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

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very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 24
Gots: 18 | FT: 5
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

djrn2, Mar 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

acurtis, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Thorpe429, Jan 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.5%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Knapp85, Feb 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

SocalKicks, Mar 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

JAHMUR, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

XmnwildX12, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

oline73, Feb 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Rifugium, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

MarkyMOD, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

oriolesfan4, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

drewone, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

imperialking, Mar 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

duceswild, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Gonzoillini, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Zaphog, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

liamt07, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

xnicknj, Feb 07, 2012
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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

twiggamortis420, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

tectactoe, Mar 11, 2014
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Sarsaparilla 666 Bourbon Barrel Root Beer Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.