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Sarsaparilla 666 Bourbon Barrel Root Beer Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Sarsaparilla 666 Bourbon Barrel Root Beer StoutSarsaparilla 666 Bourbon Barrel Root Beer Stout

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very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 15.33%

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into Teku... thanks jas45578

Pours nice and thick...black in color with a nice 3/4in dark burnt sugar colored head.. slim lacing with little legs... ring left around and thin skin atop the liquid..

I read some reviews prior to drinking and some say they don't smell ot taste bourbon... well thank you for the one good bottle as I get tons of sweet bourbon right from the start... before I even put my nose to the glass... slight cinnimon... light aspects of root beer such as the sarsaparilla and other root. Liquorice and a dabber of booze...

Man.... again... sweet friggin bourbon greets with open arms.. so much going on here in the taste and layered so nice... lots of root beer aspects in the taste mostly made up by vanilla liquorice cinnamon and a slight chocolate and fudgy aspect to it...nice bitterness to it... almost too much but not quite too much.. alchol is presemt in this one and a nice warming touch at the end..

Not too thick but pretty heavy with light carbonation and semi-dry finish. Wish it was more creamier like a sarsaparilla usually is compared to a standard root beer...

Overall im a big fan of root beer as well as lover of beer and this was damn tasty.... to me more of a spicy stout with the spices consisting of those that taste like root beer.. so it's not like your drinking root beer with alcohol in it... but a stout that's sorta like root beer... bow they took that and aged it in bourbon barrels and the bourbon notes went perfect... added an addition layer of sweetness the bitter ingredients used. Plus thw bound was so present and well worth it... I think it would of been just average without the bourbon addition.... im damn happy I had this and would recommend it to those root beer fans as well...

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:08:37 | More by pjkelley82
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4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of dbc5 pours a viscous black with a small cap of brown head. Not much for retention and lacing. The viscosity is very impressive...I havnt seen a beer pour this thick since Ten Fidy.

Nose is interesting to say the least..very earthy and almost a little like a bag of moldy bread - it certainly smells like they used the actual sarsaparilla vine here. Lots of chocolaty malt as well as some woody barrel aromas.

Taste is much more appealing than the aroma...marshmallows, vanilla, wood and some licorice. Alcohol is well integrated and smooth. Barrel presence is lighter than anticipated. Mouthfeel is not as viscous as the pour would indicate, but it is rich, velvety and full. Very interesting and unique brew...and tasty to boot! Its not just a gimmicky beer, truly good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:26:35 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Stevedore


4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz black wax bottle from the past 2013 4elf party. Thanks Doug. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/22/2014 as part of our cellar/extras cleaning tasting.

App- Dark brown, nearly black, opaque. Fairly minimal dark brown head, fair retention, not much lacing. Oily, stains the glass brown.

Smell- Cinnamon bomb. I'm enjoying this aspect even though I know there is no cinnamon and this is most likely from the sarsaparilla root. Not much bourbon barrel.

Flavour- Interesting- not quite cinnamony, but definitely has an unique flavour. My taste memory picks cinnamon and ginger, even though it is neither. A bit of oak and boozy bourbon, but not too much.

Mouthfeel- Viscous, medium-thick body, good carbonation, easy to drink

Overall- Interesting BA root beer that I enjoyed drinking. Its certainly worth a try especially if you like spiced beers like Abraxas.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 06:59:50 | More by Stevedore
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla extract, and root beer aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and root beer flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and interesting with the root beer like qualities.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 23:50:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Hawthorne's, Philly, PA

Served in a Chimay chalice, an opaque black liquid with a wispy tan head that receded to nearly nothing. Unique aroma of vanilla-aged root beer, woody bourbon, dark malts. The taste followed this, with flavors of dark malts, moderately roasty, root beer, vanilla, spicy licorice, stiff bourbon-soaked wood presence is not unnoticed. It was good, but a bit awkward. Rich mouthfeel, nearly full-bodied, smooth, and decently drinkable. They had a good idea with this, but I don't think they quite pulled it off 100%. I love a good root beer, but I'm not sure how I feel about it combined with the dark malts, or the bourbon for that matter. To me, root beer is kind of something you don't **** with, nor do you have to, unless that means putting vanilla ice cream in it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 01:59:46 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Holland


2.08/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: dark black with a small tan ring sound the edges of the glass.

S: sweet root beer, vanilla, very much like a root float

T: terrible combination of stout and root beer. Tastes malty and roasted and then tons of Sarsaparilla root. Lot of licorice.

M: thick, low to medium carbonation.

O: not recommended at all. I like both root beer and stouts, but it tastes like someone dropped root beer and licorice into what was a wonderful beer. Maybe some wool like this, but it's not for me pending a change odd palate.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 21:23:17 | More by Holland
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4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a dark black color with a tan/brown head on top. The first sample I had was with some vanilla ice cream in it which was really good. I went back for a second sample to just get a taste for the beer on it's own. The smell of the beer had a sweet aroma much like a Sarsaparilla soda does. The taste of the beer is great, it tasted so much like a Root Beer or Sarsaparilla that I wouldn't even know that there is alcohol in it. The beer is sweet and had a light amount of spice in there to bitter it up. The mouthfeel was smooth, very creamy texture. Overall this had to be one of the best at the event, it's very very good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 18:03:02 | More by Knapp85
Sarsaparilla 666 Bourbon Barrel Root Beer Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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