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

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Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%)
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4.5/5
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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:
#740
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 jlindros
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to rudzud for sharing this awesome beer with me.

Very small fizzy head, super dark caramel molasses brown color hint ruby light nice legs.

Nose is like perfect root beer, that earthy spiced like perfect smelling root beer, little vanilla and candy syrup. Just rootbeer.

Taste has some rootbeer, big sweet syrupy soda rootbeer, with the earthy herbal herbs and root fermented, etc. Little vanilla. However, there is a little woody root thing, and mild phenolic fusel booze but not nearly the real abv. Mild slick estery note. Finish is long rootbeer, little fusel booze but very little for what it really is, little syrupy sticky. Like pouring clean rum or bourbon into A&W rootbeer with less vanilla.

Mouth is med bod but syrupy, nice carb.

Overall awesome, just like a blended A&W and Barqs rootbeer with a shot of bourbon or rum in it but very smooth. Delicious!

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Photo of BEER88
3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small mug at Bliss.

You have no idea how great the intrigue within me bubbled when I was told there was a 20% ABV hard root beer out there. I had to try it. It pours a clear dark garnet-brown topped by a healthy bit of sandy tan froth. The nose comprises...well, root beer: molasses, light maple syrup, light wintergreen, and mild cola. If there's as much alcohol in there as they tell me, I can't smell it. The taste brings in more of the same, though a hint of the booze finally makes itself known. Nothing detrimental to the taste, though. The body is a light medium, with a moderate (fizzy) carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a delicious root beer, one that shows what brewers can do when they put their minds to it.

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Photo of chippo33
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Got this in a trade, super excited. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice well, root beer hue with a thin w quarter inch head that fades quickly to leave a light halo.

S - Aromas explode of root beer! Vanilla, no alcohol. Smells just like root beer should.

T - Taste is nice rootbeer up front then slammed with booze. It still drinks like there is alcohol, but no where near this level. The vanilla is great, again, drinks like rootbeer!

M - Mouthfeel is under carbonated. Probably due to the growler. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was awesome. Stuff drinks like rootbeer, awesome.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iL0VEbeer
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of egrace84
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of threedaggers
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Zuidman
4.5/5  rDev 0%

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 RickyBfromCT
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of halo3one
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Jas45678
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lanciloti
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshHawk
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Not Your Father's Root Beer (19.5%) from Small Town Brewery
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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