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Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%) - Small Town Brewery

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Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 109
Gots: 225 | FT: 35
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-29-2012

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Ratings: 613 | Reviews: 131
Photo of Bxgator
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad root beer, color is good, not a strong smell, good refreshing drink that taste good but sweet to me with a little aftertaste.

Photo of Danny1217
3.02/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I am rating this as a beer. I suppose if I was rating it as a soda I would have to rate it higher. It really just doesn't taste like a beer, it's extremely sweet and thin. The fact that this has such high ratings says a lot about beer ratings.

Photo of jsurfs82
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's an interesting beverage but I'd rather drink a good cider or mead if I wanted something outside of beer. Definitely does not fit in as a beer to me. Tastes very much like a low carbonated soda. I really don't know what all the fuss is about. Great for what it is but not my thing.

Photo of wcu80
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Straight up root beer. Keep the kids away.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cola-colored, fizzy with carbonation bubbles coming up just like a soda. Smells exactly like a root beer. Not really sure how to describe a root beer, but I get some vanilla, licorice, hints of sugar. Very sweet and sugary, with cola flavors, hints of licorice, vanilla, a dash of ginger. Fizzy and prickly, just like a soda. Sweet and sugary lingering aftertaste. I haven't had a soda in several years, but this brought me back to my youth, it really tastes like a root beer. Worth a try, but not something I would drink all the time due to the sweetness.

Photo of Jerry_McGlaughlin
4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If your a root beer lover looking to get a good drunk going, then this is a great choice for you!

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is dangerous on a hot day. i would chug 3 of these in a row if i were thirsty for root beer. the taste could be a bit dryer for a more "authentic" root beer. it's kind of like mug root beer that warms your belly. if it didn't mask the alcohol so well, i would probably slow down drinking it.

Photo of trevorpost
2.22/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sickly sweet and completely unbalanced. No resemblance to beer remains. Subtlety and restraint would not seem to be the brewers strong suits. And caramel coloring? Seriously?

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like Root Beer after the pour. Cola brown body sports a quickly fading skim of a head that has a lot of fizzy carbonation going on. Nose is once again spot on for Root Beer. Nicely spicy and layered with sweet appropriate spice tones. The flavor profile achieved here is very impressive. I wouldn't want my kids getting ahold of this beer as it tastes so spot on in terms of Root Beer flavor. Molasses plays with vanilla and tons of spice tends to build as you continue to drink. Really if you like Root Beer this is the perfect beer for you. They really hit on what they were trying to do here.

Photo of TimG_0913
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes this brew is so smooth and it's exactly like rootbeer with a little less carbonation. Highly recommended. Alcohol isn't noticeable whatsoever.

Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells dead on root beer. Flavor is dead on root beer, with a bit more peppery kick. Very sweet. Definitely a guilty pleasure, but I'm not a root beer fan.

Photo of thebeers
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark ruby brown, approaching black. Tiny head dissipates lightening quick. Smells and tastes exactly like root beer, sweet, with slight medicinal note in the background. Sticky mouthfeel, with more noticeable carbonation than the head suggests. Fun for what it is.

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a single of this brew at my local spot, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Let's see how this goes, heard wonderful things.

Appearance: pours a straight black, completely opaque. Barely a finger-length head that dissipates quickly. Looks exactly like a root beer.

Smell: upon first inspection, the instant rush of black licorice and root beer flavors are completely overwhelming in a good way. The Brewers hit the nail on the head with this brew.

Taste: sweet and spicy flavors are quite noticeable on the palate. Root beer and vanilla are strongly present. Some pine-like flavors are noticed as an aftertaste. Pretty buttery flavors as well. Done very nice. I can drink this all night.

Mouthfeel: lightly carbonated, medium-light body. Buttery finish. Very light booze effect. Perfect. Tricks anyone into thinking this is real root beer.

Overall: Coming into this, the hype was for real. I was excited to score a bottle of it. Boy, was it delicious. Inviting root beer and some hints of vanilla, pine. Zero yeast and zero boozy flavors makes this a dangerous brew, can sneak up very easily. I would totally have again and would recommend to anyone willing to trying something different. Cheers!

Photo of BeermanEspo
4.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Better than any root beer I've ever had, booze or no booze. The 10% one is even better. Dangerously tasty!

Photo of phishphorce
2.78/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really just didn't like this. Smelled strange. Tasted like bad rootbeer. Was not carbed enough to be root beer. Drank 3 sips. Dumped it.

I'll stick to actual beer or Root beer. Never the twain shall meet hopefully.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't even like root beer, but this is awesome. really phenomenal.

Photo of Catracho5
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I can't even taste the alcohol, taste just like root beer. And I really don't know what to say about it but it is really good in a strange way.

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tastes like root beer. Not even like alcoholic root beer, just root beer. Can't wait to find a higher abv version

Photo of parris
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not really sure how to rate this beer, but it's really really good. Tastes like root beer, not root beer flavored beer, but just straight up tasty root beer.

Photo of Austin32
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty incredible how well the alcohol is hidden. Tastes like very good root beer....but watch out.

Photo of VeganUndead
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First couple sips I loved it. By the time I was done it had gotten weird

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Basically a lower carbonated root beer soda. How does this have alcohol in it? Pretty good, but don't think I can drink a ton of this in one sitting. I liked the 10% better as the alcohol cut the sweetness a bit more.

Photo of Apatschinn
4.99/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So wonderful. I haven't had a soda in over a year and this just rang true.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black with a fizzy white/root beer colored head and is full of carbonated bubbles…looks like a soda.
S: Smells identical to any root beer i've ever had.
T: Tastes like root beer with a tiny alcoholic warmth to it.
M: Mild to medium amount of carbonation, it's practically a soda.
O: To be honest, in a blind taste test I could see how someone could confuse this with a root beer. I loved it!!

Photo of Viperman1316
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks like root beer. Smells like root beer. Must be root beer! Oh wait...

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Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%) from Small Town Brewery
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