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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!

 
 

Propeller Root Beer

September 1, 2014
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: Canada Obtained in: trade with Red
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.drinkpropeller.ca/soda/

when i was first approached by Red to do a root beer trade, this was one brand he offered up, knowing full well that i very much needed it as he read my "sodas i need" section over on the right there. =) i don't know a lot about Canadian root beers, but occasionally i stumble across info on one and get excited but a little sad since the chance of me getting it is pretty low. but really, there is just as much chance i will go to Nova Scotia as Nebraska i would think in reality so i should not get to down after all.
i like the bottle shape here, it is unique. there is a little indentation on the neck as it approaches the wide part. it reminds me some of the crazy aerodynamic triathlon wheels i always covet. i don't think this bottle went through any wind tunnel testing but it is nice to see something different.
the label itself is pretty good too although i feel like it tries to blend too much in one thing, with the big propeller and then the old time kid & dog. the style of them does not mesh too well. the propeller and text are very sharp and line drawn while the boy and dog are more a slightly blurred painting. whatever.
the taste is ok. it is not unique as i had hoped for with the bottle shape and canada-ness and all. it starts pretty mellow and a little sharp in the carbonation but quickly fades to a caramel sweetness with a dash of creaminess to carry it. that sounds better than it is. it is fine, not wonderful and far from bad. i would definitely get it if i was up north and saw it but it is not a soda i'd specifically mail order or travel far just to get.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, gum arabix, yucca extract, natural flavours, citric acid, sodium citrate

Anthony's Rating: 78
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big8 Root Beer

August 25, 2014
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 20 oz plastic bottle
Available: Canada Obtained in: trade with Red
Head: Tiny Sweetener: sugar
Calories: 150 Sodium: 75mg
Carbs: 40g Sugar: 40g
Caffeine: No

this soda is very hard to find anything about. from what i can tell Big 8 beverages is owned by Sobeys, who own a whole a lot of grocery stores in Canada like Price Chopper, IGA, Foodland and so on. i gather that this line though is only sold in Atlantic Canada, which is an area designation i have not heard of before. perhaps i am just a ridiculous American though. in the end, i have no clue really where you can buy this. i got it in my trade with the mighty Red, who i always picture as a viking of some sort. which is strange since my wife and children are redheads and i call her "Red" all the time but she is far from a viking. anyway, i digress.
i am surprised by the lack of carbonation here. it could be a bum bottle, but i will go with it being the norm. it does expire tomorrow i just noticed so i suppose it is good i picked this one next to drink. although that would be super excellent timing on their part to have it go virtually flat right on time. but the picture on the label is the usual mug with foam pouring over the edges and there is no way that would happen with the soda in this bottle. the taste itself is actually kind of fruity, which seems to be a trend in Canadian root beers. or at least the store brand ones i have had so far. curious. i wonder if that is the "standard" for up north. i have gotten A&W in Canada so i know it is there, being its standard self. yet that may not matter to their snowy, Tim Horton's loving, poutine consuming pallets. i don't mind fruity root beers too much, but on the grand scale, they fall below many other types. this fruitiness could be construed as herbal in a way i suppose but that is not how it comes off to me. so it is ok, no great shakes, but not terrible. that is about what i'd expect from a store brand though.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar/glucose-fructose, colour, sodium benzoate, citric acid, natural & artificial flavours, acacia gum

Anthony's Rating: 62
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Nickel Brook Brewery Babbling Brooke’s Root Beer

August 18, 2014
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: Canada Obtained in: trade with Red
Head: Medium Sweetener: brown cane sugar, demerara sugar
Calories: 150 Sodium: 41mg
Carbs: 36g Sugar: 38g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.nickelbrook.ca

wow! so i did not read the ingredients on this one before i tried it, which is unusual for me. i should make it a standard practice though, that way i am more unaware of what is to come. usually i add all of the information into my database before i even pop the top. but i figured i should try it while it is at its maximum chilliness so i started early.
the first sip did really take me aback, it is so very complex and multifaceted. whoa! star anise, hello there! welcome to my mouth orange peel! enjoy my tongue licorice! hey sassafras, how ya been?! long time no taste. this is a good brew. Canada, you have done yourself proud on the classic american drink that is root beer. i even had to add two new sweeteners to my database for the two in here. i have never heard of brown cane sugar, but i was surprised demerara sugar was not in there already. this is also the first soda that has more sugar than it does carbs, is that even possible? only in canada apparently. i am not sure they really add much different as far as taste, but i do like the sweetness level here.
the overall flavor is very good and unique. the orange definitely adds something different here although it is subtle. the licorice & star anise are very front and center. the sassafras is right there too, flavoring up the joint. the vanilla is in the background as well, with the cinnamon. i am not quite sure what burdock tastes like on its own even though i have had a few Dandelion & Burdock sodas so i can't say if that is too present in the flavor profile. if you didn't get the gist, i really enjoyed this soda. it is a shame it is so hard to get any more. alas. it does remind me a lot of Weeping Radish actually, which is strange since they just use an extract. but so it is.
Ingredients:filtered water, brown cane sugar, demerara sugar, cinnamon bark, star anise, licorice root, sassafras root, burdock root, vanilla extract and orange peel

Anthony's Rating: 96
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7-11 Select root beer

August 11, 2014
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 20 oz plastic bottle
Available: Canada Obtained in: trade with Red
Head: Small Sweetener: sugar, fructose
Calories: 180 Sodium: 45mg
Carbs: 45g Sugar: 45g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://7-eleven.com

this soda was another one included in my trade with Red. gotta love the non-domestic trades! this one surprised me in many ways. first that it exists at all is surprising, because the United States has the most 7-11 stores of any country but they only sell this store brand soda line in Canada. second, the tagline on the label is "it's a flavor EXPLOSION!" now, this is sold in Canada where "flavor" should be spelled "flavour." =) and in fact they do spell it that way in the ingredients. surprising thing number three is the sweetener, sugar / glucose-fructose, what is that? sounds very generic indeed. perhaps that is the norm in Canada and this is a fine thing, better than high fructose corn syrup, yet to my American soda drinking self, it is unusual and a bit surprising. the forth surprising thing is the taste. they go for the kind of fruity, sort of mellow taste here instead of the usual generic soda approach of being generic. sometimes this alternate take works, sometimes it doesn't. other soda companies seem to go for something similar. perhaps it is an attempt to be more tea-like or herbal or something? i don't really know. it is not bad, it is not what i am expecting, but it is not wonderful either. the carbonation level is quite low, not that i mind that too much, yet some more would be a nice thing. i also would say it is too sweetened. a fruity root beer is the main point and takeaway here.
Ingredients:carbonated water, suagr / glucose-fructose, colour, natural and artificial flavour, citric acid, sodium benzoate, phosphoric acid

Anthony's Rating: 61
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