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.
senator (4) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2007 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught. Chocolate and coffee undertones complement a very drinkable beer. Much better from the tap than in the bottle.
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 didn’t 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 that’s not too overbearing. Just right in fact. Great texture and it didn’t 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 didn’t detect any bitterness. Awesome flavor and great beer from start to finish. I think I just found my favorite. Highly recommended!! Great job.
SPDickerman (955) - 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.
AceOfHearts (1375) - 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.
richbeir (15) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light tan head, with a slight mellow malty aroma. Initial light bitter/sweet taste, finishing with a smooth deep coco flavor. Excellent complimenting of flavors that makes this a very easy drinking brown ale, without being heavy or overbearing. This beer should do especially well in the mild winters of south Texas.
Kevin (2084) - New Mexico, 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 (5825) - .....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!!
Beerenberger (1447) - 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
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.