77 Anniversary Ale | Bootlegger's Brewery

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Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jerz on 04-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by DoubleJ:
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3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's been 77 years since Prohibition was repealed in the US, and to celebrate, Bootlegger's has made a ...Belgian Barleywine?! On to the beer:

It's murky! Cocoa brown color with very little in the head department. Despite the Belgian influence, it's very American in style. the hop aroma was a good start to it all. Enough piney hops to make a hophead happy. Funny, this beer was very pleasing to me for the first few ounces. After that, I thought it was maybe a little unbalanced, but still enjoyable. But my last few ounces, I was ready to move on. Piney hops with hints of mango were the dominant flavors, and the Belgian influence was minimal at best; I could find a little bit of fruit skins. Body was a touch light for the size, but still had enough meat on its bones.

Hmmmm...I generally like Bootlegger's beers, and obviously this was experimental, but I think the recipe could be improved upon. Less hops and/or more Belgian yeast would be good places to start. Worth a try, but I'll pass and wait patiently for 78 Anniversary Ale.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of antioch
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bootleggers Tasting Room 5/7/2010. I've had the opportunity for a few weeks to try this, but I've put it off until it cleared up. Last night, the owner/brewer said it had cleared up.

A: Clean brown color with a slight white head, not murky at all!

S: Hops, hops and hops. Pine, grapefruit, pine and a bit of resin. Also a bit of nuttiness and caramel.

T: Great hops flavor up front. Citrus, nutty, grapefruit, toffee, caramel and a bit of breadiness. Definitely more hops than most barleywines you'll find.

M: Slick, smooth with a medium mouthfeel. Normal amount of carbonation for a barleywine, it was nice.

D: The drinkability is what you would expect from a barleywine. But, if you don't like hops, then definitely avoid this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bootleggers

A: A very murky, muddy light brown color with a very minimal tan head.

S: The hops really stand out wonderfully on the nose. A lot of grapefruit, miscellaneous citrus, pine, fruit, and earthy hop notes. There's a nice bit of bread behind it as well.

T: Though not as intense as in the nose, the hops really carry the flavor of the beer. The citrus and pine hops give the beer a great bitterness which sort of dominate the malts and sweetness that you would normally expect from a barleywine.

M: The body is perhaps on the thin side for a barleywine and the minimal carbonation gives it a slick feel on the tongue.

D: A pretty nice beer from Bootlegger's, though I think I preferred the 76 a bit more. This one might be a bit better with some more carbonation.

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Photo of Lucasperea
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bootlegger's,

A: Pours an orange-brown with a light tan head. Fair lace.

S: Hops all the way. Pine, cedar and grapefruit, classic American nose.

T: Upfront stone fruit, with white grapefruit, apricot and a bunch of pine. Not seeing the Belgian influence here, but it's definitely tasty.

M: Robust, resiny, oily, full-bodied.

D: A very good barleywine, standard flavours, but well made. Not overly sweet which I liked.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

77 Anniversary Ale from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 10 ratings