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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

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 22.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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sutekh137

Wisconsin

1.35/5  rDev -61.4%
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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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

10-07-2013 21:09:13 | More by Whiskeydeez
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BrownNut

Florida

1.65/5  rDev -52.9%
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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sgttibbs

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -50%

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

Ohio

2/5  rDev -42.9%

09-28-2013 22:30:32 | More by xdefeatsy
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Nemers

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

01-01-2014 19:23:56 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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iheartmyTHO

Georgia

2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:43:42 | More by iheartmyTHO
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Rborre321

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.3%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -14.3%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-15-2014 05:21:45 | More by Drinking_Mantis
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drewone

California

3/5  rDev -14.3%

03-26-2014 07:10:23 | More by drewone
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ZombieJester

California

3/5  rDev -14.3%

10-23-2013 04:43:59 | More by ZombieJester
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turk_371

Florida

3/5  rDev -14.3%

04-25-2014 18:09:54 | More by turk_371
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Wowcoolman

California

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-13-2013 04:40:16 | More by Wowcoolman
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csadkins54

Colorado

3/5  rDev -14.3%

09-17-2013 02:51:09 | More by csadkins54
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mattreitz49

Florida

3/5  rDev -14.3%

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

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

12-05-2013 23:47:16 | More by Mugenlude
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aubzachsyd

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

11-02-2013 20:02:48 | More by WynnO
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bigred89

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

10-06-2013 00:52:24 | More by Abe_Froman
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

09-29-2013 03:28:15 | More by JMBSH
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bwarren82

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

09-22-2013 01:04:51 | More by bwarren82
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Bootlegger's Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.