This is a brand i thought i may never get. they bottle their sodas in returnable glass bottles and are only distributed locally in Wisconsin. i actually feel quite bad that i probably will not be returning this bottle. perhaps i will send it back. they seem to very much rely on returns to remain financially solvent. i really admire brands like this, pressing on, doing what they love to do and know how to do well. it is a rare thing these days. i can understand why they don’t do mail order as they would lose those bottles from their circulation. plus these bottles are very thick, heavy glass so postage would be quite crazy. happily, Jon was willing to trade me a bottle for some stuff i could get over here. it is one of the coolest bottles i have come upon, so they do win points for that. i wish i had gotten to sample Hill Billy Beverages who originally made this glass bottle, but i assume they are gone for good. i don’t think i have come upon a 16 oz bottle this tall yet, other brands seem to go for the stability and stoutness of a fatter bottom instead of expanding upwards. i like this. since the bottom is so thick and heavy, it works just fine.
when i pop this open, the excellent smell makes me smile. traditional root beer scent but stronger than usual. there is not a lot of fizz upon opening but perhaps that changes once i drink a bit. the taste is excellent, lighter than many sodas i have had, yet still creamy enough with a little bite happening. nonetheless there is an aftertaste that i don’t like. it almost reminds me of a diet soda aftertaste but on a much smaller scale, kind of a pull at your stomach from the back of your throat if that makes sense. if it were not for that, this would probably be in my top 10 or 15 but as it is, it gets dragged down a bit. alas. i really enjoy that this is not as heavy as is typical, yet the flavor is very full. there is a unique taste here, perhaps cinnamon, brown cinnamon that is, not red.
Anthony’s Rating: 89
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|Type:||Root Beer||Comes In:||10oz glass bottle, 16oz glass bottle|
|Available:||WI||Obtained in:||sent by Jon|
|Head:||Small||Sweetener:||corn sweetener, sugar|
Ingredients: carbonated water, sugar or corn sweetener, caramel color, artificial and natural flavors, citric acid, gum acacia, preserved with sodium benzoate