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Brewer Patriot Collection - 1790 Root Beer Brew - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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200 Ratings

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 27.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Named after the year when hard root beers soared in popularity with colonial drinkers, the brew features ingredients such as blackstrap molasses, sassafras root bark, dried wintergreen, and licorice.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-03-2006)
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3.45/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with an enduring head. The first smell that strikes me is wintergreen, making me think of toothpaste. There's another spice under the wintergreen that has an almost smokey quality to it. Tastes good to me - like a light root beer with the addition of alcohol. The mouthfeel is very light, making this an unintimidating dark(er) beer to drink on a hot July day.

I liked this beer & had no objections to it. I figure if I'm going to drink root beer, I at least want it to have alcohol in it. I could see this beer having some mainstream success, if BBC decides to have a regular release for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 23:45:02 | More by chOAKbarrell
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look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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Appearance: Opaque hue with a caramel look. Spice particles visible.

Taste: Strong spicy flavor with a syrupy finish. Syrupy after taste.

Comments: Not one of my favorites. A bit too much of a syrupy texture, more like a cider than beer. Very sweet with strong spicy note. Slight aroma of burnt ceder. Spicy aroma.

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01-28-2013 03:13:28 | More by Huffs
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1.73/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Putrid beer. Poured clear brown with a ton of floaties. Smallish white head. Aroma was pleasant. It smelled like a bitter root beer with star anise and ginger. Too bad the flavor was terrible. Like a licorice beer. I think the other flavors were actually roots. Earthy and sticky, but in a starchy, dirty way. Why?

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 23:17:50 | More by magictrokini
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1.78/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Me and a friend split these Brewer Patriot Collection brews and this was by far the worst one. Neither of us finished ours. As i stated in reviewing the porter, I enjoyed drinking these thinking this is what our founding fathers drank but I could not bring myself to drinking this horrible brew

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 14:56:29 | More by mugglesandhops
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2.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taken from my old notes.

Pours a hazy amber, and by hazy do mean hazy, quite a bit of sediment, not much head and what is there goes quickly.

Has a very herbal smell, even has mint! Although I don't like mint, it is rather unique as I haven't run across many beers that use it.

Taste is a bit confusing, malty sweetness with herbal mintness and other psice, not exactly a pleasing combo. Each fights to remain on top and don't balance, can't really imagine how they could.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 05:57:32 | More by deltatauhobbit
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2.9/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off notes from 10-2006. Pours cloudy amber with large chunks of sediment floating around. Smell is just like a root. I completely do not like the taste. You get that root beer edge, but it is too sharp and too tangy on the end. Just too harsh overall I think. Flavors overpower the feel and it is definitely not that drinkable I believe. The second of the four out of the box I can’t finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 06:00:08 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.2/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The final contestant here in the Brewer Patriot Invitational is 1790 Root Beer Brew. After this matinée, the winner will be declared. Good luck to 1790 Root Beer, and on to it we go:

This brew is a copper-red color with lots of floating yeast colonies in the body. Head is tan and holds pretty well. Aroma is of licorice, vanilla, and ginger. Interesting taste, it's not overpowering sweet, but still reminds me of a good root beer. Notes of hickory, molasses, and powdery phenols. Despite it's root tasting aftertaste, I found this to be somewhat drinkable.

The final beer is finished, and now it's time to announce the winner of the Brewer patriot Invitational. And it is:

James Madison Dark Wheat Ale! Congratulations!

This was one of the most intriguing invitationals yet. Four beers which I though I'd never be able to review because of their release, but I found a box set for $20(!). Overpriced? I think so, but I suppose its better to pay the price and try them then not try them at all. Not great beers, but ones taking us back in time. You can trace back the invite and read what you missed. Good day everyone!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 20:10:55 | More by DoubleJ
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3.15/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy and dense bronze with a one-finger off-white head. Nose of sweet anise and mint, proven in the taste, with dominant earthy licorice, sweet vanilla, and herbal notes. The wintergreen mint lingers like toothpaste you haven't rinsed out. I love licorice and root beer but the mint is a little odd. Much respect for bringing it into (re-?)existence. Definitely worth a try but not much more.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 02:48:53 | More by ism
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Brewer Patriot Collection - 1790 Root Beer Brew from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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