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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
The intensity of this unfiltered brew is immediately evident with spicy, herbal notes of sassafras, wintergreen and licorice. These are balanced with the sweetness of caramelized sugar, molasses, and vanilla.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Smelled alot like root beer and and a little like anise. The more i drank and the warmer the beer got, tasted more like anise and less like root beer. Good at first and I could barely finish the bottle. Nice try but not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sandman2222 (42) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2008
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jake65 (3015) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2008
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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 21, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexsdad06 (7430) - Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
topherh (1916) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2008
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.

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