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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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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 21.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: zaraspook on 09-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 12
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5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of Kmccarthy56
5/5  rDev +42%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of zaraspook
4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow Just like root beer. Pour into a glass and it looks and smells just like reg. root beer but don't let the kid mistake it. Really like the taste. Smells just like root beer. This brewer also make soda pop and there reg. root beer is great and the hard root beer taste just like it.

Photo of jonrx
4.56/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Adkins721
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of DaneHenson
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Poors dark and deep like you would expect a root beer to pour with a decent frothy head to boot. Early tastes of root beer and vanilla, with the drop off showing the alcohol that's behind it. A very drinkable beer to accompany a variety of meals, though I find myself drinking it with pizza or dessert mostly. Something is lost from traditional root beer that I can't quite put my finger on, but in it's class stands as a very good brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dillon_1005
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping for more of a beer, nonetheless I did enjoy this very sweet hard root beer. It is a dark color that just like root beer. very sweet, If you would have not told me it had an alcohol content, I would have chalked it up as a very good root beer.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of philbe311
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
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...

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