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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.

This is NOT a beer. It will be deleted. DO NOT REVIEW.
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 12
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1.38/5  rDev -60.8%
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.

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Bootlegger's Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.