fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very interesting beer. I didn’t think it was as bad as people had said it was. Root beer aromas with ginger and... um... root? Flavors were similar with just some alcohol on the finish. Not so bad really.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a reddish-orange-brown with thin tan head. Aroma is decidedly root beer with notes of spice, ginger, grain, and hops. Flavor is also strongly root beer with some licorice, smoke, sweet and malty notes. Sweet malty finish with a medium body.
Sandman2222 (42) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A real solid brew by Sam Adams. I enjoyed the overtones of the sassafras, and the little bit of vanilla and spice that even and smooth out the beer ever so nicely.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a decent beer, and for the purpose of tasting old-school-esque brews, it fits the bill. It pours a reddish-yellow color with lots of particles. It has a grassy-ginigery-licorice style aroma. The flavor has a good deal of smoke in it with flavors of wood, anise, black licorice and some sweet malt sticking around. This one will not really be good with a float...
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting. Smells like anise with some cinnamon or allspice in the backround, vanilla too. Smells good. Dark orange and a white head. Has a smokey wood taste too it, coffee on the aftertaste. Some maple in there too. Not something I would drink again.
jake65 (2600) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JUN 21, 2008
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle: Cloudy brown pour with lots of swirling particles and sediment. Medium beige head and plenty of thick lacing. Smells like root beer, but more intense. Taste is strong of herbals and earthiness. The wintergreen and raw spiciness takes over. Dry, herbal, and abrasive. Didn’t have the will to finish this...
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2008
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I really had high hopes for this, because I love root beer, and it had that nose, albeit a bit spicier and herbal, but the flavor is just bland on the malt body and the mouthfeel, but it just kills you with spices, such as ginger and molasses, I could not finish the bottle. Beautiful packaging though.
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 12 oz.bottle from notes. Pours a hazy amber color with the smallest head and a plethora of floaties. The aroma is very much the sasparilla style of root beer along with licorice and spearmint wintergreen gum. The flavor has all of the same with some ginger and caramel thrown in. A different experience, but not something to revisit.
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle from my notes Aroma of a typical root beer, taste is of a lot of ginger and sasparilla soda blended with licorice.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(thx 2 puzzl) Tried a 2 year expired bottle, i am was scared to try it.... Extremely perfume scented with some licorice rootbeer, ginger toothpaste scent. This is one of the very few beers i have ever had where i can smell it untill the very end. My aroma rating would have been a 9 but it is almost to strong. A deep honey amber with TONS of floating particals. (my appear. rating would have been a 4 because of the great color, but the particals look very scarry) I am really hoping this is just spicing and maybe hops and not anything real nastly. Strong but not overpowering flavor, mild but very destinctive flavor. Citrus roobeer, sarsaparilla spicey, ginger/vanilla, and moe sugary molasses rootbeer. Very sweet and slightly sticky finish. Very interested, i wish i could of had this fresh and be less nervous about drinking it, but from what i had it wasn’t that bad, very different that anything else.