AirForceHops (3522) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle thanks going to fishmich on this one. Aroma is completely root beer soda aged in oak, what in the hell? That is different.
The flavor has a huge earth root beer flavor. Barrel is only slightly noticeable, mild sarsaparilla root, chocolate and a lingering earth root note. Traces of vanilla and notes of mint leaves. Honestly, I wanted to like this but it is way to herbal and earthy. The stout flavors barely gets through tall the craziness. Meh.
HonusWagner (1629) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes astonishingly similar to root beer, like one of those hard root beers that other breweries are putting out but not as sweet and more beer-like in texture. A fairly complex beer with some good stuff going on, but a kind of bland nose holds it back from greatness.
PhillyCraft (3441) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at bainbridge care of Nate. Poured dark color, mostly brown. Notes are shaving cream, spice, cinnamon, cocoa, and light root beer but not enough root for me. Barrel heat is pretty restrained for the pct. Medium bodied. Overall, this was interesting but glad I only had a couple z’s
bytemesis (3514) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to fishmich! Pours inky black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly to a ring and a flim, but laces decentl nontheless. Aroma is anise root, I guess that is sasparilla root, bourbon, licorice, roasted malts. Flavor is nicer than aroma, chocolatey, root beer notes, roasty and rich. Quite sweet, light bitterness, some light barrel and bourbon influence, but not strong. Fullish body, cream mouthfeel. A bit of a distasteful aftertaste. Definitely a different take on things. I honestly don’t know whether I like it or not, but I am appreciating all of the waves of nuance coming at me. Oh, and some definite ABV burn as well.
devman171 (1048) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with light tan head. Aroma is roast and light root beer spice. Taste is rich roast and boozy root beer spice. Nice
swoopjones (6214) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. medium bodied dark pour. root beer spices that i assume what sarsaparilla is along with some bourbon notes. pretty boozy and pretty good
Mittenator (1390) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at MiWBF 14. Deep chocolate with a hint of root beer. Slightly gritty and almost cookie/brownie dough taste and texture.
JStax (3243) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce waxed bottle poured into a teku. Pours a thick, syrupy black with a thin khaki colored head of foam. The aroma is big on vanilla, then I get definite sarsaparilla style root beer notes, then some bourbon. Taste is sweet and root beery and spicy. Thick on the palate. Delicious beer. More breweries should attempt something like this. All the samples I’ve had of root beer beers were great.
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Richard’s Tasting. Black pour with a small khaki head. Some root beer, bourbon, and vanilla. Coriander, mint, and nuts. Plenty of roast and some dark chocolate, too. Weird flavor...kind of tastes like Pho broth and marzipan. Some coriander, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt. Sweet sugar, syrup, and dark chocolate. Not sure what to think about it, but I kind of like it.
DrSilverworm (6962) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz waxed bottle, thanks to Caterwaul for picking this up for me. Shared with Chudwick and AndyReynolds. Very dark black color. Thin brown bubbly head. Good dark brown color. Couple dots of lace. Awesome big vanilla, light herbal mild rootbeerish type flavor. Very unqiue aroma. Distinctly desert like flavors, rice crispie, french vanilla ice cream. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate. Good mild sweet taste, nice light warmth, no bite. Doesn’t really drink like 11%. Good smooth chewy body, nice creaminess, lighter carbonation. Great long sweet rich vanilla and dark chocolate aftertaste. Super stuff. Works fantastically. Almost like a rootbeer float.