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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of yespr. Very cloudy, murky, orangey golden with a creamy, yellowish head. Aroma of bubble gum and root beer spices. Medium body, sweet and salty with licorice notes and a distinct sarsaparilla spiciness. Somewhat astringent finish. 180807

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2007
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 Iíd do out of my way to have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Much better than the salesperson led me to believe. Light brown in appearance with an interesting sassafras flavor, especially without the sweetness in rootbeer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerfinder1 (48) - PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
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 Iím not that big of a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2007
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 didnít think too terrible. It actually started to grow on me. I just donít know how much I can drink of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2007
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 Shawís Supermarket Concord, NH.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2007
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 donít 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. iím glad that bbc is experimenting, this one just wasnít a hit for me.

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