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

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89
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203 Ratings
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Sarsaparilla 666 Bourbon Barrel Root Beer StoutSarsaparilla 666 Bourbon Barrel Root Beer Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
203
Reviews:
19
Avg:
4
pDev:
14.75%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
36
For Trade:
13
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Photo of lochef81
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
1.78/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of siege06nd
2.37/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of SerialTicker
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at HopCat Detroit's Wood & Wild a few weeks ago.

While I like this beer, I'll say right off that I'm shocked this has an 88 rating on BA... I assume that the rating is that high because people are like me -- likely trying this because they're fans of root beer.

Truthfully one of the more unique beers I have had. Unlike "Not Your Father's", this actually has some beer flavor to it, and the bourbon barrel is a great compliment to the sarsaparilla -- BUT -- this beer comes off as borderline cloying. Maybe that's the wrong word ... I don't so much find it too sweet, as much as the flavor of the sarsaparilla becomes a bit much and prevents me from imagining drinking much more than the snifter I had of it.

At 12%, this beer will hit you hard. It drinks a bit warm, but I would have figured this was about 8% ABV rather than the 12% it clocks in at if I hadn't known better.

Looks like oil, smells like root beer, and tastes like bourbon-y, oak-y root (or birch) beer with a beer-like roastiness.

Super interesting, and glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kidzord
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devilfluff
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle was a gusher, got all over the place. Some root beer flavor, but not enough. Not much barrel. Kind of a mess overall. Thinner than I expect from a barrel aged stout.

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Photo of LloydDobler
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Viperman1316
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

This thing was all over the place, I'll never drink it again.

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Photo of Ryan_Sch
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
black wax top 12oz bottle poured into a teku

A- we've got a gusher. After frantically pouring into the glass, it pours jet black with a dark brown foamy head that retains for a while, but eventually dissipates to leave nothing behind

S- aroma immediately gives off notes of sassafras root, followed by undertones of smoky charred malt, dark chocolate, black licorice, wet oak & hints of vanilla & cinnamon. Not finding any bourbon in the aroma

T- sassafras root flavor up front just like on the nose, almost imparts a cinnamon-like flavor. The mid palate brings some dark chocolate and black licorice flavors, followed by tons of woody & earthy notes. The finish gives a bit of vanilla with a linger of more sassafras root and impressions of cinnamon, maybe just a hint of bourbon

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, abv is hidden well

O- really enjoyed the root beer notes throughout. It tastes very much like cinnamon, and gives off the flavor of a Mexican spiced stout without the pepper heat, very good

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Photo of vfgccp
2.55/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Photo of CSO
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Evan
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Slack
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby brown to deep brown in color with an inch plus of head that settles to maybe a quarter of an inch. Lacing is moderate as it drinks down.

Smell is dominated by a mix of saparilla, oak, and wood, with more subtle vanilla.

Taste is root beer up mixed roasted malt filled by bourbon in the middle and a saparilla oaky finish.

Mouthful is medium and a bit thin. Carbonation is medium to high. Finish is dry and lingers.

This beer is probably a love it or hate it. The aroma of saparilla and oak is very strong. The taste is much better and mimics a root beer with its profile. Very drinkable with hidden alcohol. I would try it if on tap.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hootie159
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redfish2942
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewski
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cath
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Coorsy
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KT123
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Sarsaparilla 666 Bourbon Barrel Root Beer Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 203 ratings.
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