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!


Johnnie Ryan Diet Root Beer

March 19, 2018
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 11.5oz glass bottle
Available: NY, Canada

Obtained in: Rocket Fizz
Head: Medium Sweetener: sucralose/splenda, Acesulfame-k
Caffeine: No
Website: http://johnnieryan.com

well, this is almost a Canadian diet root beer, i mean it even has French translations of most of the label. are the standards higher or lower for such things? i will hope for higher but expect lower. the label proclaims is 'delicious' so that is something to live up to.
well, it is not delicieux (delicious in French i just found out!) i will just say right off the bat. it is in fact bitter, harsh and does not taste at all like root beer. it tastes like vile articial sweeteners. and that is really all it tastes like. if i were on a diet for some reason i would not get this. i really can't think of a reason i would get this. it is not blatantly offensive tasting but it isn't good in any way. if they made it taste anything like root beer it would help immensely.

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Hard Times Cafe Root Beer

March 12, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: MD, VA

Obtained in: candy store in FL
Head: Large Sweetener: sugar, honey
Calories: 170 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://hardtimescafe.com

this soda is made by Old Dominion so i always thought it was the same recipe as their regular root beer. i believe i even checked the ingredients and nutritional info at some point as well to confirm. or perhaps emailed them and asked. but at this point it is different from the recipe i reviewed many years back so it qualifies as a new soda anyway. plus doing it as Hard Times makes me not have to change the new of the Dominion review to 'old recipe' or something like that. strangely i think i bought this soda for a chain of restaurants in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC in Florida and brought it back to NJ to review. funny how the world works sometimes.
judging by the sort of weird ingredients, i expect this to be tasty yet predictable. let us find out, shall we?
yeah, that is about right. it is good. the honey provides a nice touch to the otherwise regular root beer taste. the mouth feel is very smooth and creamy, which is the vanilla doing its job despite being at the end of the ingredient list. the flavor develops and changes over about 20 seconds which is rather fun and makes it more of a sipping root beer, one to pay attention to if you so desire, but it does not demand attention so you could just swig it or not pay much attention and have it be a compliment to a meal or just a beverage to have while doing other things. there is a large, foamy, long lasting head as well, so for esthetic purposes it looks pretty.
Ingredients:water, sugar, honey, root beer extract #214, root beer extract #79-400, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), yucca, vanilla

Anthony's Rating: 87
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Amway XS Energy Drink Rootbeer Blast

March 5, 2018
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 8.4oz can
Available: everywhere

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Small Sweetener: sucralose/splenda
Calories: 10 Sodium: 15mg
Carbs: 0g Sugar: 0g
Caffeine: No
Website: amway.com

I had been trying to acquire this for quite some time. the only way to get some it seems was to find an Amway dealer and buy a whole case. I did find someone but i didn't at all want a whole case so i waited. i don't like to have energy drinks for one thing, and i don't like sugar free things for another. of course the mighty Sagi came through and sent me the one can i wanted.
i must say i am a little scared of this. i popped the seal and let it sit a moment on my desk and after a couple minutes it has started to bubble over. i have never seen a canned drink do that. very weird. but let me try it out…
hhhmmm, it is not horrible. at least not as bad as most zero sugar sodas or most energy drinks i have had, which is maybe the three root beer ones that have existed in the past couple decades. it tastes sort of rootbeer-like, but also has that vile diet aftertaste that wrecks anything good in the end. it is rather watery and strangely not too carbonated, especially with all the bubbling and junk. but i also don't know what a lot of these ingredients are and they sound scary so i will stop drinking this now. i mean calcium d-pantothenate, niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride and cyanocobalamin? what are these things Amway? i hope it isn't mind control, don't let it be mind control. or that weird Compliance stuff from Black Mirror either, ok? thanks.
Ingredients:carbonated water, taurine, l-glutamine, caramel color, citric acid, acesulfame potassium, caffeine, sodium benzoate (preservative), potassium sorbate (preservative), sucralose, calcium d-pantothenate, niacinamide, herbal blend (panax ginseng root extract and panax quinquefolium root extract), pyridoxine hydrochloride, cyanocobalamin

Anthony's Rating: 66
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Frostop Red Birch Beer

February 26, 2018
Filed under: birch beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Red Birch Beer Comes In: 32 oz plastic bottle
Available: everywhere

Obtained in: Dollar Store somewhere
Head: Small Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup
Calories: 210 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 52g Sugar: 52g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.frostop.com

Frostop are sort of a weird brand to me. they could latch onto that "old time," "classic," nostalgia thing. i mean they have long running restaurants with old school barrel dispensers and a rich history. they seem more 'valid' and 'genuine' in my mind than many of the resurrected old brands. I have only been to one of their retail places and it was kind of run down and a hole in the wall (or the strip mall in this case). I mean, yes, they do have very nice glass bottles as well so they are trying in that regard. yet that they have these 99 cent plastic quart bottles as the only way to get their birch beer is a little disappointing. or i guess it could be awesome and i should not fall into the trap of disregarding something because of its packaging, the 'judging a book by its cover' stuff.
in any case the flavor here is disappointing. it really doesn't have much of that whole flavor thing in fact. i would call this more 'slightly birch beer flavored sugar water.' it has some carbonation, but not really enough but even with that, it needs more to it. granted, that whole 99 cents for a quart of soda thing may have something to it, although the plastic bottle less so. that is not really how i work. I applaud their efforts to make a red bitch beer but this doesn't cut it.
Ingredients:carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, pure cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, preserved with sodium benzoate

Anthony's Rating: 62
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