AndresTM (369) - Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is dominated by the dark malts, with notes of cocoa powder, dry toffee, grain, and hazelnut. Smooth, inoffensive, and comforting. The taste is mildly sweet with residual hop bitterness and a wee hint of roasted malt lingering in the aftertaste. Velvety mouthfeel with minimal carbonation and a clean, refreshing finish. A nice early-afternoon treat, like a good brown ale should be; no more and no less.
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a moderate-large tan head that lasted through the first two sips and left light lace. Pleasant aroma of crystal malt with a few notes of caramel. The flavor is malt with some nuts and very mild chocolate. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. A bit timid, but no problems.
cpetrone84 (1722) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Independence brewing bootlegger brown ale - starts by gushing, reddish brown with thin brown ring. Bad start. Rubber band and acetone, tons of plastic, notes of a brown ale very hidden. The taste is less plasticy but that still dominates. Seems to be infected or just plain bad. Notes of chocolate malt, light brown malt, and coffee. Burning carbonation and thin body. Not enjoyable.
SPDickerman (1064) - 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 (1567) - 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 (4559) - 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: It’s 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 (2277) - 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 (1084) - , 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 (10884) - 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 (5621) - 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.