Dr. Tongue - Bootlegger's Brewery
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3.99/5 rDev +5%
dark amber colored, tan foam on top. one finger, settles to a 1/4.... nice sticky lacing on the side. hops dominate the aroma, with some malt on the side. this is a typical 'red', no?
malt up front, but quickly gives way to bitter hop flavor. some earthiness at the end and a little lingering sweetness. I think the sweetness is more of an absence of the previous bitterness that was on the tongue. I got a little chocolate in there, also; am I the only one who got this out of it? never mind, it passed....
overall, it's alllrighttt... nothing special, but decent enough to drink. like someone else mentioned, the price point doesn't make this a satisfying experience. it's average, but the price is above average, evenm 5 miles south of the brewery where shipping shouldn't be an issue in the escalation of price. but oh well. it's still drinkable.
10-05-2013 00:22:45 | More by pkalix
3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
7.7% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard branded black pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $5.00 USD and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery - which has both surprised me and underwhelmed me in the past.
I'm reviewing this as an imperial amber.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 5 finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good (~6+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a dark amber. Nontransparent but translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light even lacing as the head slowly recedes. Pretty standard for the style, if a bit dark. No overt flaws.
Sm: Floral hops, caramel, toffee, and a bit of roast. A strange build, but I always applaud boldness and experimentation. This just doesn't seem all that promising. A biteen earthy. Slightly herbal. A strange aroma of mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
T: Pleasant roast and toffee alongside fairly pedestrian floral hop notes. Some caramel and toffee make things a bit more interesting, but it's still straightforward and simple - though I wouldn't call it bland or boring. Amber malts. A bit bready. Well put together for what it is, if you accept its simplicity. Balanced and enjoyable. I do like it. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch undercarbonated, which I kind of like. Decent presence on the palate. Low depth of flavour. Decent body. Good thickness.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. It's pleasant to drink. I wouldn't get it again at this price point, but it's not bad for what it is. A largely forgettable offering from Bootlegger's. Still, it's worth trying if you're huge on imperial reds. I'd take Alesmith's My Bloody Valentine over this in a heartbeat, but it's not a bad offering. Hides its ABV impressively well. I could down more than a pint of this in the same night - and that's saying something.
04-05-2013 06:31:10 | More by kojevergas
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a deep red, coppery, amber in the Ommegang chalice. It just tastes like a Red/Amber Ale that has been amped up a little in alcohol. I can't see anything different from a typical Red, so call it a Double.
A nice foamy cap on the stuff, and it's hoppy and plenty earthy. The resiny hop fragrance is rather nice. Flavors of pine and juniper with an herbal note. The bitterness is way more than ample. It starts to get medicinal, like aspirins chewed with sweet vermouth.
If you set the glass aside for a while, and then pour another dose, the hops again seem rich and it's good for a gulp. But it's not much for sipping away. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.
03-10-2013 05:48:11 | More by mactrail
Dr. Tongue from Bootlegger's Brewery
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