"76" Anniversary Ale | Bootlegger's Brewery

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Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DoubleJ on 07-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer which commemorates the first year of Bootlegger's Brewery. Available at the brewery itself as of July 2nd, only two kegs of this beer were brewed and release this year, while the other part will be barrel aged for a year. And what does the "76" commemorate? I'll let you guess that out. On to the beer:

Poured into a tulip, the beer has a very dark ruby brown color to it, with a 1/2 inch thick head on top, dropping to a thin lace. Some carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass. The arom brings a lot to mind. It's very nutty like a brown ale, with toffee, coffee, and some butterscotch. This is a candyshop aroma.

...and it tastes like a candyshop...or maybe a cafe. It's "roasty". I need to think about this. There's some lactose, nuts, roasted coffee beans, faint fruity esters...some tropical flavored hops are hinted. Medium buttery feel and taste. Feels "light" for a 7.6% ABV beer...and where's the alcohol?.... but still has some viscosity.

Diverse. There is a lot to like here. I feel fortunate to have a growler of this very limited brew...I might have to pour myself another tulip full of beer.

What about the "76"? is it named after the ABV? No. To celebate the Decloration of Independence....nope, I was wrong. The "76" represents the numbers of years since Prohibition was repealed. Next year will be "77", and I'll be waiting.

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

Perhaps the last growler of the last keg of 76. Pours a rich brown with a slight cloudiness and a half finger of thick light tan head with some fairly good retention/lace. Aromas of tasty malts, sweetness of malted barley, pleasant mild roastiness and a mild tart bitterness. The flavor revels in toasty, bready malts with some raisin fruitiness, light floral notes with a bit of lactic character. The finish is nicely balanced between cookie malts and floral hops. Medium in body with some richness and smoothness in the body and a moderate carbonation. Overall this is a tasty beer with some nice toastiness and tart raisins with good balance. Recommended, except for how this brew probably won't be seen again. Good example of a rich and toasty old ale that manages to be quite easy drinking.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: The pour is a light brown color with a few hints of red. The head is initially fairly fluffy but quickly falls to a thin layer.

S: The nose is quite nutty and sweet, which originally led me to believe it is a brown ale. A fair amount of chocolate, toffee, and caramel make up the sweetness.

T: I was a bit caught off guard by the flavor as it differs a fair amount from the nose. Chocolate, coffee, and a toasty malt are the big players here. Very interesting.

M: The body is medium and the beer has a fairly creamy mouthfeel, which is helped along by a lower level of carbonation.

D: I initially wasn't exactly sure what to make of this beer. The aromas and flavors are quite different, but work well. A nice beer, and pretty easy to drink at about 7.5%.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

"76" Anniversary Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 7 ratings