Really more of a "wine" for novice
drinkers, i.e. teenagers
, because it is very sweet and fruity. The alcohol content
is higher than beer
, but low enough that the novice drinker is not put off by the overwhelming spirit taste. The classic wino
prefers a cheap fortified wine
such as Thunderbird
, because it has much more alcohol for a similar price.
While it may seem synthesized, Boone's Farm is basically a natural wine product, so its alcohol content is limited by the concentration at which the yeast responsible for the fermentation can survive, about 12-13%. I seem to recall Boone's being in the 8-10% alcohol range. The genuine rot-gut stuff like T-bird, Night Train, and Mad Dog 20/20 have grain alcohol added to bring their alcohol content up to around 20%. A cheaper buzz, but you pay the price in other ways.