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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: 69
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 3
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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5/5  rDev +42.9%

Snow81, Apr 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +42.9%
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.

Kmccarthy56, May 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Smithperson, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of zaraspook
4.68/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

zaraspook, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of jonrx
4.54/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

jonrx, Sep 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

angeepangie, Feb 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

y0tommyb, Jun 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

duff247, Oct 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

jdkitchi, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Adkins721, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

BeerBuddy2122, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

PaBeerLover, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

mpalestino, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

trh70, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

liamt07, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

dillon_1005, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

brandoman63, Apr 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

malfunxion, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Dope, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

iatethecloudsfor, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Lehighace06, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

IAmHollywood13, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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...

philbe311, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of WunderLlama
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Dark brown, thin layer

Smells like a sweet root beer

Good tasting root beer with a kick. The bourbon barrel aging imparts a different, distinctive but delicious taste to the sweet root beer taste. Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet and good. Worth repeating for a different change of taste. root beer with a kick, I like it!

WunderLlama, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Mealy58, Aug 20, 2014
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Bootlegger's Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.