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:
742
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
16.14%
 
 
Wants:
376
Gots:
194
For Trade:
5
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1/5  rDev -75.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If I could give a negative number I would.

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

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1.74/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This should not be considered beer... It tastes like a sugary mixed drink

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1.9/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The 10% iteration tastes like you took the 5% and added a splash of liquor and a big spoon of sugar. The 5% at least has the benefit of tasting just like root beer. This just tastes like a half-soda, half-liquor syrupy sweet mess.

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1.99/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Cheap boozy syrup in my opinion. I could barely stomach it not because of the sweetness (it's less sweet than the 5.9) but because the schnapps like booze. I don't really get the root beer, it's just high ABV syrup. This is a pretty controversial "beer" and I can see why. You're either gonna love it or hate it.

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2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -51.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.57/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.67/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at some joint outside Schaumberg.

It's a more alcoholic, and sweet, version of their lower ABV rootbeer. Same cloying sweetness, same pretty good spice profile, only with a little bit of a booze burn on the finish.

I really don't know what to make of these guys. They're doing a better job of making alcoholic rootbeers than Sam Adams or Sprecher, so that's worth something. But I brewed enough to realize 1)that I suck at brewing, and 2) it's relatively easy for a not that great a brewer to make a decent brew if they're willing to go eXtreme. And this is the eXtreme-iest beer-like product I ever did quaff. So much so that I do not think it should be categorically considered beer. There's still some amount of craft here, and it's okay to appreciate that, but there was a craft to Zima that set it apart from Smirfnoff Ice and Skyy Blue (seriously, not kidding, it was way better than those). I don't mean that as an insult--I actually liked Zima, for what it was--but I think we're getting into weird territory in reviewing this as beer.

Does that mean it's bad? No. But viewed as a beer, by beer standards, it falls short. It's far too sweet. It's not complex beyond it's rather simple SWEET + BURN formula. By all means, drink it and enjoy it, but it's not good by beer standards.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.82/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.9/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.91/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2.91/5: Clumsy, sugary, and heartburn inducing, yet slightly charming in small doses

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