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Bootlegger Brown Ale - Independence Brewing Co.

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80
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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of wagenvolks
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Crown & Anchor pub.

Pours into the pint glass a standard, coffee brown body with hints of dark mahogany at the edge. A scant head of custard-colored bubbles floats atop, fueled by an uppity carbonation level. Not much in the aroma; some roasted java beans, a faint hint of caramel and no hops at all. Average at best.

Flavor mimics the aroma largely, with a bit more roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Starts sweetly, but spirals into a slightly sourish finish of acrid roast and a hint of hops. Body is water-thin and the hefty carbonation dries out the finish so much that it detracts from the experience. Not a great brew, and one I'll likely avoid in the future. Thankfully I wasn't paying for this pitcher...

wagenvolks, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +14.3%

jheezee, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev 0%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Redrover
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another local option at Opal Divines. Served in a shaker pint, the beer is a reddish brown with just a skim of a tan head.

The nose is of lightly charred malts, a hint of wood smoke and some sweet brown sugar.

The taste is a solid mix of roasted malts, brown sugar like sweetness, brown bread and a bit of dark chocolate in the aftertaste.

The mouth is solid and pleasantly thickish. Very nice sessionable beer. My favorite of the evening. If I would have started with this one, I never would have switched.

Redrover, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +14.3%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite clear mahogony brown color with a decent off-white head and slight lingering carbonation.

Aroma: Rich roasted espresso coffee bean aroma with toasty malt notes and hints of nuts and chocolate, very pleasing.

Taste: Begins with sweet caramel and toffee notes, which carry throughout the taste. There is an underlying current of toasty, nutty malt and a mild but lingering hop note at the finish. A pleasingly complex example of the style.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich and full, excellent for the style.

Drinkability/notes: A rather fine brown ale, and an auspicious start for Texas' newest brewery. This is a quite quaffable session beer and seems perfectly suited to cool autumn evenings.

Sampled on tap at the Independence Brewery during the grand opening celebration on October 9, 2004.

Pegasus, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of lackenhauser
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice, deep reddish brown color. Malty and sweet aroma with a slight espresso note. Somewhat metallic aroma. Very good malty flavor. Nice caramel sweetness to it. Hints of hazelnut and cocoa. The hazelnut tends to come out the more you drink. A bit thin bodywise. Overall a good beer. Somewhat on the sweet side and the hazelnut flavor gets a bit old so I have to knock down its drinkability a notch. Well worth a try though. Thanks mushroomcloud.

lackenhauser, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of greenspointexas
3/5  rDev -14.3%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bootlegger Brown Ale has a rather thin, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, red-brown appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of brown bread crust, some chocolate, and even a hint of coffee. Taste is of sweet bread crust, chocolate, bitter coffee, and a char. Mouthfeel is light, and Bootlegger Brown Ale finishes semi-dry and easy drinking (as described on the brewery website).

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

JohnBender, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Jame515, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of JDV
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very deep, dark brown color with a light tan, fluffy head that is somewhat short lasting. Lightly nutty, malty smell. Taste is creamy, malty, and nutty, yet slightly thin bodied. Could be a tad bit richer. Easy to drink, with a fairly quick finish and almost no bitterness, making it very friendly. A decent, satisfying beer worth giving a shot.

JDV, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Bootlegger label also holds to the “less information is more” philosophy.

Aroma: Malty with some dark bitter chocolate and a hint of Fuggles hops.

Appearance: Brown mug that shines ruby when backlit with good clarity. A light tan thick collar and thin cover lasted throughout the beer leaving good lace.

Flavor: Something like a cross between a porter and brown ale. Chocolate, chocolate malt, Fuggles/dustiness, but a clean taste that is balanced and a bit nutty.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation level and a clean finish

Overall Impression: Bit of a cross over in terms of style, but over all a very nice beer! I enjoyed this one more than the Pale Ale.

HardTarget, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of BeerSox
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug.

Dark, nearly opaque, brown with bits of red making its way through. Thin tan colored head that never really develops, then dissapears quickly. A bubbly rim remains along the glass, with thin lacing.

Slight presence of a nutty malt aroma, along with a touch of alcohol. The overall smell is very bland.

Slightly bitter dark malt flavors, almost no hops in the taste. Slightest hint of creaminess in the middle.

Light-medium bodied with little carbonation. Very smooth finish.

This is actually not a bad beer, it's just not full of aromas or flavor. Good if you want to just knock back a few Brown Ales. A little high on the alcohol side for a session beer, though.

BeerSox, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of bmwats
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

bmwats, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, coffee-like color, with not much foam. The carbonation appears moderate and the bubbles are very large. Just a pencil thin ring of froth about the edges. Lots of tangy raisin fruit in the aroma along with some coffee and nut flavors also. It seems nice but a bit weak in potency so it's hard to get enough of a bouquet.

The taste has nice subtle dark fruit flavors with a nice dry nutty finish. The flavors are clean borderlining on watery though. The mouthfeel is not too thin, with average carbonation.

Overall not a bad Brown Ale. The characteristics were much like a Scotch Ale to me although a bit lighter. Thanks for Finnman for the bottle...

bennetj17, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of brandon911
3.5/5  rDev 0%

brandon911, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of bbadger
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +14.3%

PhatAtUT, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev 0%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Big_Dave, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer was one of the better TX craft beers I've had. It was a really nice brown ale with lots of caramel and roasty ("burned pizza crust") flavor.

This beer poured a rather flat-looking reddish-brown into a pint glass. The head materialized rather late after I'd poured the beer. Aroma was pretty nice; a lot of brown sugar caramel-ness. Flavor was also good - a nice blend of caramel and burnt roastiness. I thought this beer had a lot more flavor than many other brown ales I've had. Mouthfeel was a bit boring and thin, but not bad. I'd have this again.

Definitely recommended.

BeerBelcher, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of rtepiak
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a mild brown ale that seems to have a very drinkable quality but also a very simplistic palate. mahogany with an off head... quite drinkable, in that it is malted quite well. nose of smoke and toasted nuts in there somewhere... some yeastiness but smooth and not bready. bitter of earth... soft. could have more dimension but still very consistent. outside of simplicity doesn't lack much flaw in palate.

rtepiak, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with faint ruby highlights when held up to light. Solid, creamy two finger brown head. Excellent retention and light rings of lace left behind.

S - Nutty aroma with a faint hint of toasted bread. A somewhat spicy somewhat fruity aroma begins to strengthen as the beer warms.

T - Very nutty initially with hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Dark fruits and spice come through mid drink and finishes bitter sweet. Very well rounded tastes.

M/D - Medium bodied with light but adequate carbonation. Really easy drinking. Not my favorite style, but an excellent brown ale.

ckeegan04, May 07, 2009
Bootlegger Brown Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.