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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
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62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 22.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Reviews by jonrx:
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jonrx

New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was such a nice surprise. I was stoked to find a store selling this and knew I had to have it.

The root beer taste is great, but it the bourbon flavor adds so much to the overall brew. It's surprising how much I enjoy this (granted, I am a big root beer fan in general).

The bottle pours your generic root beer color and you get all the same, great smells that come associated. You can certainly smell the alcohol, but it's not unpleasant at all.

The interesting thing is that there is not nearly as much carbonation as you'd find in a normal soda. I think that I'd like a bit more.

But in all honesty, this is a great root beer and the 5% alcohol isn't going to kill you if you have a couple of them. I imagine that this would be an outstanding summer drink and it goes great with the fall season as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 15:55:15 | More by jonrx
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -14%

07-27-2014 17:33:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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Tanktizzo

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

06-27-2014 21:16:50 | More by trh70
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y0tommyb

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

06-24-2014 00:56:48 | More by y0tommyb
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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...

Serving type: growler

06-14-2014 01:52:43 | More by philbe311
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mattreitz49

Florida

3/5  rDev -14%

06-10-2014 20:35:33 | More by mattreitz49
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

06-10-2014 03:03:47 | More by jdkitchi
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Rborre321

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14%

06-06-2014 20:50:28 | More by Rborre321
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Holland

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

05-22-2014 14:00:02 | More by Holland
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Kmccarthy56

New York

5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

05-10-2014 21:23:52 | More by aubzachsyd
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bigred89

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

04-30-2014 22:35:20 | More by bigred89
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Snow81

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +43.3%

04-30-2014 01:17:48 | More by Snow81
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BrownNut

Florida

1.65/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

One time years ago I accidentally picked up the wrong cup and took a big sip of somebody's old Skoal dip spit instead of my drink, which I had set down next to the spit cup. It was a horrifying experience. This Sprecher product tastes like that, which says as much about it as you need to know. Wintergreen, sweet something, and "off".

I love root beer and have always wanted to try an alcoholic one, so I was really glad to find this. I wonder what I would think of it if I had never had the spit-drinking incident, but alas, I can never know. I think it would still be bad.

I toughed this out for a good few sips after the first one but ultimately had to pour it out. Now I'm stuck with three more of them. I think I will put them in some random person's mailbox.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 23:05:42 | More by BrownNut
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sutekh137

Wisconsin

1.35/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Florida

3/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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drewone

California

3/5  rDev -14%

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Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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