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The Bootlegger (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tempest - Unforgiven SmokeExcellent1
Dancing Duck - Ay UpExcellent1
Rebellion - MildExcellent2
Great Heck - Black JesusExcellent1
Rebellion - Roasted NutsGood2
Old Mill - April FoolGood1
Wychwood - Paddy's ToutGood1
Brentwood - Spooky MoonGood1
Vale - Black Swan MildGood1
Rebellion - IPAGood3
Camerons - White RabbitGood1
Great Heck - NavigatorAcceptable1
Binghams - Space HoppyAcceptable1
Rebellion - ActivistAcceptable1
Titanic - AnchorPoor1
Rebellion - Jolly RogerNot Tried0
Malt, The Brewery - Summer DazeNot Tried0
Tring - RavensdellNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Salopian - ProhibitionNot Tried0
Cromarty - Red RockerNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - NeanderthalNot Tried0
Rebellion - EclipseNot Tried0
Rebellion - IcebreakerNot Tried0
Cottage - Jack FrostNot Tried0
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Rebellion - Smuggler (superseded by 4.2% version)Not Tried0
Rebellion - BlondeNot Tried0
Saltaire - Hop #256Not Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - The Mad Squirrels Unhinged Beers : A.P.A.Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Bootlegger, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Visits Details

17 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Uncomfortably crowded in the early evening with sport on three TVs. Difficult to get near the bar counter and I was unable to note all the cask beers available (but could see there were lots).
Great Heck - Navigator3.90AcceptableA regular Bitter that was perhaps not quite in tip top condition.
23 Jan 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. Pub quite busy, mostly with people who have been watching football at Adams Park in the afternoon. There is an oddly unpleasant smell, which I tracked down to a wooden container of hanging meat on the bar.
Great Heck - Black Jesus6.50ExcellentA top notch Black IPA.
Tempest - Unforgiven Smoke5.40ExcellentExcellent, complex beer. Dark, with a Bamberg-type smokiness from the malt. But dry; flavoured with juniper.
Rebellion - Activist4.20AcceptableDescribed as being full of citrusy hop flavours, I struggled to detect them. This came across to me as being malt-dominated.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Rebellion - Roasted Nuts4.60Not Tried
Salopian - Prohibition4.60Not Tried
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Neanderthal4.40Not Tried
18 Sep 2015 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and fairly quiet. Chris E remarked the pub has been made 'trendy' since his last visit.
Dancing Duck - Ay Up3.90ExcellentGolden creamy smooth beer. Delicious.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Rebellion - Smuggler (superseded by 4.2% version)4.10Not Tried
Rebellion - Blonde4.30Not Tried
Saltaire - Hop #2565.00Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - The Mad Squirrels Unhinged Beers : A.P.A.4.70Not Tried
Rebellion - Jolly Roger4.20Not Tried
Malt, The Brewery - Summer Daze4.00Not Tried
Tring - Ravensdell4.10Not Tried
11 Jan 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit by a large group of 14 ale drinkers. I was very disappointed as beer range was humdrum, bar service was impeded by what seemed like inefficient engines and several in our group needed to send back the Titanic Anchor as undrinkable and some beers wore parsons' collars.
Rebellion - IPA3.70GoodNew cask on was much better
Rebellion - Roasted Nuts4.60GoodFull bodied
Rebellion - IPA3.70Acceptable
Titanic - Anchor4.10Not Tried
Brentwood - Spooky Moon3.80Not Tried
Rebellion - Icebreaker4.20Not Tried
Cottage - Jack Frost3.90Not TriedYet another new beer name!
11 Jan 2013 (ChrisE)
Very convenient for the Railway Station, we met up here early on a Friday evening whilst the pub was fairly quiet, but it soon filled up. Empty glasses were cleared from tables on a regular basis. We enjoyed reading the bottled beer menu,
Rebellion - IPA3.70Good
Rebellion - Roasted Nuts4.60Good
Brentwood - Spooky Moon3.80Good
Titanic - Anchor4.10Poor
Rebellion - Icebreaker4.20Not Tried
Cottage - Jack Frost3.90Not TriedYet another Cottage Beer.
07 Apr 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
A visit here by the Thursday mild drinkers filled the pub up a bit.
Rebellion - Mild3.50ExcellentOn top form here with low hop rate and excellent sweet, toffee and biscuity malt. Lingering malty finish. My score 17/20.
Wychwood - Paddy's Tout4.30GoodSome roast maltiness but not much hoppiness and a rather thin body. My score 15/20.
Vale - Black Swan Mild3.90GoodIncreased strength for this dark brown mild. Malty and quite dry with an increasingly bitter finish. My score 15/20.
Binghams - Space Hoppy5.00AcceptableStrong golden bitter with a fairly sharp, piney hop character. The finish is rather bitter. My score 13/20.
Rebellion - Eclipse4.20Not TriedA dark brown malty bitter with a good well rounded balance of malt and hop leading to a pleasant malty aftertaste. My score 16/20.
08 Apr 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Rebellion - Mild3.50ExcellentDark ruby/brown mild with good malt character and fairly low hop rate. My score 16/20.
Camerons - White Rabbit4.00GoodFairly sweet and quite malty pale ale with a dryish finish. My score 15/20.
Old Mill - April Fool4.20GoodPale bitter with good balance of hop and malt. My score 15/20.

About The Bootlegger

The pub sign. The Bootlegger, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6NQ.

Spacious single bar pub just opposite High Wycombe railway station on Amersham Hill. Local and regional beers served from 5-6 handpumps. Rebellion beers are regular here. Describes itself as High Wycombe’s premier craft and speciality beer pub. Large decked area and a lawn with seating to enjoy in the rare summer months. Closed for a while towards the end of 2014 for a relaunch as a craft beer house. Re-opened 10th December 2014 in its new guise.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 29 different beers and tried 15 of them.

Map location

Postcode: HP13 6NQ