After twisting off the tiny but proud taloned beast on the cap, I prepared for my first sip. My two esteemed colleagues and I agreed that this stuff just smelled like "straight-up root beer", and not some flat Barq's spiked with grain alcohol. So, a good sign! Then came the first taste. Now, I had been hit with a sinus sneak attack that very day, so I initially thought, "Wow, bourbon-barrel root beer, you are a potent little guy." Then I remembered Sprecher's hard root beer only clocks in at 5% ABV, and figured I should probably take some allergy meds.
That settled, it was time for sip number two. Turns out Sprecher's hybrid is not that strong at all. It's really just like the craft root beers they're already famous for: a solid sarsaparilla soda with tons of vanilla flavoring. Only, this one did have just the slightest, almost after-taste of smooth bourbon. It gave the stuff a nice kick, or really more of a punt, as it slid down the old gullet. A perfect companion for some fried-food snacking, one of my fellow tasters mused.