Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Looks exactly like Dr. Pepper-brown body with a ring of bubbles. Nose-roasty and nice. Taste-slightly thin, lactic, roasty, smokey. Tastes like a very thin porter. The roast/smoke notes are very well done and come together nicely. Very drinkable with a lingering finish.
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
red brown pour and a nice grey head. aroma is sweet licorice. almond and chickory flavor. the sweetness lingers with a mocha taste developing. might be the best brown i’ve had.
SudsMcDuff (5360) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of my favourite texan samplers... Looks similair to coca-cola, no real head, little lacing... SoLiD taste! crisp!! Refreshing!! syrup like smell, a WINNER!!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is deep dark brown with a thin bright tan head...smell is mild chocolate with some caramel and molasses notes along with something piney...taste is sweet with molasses and nuts, but overall very sweet...finish is overly sweet and a tad bit sour...
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice nutty, roasted malt flavor. Palate is slippery. I’d love to say more, but this was one of the last beers I had at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival, so come to your own conclusions...
texasbeerlover (9) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Finally a brown ale that is brown. Great choocolate notes that finish smoky’roasty. Medium bodied, not too heavy, ends up being very drinkable. No aftertaste, which is nice. This is a beer everybody can like.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Seem to be odd man out on this one, but not too surprising as I’m not a big fan of brown ales. Was FAR TOO SWEET for my taste and had little backing it up beyond that. Sticky and sweet. Will try again and alter rating if I see fit.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Off-white head, dark color with mahogany edges. Somewhat complex aroma of cocoa, dark malts, and random hints of sherry Good followthrough into the somewhat sweet taste and lasting finish. Can’t wait to have more from this new brewer.
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Bootlegger Ale is a stout beer. Full, rich flavor, and a bit of a sweet aftertaste. The body and consistenct and overall complexity makes it a beer that is not TOO heavy, but packed full of flavor.
PorterPounder (4943) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Rerate Solid chocolate and coffee flavor really present themselves this time around - better the second time around Original 3.4 Had on tap at Lovejoy’s in Austin - labeled as "Bootlegger Brown Ale" (will submit correction here in a minute). Dark brown pour with a frothy,mocha colored head, good lacing. Faint aroma of chocolate. Flavor has some pleasant chocolate notes as well well some nutty notes in the back end. Quite pleasamt. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Good session possibilities. I’ll keep my eye out for this brewer while in Austin.