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Dr. Tongue - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 22.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jerz on 04-25-2010

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 61
Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

High C+

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More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ehammond1
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Dark amber with light ruby throughout and a thin light khaki colored head.

The best aspect of this beer is it's aroma, with a nice combination of caramel and toffee sweetness with piney, citrus hop character. Very nice.

The flavor is muddied, and picking out individual aspects is difficult. There's a lot of simple bread character, caramel, and some piney hop flavor, but it's all incredibly muddled--doesn't come together well at all.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A muddied, though flavorful big amber ale.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a dark amber color. Semi clear. Thin off white head. Ok lacing.

Aroma is sort of amber beer with a nice hop aroma. But it's not enough hop aroma for what it's trying to be.

Taste is hoppy but without enough malt to back it up. Very bitter on your tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeel is super dry. A little too dry.

Overall an ok beer. Don't know if I would get it again but it's god to try.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of vacax
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch two, February 2011 release. 7.7% ABV.

Pours translucent brown with a tall dense cap of foam. Lots of retention and thick layers of lace stick to my glass. Beautiful head. Aroma is a punch of hops--mandarin orange, geranium flowers, and pine with only a hint of marzipan sweetness despite the brown color. The taste follows the nose with enormous and crystal clear hop notes echoing those same citrus and floral elements. Full palate thrashing bitterness. Dry, hoppy finish with a touch of piloncillo (unprocessed sugar) being the only reminder of balance in this beer.

This strong ale could easily be called an IPA of some kind, and if you have had Knuckle Sandwich or SoCo IPA you know that Bootlegger's makes some fantastic IPAs. Delicious beer. Body has moderate viscosity and high carbonation which complements the dry bitter finish and lets the hops shine through. Quite drinkable for sure, no second thoughts about grabbing a growler of this brew and enjoying a few pints at home.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: The beer pours an opaque brown-amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head and some mild lacing.

S: A nice hoppy nose on this one with plenty of grapefruit and tangerine aroma. Quite a lot of resinous pine here too. The malt is there and is nicely toasty with a bit of a roasted malt smell.

T: Unfortunately, the hop flavors aren't quite there. The beer is strong on the bittering hops, but the citrus and fruit qualities don't translate to the palate. A bit of grapefruit flavor and some grass is about it. A nice roasted quality that makes this sort of like a black IPA (whatever you call it).

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation and a bitter finish.

D: I wish this one had some more hop flavor to it. Hopefully this one gets brewed again soon and there's a bit of tweaking to the hop schedule.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach, CA.

A-very unique coppery-brown color, with a thin light brown head.

S-Nice green nose, a little roasty malt.

T-opens with a nice sweet and roasty malt profile, followed by a dry bitter hoppiness.

M-Very hearty on the pallette. Malt and hops going at it.

D-Almost a pallette wrecker due to complexity.

Overall this is another great unique offering from Aaron at Bootleggers.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

258th review on BA
Draft to mason jar pint

App- A very dark amber with some highlights that was almost a light brown in color. A nicely poured 2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell- As I take some whiffs of this I am hit with some hops and then I get some soft toffee mixed with some soft candied sugariness.

Taste- I was quite surprised to see this on tap and I had to jump on it. I am hit with some outstanding palatable dry hops with a toffee creaminess with maybe if I am not mistaken a caramel touch as well.

Mouth- This was a nice medium bodied beer with a reaching to say high carbonation. It was very crisp and clean. I was surprised this was a American Strong Ale. Would say as Vacax did I was surprised this was not an IPA of some kind.

Drink- All in all very tasty brew here. I was told this was a 2nd anniversary beer and it was a damn good one. Not as much of a punch in the palate as some other strong ales but this was more than good.

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Dr. Tongue from Bootlegger's Brewery
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