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Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%) - Small Town Brewery

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Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%)
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98
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 6.74%
Wants: 64
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Small Town Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  19.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 04-01-2012)
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JRBecks

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13%

04-08-2013 19:21:26 | More by JRBecks
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13%

09-15-2012 21:59:14 | More by smartassboiler
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small mug at Bliss.

You have no idea how great the intrigue within me bubbled when I was told there was a 20% ABV hard root beer out there. I had to try it. It pours a clear dark garnet-brown topped by a healthy bit of sandy tan froth. The nose comprises...well, root beer: molasses, light maple syrup, light wintergreen, and mild cola. If there's as much alcohol in there as they tell me, I can't smell it. The taste brings in more of the same, though a hint of the booze finally makes itself known. Nothing detrimental to the taste, though. The body is a light medium, with a moderate (fizzy) carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a delicious root beer, one that shows what brewers can do when they put their minds to it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 23:35:23 | More by TMoney2591
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

02-01-2013 04:02:49 | More by Guinnsslvr
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Chicagoboozehound

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

05-04-2014 17:50:25 | More by Chicagoboozehound
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oldvines

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

04-17-2013 02:23:10 | More by oldvines
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BRami127

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

07-12-2014 03:48:19 | More by BRami127
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bertram

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

04-14-2013 00:38:01 | More by bertram
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cd34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

05-27-2014 03:22:17 | More by cd34
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

02-21-2014 13:36:57 | More by FrankHammer
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

05-06-2014 00:36:14 | More by Sparky44
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-13-2013 20:18:02 | More by FreshHawk
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-10-2014 04:13:11 | More by SadMachine
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-19-2013 14:41:16 | More by cnbrown313
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Sweffin

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-15-2014 05:41:22 | More by Sweffin
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KyleRV

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-30-2014 03:52:10 | More by KyleRV
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kirkfrailey

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-30-2014 13:03:28 | More by kirkfrailey
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to rudzud for sharing this awesome beer with me.

Very small fizzy head, super dark caramel molasses brown color hint ruby light nice legs.

Nose is like perfect root beer, that earthy spiced like perfect smelling root beer, little vanilla and candy syrup. Just rootbeer.

Taste has some rootbeer, big sweet syrupy soda rootbeer, with the earthy herbal herbs and root fermented, etc. Little vanilla. However, there is a little woody root thing, and mild phenolic fusel booze but not nearly the real abv. Mild slick estery note. Finish is long rootbeer, little fusel booze but very little for what it really is, little syrupy sticky. Like pouring clean rum or bourbon into A&W rootbeer with less vanilla.

Mouth is med bod but syrupy, nice carb.

Overall awesome, just like a blended A&W and Barqs rootbeer with a shot of bourbon or rum in it but very smooth. Delicious!

Serving type: growler

03-01-2014 00:52:43 | More by jlindros
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beerhan

Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at the lockdown bar in Chicago

A-Incredibly dark, almost black. Almost no head whatsoever and minimal carbonation.

S-Well it smells just like root beer. Perhaps a little alcohol shines through and a bit of toffee and malt.

T-Tastes just as it should. Heavy root beer flavor with a alcohol taste that is hidden in the background. I am not going to describe what root beer tastes like because I think we all know that.

M-The only thing that this beer lacked was carbonation. Granted at nearly 20 percent I don't expect there to be much as it is but it would have been nice. Dangerously drinkable to as it goes down just like root beer.

O-Phenomenal effort to make this beer because it is damn close to perfect. The only issue I really had was as this gets warmer the alcohol taste is very strong. Many people around us were actually putting this beer on ice to hide the burn. Regardless I could drink this until I stopped moving it is that good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 02:09:02 | More by beerhan
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Got this in a trade, super excited. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice well, root beer hue with a thin w quarter inch head that fades quickly to leave a light halo.

S - Aromas explode of root beer! Vanilla, no alcohol. Smells just like root beer should.

T - Taste is nice rootbeer up front then slammed with booze. It still drinks like there is alcohol, but no where near this level. The vanilla is great, again, drinks like rootbeer!

M - Mouthfeel is under carbonated. Probably due to the growler. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was awesome. Stuff drinks like rootbeer, awesome.

Serving type: growler

02-26-2014 00:37:34 | More by rudzud
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beergurujr

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Giant alcoholic root beer. Just the slightest hint of booze heat in the flavor. Compared to the 10% version, this is more full-bodied, a bit drier, and you can smell the alcohol. Great stuff in small doses! Dangerous. Do not drink a lot of this, you will get in trouble if you do.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 17:15:10 | More by beergurujr
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-17-2014 13:41:29 | More by Wolfhead
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Electricboompop

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-21-2014 20:39:56 | More by Electricboompop
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Bushwacker393

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-09-2014 15:22:46 | More by Bushwacker393
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Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-30-2014 13:46:36 | More by FlandersNed
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Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%) from Small Town Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.