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Bootlegger's Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Bootlegger's Bourbon Barrel Hard Root BeerBootlegger's Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer

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BA SCORE
80
good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is NOT a beer. It will be deleted. DO NOT REVIEW.

(Beer added by: zaraspook on 09-15-2013)
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Snow81

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +42.9%

04-30-2014 01:17:48 | More by Snow81
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

12-05-2013 23:47:16 | More by Mugenlude
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

08-20-2014 02:31:02 | More by Mealy58
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

09-28-2013 22:30:32 | More by xdefeatsy
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

03-20-2014 08:56:20 | More by Nemers
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Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -50%

10-08-2013 01:54:05 | More by sgttibbs
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-06-2014 20:50:28 | More by Rborre321
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-10-2014 18:44:45 | More by PaBeerLover
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

06-10-2014 03:03:47 | More by jdkitchi
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

A - A standard pour yields an active billowing forthiness that settles at about two fingers worth of audibly fizzy slightly creamy khaki colored head with a rocky top... Average retention gives way to a thick ultra creamy layer of lacing with a couple of big chunky bubbles sitting on top... The color is a murky medium-to-dark brown... Still with no discernible carbonation... Not a bad looking brew by any means...

S - The dominate aroma is that of moderately sweet root beer... There are also some light woody notes beneath the surface that add nice depth and complexity... A hint of vanilla... Perhaps some banana notes as well...

T - Root beer... Brown sugar... Vanilla... A slight bourbon kick... Some faint caramel notes... There are even some very faint cinnamon notes on the finish... While this one is uber sweet, it's never cloying... Very different... Very interesting... Very enjoyable...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited carbonation... A bit chewy... A bit sticky... Smooth... A bit sultry... Very nice...

D - Is it root beer? Is it beer? Doesn't matter what it is, just that it's a very enjoyable drink... Very unique... I have never encountered anything like this in the rest of beerdom... This is something that I can recommend and will gladly indulge in again... A bit of a desert beer... A job very well done by Sprecher... Note, the first glass or two is fine, but then it becomes a wee bit cloying and tough to finish...

06-14-2014 01:52:43 | More by philbe311
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Adkins721

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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iheartmyTHO

Georgia

2.86/5  rDev -18.3%

I really wanted to like this beer, since I like a good root beer with a kick. Perhaps I just favor root beers with more of a licorice or wintergreen flavor, but this Hard Root Beer did nothing for me. When I tried it, all I got was a malt and cream flavor, which unfortunately isn't quite my thing.

01-22-2014 00:43:42 | More by iheartmyTHO
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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

08-02-2014 07:57:27 | More by Big_Dave
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.3%

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Florida

4/5  rDev +14.3%

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Georgia

3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Ohio

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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-16-2013 17:17:02 | More by liamt07
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Kmccarthy56

New York

5/5  rDev +42.9%

Really good beer, for a rootbeer beer I couldnt ask for anything better. You should try it, might give a wicked hang over though. Bought it the first time just seeing it at the beer distributor but have since recommended it to several friends. You cant really tell it has alcohal.

05-16-2014 20:02:08 | More by Kmccarthy56
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Florida

3/5  rDev -14.3%

03-03-2014 03:11:30 | More by CMOrak
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y0tommyb

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

06-24-2014 00:56:48 | More by y0tommyb
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sutekh137

Wisconsin

1.35/5  rDev -61.4%

This is the worst "beer" I've had in roughly 24 months (I don't keep great notes, or even any notes, so more exact timing is difficult).

This doesn't taste like root beer. And yet in a blind taste test of 6 root beers, I chose Sprecher Root Beer as my favorite. So, this is nothing like their root beer, if you consider that any sort of internally consistent proof.

This is also nothing like...beer.

The initial hit is fine, even good, and really makes you think, "Hm, this could be...the one!" Then the beverage covers the rest of your tongue and you. cannot. hide. It's like the beverage has a psychotic break on your tongue and devolves into nonsense.

If you've ever drunk Steel Reserve, then you'll understand a big part of my taste test. If I detect Steel Reserve on the back-end mouth-feel/taste (hot, malt liquorish, oh-they-just-want-me-to-get-drunk-as-cheaply-as-possible), then it's probably not going to rank high as a great taster. This beverage tastes like a mix of maple-y soy sauce mixed with a big can of Steel Reserve as it flies apart on the back end of your palate. It's also a little over-fermented, but that's what gives it a root-beerish mouth-feel (that I agree it has a-plenty). The bubbles make it storm over your taste buds like those little scrubbing bubbles from bathtub commercial fame. If it were a great taste, then...great. But it's not.

I believe I added this to my beer bottle collection last year, and yet it is already retired. Does that mean "Limited Edition" or "Sucktastic"? Pursuing the truth of that is left to the reader, and I hope there is no more of this product anywhere in the world such that the reader can actually follow through with that exercise.

04-29-2014 03:37:53 | More by sutekh137
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glenviewjeff

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-16-2013 22:23:48 | More by glenviewjeff
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-27-2014 17:33:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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Bootlegger's Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.