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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: 286
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 200
Gots: 50 | FT: 4
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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Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a growler by my buddy @getalegup at Jester King's Zwanze Day. I'm going to be real simple with this one.

Appearance: Looks like root beer.

Nose: Smells just like root beer.

Taste: Literally, it tastes just like root beer.

Mouthfeel: Once again, root beer.

Overall: I honestly can't think of a better way to explain this beer. It's root beer with alcohol, though you can't even taste the alcohol, or at least I couldn't. If you like root beer, you will love this beer. If not, then you probably won't like it. That's all there is to it. Since I love root beer, this is easily one of the best beers I've ever had.

cultclassic89, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Hermanater
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Had this on tap in Chicago last spring. Incredible root beer flavor-couldn't tell it was anything other than root beer. Very sweet, and a heavy hitter if you're not careful.

Hermanater, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

tectactoe, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of dmheinz57
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

dmheinz57, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Imrickjamesbch
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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
Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jaminjohnson, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of sourdog
5/5  rDev +13.1%

sourdog, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of DFlynn
5/5  rDev +13.1%

DFlynn, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Page_likes_beer
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%

Page_likes_beer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

williamjbauer, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of dinovis
3/5  rDev -32.1%

dinovis, Friday at 01:44 AM
Photo of weonfire
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

weonfire, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of BeermanEspo
5/5  rDev +13.1%

BeermanEspo, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev -9.5%

schmidtmattsays, May 10, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of GrumpyGirl
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

GrumpyGirl, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of markcp
4/5  rDev -9.5%

markcp, Apr 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

zimm421, Nov 16, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +3.2%

Klicky, Nov 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -37.8%

falconxman, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Vonerichs, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a dark chocolate brown with lots of carbonation coming up the sides of the snifter it was poured in. On tap at a local pub.

Spice, some chocolate, and the very unique smell of root beer, with plenty of booze on the nose.

Wowzers, the alcohol perceived on the nose is nowhere to be found in the mouthful. Beautifully crafted root beer flavors with spice perfectly hide the hefty ABV.

Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky, but plenty of carbonation provides enough bite to cut through like butter.

Overall, hands down the best hard root beer I've had to date, aside from their heftier Not Your Grandfather's variant ;)

larryarms847, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

pagesofphotographs, Jul 20, 2014
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Not Your Father's Root Beer (10%) from Small Town Brewery
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