Thursday, May 25, 2017

Boston Tower (#83 - 3.5 out of 12)

This brew is from Boston, Massachusetts.  Prospect Hill Beverages, LLC reintroduced Tower Root Beer to the New England area using the original family recipe. Originally bottled and distributed by Prospect Hill Bottling and Soda Water Co., Tower Root Beer was first established in Somerville, MA in 1914.  Dominick Cusolito, who immigrated to the United States from Salina, Italy and settled in the Boston area, established Prospect Hill Bottling and Soda Water Co. with his brother Felix and cousin Joe. After World War II, Domenick's sons, Richard, Jack and Paul, assumed the responsibility for the management and operation of the family business through the 1970's. After a 30-year absence from the market, Larry Cusolito is heading up a third generation of the family, reintroducing Tower Root Beer and other premium soft drinks to the New England region.  There is an interesting video about the company, supposedly shot in the 1940s.


Pure carbonated water, 100% Cane Sugar, Natural and/or Artificial Flavor Extracts, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate (preservative)

Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)

170 Calories
35 mg Sodium.
45 g (14%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 0.5 out of 3 mugs

The aroma is sweet but the taste is more of a mild sweat.  Yes, it was hard to enjoy the entire beverage.  There were some really funky flavors I could not place not enjoyed.  I would compare it to a very sweet flat and soda.

Head – 0.5 out of 3 mugs  

What head as it was gone as quickly as it appeared with very fine bubbles.

Zip – 1.25 out of 3 mugs  

The highest score in this review was not because I liked the brew, because it had such an odd flavor mix it deserved a few extra nods.

Post Consumption Impression – 1.25 out of 3 mugs  

This was not enjoyable.  I have not completed a review in some time and was hoping for a very smooth and flavorful beverage.  I did not find it in the Boston Tower Old Fashioned Root Beer.

Would I recommend this at 3.5 out of 12 mugs?

I would not take the time to try the brew if you desire a flavorful and satisfying brew. 


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ozark Mountain #82 - 9.3 of 12

Ozark Mountain Bottleworks, Inc. was started in 2009 by a mother and daughter combo of Debbie Walters and Tina King. Tina’s husband, Chris King, is also a joint owner in the company.

I again see Quillaia Extract in the ingredients.  What is Quillaia Extract?  After significant reading, it is a foaming agent!  An artificial ingredient to make foam in a drink.  I thought that was reserved for detergents?  Well the last three were low scores and I hope this is a turn for the better?


Carbonated Water, Sugar, natural flavors, caramel color, quillaia extract, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), potassium sorbate (preservative)

Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)

160 Calories
15 mg Sodium.
41 g (14 %) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 2.4 out of 3 mugs

The first aroma from the bottle was a sweet vanilla hinted and well balanced root beer. The first drink was very sweet yet solid! For being pure cane sugar, there was a slight syrup feel.   It has a slight aftertaste that I attribute to the Quillaia.  This dropped it slightly.  It was very creamy with noted vanilla and caramel with a hint of wintergreen.  I found a sarsaparilla tone which was pleasing.

Head – 2.25 out of 3 mugs  

The head was near perfect, although the foam was very dense.

Zip – 2.5 out of 3 mugs  

This is a well-balanced brew.  The mix of flavors make an interesting combination where no single flavor dominated the brew.

Post Consumption Impression – 2.4 out of 3 mugs  

This was smooth.  The only issue was the slight syrup sensation and a slight aftertaste.  This drops the score slightly.  These were not significant enough to even make a slight hesitation for purchasing the brew again.

Would I recommend this at 9.3 out of 12 mugs?

I would suggest giving this a try.  I enjoyed the brew significantly.