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November 14, 2011
Filed under: random junk — anthony @ 12:56 pm

Hello and welcome to the oldest, largest and frankly the best root beer reviewing site in the world! over 625 brands reviewed so far! i also throw in birch beer and sarsaparilla reviews occasionally while i am at it since to me, they are the same genre. once in a while i even detour into other branches of the root beer tree, such as spruce beer, dandelion & burdock and the like. a new review publishes every week on Monday with the random post or review of root beer related stuff every once in a while. feel free to submit your own ratings, check out the rankings from me and other visitors, see what sodas are available near you and more. make a float, tap a keg or mix some extract up and enjoy!

anthony (me) started reviewing root beer related drinks in '96 but has always loved the delicious joy of root beer and birch beer and just kept it going ever since. if you have any suggestions of features you'd like to see or sodas you want reviewed, let me know!

 
 

Etna Brewing Co. Root Beer

May 18, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA Obtained in: trade with Brad
Head: Small Sweetener: brown sugar
Calories: 120 Sodium: 25mg
Carbs: 32g Sugar: 32g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://users.sisqtel.net/krell/

there has been a very long string of root beers lately with non twist off caps. which is unusual. perhaps because most of what i reviewed lately has been root beers from breweries and they seem more likely to go that route for whatever reason. but still i don't think i have ever gotten more than two in a row, but it is at least four or five now. #rootbeerreviewproblems not a real problem, just something i noticed as i have to find my bottle opener every time. on with the show!
the design is fine. a little busy but overall it is alright. you have your browns and gold and some nature thing (an eagle in this case) as seems to happen often these days.
i must say i like the slogan of "get back to your roots" for a root beer that is trying to be "olde style." they kind of pound it in a lot of times too, "old fashioned," "what root beer used to be," "good ol' taste" as well as the two aformentioned things. fine fine, you want to be historically accurate. that is always a weird thing since what time period are you talking about? i'd guess the pre-Hires days, with roots and bark and junk actually used. what that tastes like really i don't know. but it might be like this. it is very licorice heavy and very rooty tasting. perhaps overly so a little bit. it is a very complex and rich, strong flavor that one can sip and really take in. you could chug it down but that seems a waste. it reminds me a lot of Appalachian Brewing Co Root Beer, which is one of my favorites of all time. yet this one goes a step too far in the anise/licorice area that pushes it down in the ratings. it really has little to no head despite decent carbonation levels. whatever, probably less foamy when you make a float with it this way i suppose.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure brown sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, gum acacia, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), quillaia extract

Anthony's Rating: 87
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Stone Cellar Brewery Root Beer

May 11, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, On Tap
Available: WI Obtained in: trade with Brad
Head: Medium Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.stonecellarbrewpub.com/

i am a fan of any brewery that makes their own root beer. this one seems to make a whole line of soda flavors, so that is even better! nice work Stone Cellar peoples! you make Wisconsin a fine place to visit i am sure.
i am confused by brands which revel in their light color as this one does ("lighter than the rest but still the best") yet still add caramel color to make it some color anyway. since there is the potential that caramel color could be quite unhealthy, why put it in at all? but whatever, moving on.
i do like lighter root beers in general i think. they tend to be a different breed from the stereotypical root beer flavor in a good way. it just is lighter in feel also. this one fits those standards as well. it is sweet but also has a slightly citrus flavor on the back end that works well. it is a more refreshing soda than many root beers, not as syrup and heavy. i like both ends of the spectrum and this one does well on the light end. the flavor is rooty and herbal on the whole, starting a little sweeter, then the herbs kick in making it a little more bitter and then it fades to a slightly citrus taste, all the while being reasonably sweet. i enjoy it.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, natural flavor, citric acid and sodium benzoate (preservative)

Anthony's Rating: 87
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Captain Jack’s Root Beer Soda

May 4, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: PA Obtained in: trade with Brad
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar, honey
Caffeine: No
Website: http://CaptainJacksSoda.com

i am always a little leary of things called "root beer soda" and not just "root beer" unless it is a foreign brand where something may be lost in the translation or else the locals may not know that root beer is a kind of soda and not a kind of beer. also, when you misspell 'gourmet' as 'gormet' that troubles me a bit too. i suppose it may not qualify for Eric's Gourmet Root Beer Site. instead he will need to start Erik's Gormet Rute Bier Sight or something. with just one review. of this soda.
the taste here is unusual, the honey, although not right in your face, gives it a unique taste. well, pretty unique, it does taste a decent amount like Thomas Kemper, with a bit more of a honey taste than that one. it has a little more of a bitter kick to it also which hurts it in the end. i do love honey but that bitter edge takes away from the goodness in this drink. i appreciate that they do something different here and it comes off decently yet not as great as it could be.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, honey, flavoring (water, caramel color, natural and artificial flavorings, propylene glycol, contains sulfites) sodium benzoate to preserve freshness

Anthony's Rating: 72
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Moosejaw Root Beer

April 27, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: WI Obtained in: trade with Brad
Head: Large Sweetener: sugar, honey
Calories: 180 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 48g Sugar: 47g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.dellsmoosejaw.com

wow, that is the most complicated ingredient list i have ever seen in a root beer! to have water and sodium benzoate (preservative) listed three times each is a little wacky. i am surprised, no shocked, that there is no separate water added to this though. that seems wrong and i am going to assume they just skipped it by accident. but really, 'sparkling foam' is an ingredient. is that a real thing? can i go buy some separately? inquiring minds want to know.
i am not sure how this was around since 2002 and i never knew about it but that gives me hope that there are many such brews out there in the world, waiting for me to find them. or someone who will tell me about it if not send me some. =) the label is pretty simple, kind of retro looking and well done. lots of different fonts, but it works fine here.
the flavor is pretty root beer extract-like, by which i mean mostly standard. the sugar level is a little higher than expected but that is just fine. if anything it seems a little watery in flavor yet a little syrupy in sweetness. there is nothing to set this apart from many other sodas. it has a little bit of an herbal touch and a pretty large head, probably due to the sparkling foam content. yet it is enjoyable and i am sure i would drink this if i lived closer just as a standard root beer. when i say that i don't mean A&W or the like, i mean standard for a micro-brew, which is many steps up from such things. drink it if you are near Wisconsin Dells.
Ingredients:sugar, rootbeer extract (water, caramel color, honey, gum acacia, yucca concentrate, sodium benzoate (preservative) & citric acid), sodium benzoate solution (water, sodium benzoate (preservative)), sparkling foam (water, aqueous extractions of yucca & sodium benzoate (preservative)), citric acid solution (water, citric acid)

Anthony's Rating: 77
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