mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2007
my friend and i picked this up not too long ago and he loved it. i however was not really a big fan of the chocolatey, coffee after taste. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2007
7/01/2007: Bootlegger Brown Ale is a clear, dark brown color with a huge, foamy tan head (more head than beer). This beer is clearly over carbonated as indicated by the pour. There really isn’t too much happening in the aroma except for some lightly roasted malt, a hint of nuts, and some fruity yeast. The flavor is roasty malts, chocolate, and a hint of nuts. The finish is dry and roasty, but short lived. Like the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/independence-aus Austing Amber, this beer gets both better (more maltiness, some nuttiness as well) and worse (dusty with some off and on sourness) with each passing taste. The medium body of the beer is overpowered by the excessive level of carbonation. It’s more fizzy than soda. Bootlegger Brown Ale is a drinkable drinkable beer with a decent flavor, but is it still lacking overall.lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2007
12 oz bottle from illinismitty. Thanks again Sean. It’s about time you sent me some interesting bonus beers!
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Very deep, dark brown color with a light tan, fluffy head that is somewhat short lasting. Lightly nutty, malty smell. Taste is creamy, malty, and nutty, yet slightly thin bodied. Could be a tad bit richer. Easy to drink, with a fairly quick finish and almost no bitterness, making it very friendly. A decent, satisfying beer worth giving a shot. senator (4) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2007 does not count
Draught. Chocolate and coffee undertones complement a very drinkable beer. Much better from the tap than in the bottle. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Bottel from my friend Brian, obtained at Blue Bonnet. Thiis is my second offerting from this brewery, and this is an improvement. Pours dark brown with a than head. Aroma of dry roast, cocoa powder, and nuts. Medium bodied with a hard or well water texture. Flavor is nutty, with some faint nutmeg, dust, and grains. Very moderate sweetness. Finish has something odd that is bothering, perhaps some sourness. Overall, not bad and much better than the Austin Amber
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Brown appearance. Chocolate, nutty malt dominate the aroma and flavor. Nothing great but would drink again. sspc (17) - Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
chocolate oatmeal dessert beer, porter like, smellls slightly basic stout/porter 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown, almost porterish, thin light beige head, space lacing.   Slight roasted malt, but moreso it smells like a rock quary.   Flavor is very mineral oriented, chalky, with a soft roasted malt.   Austin water maybe?   As it warms up it picks up a little sweetness.   Decent malt body, but this one is very rockish, dusty, and concretish.   Not terrible, but certainly very odd with its churned up gravel like presense. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2007
12oz bottle via trade with legion242 - Thanks! - Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aromas of molasses, nuts, and some caramel. Flavor is caramel, nuts, and some sour fruitiness that just didn’t seem to belong. A fair amount of carbonation and medium body. Pretty average.. churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Gingerman, Austin. Better from the tap than from the bottle (what isn’t). Seems to have a fuller body here than the take-home packs. Toasty, hints of chocolate and coffee, average-bitter finish. Worth a try.