Small Town Brewery makes specialty beers that utilize unique ingredients with an unmistakable taste of nostalgia. Their most well-known product is “Not Your Father’s Root Beer,” an ale brewed with spices to give it the flavor of, well, root beer.
The beer pours a deep mahogany brown. There is a thin tan colored head that dissipates instantly, leaving no lacing behind. The carbonation is noticeable with ample “fizz” appearing a top the beer. The pour is (not surprisingly) a kin to the pour of a root beer soda.
On the nose you will find herbal aromas of sassafras bark, ginger root and wintergreen coupled with creamy notes of vanilla. A hint of licorice root and anise are noticeable and sweet notes of both cane sugar and molasses round out the bouquet that smells identical to, you guessed it, root beer!
On the palate, more of the same herbal notes appear. You’ll taste the sassafras bark, ginger root and wintergreen. The vanilla, cane sugar and molasses contribute to the creamy and somewhat syrupy mouthfeel you would expect from root beer. There are two distinct differences between the nose and palate. The first is the licorice root. It is much more pronounced on the palate. The second is the alcohol. While mild, there is a discernible boozy note on the palate not found in the bouquet.
Dad certainly didn’t have root beer like this! As a matter of fact no one did (at least straight out of the bottle) before Small Town Brewery brought us this great new product. If you like root beer then you need to try this one for sure! This product delivers exactly what it promises! Pair it with cheese curd, pulled pork with BBQ sauce or a “root beer” float with vanilla ice cream.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints