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Bootlegger's Brewery - Mint Chocolate Porter

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This article covers the winter release from Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, California named Mint Chocolate Porter! This is an annual release for Bootlegger and while it may not be available right now, keep an eye out for it each holiday season.   


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Bootlegger’s Brewery

Mint Chocolate Porter

Porter with Mint

6.1% ABV

Bottle Looks:

This beer is wrapped in a light blue and white label with a green font Mint Chocolate Porter.  The color scheme just screams cold winter nights at a ski lodge and in fact under the name of the beer there is a sketch of what appears to be a snow covered ski lodge.  The winter seasonal banner is proudly displayed along the bottom edge with the Bootlegger’s Brewery golden eagle sprawled across the top. 

The Visuals:

The beer pours thick and deep brown with a dark tan head.  There beer looks almost black but the true color exposes itself when being poured or when the tiniest amount of The head lingers for a short time before become a thin lacing around the glass and on the surface of the beer.  Once coaxed back to life the head is tan and only maintains the thinnest of layers above the goodness that is this beer.  The beer looks clear but it’s hard to tell with the dark color. b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2379.JPG

The Scents:

The aroma from this beer is exactly as described with bright mint notes with a solid backing of chocolate.  Beyond the obvious, there are slight grainy notes reminiscent of whole grain bread with a rich burnt toast note.  There is a very light touch of alcohol but it has a smooth note. 

The mint note is very bright and smells of a mint plant and not aromatic extracts.  I suspect that whole mint is used in the process but Bootlegger did not return messages for additional information.  If we get any update on how the mint is added I’ll be sure to update this article.

The Flavors:

This beer reminds me of mint chocolate chip cookies.  The mint flavors are much more pronounced than even in those cookies and it seems like it is a fresher mint.  The chocolate is very prominent and has a milk chocolate taste.  

The background malts of this beer include notes of caramel and bread.  There is a burnt note from the high levels of dark malt used; it almost comes off as astringent.  The hops are present only in very minimal hints of bitterness. b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2370.jpg

The Feel:

The body of this beer is medium and there is a moderate level of carbonation.  The flavors linger on the palate for a while after each sip but not as long as I would prefer with a beer of this style. 

The Breakdown:

This is a nice seasonal beer that I always try to find.  I really like the mint chocolate combination in particular with a porter, it seems to be smoother than some of the mint stouts that I’ve had with less astringency and less roasted notes.  This particular year seems to be slightly more burnt than I remember from the past but it’s still a solid beer.  Overall I give this beer a 3.5 out of 5.0, it’s a good beer just not a great beer.  I agree with the label on this beer that says “this one is perfect for sitting next to the fireplace and sharing a few pints with friends”.

 

About Bootlegger Brewery: 

Founded by homebrewer and beer lover Aaron Barkenhagen while enrolled CSU Fullerton Bootlegger’s Brewery has been cranking out award winning beers in southern California since April 2008.  Starting on a humble 7 barrel brewhouse with three fermenters Bootlegger’s Brewery has been expanding ever since while remaining consistent with their motto of “Drink Fresh, Drink Local”!  Check them out on their WEBSITE or at their Facebook link at /bootleggersbrewery.

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