Tasted 6 different hard root beers at today’s New Year Day party. 5.0% ABV to 7.5% ABV. From San Diego, CA to Brooklyn, NY. Many different flavor profiles.
Though all were sweet and distinctly root beer-ish, some were more sweet than others. Some had more of a black licorice/anise flavor, and one I recall having a hint of black pepper or ginger, where almost spicy finish.
As expected, different people had different favorates, but the concensus top 3 were, not in any particular order, Rowdy Root Beer, clocking in at 6.6% ABV, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, clocking in at 5.9% ABV, and Coney Island Hard Root Beer, clocking in at 5.8% ABV.
Cheers…and Happy New Year!