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Bootlegger Brown Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Xadoor on 10-13-2004)
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Reviews by Dubblebock:
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Dubblebock

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bootlegger Brown is one of Independence Brewing's bottled offerings, and it's a really good introduction to their beers. Independence Brewing is still fairly new here in Austin, and their bottled lineup is still a little difficult to find. I picked up this sixer at the south Central Market for $7.99. Nice label on the bottle.

The Bootlegger Brown pours with a decent sized head and an opaque brown body. The nose is slightly sweet and malty.

Tastewise, you get a lot of dark coffee with nutty overtones. Very dry on the palate. Slight hint of hops on the backside, but the malts are clearly the star of this production.

Thin to medium body. Decent mouthfeel. Dry but tasty finish. Very drinkable.

Good effort from Independence Brewing. It's a good representative of the style, and it's clearly crafted with some pride. Good show all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 01:57:47 | More by Dubblebock
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Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with burnt orange highlights reflective of the town in which it was brewed; the head leaves quite the pattern of lacing

Smell: Toasted brown bread and a hint of caramel

Taste: Rather sweet on the palate, caramel-forward, tempered by the toasted brown bread as the flavor develops; a bit grainy and nutty in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A basic brown ale; decent, but a bit sweet

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Serving type: bottle

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Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours a large, foamy, brown-white head. Slight lacing mostly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted malt, nuts, and licorice. A bit of a soapy character though, too.

T: Malt is very roasty, very nutty, with a little hop bite, and some caramel.

M: Earthy, crisp, and hearty.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Large head, yet only slight lacing. Nose it roasty, malty, nutty, with a bit of bitter scent. Hearty roasted grains with a very distinct nut character, offset with a bit of hop bite, and a touch of sweetness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Bootlegger has a good deal of golden-amber clarity but it can only be appreciated at odd angles into the light. Otherwise it looks more or less opaque, a deep cocoa brown colour with a brush of charcoal overtones. Its head all but disappears although remnants remain on the glass.

I've long felt Brown Ales to be perfectly flavoured for fall-time: toasted pecans, baking spices, toffee apples, chocolate and coffee roast. Even in an aroma as bashful as this one, it's enough to make a comforting treat; it's almost warming despite the beer's chilled temperature.

The taste fortunately turns the volume up a notch, though its flavours are still a little subtle for my tastes. The impressions of coffee, pumpkin pie, nearly burnt toast and roasted nuts are made more vivid, at least temporarily as they fade out almost instantly on the finish.

Despite its rather mild disposition, Bootlegger offers a kind of barbecue-y, almost mesquite roast and maybe a just wisp of smoke. It makes up for the lack of rich maltiness; it has texture despite not much body. The result is a beer that can appease both simple and sophisticated palates.

It may have a rebellious name but Bootlegger Brown Ale is a bit too temperate for me; it has the appropriate (and a very pleasant) profile for the style, but it falls squarely on the mild side. This won't be an issue for most beer drinkers, but craft devotees might be a little dissatisfied.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:00:47 | More by biegaman
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Bootlegger Brown Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.