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

Not Your Father's Root Beer (10.7%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (10.7%)
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Small Town Brewery
Illinois, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
4.25 | pDev: 15.06%
Oct 12, 2021
Oct 29, 2012
Not Your Father's Root Beer (10.7%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (10.7%)
Notes: 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.
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3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
by DillonWheaton

Definitely one of the best options available for those who love soda and want an alcoholic drink other than Jack and Coke. I've rated this one unobjectively as an overall product to the target demographic.

Oct 12, 2021
4.87 by cjtuggle from Ohio on Dec 31, 2019
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Jul 22, 2019
3.2 by Mebuzzard from Colorado on Jul 22, 2019
4.25 by BarrelAgedG from California on Jul 22, 2019
4.22 by rsuarez1982 from Texas on May 11, 2019
4.33 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Dec 03, 2018
5 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Jul 31, 2018
2.96 by ben_tries_brews from Tennessee on Jul 13, 2018
3.93 by StephenBechler from Illinois on May 23, 2018
4.72 by npendres from Wisconsin on May 17, 2018
3.65 by TheCrowsEye from California on May 16, 2018
3.26 by KevinMc from Illinois on Mar 29, 2018
4.35 by JuiceMan818 from California on Jan 19, 2018
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3.24/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Mahogany brown in color with an fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is flat root beer with a slightly sweet, boozy edge. The taste is smoky root beer and black licorice. There's plenty of booze and it isn't well hidden. There's a bit of dry stickiness and there's definitely a boozy burn on the way down. Not sure what I was expecting, but not sure what some of the others see in this. My opinion of this beer increased greatly as it warmed.

Nov 04, 2017
3.95 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Sep 07, 2017
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4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by AtrumAnimus from Texas

This very unique and fragrant root-beer pours a nice dark color with very little head.

The nose is super complex and spicy with strong hints of vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, anise, cherries, alcohol, and earthy notes.

The taste is also very complex and compliments the nose perfectly. The complexity really comes out as the root beer gets a bit warmer. This also leaves a pleasant warm glow in your stomach. Again the presence of strong hints of vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, anise, cherries, alcohol are all there.

The mouthfeel is slightly more watery than I expected, but this could easily be attributed to the volume of alcohol.

Overall this is an exceptional root beer. I highly recommend trying it as it is very pleasant to drink.

Sep 02, 2017
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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by ordybill from Georgia

Wow, really surprised. Poured from a 25 OZ bottle into a snifter. The appearance is pitch black with a small tan head. The aroma is root beer and alcohol. The taste follows the nose. The best hard root beer i have had.

Aug 21, 2017
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by OompaMentor from Georgia


Aug 20, 2017
4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Jul 05, 2017
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3.11/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

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.

Jul 04, 2017
4 by trmiller24 from Illinois on Jun 29, 2017
4.14 by Mike from New Hampshire on Jun 21, 2017
4.13 by MTKATL from Georgia on Jun 19, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rajendra82 from Georgia

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.

Jun 11, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by bushbeer75 from Michigan

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.

Jun 02, 2017
3.75 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on May 21, 2017
3.5 by VonZipper from New York on May 17, 2017
4.06 by B302 from Delaware on May 12, 2017
4 by tvenne from Minnesota on May 09, 2017
3.75 by rderedin from Maine on Apr 16, 2017
4.12 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania on Apr 06, 2017
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3.49/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 27, 2017
4.06 by Chestertonian82 from Ohio on Mar 25, 2017
4 by Satorn from Florida on Mar 03, 2017
3.38 by tregan_20 from Connecticut on Feb 27, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Zaktcc from Maryland

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!

Feb 26, 2017
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3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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.

Feb 24, 2017
2 by 1Sundown2C from New York on Feb 20, 2017
5 by Switz160 from Illinois on Feb 18, 2017
Not Your Father's Root Beer (10.7%) from Small Town Brewery
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