Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Draft 4/14/10 (Opal Divine’s-Freehouse)-Pours a medium brown with no head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste of the same with coffee as well. This medium bodied brew is not a bad little brown ale. jschmiedekamp (8) - McHenry, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012 does not count
Nice dark ale. No particular aroma or taste come to mind while drinking this.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone brucebruce81 (391) - GUAM - OCT 5, 2012
This beerbwas real good very smoothe for a brown ale not real hoppy but had those nutty notes ozarkspops (368) - - SEP 12, 2012
Dark brown, cola like pour. Thin head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Taste is very similar to aroma. Finish is a little watery. Not bad.
---Rated via iPhone AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2012
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 (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2012
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 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
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 (1239) - Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2012
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 (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
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 (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2012
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.