Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%) | Small Town Brewery

Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%)
BA SCORE
4.5/5
88 Ratings
Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Small Town Brewery
Illinois, United States
smalltownbrewery.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 04-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#751
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
88
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Shanephillipsarizona
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Zabrina
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this beer is dangerous!!! I could easily have drank more when I visited small town brewery. It's amazing ♡♡♡

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Ristaccia
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extremely dangerous. Easily the best of the three NYFRB versions, the medicinal taste found in the 5.9% version is gone. Very dark with minimal head. This is extremely sweet, similar to other 'dessert' beers such as Southern Tier's Creme Brulee, with no hint of alcohol present whatsoever. A great sipper. As others have mentioned, I wish it were more available.

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Photo of schimiggy
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first beer review so please let me know if I am wrong about anything.
The color appears dark much like a thick root beer.
The smell is sweet and reminiscent of root beer non-alcoholic beverage. Strong molasses smell and flavor. The flavor is very sweet and bitter. The carbonation evident but not overpowering.
The mouth feel is spritzy and thick due to the molasses and brown sugar content most likely.
Overall this beer is very tasty and one word I use to describe it is misleading. The sweetness of the beverage masks the ABV and makes it enjoyable to those with the least inclination to desire a beer or any hoppy beverage for that matter.
This drink would be my go-to if it were available in my hometown. Until then, I'll have to revisit Chicago to enjoy another taste!

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dangerous!!! This is the best tasting, NYFRB in comparison with the two lesser ABVs. Everything is balanced correctl. Unlike the lessers, this one it's not too sugary. I wish the more readily available ones tasted like this.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Julius9988
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of blue-dream
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have been buying this in kegs for my kegerator for the last 3 months. It is a real hard beer to get your hands on. The deposits for the kegs started out @ $40, now they are $100, and this is for a 1\6th keg. I spoke to the owner\ master brewer about this and he told me it was because to many people were coming from out of state and not returning his kegs. They are a real small brewery so i can understand this and the owner was very nice in explaining this to me. So here is the review. A- very dark with little head some lace. S- smells just like root beer no alcohol smell at all, witch might be dangerous. T- taste just like root beer with a little bite not a bad bite but a good bite. M- crisp and feels great in the mouth goes down real smooth. O- I love root beer and if you do too i feel you will like this too. If your not a root beer lover your probably wont like this. This goes down very easy for having a 19.5% abv witch as long as you remember that is a good thing. Just dont forget it or you wont be able to walk after a few drinks.

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4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dicers
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of trmiller24
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Le_HopHead
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

I do want to point out that this heftier variant is called "Not Your Grandfather's Root beer." But now that I have that out of the way...

Pours a thick motor oil like dark brown with less carbonation that it's (relatively) weaker counterpart.

Heavy aroma of spice and of course root beer.

Strong flavor of root beer and spice entirely masks the roughly 20% of alcohol that lies below the frothy caramel tinged head.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with plenty of sweet, but enough carbonation balances it well.

Overall, THE best hard root beer I've had and always worth a sample if you have access. Just be careful, these will definitely creep up on you.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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