the backend. Thatís pretty much it. Repetitive to be sure, but definitely satisfying. I was expecting a more robust, complex brew Ė this seems almost deliberately held back (or that Iím drinking the previous yearís batch). Itís a bit disappointing that the mint and chocolate and background flavors rather than front-and-center. As a porter, this is certainly what you expect of the style (and if I were rating is as porter it would score a tad higher), but since itís advertised as a ďMint Chocolate Porter,Ē it doesnít quite deliver as promised.

Drinkability: Bootleggerís Mint Chocolate Porter is in the perfect medium between light and heavy brews at 6.1% ABV. Itís fair to expect some significant body and hefty flavor from a beer with that weight. However, the body is medium at best; itís actually a tad thin with a smooth, watery texture. It seems to be under-carbonated. At least itís comfortable in the mouth and even a bit refreshing thanks to the mint. It would accompany any kind of chocolate dessert nicely Ė just donít expect this to be a dessert in and of itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle pours brown/black with a thin tan head that fades quickly. Aroma shows moderate roast with an underlying hint of earthy mint. Flavor is chocolate, light coffee, and disjointed mint. Overall body is somewhat muddy and the finish is sweet. Sounded like a good idea, just bad execution.

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