Samuel Adams 1790 Root Beer Brew

RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.43/5   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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yespr (45425) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2007
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange/brown with little lacing head. Heavy spiced aroma. Ginger like note, very heavy flavour too, slight soapy. Liqourice element. I’m definitely not used to drink root beer and I don’t think I’ll ever learn to appreciate it.

Ungstrup (37569) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2006
A hazy amber beer with a fast disappearing beige head. The aroma is sweet with that unmistakable note of root beer - I must admit I didn’t know it was bark from the sassafras tree - but now I do. The flavor is sweet with notes of both citrus and root beer, as well as some fruits, and light notes of wood. I kind of like the spicyness. The end is OK bitter.

omhper (25108) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - 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 isn’t overpowering. Medium bodied with low bitterness. Quite interesting, but mostly as a novelty.

Papsoe (25063) - 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

madmitch76 (24805) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
23rd July 2009
BBE Oct 06. Cloudy amber beer. Slightly dry palate. Medicinal herb bitterness and then some sweet fisherman’s friend sweets. Slight smoky note. Finishes with more of the same. Very unusual tasting beer. Nicely balanced between herbal bitterness and spicy sweetness. Goes down very well. Complex.

jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2012 Very odd little ale from Sam Adams. Very high concentration of molasses in nose and mouth. It scored well with me, but I don’t know if I’d drink it again (if it were even available). Rated 9/10/06

MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, 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.

Ferris (15267) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle - Cola and medicinal notes. Dirty brown with a small white head. STOP reading and don’t drink this. Pure medicine.

bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
It smells lightly like root beer, perhaps an underlying hint of honey. Amber color. Starts with a root beer taste, mid is a bit of spice, and, perhaps, anis. There’s probably a lot of notes in here, but I can’t distinguish/identify. Would be interesting to see a review by a master chef. Finish is a tingly spice character. Is sassafras spicey? Definitely not bitter, but the herb/spice suffices to balance what sweetness there is. Might be good with hot dogs. Might be really good with curry. If you can correlate root beer and curry.

Ratman197 (14826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottle poured a hazy orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of sassafras, licorice, a hint of mint, some clove and the spice aromas go on and on. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of sassafras, clove, licorice, light mint and I could go on and on let’s just say root beer with a smooth earthy spicy finish. I was totally amazed by this beer, I would drink it again if it was’nt part of an overpriced $10 $ pack.

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