Hard Root Beer – Coney Island Brewing (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Hard Root Beer – Coney Island Brewing (brewed in collaboration with Boston Beer Company), 5.8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Brooklyn, NY, USA)


on the back label:

“The gypsy should have predicted this.The most dignified beverage of days past, reimagined for your future self. The wooden planks under your feet and a hot dog in your hand; the only difference is that now you?re tall enough to ride the ride.”


  • Style: (root beer) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Generic grocery-store bought root beer with grain alcohol
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $2.90 (after 10% off), October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours root beer brown (no surprise), quickly dissipating head, fizzy soda-like CO2.

Nose: syrupy sweet root beer, background vanilla, hints of licorice. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: incoming sugary sweetness, bitter alcohol

Mid-palate: medium-cloying (lvl-9-sweetness), cola-caramel molasses

Finish: licorice, vanilla extract

Summary: Sweet like a Barqs with a bit more rooty depth, but no beer in here at all. It tastes like a generic sugary root beer with some added grain alcohol. I’d rather just have a bottle of craft root beer.

Boxer Hard Root Beer – Minhas Craft Brewery (Monroe, WI, USA)

Boxer Hard Root Beer – Minhas Craft Brewery, 5.5% ABV, 330 ml., (Monroe, Wisconsin, USA)


  • Style: (flavoured – Root Beer) Spiced Beer
  • Taste: Generic root beer vanilla nutmeg cane sugar heavy sweet heartburn
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $13.85 CAD – 6x330ml., April 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for root beer and soda lovers

Visual: 6pack of 330ml. Pours dark root beer brown with large soda CO2 bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, no head, clusters of active streams.

Nose: big artificial root beer soda, cane sugar (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: thicker-slick mouthfeel, crisp burpy soda CO2

Mid-palate: (lvl-8-sweetness), cane sugar, artificial root beer flavouring, big nutmeg numbness,

Finish: molasses sweet, huge vanilla, mildly cloying, onset of heartburn.

Summary: The taste and mouthfeel is that of a soda instead of a beer, giving me a impression of a Barq’s/A&W/Mugs, mostly artificial (no wintergreen/sarsaparilla/sassafras). It does however taste rather good with the vanilla, molasses, cane sugar, and blend of other subtle spices. This is easy to kick back with a meal or just to quench your thirst. Warning though, it is sweet like a soda and may those who are prone to it heartburn. Much better than mixed vodka and root beer.