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

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 146 | Reviews: 11
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Mocha head. Medium collar.

Smell - Intense woody root beer aroma. A little bourbon.

Taste - Chocolate. Licorice. Turns more root beer flavored, but it's more intense than regular root beer. Dark black chocolate. Kinda woody in the back, but not a lot of bourbon.

Mouthfeel - A bit of a chalky texture. Heavy body with medium low carbonation.

Overall - Tough to really say how good this is. It's an odd beer. At points it works really well, other points not quite on point.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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