Bootlegger Brown Ale | Independence Brewing Co.

Bootlegger Brown AleBootlegger Brown Ale
BA SCORE
3.52/5
194 Ratings
Bootlegger Brown AleBootlegger Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
independencebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,329
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
194
pDev:
14.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JDV for the opportunity to try this one out.

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a dark brown, about the color of cola, with some ruby-red highlights around the edges. Loose quarter-inch white head that disappeared almost as soon as it hit the glass leaving a thin ring of white around the perimeter. Watery lacing with poor adhesion. Scent was predominantly malty with a bit of nuttiness also in the mix. Taste similar to nose with the addition of a mild coffee presence and a slight hops bitterness at the finish; however, flavors are somewhat muted. Mouthfeel is a little thin but there is a little carbonation present to fill it out. Drinkability is pretty good; brew went down pretty easy.

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Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A small beige head forms, and recedes to nothing. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted grain, cereal, and sweet malt. That is it. Nothing bad, but there is nothing really here.
T: Follows the nose. Toasted grains and sweet malt. I really don't get anything else.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation, though thin and watery. Easy enough to drink, but pretty boring.

This is huh hum and bland. Inoffensive and not very interesting. Not the worst thing ever, but saying this is mediocre is generous.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Independence brewing bootlegger brown ale - starts by gushing, reddish brown with thin brown ring. Bad start. Rubber band and acetone, tons of plastic, notes of a brown ale very hidden. The taste is less plasticy but that still dominates. Seems to be infected or just plain bad. Notes of chocolate malt, light brown malt, and coffee. Burning carbonation and thin body. Not enjoyable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is dark garnet in color and barely lets any light through. A heavy pour yields only a small amount of fine-bubbled creamy off-white head. Fades at a semi rapid clip to a sheen and collar. Not much lacing to note, I'd say it is a pretty decent looking beer.

Nutty, muted chocolate and crystal malt aroma. Pretty standard brown ale nose. Nice, fresh and clean smelling with a touch of sweetness but not too much. No hops are discernable here.

Taste leans a bit to the nutty side, like almonds. Plenty watery, it needs a bit more sweetness and is a bit too toasty - nearly reminding me of an amber ale. Nothing really stands out about this beer to separate it from the pack of brown ales, but nothing detracts from it either. I could not see myself buying a sixer of it, but would be plenty happy drinking it at a party. In fact, it seems like a nice introduction into the world of craft beer.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4/3....very dark brown, blacker atop, light flecks at the base. Some white foam sits atop. Nutty nose, coffee hints too. Hazelnut taste, firm bitter. Chewy caramel taste further in. Hint of root beer. Tasty.

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Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of Domvan
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of allengarvin
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle, poured into chalice glass. Despite a vigorous pour, I got no head at all. Dark, deep brown color, pretty opaque. Good fruity (ripe bing cherries) aroma, with rich notes of caramel. Solid caramel malt underpinning, fruit less apparent than in the nose, but still present. Modest hops, more apparent at the finish. Mouthfeel is a little flat and watery.

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Photo of Redrover
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of wagenvolks
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
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...

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Photo of HardTarget
3.72/5  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.

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Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Yellolab2010
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bootlegger Brown Ale from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 194 ratings
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