AJ Stephans Pure Cane Sugar Sarsaparilla

ok, continuing the AJ Stephans experience… sadly i drank the “Olde Style Sarsaparilla” several months ago so i cannot compare back to back as i did with the root beers. oh well, i will trust it is different even if the ingredients are identical. it smells darn good i must say. i think it suffers from the same problem as the cane sugar root beer though as it is extremely carbonated. the cane sugar is more evident here though. it has a decidedly “rooty,” herbal taste. which is ok but not the best. and it is leaving a bad aftertaste now that i am about 75% done. decent but not really something i want all the time. mediocre at best even by the time i finish it.

Anthony’s Rating: 64
User’s Rating: 82
# of ratings:22

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Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, MA, OK, online

Obtained in: mailorder from
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No

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  1. is says:

    Yeah, this one was way too carbonated. The carbonation hurt my mouth & tongue, it made me have to burp a lot, and it made it to where you could barely taste the flavor. By the time I was on the last 2 ounces, the carbonation was low so I could actually taste the sarsaparilla flavor. The sarsaparilla flavor was actually very very good; just the first 10 ounces had too much carbonation which made it to where you could not enjoy it. If the entire soda tasted like the last 2 ounces, then this wouldn’t be such a bad brew. That being said, I hope they can tone down the carbonation a bit. I give it a 76 out of 100.

  2. I thought this was was really good, I would drink this one again. I did not find this one to be overly carbonated. I gave this a 75

  3. Is says:

    Wow, after trying this one years later, I can give it a solid 90/100. They must of read our reviews and toned down the carbonation, because the carbonation was actually a bit too soft, yet the flavor shined through. I really loved the licoricey component which was strong in this. It also lacked any fruity flavor which some sarsaparilla have (I hate fruity flavors). I’d like to try this again just to verify its deliciousness

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