GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a reddish-orange color. Head was off white and reduced over a minute or so to a thin film. There was lots of debris floating around in it that took longer to settle. Spicy aroma of root beer, anise, and the ashes in my fireplace. Sweet on the tongue with flavor following the aroma. Certainly smoky with sassafras, caramel, and anise flavors. Interesting, but not a beer I’d do out of my way to have again.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Much better than the salesperson led me to believe. Light brown in appearance with an interesting sassafras flavor, especially without the sweetness in rootbeer.
beerfinder1 (48) - PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I had this in the sampler pack. Was not too bad, but I would never buy a case of it. It was a beer that the colonist had to make do because of the lack of ingredients available at that time.
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A hazy reddish brown ale with a thick collapsing light moka head, and little yeast floaties. Aroma is quite interesting, with notes of anis, licorice, terpentine and light alcohol. In mouth, a rather sweet coniferous brew, with loads of licorice, and those candy bottle caps I used to buy as a cap...more like a chinotto. Still, very interesting, but not something I would drink everyday.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sampled on 3/14/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a very rooty wintergreen, anise, and licorice aroma. Body starts lightly sweet and very earthy with dandelion and wintergreen flavor with a drier finish. An interesting "rooty" brew, but I’m not that big of a fan.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma of sassafras, wintergreen, licorice, and caramel. Taste is the same as aroma but with an unpleasant bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with a spicy finish. A very interesting brew but not one I could drink all the time.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a lightly hazed golden color. The aroma was strong with root beer, spices, licorice, and smoke. The flavor was sweet to start with a spiced middle and tart malty finish. Medium bodied. It was pretty odd but I didn’t think too terrible. It actually started to grow on me. I just don’t know how much I can drink of it.
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 Pours a three finger off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strong root beer nose. Flavor is root beer and hops, some sweetness, unique, would make a good summer beer. $9.99 - 4-pak, 12oz bottle from Shaw’s Supermarket Concord, NH.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2007
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle. tastes like ginger beer. unusual taste, but aromas were enticing. the problem with sam adams is that they produce beers that have wonderful aromas, but once you taste them, they just don’t carry the same appeal. this is an example of that. sassafras, ginger, jasmine, and black licorice in the aroma, but the taste was akin to root beer that had been spliced with jaeger, and then dipped in liquefied brown sugar. i’m glad that bbc is experimenting, this one just wasn’t a hit for me.
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 2, 2007
1.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of finely sized white colored bubbles that were fully diminished and left behind a hazy orangish light brown colored with fine particulate and a poor lacing. The strong root beer aroma was its best characteristic. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The horrible potato sasafras flavor contained notes of ycuk yuck yuck and more yuck. A horrible one that I would never even consider buying again. A true drain poor!