Squamscot Mistletoe Mist

December 25, 2012
Filed under: other reviews — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Other Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: MA, NH, online

Obtained in: order from Old 52
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.nhsoda.com/

this may be cheating a bit. i am pretty sure this has nothing to do with root beer, birch beer or sarsaparilla. but i was recently ordering from Old 52 and saw this soda which they describe as "…the taste of spruce beer with a subtle fruity undertone." so to me, that qualifies this as a rooty carbonated beverage. upon tasting it though i think i was wrong. oh well, whatever, i will go with it.
i like the one spruce beer i have had, it was very wintergreen and pine tasting, which worked in my mouth quite well. so i figured this would taste similar. afterall, mistletoe seems like it is evergreen-like, much like a pine tree. but this is not so much like that. no sir. i can taste a bit of pine in the undertone, but on the whole it is a lemon/lime type soda. when i really concentrate on it, i can see the spruce comparison i suppose yet it is not the first thing that springs to mind. i would say this is more of a limeade taste with some fruit, maybe strawberry thrown in. i enjoy it, but it isn't my usual thing. or not this site's usual thing. but it is christmas and i will make an exception of sorts for that and include it. plus i am running a bit low on sodas to review so stretching the bounds a touch may be needed. i do have another year and a half of reviews written or ready to be written but my prospects are dwindling. feel free to contact me with any sodas you can get that i have not reviewed. please! or if you are in Canada or the UK, there are lots there i'd love to have.

Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, natural and artificial colors and sodium benzoate


Anthony's Rating: 71
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Stone Ridge Creamery Root Beer Float Ice Cream

June 29, 2012
Filed under: other reviews — anthony @ 2:12 pm
Type: Non-Soda Comes In:
Available: NJ

Obtained in: supermarket in Hamilton, NJ
Head: Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup
Caffeine: No
Website: http://stoneridgecreamery.com

it is summer, time for ice cream and jumping about in large sized water containers. and of course root beer. so today you get a bonus review! woo hoo! almost every summer for the past 4 or so years i have purchased some sort of root beer ice cream with the intention of reviewing it. yet i have not done so yet i don't think. it is an area of the root beer world that needs to be mined. and since i love ice cream AND root beer, i think i am the man for the job!
this one seems to be a pretty generic store brand. i have no idea where else it is available. i could probably check the website and see of course. when i bought it i thought it was a local brand so i had never seen it near me in central NJ, but there it was in the grocer's freezer by my work. but now when i look at it closer i see it is a generic thing. oh well, no matter really. it is also a hybrid. vanilla ice cream with root beer sherbet. now, reading about what sherbet is from the authority on all things i have learned a lot. i of course have had sherbet before but i never knew it had to have between 1% and 2% dairy content and if it comes in between 2% and 10% it is then a "frozen dairy desert" which sounds rather scary to me. i think that subset needs a new name, feel free to suggest one.
so root beer sherbet seems interesting to me, they should sell that on its own really. that way i can maybe actually taste it. you see, i cannot taste much of any root beer flavor here at all. even in spoon fulls where the root beer part seems to be the vast majority, i get really nothing. really, not even a flavor of anything at all. the vanilla is actually pretty good and that saves this somewhat.

Anthony's Rating: 50
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Tommyknocker Root Beer Float

December 10, 2007
Filed under: other reviews,root beers — anthony @ 10:24 pm
Type: Other Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MA, MI, MN, NE, NC, ND, OH, RI, SC, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY, online

Obtained in: random town in Utah
Head: Large Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.tommyknocker.com/ourSoda.html

a few months ago my girlfriend and I went to Utah, to go to three national parks, do a load of hiking, see some rad stuff and all of that. and we did indeed do all of that. i was a bit saddened though that i did not find any new root beers, especially in Moab, that seemed the perfect place for a wacky brewery to be. that is until one of the last days when we stopped at a random store in a small town for some snacks for our final car ride back to Salt Lake City. and in the refrigerated section of that grocer's inventory was the full line of Tommyknocker sodas! i was excited, mainly because i quite enjoyed their regular root beer but also because this soda was there too! but i never tried it until now.
here is the short review for those of you pressed for time: it tastes like bubble gum, exactly.
now for the longer part: yup, it really does indeed taste just like bubble gum. how in the world is that anything like a root beer float? what are you thinking Tommyknocker people?! i think this stuff may in fact be discontinued and i definitely see why, if so. if not, i think it should be as this wreaks mass havoc upon the fine name of "Tommyknocker!" so let this be a plea to anyone in anyway affiliated with that company, stop them! now! please?

Anthony's Rating: 22
User's Rating: 45
# of ratings:8

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Vilniaus Alus Retro Baikal

December 28, 2015
Filed under: other reviews — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Other Comes In: 500ml glass bottle
Available: CA

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Medium Sweetener: sugar
Calories: 150 Sodium: mg
Carbs: 35g Sugar: 35g
Caffeine: No

Yes, i know this has nothing to do with christmas or any other holiday, but i felt it was better to continue a tradition of reviewing a semi-strange, fringe root beer type foreign beverage for my christmas time review. even calling this a 'root beer' is a stretch i know. yet, it has many of the characteristics common to a root beer, that is being flavored by tree roots and pieces. in this case it is pine and eucalyptus along with siberian ginseng and licorice. when Sagi messaged me about this, asking where i would classify it, i pondered. does a soda have to have the words "root beer" on it to be one? and if it has those magic words is it automatically one? i say this is a root beer in its most basic definition, a carbonated beverage flavored by roots, so onward i go!
i don't know what a baikal usually tastes like, but this is highly unusual. it is very herbal and sharp, almost like what i'd imagine drinking a sweetened tea made with a cleaning product would taste like, but in a good way if that makes sense? the lemon, ginger, eucalyptus and pine each present themselves very boldly, combining in a not always awesome way. this is not my favorite thing, but not at all the worst.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, caramel color, black tea, licorice root and rhizome, eleutherococ root, natural flavourings


Anthony's Rating: 52
User's Rating: 0
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