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"Bootleg" or "bootlegging" usually refers to illegally producing, transporting and/or selling alcohol; the terms draws from the act of hiding flasks of liquor in the legging of one’s boot.

Gold coloured California Common style beer, lightly spiced with coriander and cane sugar.

Inspired by stories of the Prohibition era, and by the way in which this project came to life (in secrecy, without the approval of the company direction), we decided to name this beer "Bootlegger".

Starting from malted barley and a small amount of wheat, we add Amarillo, Perle and East Kent Goldings hops for bitterness and taste.

The use of lager yeast for the fermentation, brought to a higher temperature (25 C) complements it’s unique taste. The distinctive bitter aroma and the strong carbonation contribute in making it pleasantly refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Niko100 (2009) - Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Hazy golden color; Medium body; Aroma of slight sweet malt, some caramel, & floral hops; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, hops, some grain, and citrus; Dry finish; Not too bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Taste is sweet. Sugary but with a weird smell. Aroma is kind of putting me off. Ooh well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (8958) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2013
11.2oz bottle. Poured a hazy straw color with a an averaged sized head. Grainy, straw, cereal, with some lighter citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (6711) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2013
Bouteille 33cl, BB 31/01/2014 du Grain d’Orge, Crissier. Dorée claire, col blanc fin. Arôme est houblonné assez moyen, note maltée dans un style typique de nombreuse bière pâle. Caractère malt Munich-cara, houblonné fruité sur qcq pointes de citronné. Malt reste assez neutre avec un grillé rappelant presque le café qui vient un peu donner de vie. Palais est houblonné assez en retrait, notes neutres houblons euro nobles sur une fin pointe d’épice. Amertume reste correcte - moyenne. Fini sec cara-pâle avec cette impression de maïs concassé. Probablement une bière de la série qui m’a le moins plu.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lusikka (6267) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2013
Draught @ BirraSo 2013, Barcelona. Pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. Aroma of wet grass, citrus and some fusel alcohol. Flavour of sweet grains, caramel, dried apricot and some yeastiness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a sweet grainy finish. Alcohol comes through. Feels like an Eastern Europe imperial pils, the bulky one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (14770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier, bb 31 Jan 2014
Pale blond color, with small head. Light aroma of bread dough. The mouthfeel is not weak and it’s dry; very light flavor of straws and cereals; ordinary bitterness; light oily feeling; light residual sweetness or sweeteners in the final.
Some analogy with European strong lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BaroneBirra (247) - Gorizia, ITALY - MAY 4, 2013
bottle @ Il Pretesto. Fresh floral aroma. Sweet malty taste, light body and easy drinkable. Watery final, but still very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jookos (2274) - FINLAND - APR 18, 2013
Bottle. Pale yellow, cloudy. Nice autumnal earthy, leafy, peppery nose that shoukd belong to a much darker ale. Body is on the lighter medium side. Plenty of malts, soft smooth, and with green hoppy flavouring. Quite nice, me thinks. A bit murky spicy, but I feel that’s what cali commons are all about.

-- bb/h(n9)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RexTalionis (2459) - FINLAND - APR 12, 2013
Bottled. Pours hazy pale golden in color with a whitish head. Plastic, some glue and lager gone bad in aroma. Mild floral notes as well. Sweet corn-like and some old rubber in taste. A bit too sweet to be enjoyable on the whole.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
VastActiv (2859) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 12, 2013
Bottle 0.33l at Viisi Pennia, Helsinki. Colour is hazy yellow with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, honey, yeast and malts.

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