From Bootlegger’s – Inspired by our Black Phoenix Stout, this Imperial version takes the flavors up a notch! Brewed with fresh roasted Kean coffee, black pepper, chipotle peppers and smoked malt, this legendary Imperial Stout was aged for over a year in Wood Barrels, further enhancing the complex flavors.
Bootlegger’s Brewery – Bootlegger’s Imperial Black Phoenix (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) – 22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 10% abv.
Appearance: Pours black with a small tan head that subsides to nothing. Not even swirls or film.
Aroma: Graham cracker crust. Chipotle, bourbon and smoke.
Taste: Chocolate, bourbon barrel, roasted red pepper, Lingering vanilla and booze.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied prickly spicy.
Overall: Awesomeness. We tried previous pilot batches at the brewery, and they weren’t aged over year like this batch. This was an excellent rendition of a barrel aged imperial stout, and is set a part from the rest with the chipotle profile added to the mix. Hopefully there’s more resting in barrels, I’m ready for batch 2.