SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark mahogany with a tiny fizzy ring. Smell is reminiscent of chocolate and nuttiness. Taste is chocolate, toffee, caramel, hints of nuts, and some mild hop bitterness. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Independence Brewing Bootlegger Brown Ale finishes with a touch of smooth chocolate.
Beerenberger (1364) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Aroma of roasted malts and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Rich dark color with a one finger tan head and ringed lacing. The taste is slightly sweet and malty with hints of coffee. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, very tasty and much better than I remembered it being. Would drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Pours out a dark amber-brown body with a huge, airy, monstrously expansive head.
Smell: Nutty malts, lackluster hints of chocolate and dark caramel. Sprinkling of top soil with soured fruit and a peculiar spice accent.
Taste: A sweet taste of dark caramel over coarsely chopped nuts with a bit of cocoa powder. Spoiled dark fruits. Zilch hop character or bitterness. Flash of acrid character. A pinch of smoked paprika. Dry, nutty, effervescent finish. Unclean aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High level of carbonation.
Overall: Itís at best an odd duck and at worst flat-out strange. Tastes like an early attempt from a new homebrewer, so maybe the bootlegger name is fairly apt.
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Cedar Creek. Pours clear brown with almost no head. Nutty, slightly sweet aroma and flavor.
crajun (932) - , Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
six pack from buddy who went to Houston. pours dark brown with med head; nice pour. aroma has a slight nuttiness. taste was two different beers. first few sips were spicy and over carbonated. middle and end turned ver bland with a complete lack of flavor - will try again
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Date: May 28, 2010
Source: Tasting, Bhalter Summersalter
Appearance: clear brown, fine grey head, drippy lace
Aroma: light chocolate aroma, touch of earthyness
Flavor: dry chocolate flavor, just a touch of sweetness, drying earthyness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Score: ** /4
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. From Kenny. Dark brown and cloudy wifh a nice off white head. This is malty with some soft hops. Very gentle fruit and a bitbof ginger. Not bad but just ok.
Roonai (245) - - SEP 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at flying saucer Houston. P is a pretty ruby brown w minimal head. Taste is roasty malt with chocolate. Not too intriguing to me but an easy drink that satsfies the palate.
deyholla (6481) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Flying Saucer Houston. Pours a clear brown with an amber hue and a tan head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma has notes of bread and dark grain with a hint of hay. Flavor is similar with notes of bread and grain, with a bit of sweetness in the finish. Uninspiring.
Tdragon (2) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 9, 2011 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful dark brown color, with a hint of redness when poured into the glass. It didnít generate much of a head, but what WAS there stuck for a while. Actually, just a bit through the whole experience. Moderate dark aroma that reminded me of the pub I visited in Austin. Very nice. A slight burnt and toasted taste thatís not too overbearing. Just right in fact. Great texture and it didnít feel like I was drinking a soda or alkaseltzer with fizzyness. No over carbonation. For a darker beer, this one has a great taste and goes down easy, but maintains a feel of a full beer. I didnít detect any bitterness. Awesome flavor and great beer from start to finish. I think I just found my favorite. Highly recommended!! Great job.