Dr. Tongue - Bootlegger's Brewery
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Draft service into a half-pint goblet at Whole Foods in Tustin.
A: Clear, dark amber color with one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Caramel and toffee marry well with resinous dark citrus and piney hops to make for a smell that is initially very enticing. As the beer warms it presents some astringent but fruity esters.
T: Begins off-dry, with thin toffee and hop aromatics that are piney as well as earthy. Early flavors do not measure up to the intensity of the smell. Estery fruit is detectable in the middle as malt takes on an unfortunate scorched quality. Bitterness is moderate to heavy in the finish, retaining some of the aromatic hop qualities without as much of the scorched grain.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, more watery than sticky on the palate but with a quality of smoothness that is attractive, and with low carbonation.
D: This beer comes across as an imperial red ale with West Coast hop character and some unfinished business with the mash tun it emerged from. Balance is present, but both sides of the scale--the yin and the yang--are under-represented. That said, the malt suffers more here than the hops.
Serving type: on-tap
03-13-2011 06:37:50 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2013 00:22:45 | More by pkalix
3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2013 06:31:10 | More by kojevergas
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2013 05:48:11 | More by mactrail
Dr. Tongue from Bootlegger's Brewery
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