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Dark Horse Sarsaparilla 666 Bourbon Barrel Root Beer Stout

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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Sarsaparilla stout aged in bourbon barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1577) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle from flandersned-thanks, Steve! Looks great-viscous, completely opaque, moderate carbonation. Nose is muted root beer, some toasty oak, licorice, complex but hard to find. Oily mouthfeel, massive coconut, vegetal root beer (guess thatís the sarsaparilla?), starts sweet with ashy and bitter finish, lingering dark licorice. Complex, unique one here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (4993) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2014
12 oz. bottle thanks going to fishmich on this one. Aroma is completely root beer soda aged in oak, what in the hell? That is different.

The flavor has a huge earth root beer flavor. Barrel is only slightly noticeable, mild sarsaparilla root, chocolate and a lingering earth root note. Traces of vanilla and notes of mint leaves. Honestly, I wanted to like this but it is way to herbal and earthy. The stout flavors barely gets through tall the craziness. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Tastes astonishingly similar to root beer, like one of those hard root beers that other breweries are putting out but not as sweet and more beer-like in texture. A fairly complex beer with some good stuff going on, but a kind of bland nose holds it back from greatness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Sample at bainbridge care of Nate. Poured dark color, mostly brown. Notes are shaving cream, spice, cinnamon, cocoa, and light root beer but not enough root for me. Barrel heat is pretty restrained for the pct. Medium bodied. Overall, this was interesting but glad I only had a couple zís

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (5175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle thanks to fishmich! Pours inky black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly to a ring and a flim, but laces decentl nontheless. Aroma is anise root, I guess that is sasparilla root, bourbon, licorice, roasted malts. Flavor is nicer than aroma, chocolatey, root beer notes, roasty and rich. Quite sweet, light bitterness, some light barrel and bourbon influence, but not strong. Fullish body, cream mouthfeel. A bit of a distasteful aftertaste. Definitely a different take on things. I honestly donít know whether I like it or not, but I am appreciating all of the waves of nuance coming at me. Oh, and some definite ABV burn as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1222) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle pours black with light tan head. Aroma is roast and light root beer spice. Taste is rich roast and boozy root beer spice. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2014
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. medium bodied dark pour. root beer spices that i assume what sarsaparilla is along with some bourbon notes. pretty boozy and pretty good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Draft sample at MiWBF 14. Deep chocolate with a hint of root beer. Slightly gritty and almost cookie/brownie dough taste and texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (4110) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
12 ounce waxed bottle poured into a teku. Pours a thick, syrupy black with a thin khaki colored head of foam. The aroma is big on vanilla, then I get definite sarsaparilla style root beer notes, then some bourbon. Taste is sweet and root beery and spicy. Thick on the palate. Delicious beer. More breweries should attempt something like this. All the samples Iíve had of root beer beers were great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle @ Richardís Tasting. Black pour with a small khaki head. Some root beer, bourbon, and vanilla. Coriander, mint, and nuts. Plenty of roast and some dark chocolate, too. Weird flavor...kind of tastes like Pho broth and marzipan. Some coriander, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt. Sweet sugar, syrup, and dark chocolate. Not sure what to think about it, but I kind of like it.

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