Not Your Father's Root Beer (10.7%) | Small Town Brewery

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Not Your Father's Root Beer (10.7%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (10.7%)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Not Your Father’s Root Beer 10.7% ABV iteration marks the third nationally distributed product from Small Town Brewery after last year’s rollouts of Not Your Father’s Root Beer 5.9% and Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale. Until now, this higher strength version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer has only been available in limited quantities in the Chicagoland area.

Added by MasterSki on 10-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
740
Reviews:
89
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
16.14%
 
 
Wants:
376
Gots:
194
For Trade:
5
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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not your fathers root beer pours black with no head. Sweet straw flavor. Sweet, very sweet, straw like flavor, hints of vanilla. A little flat. Overall the extra alcohol helps but not great.

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Photo of trmiller24
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mike
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTKATL
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color was typical of a strong ale or barleywine, and the head was one to two fingers in thickness. The smell of vanilla was very strong upon poring, and bringing the beer to nose made the smell so intense. Other than vanilla, I could also smell some licorice. The taste was very dominated by vanilla and licorice as well. The flavor was very sweet and root beery, and alcohol was dangerously well hidden. If there was one thing I would have liked better, it was having some more carbonation. The flatness made the beer taste a little too sweet in the end. The body was silky smooth in texture. I usually don't like heavily flavored beers. I picked it up based on goo reviews, and it was better than most.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz brown bottle

Small Town Not Your Father's Root Beer 10.7 version body is a very dark brown, An aggressive pour produced a 3/4-finger bubbly tan head that dissipated to a ring of foam with no lacing to speak of. The nose was all about the smell of root beer. The flavor was of sweet syrup [of course root beer like], caramel and vanilla helped smooth out the taste. At the finish just a touch of hops and light warming alcohol. The alcohol is well hidden for having a 10.7 abv, The body is medium with moderate carbonation.

If you liked Not Your Father's Root Beer 5.9 version or just plain root beer you will love this 10.7 version. This version is dangerously drinkable for having such a high alcohol content.

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VonZipper
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of B302
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey3236
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Did anyone else notice this is the #2 'best' spiced beer?

Poured into a small chalice: color is brown, amber edges, head is light tan and presents quickly with a 1/4 inch top that dissipates to a ring and some lacing.

Smell is sweet, boozy, spicy. Definite root beer like aroma with licorice/birch/sarsparilla/vanilla aromas that are prominent but also some strong ester booziness with background sweetneess.

Taste is similar with a big sweetness, nearly cloying, then the root beer spice profile with a solidly pleasant tastinng mix of licorice/birch/sarsparilla/vanilla that evokes sweeter takes on root beer. Back end flavor has a harsher booziness and stronger sweetness that I really would not expect in a 10.7% abv anything.

Mouthfeel is just at cloying sweetness. I see how you would want a root beer to be sweet to counter the spiciness but this seems counter when its a 10.7% ale.

Overall a cool idea and great root beer taste but that back sweetness is too much.

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Satorn
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tregan_20
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pitch black color with about one finger head that fades quickly leaving no lacing behind.

S - I've personally never enjoyed root beer as a drink before but have always loved the aromas it gives off and NYFRB portrays it perfectly. A wonderfully sweet scent of root beer is all I note from the beer.

T - As is often the case with most beers, the taste follows the nose. A milder variant of root beer with a mild aftertaste I can't quite put a name too. Much better blended and flavored than the lighter NYFRB.

M - A very well brewed and inconspicuous beer that masks any and all notes of alcohol into what could easily be mistaken for a normal root beer. Very smooth and drinkable and optimal carbonation to mimic root beer as well.

O - All in all this is not a beer but an adult version of root beer. The beer is what it claims to be - NYFRB.
Also makes a phenomenal root beer float!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - looks like root beer but has some good stickiness and no real head
Smell - booze and a lot of spices that I cant name
taste - as it says on the bottle, dark spiced ale with vanilla and honey... lots of spices and booze
feel - syrup not much carbonation
Overall - this is strong booze with lots of spice and very syrupy. I wouldnt get it again.

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Switz160
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Anthony666
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thought this version woild be less cloying than the 5%. Nope. Sweet root beer and big vanilla aroma precedes a sweet medical root and spice flavor with a healthy dose of vanilla. Keep it cold, and less than halfway through the bottle you don't notice the medicinal flavors so much. Eh, I can see why some people like it.

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Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urk1127
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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