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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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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 103
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Small Town Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-29-2012)
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sidetracked

Illinois

1/5  rDev -77.5%

06-23-2013 03:00:07 | More by sidetracked
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falconxman

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -38.2%

03-13-2013 13:44:44 | More by falconxman
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krome

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -38.2%

10-02-2013 17:09:06 | More by krome
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Kerne

Florida

3/5  rDev -32.6%

11-26-2013 03:56:27 | More by Kerne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -30.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 02:55:59 | More by emerge077
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frosted33

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -27%

06-21-2013 03:21:41 | More by frosted33
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 00:26:11 | More by Alieniloquium
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lurker501

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

02-25-2014 19:59:36 | More by lurker501
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Gipsy_Danger

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 03:52:11 | More by Gipsy_Danger
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

04-24-2013 20:22:07 | More by JohnnyChicago
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

03-27-2013 01:39:15 | More by nheinzie57
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EddieJoe

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

11-14-2013 00:51:11 | More by EddieJoe
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 01:48:48 | More by Vonerichs
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

05-10-2014 12:01:06 | More by schmidtmattsays
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markcp

Iowa

4/5  rDev -10.1%

04-26-2014 17:48:47 | More by markcp
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

03-06-2013 05:54:15 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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stortore

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

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patjohnfive

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

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jscheuf

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

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prisoner1572

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

03-19-2013 14:52:24 | More by prisoner1572
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jabo134

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

02-01-2014 02:48:16 | More by jabo134
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BDeibs

Colorado

4/5  rDev -10.1%

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Jonker1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%

06-24-2014 02:43:16 | More by Jonker1
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -10.1%

07-24-2013 03:40:47 | More by AlexFields
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Not Your Father's Root Beer (10%) from Small Town Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.