Abita Bayou Bootlegger Hard Root Beer

Abita is one of the breweries I always look at fondly, since I went to their beers when I got into craft beer. Their labels have gone through a whole redesign and their labels have a certain masculine feel to them now. I like them slightly better than their old labels. They also offer an alcoholic root beer, since they are all the rage now.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Gluten-free and sweetened with pure Louisiana cane sugar, this handcrafted hard root beer delivers aromas of wintergreen, vanilla and sassafras with hints of clove and anise. Enjoy its smooth and satisfyingly sweet flavor as your go-to thirst quencher.”

Random: I wonder how long this hard root beer trend is going to last.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with wintergreen, which was way too aggressive for my taste and bordered on medicinal. It had some vanilla as well, but the wintergreen note dominated. The taste had the normal root beer notes of sassafras and vanilla, but again, the wintergreen was syrupy and medicinal. It took away from the other flavors. The body was on the thicker side, but nothing that took away from the beer. It had high carbonation. The finish was quick and minty with vanilla. A bottle of this was $1.91, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I’m not a huge fan of alcoholic sodas and this one was one of the worst that I’ve had. I wouldn’t bother trying this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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