Bootlegger Brown Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

Bootlegger Brown AleBootlegger Brown Ale
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Bootlegger Brown AleBootlegger Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Xadoor on 10-13-2004

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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of matthewwarner
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of bluesyasian
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerTest
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of E-McFarden
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Deep brown/amber in color with weak head and no lacing. Slight reminiscence of fig dr pepper on the smell? Smell reminds me slightly of underattenuated beer. I immediately get a biscuity nutty flavor on the palate. Higher carbonation in this one.

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Photo of acashk
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeverSettle
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tsatem for this bottle!

A - The most ridiculously huge head I've seen lately. It's a dark cloudy brown with what I consider to be far too much off-white head.

S - Nice roasted malts, some dark fruit sweetness, chocolate. I think this smells quite good.

T - this tastes like a bad cola. I have no clue how a beer can smell as good as this and taste as bad. Nor do I understand how so much foam can come from the pour, but so much carbonation can be left in the beer. This doesn't really taste like much, and what it does taste like is simply not good. Maybe some of the fruit and a bit of the malt comes out, but its mostly a funny cola taste that is just awful.

M - Not too good, too much carbonation. Feels like thousands of needle pricks on my tongue. It is a pretty light and thin mouthfeel, which I suppose could be related to the huge amount of carbonation.

D - It's not too bad here. It's easy going, but just odd. If the carbonation were less, I think this might be an ok beer.

I think that the problem with the taste and mouthfeel stems from the fact that it all turns to foam in my mouth. Even after getting a ton of head on the pour, with leaves quite a bit in the bottle, I still get all foam and carbonation in the mouth.

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Photo of coldchill
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice, clear dark brown with a fine tan head. Dark roasted malt readily apparent at first sniff. Mouthfeel was ok but the experience was dominated by the roasted malt. This is not really what I was expecting in Brown Ale. It lacks the malty sweetnes that I expect in this style. To me, this is more of a "light stout" (if that is even possible). Not a bad beer by any means, just not what is advertised.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on tap at Opal Divine's (Penn Field location) in Austin, TX

A pretty dark brown beer (almost black).

The taste is dominated by alcohol and just isn't balanced enough. It certainly has some toasty notes, but I would have prefered more malt sweetness (particularly if they are shooting for an English brown style). There was some chocolate and coffee in the palate but even those flavors didn't shine and the beer tasted a bit "disorganized" for lack of a better term, as if it wasn't sure what it was trying to be.

The aroma is quite enchanting though. I only wish this beer tasted as good as it smelled.

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Photo of JDV
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In Independece Brewery fashion, very cool label. No date found on label.

Pours a nice coffee brown with a buttery tan head that resides to nothing quickly. Not much lacing left on glass.

Smells sweet. Rich, buttery coffee tones.

Taste not quite as full as the smell and look. Could use some more *UMPH* from this brown ale. Light coffee flavors that don't seem to fully come to life. Quite sessionable for a brown ale, but doesn't deliver.

Overall, this is a wonderful sessionable brown ale for a long night on the town, but if you are looking for something to compliment homemade chilli or for a good night cap, move on to Old Brown Dog...

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chadspivey for the beer.

A: Medium chestnut color with minor haze to it. Head has a good creaminess to it, light latte color.

S: Chocolate milk, café au lait with a dustiness to it.

T: Starts with a grape flavor with out the sourness that can come with the flavor. Some watery chocolate milk flavor comes next, more of the basic and less about the bold cocoa flavor. Some strong mineral flavors come along with this beer too. Finishes with coffee grounds, chalky almonds and brown crayons.

M: Thin and fizzy.

D: Fairly straightforward. Not any off nor desirable flavors.

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Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint. Pours brown with some lighter brown/ruby through the edges. More than a finger of tan froth sits above leaving patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is toffee grain with some dark raisony quality and citrus hops. There is a bit of yeast element present that blends into grass in the aftertaste.

The taste is dark and fruity with a raisony alcohol ester overtop of toasty to bready grain flavors. There is some dirty yeast character present with must and grass lasting after each sip.

This is a medium body brew with modest carbonation. It is light and easy drinking with some rough edges that need worked out.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown into my Carlsberg Imp Pint glass, yielding a robust 1 inch head that slowly settles to an 1/8 inch layer of cocoa-like head. Aromas are very sweet and roasty - almost maple/molasses kinda dark and sweet. There is a subtly sharp aroma that I cannot place.

Mouthfeel is realatively thick for a brown but not too think at all. Carbonation is light to moderate - about right for the style. Tastes are big in this one - very sweet from the onset - lots of dark molasses. This one even gets sweeter on the finish and never really makes a statement - that I love anyway.

Not a bad brew overall but not exactly what I like in a brown. Couldn't frink too many of them.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Domvan
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tastymug
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Bootlegger Brown Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 34% out of 100 with 194 ratings
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