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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Pours brown with a white head. Smells of root beer, molasses and sassafras. Tastes of heavy sassafras and molasses. Not a whole lot going on here. Weird orangey aftertaste with splashes of pepper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2006
12oz bottle pours a transparent amber color with a healthy tan head that stayed pretty well and laced some. Aromas of vanilla, molasses, licorice, and sassafras. Flavor contains all of the notes found in the aroma along with some caramel, and a candy sweetness and a touch of wintergreen. Palate is rather thin and soda-like. Unlike the previous rater I found this one interesting and unique. Definitely not one of the better beers I’ve ever tried but I appreciate it’s unique qualities..

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2006
This is an absolute drain pour. Terrible, so bad that I let someone try it and they didnt even drink it, they just spit it in the sink. Smells like rotten nyquil. Harsh mint flavor that does not mesh well at all with the liquorice flavor here. Pretty terrible, I drank 3 sips, and dumped it. So far the 4 pack of patoits bull shit or whatever it is hasnt impressed me in the least. A waste of 10 dollars. I wouldnt recommend this one to be drank at a goat fucking contest.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2006
A hazy, orangey amber color with a red-tinted, cream colored, thin head. Intense licorice and root beer aromas with vanilla and menthol. Wow, that is an oddball. Points for originality but not much more. This made me feel like I just brushed my teeth with the chalkiness of the toothepaste and some white pepper included. This would pair magnificently with an evening toothbrushing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2834) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Pours out a somewhat clear brownish color with a nice head. Aroma was very nice and of licorice, vanilla and some other sweet spices. Taste was not as good as the aroma with notes of vanilla molasses and some root beer like flavor. Nice experiment, but I wouldn’t opt for more than one of these

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerbomb (219) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Part of the Brewer Patriot collection. Aroma is not so much rootbeer as sassafras root, licorice, wintergreen, vanilla and molasses which is a really strange combo but is mellow and sweet. Flavor is bending the term ’different’, bigtime. First is a really weird medicinal mint hit with licorice and sassafras followed by a big contrast of sweet, thick-tasting molasses and vanilla as well as other spices. Aftertaste is vegetative, minty, and bitter with a sweet molasses background. I assume this is sticking to the historical recipe but its really a harsh, raw concoction. Gets points for historical appreciation.

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