Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%) | Small Town Brewery

Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)
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Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)

Brewed by:
Small Town Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Not Your Father’s Root Beer is a category-defining craft specialty ale brewed with unique spices. Brewer Tim Kovac’s creativity and painstaking commitment to flavor complexity results in an unmistakable offering that masterfully blends hints of sarsaparilla, wintergreen, anise, and vanilla. A smooth and balanced Ale, NYFRB has broad appeal – from discerning craft beer drinkers to non-beer drinkers.

Added by MasterSki on 10-29-2012

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Photo of Tim_G
2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks and smells like root beer. Taste is very artificial and strange. I drank a couple IPAs then had the wild idea to try this, it has me feeling sick and nasty. What the heck is in this thing?

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Photo of Vixie
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a lot like a root beer, with a lot of fizzing. The foam doesn't stay around long, leaving what looks more like a cola than a root beer.

Being as this is supposed to be an alcoholic root beer, the smell is very much like root beer. Basically the root beer smell familiar to many, with a bit of vanilla.

Tastes a lot like root beer, not surprisingly. It starts of tasting decent, but a weird aftertaste lingers. Not sure if it was from the alcohol or something else, but I found it a bit unpleasant.

If you have ever drank a root beer, you are familiar with how this feels.

If not for the weird aftertaste, I would rate this one higher. I love root beer, and this starts out tasting like a decent example. It kind of reminds me a bit of diet root beer, if you can stand the artificial aftertaste, you'll likely enjoy it.

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Photo of LT630
2.48/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.77/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste: sweet spice, root beer, vanilla, and some alcohol bite. same with the nose. Dark Brown, clear, no head at all. Medium body. Slight artificial aftertaste in the finish.

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Photo of Albertdidz
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of captaincoffee
2.22/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a bit thin with a large head that fizzles away very quickly to nothing. Nose is vanilla and earthy root beer with no malt or hop aroma. Taste is sweet with strong root beer, vanilla, and anise. It has a quite a acrid aftertaste that was making it harder to drink as I got further into the glass. It is a bit medicinal as well. No malt or hop flavors. As a non-beer alcoholic root beer, I'd probably give this a 2..75. As a beer, which is what we are supposedly reviewing here, it is certainly lower.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drstalker
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wineraq
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBobber
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like root beer.
Smeels like root beer.
Tastes like root beer.
Mouth feel will get a bit chalky as it warms. Served ice cold and drank down fast, no chalky after taste.
Overall a good hard root beer for those that want a soda and not a beer. Bayou Bootlegger is a bit more over the top (please see review) and a bit better, but these really are still soda's with alcohol. Four Loko anyone!

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of motownfreak15
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An excellent dessert treat, and a wonderful screwball of root beer-ish taste.

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Photo of NickFry9
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Photo of Cpl_Gump
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks, smells, taste, feels like a root beer. Love it!

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Photo of beerguy04
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a root beer color. Smell is of root beer. Taste is root beer. Mouthfeel is root beer. Overall if you love the sweet taste of root beer, this beer is for you.

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Photo of VonZipper
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PlinyMeNow
2.1/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear dark brown and pours like a cola, not beer! Audibly fizzy with absolutely no head, with bubbles around the edge and rising from the bottom but no lacing. Smells exactly like root beer (sarsaparilla), maybe a little vanilla. Tastes like root beer, sugary and fizzy, some vanilla. A slight medicinal quality and a little spice in the throat. Finishes very sweet. In summary it is like a somewhat spicy and slightly medicinal root beer. Really does not resemble beer.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - really dark brown syrupy root beer look, less carbonated than a standard root beer found at a&w.
Smell - smells like a great root beer. Cola, vanilla, spices, syrup
Taste - taste like root beer. Just like what I mentioned for smell
Feel - full body, very syrupy, medium light carbonation, no real booze
Overall - dead on to what's supposed to be. Best alcoholic root beer I've had and it was the first one I remember having

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Photo of B302
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Delekhan
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My wife is pretty in love with this until I introduced her to Sours and we have gone through two six packs though the third one never seem to get finished. I think we both got over it after a bit.
L: Dark cola look to it nothing really special.
S: Smells like root beer with hints of vanilla and spices lingering in the sniff.
T: Similar to the smell with a hint of vanilla but the spices were always unbalanced in comparison to the rest of the beer with an especially strange aftertaste that I could never put my finger on. The aftertaste kind of ruined it for me everything else just tasted like a flat diet root beer but that weird aftertaste.
O: It was fun when making the shift from mixed drinks and liquor to drinking more beer, but overall it was kind of a loss of interest for me though my wife occasional brings it up but never actually drinks it.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark appearance that is very similar to cola with a small head from the carbination that desipates quickly. Definite root beer aroma. Taste is definitely root beer without any hint of alcohol. Should make a great float

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Photo of mnj21655
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like root beer but hate the fact that it isn't alcoholic this is for you. I don't drink soda much but this tastes the way I remember root beer tasting. The alcohol is pretty well hidden aside from a bit too much anise in the finish this is pretty tasty. I don't think I could have more than one of these but I enjoyed this "beer".

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It looks and tastes like root beer. To me this just isn't exactly what a beer's supposed to be. It's enjoyable at the right time, but just not a beer to me.

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