Samuel Adams 1790 Root Beer Brew

RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.44/5   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markwise (5382) - 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 (3493) - Meridian, 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. Didnt 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 (9828) - Cincinnati, 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 (1927) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 20, 2008
(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 wasnt that bad, very different that anything else.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (15407) - Snderborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle, 5.5%. Very perfumy aroma, horse, goat, sassafras? Very flavourful, some liquorice. Slightly salty and sweet. Reminds me of some sort of liquor. Takes some getting used to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (24524) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
<i<Bottled. Muddy amber, no head. Aroma of fudge and ginger. Sweet and fruity with caramelly with notes of gingersnaps. Then there is this peculiar root beer flavour, but it isnt overpowering. Medium bodied with low bitterness. Quite interesting, but mostly as a novelty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Another unbalanced historical brew. Reminiscent of many root beers that you can buy at general stores throughout the South and the Midwest (i.e. Cracker Barrel). The sassafras flavor just falls flat--not crisp enough.

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