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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98
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491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 448
Gots: 121 | FT: 5
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-29-2012

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Photo of Picodegallo87
1.5/5  rDev -66.1%

I seriously don't get the hype, I've never seen something so mediocre so universally loved. In my opinion, this just tastes like Everclear spiked root beer, and not an actually beer. It appalls me that so many 'respectable' beer drinkers are losing their S**t over this and actually consider this to be beer. It's gets a '98'????

Ten FIDY gets a '98' http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2681/34483/
Who in their right mind would even say NYFRB can hold Ten FIDY's jock strap. Now that's a world class beer, and that's just 1 example.

What an absolute joke, lets face it, this 'beer' is just a way for people to get loaded and pretend that they are experienced beer drinkers.

Photo of ZombieHead
1.74/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This should not be considered beer... It tastes like a sugary mixed drink

Photo of RussBeercier
3/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - it looks like syrupy root beer
Smell - it smells like syrupy root beer
Taste - it tastes like syrupy root beer from a fountain that is malfunctioning and only pouring the syrupy shit into your glass.
Feel - it feels like I should turn around after getting a bad soda at Wendys and pour it over the head of the 16 year old punk with bad tattoos and a nose-ring that connects his nostril to his earlobe with a chain that looks like a long string of snot who served it to me.
Overall - shitty.

Photo of OldRickSputin
3/5  rDev -32.1%

Next time I'll just buy regular root beer...there's no difference.


It tastes good but there's absolutely nothing remarkable about it. Yeah, its10% ABV...so in high school, this would have been "deadly". ;)

Photo of Kraj30
3.02/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i like root beer.. i love beer.. this is the most overrated beer IMO EVER... and people trade for it!

Photo of rpm1956
3.05/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this from the bottle, and it tastes just like a commercial root beer, but I suspect something amiss, as it has no beer flavors. An article here makes me even more suspicious http://www.philly.com/philly/food/drink/20150702_It_s_Not_Your_Father_s_Root_Beer_-_but_whose_is_it_.html#disqus_thread

Photo of Pav5069
3.06/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best root beer I had so far

Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of heytomcat
3.13/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Liked it but wouldn't buy it again. A little too sweet for me. Would be good in a float.

Photo of kscaldef
3.36/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have severely mixed feelings about this beverage. It's delicious. It certainly tastes just like root beer. But, perhaps too much so. To be honest, it tastes like they brewed the most flavorless beer possible, then just added root beer syrup to it. Or as they admit on the label "vanilla extract, natural and artificial flavors, and caramel coloring".

I'm not opposed to brewing with adjuncts, but this might as well just be a can of soda with a shot of vodka added. And, yes, I'm dinging it on appearance for using artificial coloring.

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.

Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could taste the booze, which for me made it less enjoyable than the 5.9%. Still amazing in that you would never guess that it is 10%.

Photo of JohnSnowNW
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's nice at first, but has a lingering aftertaste that tastes artificial. It doesn't render it undrinkable, but it is a bit off-putting.

Photo of RIGO_THE_REGAL_BEAGLE
3.7/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a letdown. Tasted great at first but the after taste left me feeling like I drank an old stale diet soda. It felt very artificial

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.

Photo of Gipsy_Danger
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter from a keg at Even Flow in Geneva.

Was uncertain what to expect from this. Had a shot glass sample beforehand and was intrigued so decided to try a full serving. It tastes exactly like a very sweet and very syrupy root beer. No alcohol presence in the nose. No alcohol presence at all, actually. Faint hints of licorice in the after taste.

Although impressive, must say that I am not a big fan. The syrupy sweetness is overwhelming about 6 oz in. The syrupy mouth feel also becomes very undesirable after a short duration.

Impressive and I'm glad I had it, but I have no desire to try it again.

Photo of Suds_Suds
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes and smells so much like root beer and cannot even taste the alcohol. It's great in small portions but it is cloying. I couldn't finish my 10oz pour because it started to get too sweet. Definitely worth trying.

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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Photo of Guess2814
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very unique type of beer. This may be a beer that's an acquired taste.

Photo of Desp59
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the 5% one better.

Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at the The Clark St. Bar. Served in a frosted mug.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar and wisps. Loads of soda-like fizz and a bit of lingering lace. Dark brown body that is transparent at the edges.

S - Smells like root beer. Not sure what else to say here; quite convincing, with not much in the way of 'beer' flavor.

T - The taste again pretty much all root beer. There's perhaps a hint of alcohol present in the finish, but nothing excessive for the listed 10%. Drinks more like a soda than a beer.

M - Pleasant moderate carbonation. Smooth medium body, with a lingering sticky lingering soda texture. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

D - As far as hard root beer goes, this is a pretty good one. Curious what the base beer is, as I'm not sure I'd even guess there was 'beer' in here at all. In any case, enjoyed my mug and would order again; seems to be on-tap a lot in Boystown for some reason.

Photo of zaraspook
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Man its taste just like rootbeer. I couldn't between the taste of this. Very smooth with no after taste. Its even smells like rootbeer. Can't wait to taste the stronger one. If you have the change to try it and you like rootbeer you won't be disapponited at all.

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%

People either love or hate this. Small town accomplished exactly what they set out to do, brew the very best root beer flavored strong ale. It is easily the best root beer brew I've ever had. It is very very sweet, but packed with real root beer flavor, very easy to forget what you're drinking. I prefer the 10% abv(tap only) version over the 5.9% version.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An alcoholic root beer-beer at 10% ABV you say? I had heard about this from a colleague at work who raved about it to me. Saw it on tap and had to try for myself. Draft pour into snifter. Pours dark brown/black, with a cola hue and very light carbonation present. Great presence of vanilla and toasted oak. The booziness only becomes more apparent when this one warms up, otherwise it is soda pop all the way. A unique tasting experience and one to definitely snap up if you see it in your area.

Photo of Redrover
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pints in Elmhurst. Served in a 9 oz snifter.

The beer is a mahogany-brown with a skim of off-white foam.

This smells like root beer. A bit of anise, liquorish and brown sugar. If I smelled it blind, I would never guess this is a beer.

The taste is like a very high-end artisanal soda. The root beer elements are extremely prominent and tasty. For a 10% beer there is virtually no alcohol heat. There is sassafras, vanilla and hint of toffee. This one could definitely sneak up on you. One of our group hardly ever drinks beer but liked this one so much she had two.

Mouth is pleasantly thickish with nice carbonation.

I could see this one as great dessert beer. In talking to the manager, he said this is one of their top five sellers which surprised me given their great tap choices but upon drinking it, I can now see why. Well Done!

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