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St. John Brewers Root Beer

I actually went to St John’s about 6 years ago on a cruise. beforehand i had tried in vain to see if there were any local root beers on any of the islands we were stopping at. so it is very rad to find this one. or trade for it, as i obtained it that way this time.
the label definitely incorporates an “island” feel with a palm tree being tapped and wooden kegs laying haphazardly in the sane nearby. all on a wooden background. all good. different and distinctive and well done by the brewer. or who ever they hired to do the graphic design work.
i am curious about a root beer with wintergreen, could be more of a birch if it is a dominant flavor here. and i almost always like root beers with anise, so this could be interesting. let’s see… hhhmmm, not as distinct as i expected it to be but still very good. the wintergreen is there but more in the back, allowing the root beer flavor herbs and spices be the main focus. the anise i can’t say i really detect too much either, a touch when i really concentrate on it. it is pretty creamy and the vanilla helps that happen. i do really enjoy this soda. it is slightly distinctive with the wintergreen element but otherwise just sticks with a solid root beer flavor. it also has a very large and long lasting head of foam. that is impressive but does nothing for the taste or real appeal in my mind.

Anthony’s Rating: 95
User’s Rating: 0
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Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CT, St John

Obtained in: trade with Brad
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 165 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 40g Sugar: 40g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: water, cane sugar, caramel color, natural & artificial flavors including wintergreen oil, anise, vanilla spices, herbs, citric acid, sodium benzoate as a preservative

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  1. is says:

    I tried this one a few weeks ago. I was kind of impressed with the flavor. It has a kind of basic root beer flavor, but done very well. The main problem I had is that it has a slight bitter/wintergreen flavor in the aftertaste which I did not like that much. It also did not have a strong licorice flavor……and I love licorice flavor in root beer. I’m surprised that you rated it a 95….I mean it’s good, but not that good. I gave this one an 80. I would consider purchasing this again, however I could not buy this by the case.

  2. Ed Keen says:

    Contact Orca to get a sample of their Dads diet roor beer. I understand it’s up there with Empire, Tower and Capone. Not that’s anything to brag about

  3. Ed Keen says:

    I spoke with Kevin (St. Johns root beer) and made him aware if your good review. I we will be stocking the root beer and ginger beer soon.
    Check our Fiz root beer. Rochester made.
    Speak with Lou. I think he will send you samples.

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