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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!

 
 

Dublin Bottling Works Texas Root Beer

December 15, 2014
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: TX, online Obtained in: mailorder
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://dublinbottlingworks.com

once famous as the last bottler in the world or at least the US to still make Dr Pepper with the original recipe including cane sugar, the Dublin Bottle Works branched out once they lost the right to make that special beverage. so the world loses something and gains some others. as i don't like Dr Pepper much at all and i do enjoy root beer occasionally, i am ok with this bargain. it seems they also started a slew of other flavors that sound super yummy, including Cheerwine which i know is super yummy. so there you go.
now i wish i had lots of great things to say about this soda. it is fine, don't get me wrong. it is good even. but it is just good. there are at least two dozen sodas that taste just like it. it is standard, good root beer. sweet, bubbly, tasty, root beer. somewhat creamy, somewhat sharp. i suppose when people hear i review root beers they think i am nuts, they are all the same right? sometimes they are sure, but usually they vary at least a bit. sometimes they vary a whole lot. it is better to be good and standard than bad of course. i don't think 95% of the people who ever drink this will have tried more than one of the others sodas i have had that taste so much like it. so they will think it very tasty and be happy.
i do like the green and gold color scheme, that is interesting and fun. in any case, i hope the company survives a long long time yet and they put out a birch beer and sarsaparilla too, Texas needs birch beer for sure.
Ingredients:carbonated water,pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), phosphoric acid, citric acid

Anthony's Rating: 82
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Dr. J. Fogworth’s Root Beer

December 8, 2014
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, 20 oz plastic bottle, On Tap
Available: MO Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No

so the mighty Doc emailed me one day. he had a problem. this other Doc, going by the name of "J. Fogworth" had sent him some root beer. but Eric does not besmirch his pallet with root beers from plastic or aluminum containers. as i do not care of the carrier for the beverage, i agreed to take a bottle off his hand before they melted from shame or someone saw him, which ever came first. i had heard about Doc Fog, as i like to call him, but did not think i would ever get some of his drink, er, excuse me, "tonic" and/or "elixer." you see, he/they make this stuff for fairs and re-enactments and they like, mainly in the midwest. they sell re-fillable containers or you can bring one of them back to get a refill in future years. it surprises me that they even sell plastic actually. but if you are sending samples out, plastic weighs much less than glass which means less postage cost.
no where on here do they say this is a root beer, but i say it is. they call it "A Flavored Drink" though, as well as an "Indian Tonic & Elixer." they have a fine line art drawing of a Native American in a big headdress along with some flowery border stuff on the yellow label which proclaims this bottled by Little John Enterprises.
the flavor here reminds me a lot of Bud's Homemade Root Beer which is exactly the same sort of business, selling and refilling bottles at events. it is basically uncarbonated also. there was a slight release of air when i opened it but nothing in the actual drink. that is fine but not ideal. i like at least some fizz in my drinks. except milk, fizzy milk is wrong. so yeah, very sweet, i might say too much, which is saying something coming from me who loves sweet stuff. it also has an herbal feel under all that sugar, but not too exciting of one. it is almost a generic microbrew root beer taste, perhaps like Weinhards gone flat to which was added double sugar. it actually isn't bad, i like Weinhards, and i like sugar, but i hoped for something more historical tasting and seriously herbal and tangy or something. i did not get that.
Anthony's Rating: 81
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Blue Sky Zero Root Beer

December 1, 2014
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: everywhere Obtained in: store in Richmond, VA
Head: Small Sweetener: stevia, erythritol
Caffeine: No
Website: http://hansens.com

I anticipate this being awful. Is that so bad to go into this with low hopes? I figure it may be even better for the drink if i expect it to be bad and it turns out to be ok. so i will stick with that thought.
now i am not quiet sure what this is supposed to be called. the website seems to call it Zero Creamy Root Beer within the Blue Sky Free line. or something like that. plus they changed the can since i bought mine, now it says 'Free' instead of 'Zero' and 'Zero Calorie' replaces 'Stevia Soda' as the large font item. no matter, same thing inside the can i gather.
for a few seconds this is not bad at all, even decent. but then the diet kicks in and it is just awful. Stevia and erythritol may be natural and better for you than the other stuff but they still taste horrible. so maybe if you drink this pretty quickly, taking a new gulp every 2 or 3 seconds so that you delay that terrible later/after taste as long as possible. for the start it is indeed sort of creamy, a traditional root beer taste with a little bit of a bitter edge to it that does wreck it some what. strangely, that bitter taste fades away for about 3 seconds, apparently to recharge and get his big brother, as then it comes back even worse and adds a metallic taste for fun and extra awful. i don't know if it's worse that it starts off ok and then crushingly is bad or what. it gets your hopes up a little before dashing them with an "of course i taste bad, i'm diet!"
Ingredients:triple filtered carbonated water, erythritol, natural flavors (french sweet birch oil, tahitian vanilla), caramel color, stevia leaf extract, citric acid

Anthony's Rating: 28
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Big E Root Beer

November 24, 2014
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: WA Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Medium Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No

it is always tricky to get draft root beers through the mail. one issue is freshness, many don't have preservatives of any sort so they may not transport well. another issue is carbonation level. when you put it in a different container, it is very difficult to capture the head and original carbonation level. the third issue is cleanness, which ties into issue #1, but is more to do with sanitation of the bottle or container. Eric offered to send me a draft soda or two that he had access to as he has so many good ones so close to him. of course i accepted the offer and this is what he was able to get me, on tap at the Root Beer Store (who really need an East Coast branch, hint, hint). i will trust that he fully sanitized the bottle and sent it quickly so that is issues 1 & 3. issue 2 is definitely there. there is no head at all and carbonation in general is quite low. later, after i write this i will check out his review and assume my bottle should have had the same levels in those areas as he always so carefully outlines.
the flavor is pretty wintergreen, more than i would have expected. as i enjoy that taste, i approve! the sweetness level is solid too, it does not take over, yet it is sweet enough. i will guess it is cane sugar sweetened, it does not have the syrupiness of corn sweetener or the unique taste of honey or brown sugar. this soda makes me ponder the difference between birch beer and root beer. it does not have the lightness of a birch beer, even a brown birch though so i would not put it into that camp. yet it almost seems a fine line when wintergreen is involved. there are other, more root beer specific flavors, a sharper, herbal taste, perhaps clove or a bit of licorice or anise. there is definitely a root beer barrel candy out there that tastes just like this one. i am sure there are sodas much like this out there also but none spring to mind right away. i like it. it does not exactly innovate but i am sure it would compliment many a dinner very well. and i know i'd like to have a big mug of this to sip on and enjoy while i enjoy some baseball or something. well done Big E.
Anthony's Rating: 90
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