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Not Your Father's Root Beer (10%) - Small Town Brewery

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Not Your Father's Root Beer (10%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (10%)

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 122
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Small Town Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-29-2012)
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Reviews by StoutItOutLoud:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Going to echo Trifecta1 here, except to add that this looks, smells, and tastes like a VERY GOOD root beer, i.e., without the cloying sweetness of HFCS. Inviting spicy aromas of vanilla, sarsparilla. Taste follows. I took my time to finish my $3 PINT, but this is easily crushable. May look thin, but very creamy.

StoutItOutLoud, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

tectactoe, Jun 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

dmheinz57, Mar 01, 2014
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4.79/5  rDev +7.2%

22oz bomber, love love it. Think barrel aged hint of bourbon sassafras root beer with teeth. Must go back to Kroger to get Jeni's vanilla ice cream for a 5-star float NOW. Starting to feel the coolness through my vertebrae now. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Imrickjamesbch, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

jaminjohnson, Apr 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

sourdog, Jul 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

DFlynn, Sep 05, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +6.5%

Page_likes_beer, Aug 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

BeermanEspo, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

schmidtmattsays, May 10, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%

I tell you what...put this against any of the root beer brands in a blind taste taste...and watch out...you'll have a bunch of drunk adolescents!!! The beer was root beer in appearance....no head and no lace. The scent was root beer. The taste was...root beer. The mouthfeel felt like a slightly more body than a...root beer. Overall I thought I was drinking root beer...wait....maybe I was...who knows...I would hate to think the establishment was selling a glass of root beer for $8!

WoodBrew, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

GrumpyGirl, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

markcp, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Smells like root beer. Lots of sugar. Vanilla. Has a vanilla extract aroma.

Taste - Sweet. Lots of spices. It's root beer. A little malty in the back. Lots and lots of vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - It's loaded with vanilla. It's just root beer with alcohol. Way too sweet for me.

Alieniloquium, Jul 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -38.5%

falconxman, Mar 13, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -10.7%

I have to use 250 characters to describe it, so here goes nothing.

Root beer root beer root beer root beer root beer root beer root beer root beer root beer root beer root beer root beer root bee root beer root beer root beer root beer root beer delicious sweet root beer.

Vonerichs, Feb 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

larryarms847, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

pagesofphotographs, Jul 20, 2014
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4.96/5  rDev +11%

Lucky to try this at a tasting event in Memphis. I will simply echo what reviewers have said...this is ridiculous. I cannot believe this is 10% abv, I can't even believe its alcoholic. It tastes like really good craft root beer. Really sweet, not heavily carbonated. Wish I could buy this all the time, it's one of the most surprising beers I've ever tasted. Bravo.

TheSleepyMonkey, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

oso, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

beersdmf17, Mar 06, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev -2.9%

Received this in an off-site trade from Chicago.

I really didn't expect to actually be like rootbeer - but this is more of an alcoholic root beer than it is a root beer-flavored beer.

Smell - Exactly like a can of any leading brand of root beer

Appearance -I would absolutely mistake this for soda

Taste: It tasted like a slightly "off" root beer - still more root beer than alcohol taste though, even at ten percent

Mouthfeel: Seriously exactly like soda. Light and carbonated

Overall: I love it. They need to make more of this and distribute it widely.

Aside from my tasting glass, I made myself a root beer float with some vanilla ice cream and it is a real throwback. It works perfectly. I highly recommend it.

NRo, Mar 01, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -30.6%

Is hard root beer really such a novel concept? I hear they make hard lemonade too...

Served in a 10 oz. snifter at Blackfinn in Mount Prospect.
Dark brown syrupy liquid with a bare skim on top, practically nonexistent. No lace or foam, likely due to the high abv. Brownish mahoghany edges, not much light getting through.

Aroma is intensely of root beer, licorice and sarsaparilla root, vanilla, slightly medicinal. I will say you can't really smell any booze here.

Taste is a different story. Cloying sweet cane sugar, licorice, sarsaparilla, nutmeg, angosturra bitters in the aftertaste. Sticky on the lips with low carbonation. It tastes like a splash of rum in a glass of root beer, and the alcohol is definitely obvious, especially if you have ever put a shot in a soda before. There's a perceptible medicinal alcohol presence, with an odd note of bitters in the aftertaste. Just because a ton of sugar covers up the burn, doesn't mean the alcohol doesn't contribute to the taste. Side by side with n/a root beer, the difference is distinct. That said, this would potentially make a good ice cream float, if you need a sugar fix.

Purely a novelty and nothing more. Tasted side by side with GI Root Beer, which seemed almost dry by comparison... which is weird because i'd always thought it was way too sweet on a fresh palate in the past.

File this away next to Four Loko, Lime-a-rita, and Mike's Hard Lemonade. Pass...

emerge077, Apr 14, 2013
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Not Your Father's Root Beer (10%) from Small Town Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.