Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sky Valley Organic Root Beer (#53, rates 3 out of 12)

So they use organic ingredients.  They also use Apple Cider Vinegar.  They also have 170 mg of sodium.  Even as an organic, really that much sodium.  That’s what they do to fat free foods to make them taste good!

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Caramel Color, Organic Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavor, Sea Salt, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Citric Acid.

Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)

110 Calories
170 mg Sodium.
26 g (9%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 1.0 out of 3 mugs

The aroma from the start was suspect as there was no root beer aroma.  I could tell there was vanilla and slight licorice.  There was something strange as well. 

At first drink I knew this was going to be a difficult review to write, as I really try to find something that makes the root beer enjoyable.  This was more like tonic water with a combination of fruit and vinegar at the same time.  This brew has a sodium content twice of that I have ever seen at 170 mg.  The must need to salt to lessen the vinegar taste?

Head –1.0 out of 3 mugs  

The head was fine bubbles that did not have the sense as the real froth I typically see on a root beer.  Rather disappointing.

Zip – 0.5 out of 3 mugs  

Almost want to give it a higher score, but the only zip I get is from the vinegar and sodium.  Nothing unique and it is hard to say this is a root beer.  In fact, when I have a mineral water with stevia drops, I found it more overall zip and enjoyable.

Post Consumption Impression – 0.75 out of 3 mugs  

I really found the more I sipped, the less I liked it.  Although, it has a hint of vanilla, which I like, that is all.  Nothing else resembled a root beer.
Would I recommend this at 3.25 out of 12 mugs?

This is one I would shy from, if you are looking for a root beer.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Stobborn Root Beer (#52 tested rated 4.5 out of 12)

This brew is a craft beverage from Pepsi Co., which my first thought was over commercialized processing. It was introduced in late 2015, so there are very few reviews on this beverage. 

To spread its tagline, "IT'S GOOD TO BE STUBBORN™," the brand has partnered with Robert Kirk man, creator and executive producer of "The Walking Dead" and "Outcast," and Skybound Entertainment to bring a new campaign to life.

STUBBORN root beer is made with Fair Trade Certified Cane Sugar and Stevia. Therefore, this is a lower calorie beverage at 1000 calories.  It is made with natural flavors and without High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), artificial sweeteners, and Azo Dyes.

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Caramel Color, Natural Flavor, Sodium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness), Phosphoric Acid, Purified Stevia Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Calcium Disodium Edta (To Protect Flavor)

Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)

100 Calories
85 mg Sodium.
27 g (9%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 1.5 out of 3 mugs

My first impression was HOLY COW, there is 85 mg of sodium.  This would not surprise me coming from Pepsi.  Anything to increase cravings to drink more. 

The opening was a pleasure.  It had a real rooty aroma, actually really pronounced.  At first drink, I understood why.  For some reason a birch beer has a stronger aroma.  This has more characteristics of a birch beer than root beer.  Typically Birch beer is made from oil distilled from the sap of birch trees, and that makes for the dry taste.

The first drink solidified my thoughts of this being mild carbonation, dry and low sweetener flavor.  It left my mouth quite dry. Not sure if that is from the higher amount of sodium or some other ingredient.  The more I consumed the beverage, my mouth grew increasingly dry.  This scored a little higher than I really believe it would deserve, but it is a blend that is middle of the road.

Head –0.5 out of 3 mugs  

What, there is foam here?  Sorry I blinked so I tried a second time.  There it is but like magic, it was gone.      

Zip – 1.25 out of 3 mugs  

This was rather dry and uneventful.  I could taste the stevia, which I am familiar with as I occasionally use stevia in mineral water.  This is not far from that taste, if the carbonation was lower.  This beverage is on the lower side of carbonation.

Post Consumption Impression – 1.25 out of 3 mugs  

This is worth a try if you like a dry, lower calorie beverage with stevia.  This is not overall to my liking.  I would not turn it down for a free bottle, but would spend money for so many other brews.
Would I recommend this at 4.5 out of 12 mugs?

May, at best.  If you like a dry beverage that is more like a birch beer, give it a try.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Blummers (#51 - Rated 7.5 out of 12)

The bottle states “Est 1845” meaning this has been around for almost 171 years.  In reality, the bottler has the history, I am not so sure the root beer shares that history? 

What is known is the Monroe Brewing Company was started by Mr. Bissinger in 1845.  He operated it for three years before John Knipschlidt took over for 9 years.  The operation changed hands with regularity until Adam Blumer Sr took over in 1892.  In 1906, the name was changed to Blumer Brewing Company.  In 1938, production was reduced greatly and the brewery was primarily used for cheese storage.  Figures, it is Wisconsin.

In 1947, the business was sold to Joseph Huber who renamed it Joseph Huber Brewing Company.  He leased the facility until 1967, when he purchases the site.  In 1985, Bill Smith and Craig Werle took over the brewery and wen peak capacity.  Here they originated Mike’s Hard Lemonade which was later sold to Stroh Brewing Company who later merged with Pabst Brewing Company. 

Fred Huber purchased the brew back in 1989.  While other changes happened, the final change was the Minhas family purchased the brewery on October 3, 2006 and changed the name. 

Funny thing is with all the History I found, I have no idea when the root beer originated.  They make a point to say it is “Certified Kosher”.  So it is time for the review. (Click here for information on the rating criteria and a table of all the root beer tested or to be tested.)

Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness)

Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)

177 Calories
13.7 mg Sodium.
43.1g (13%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 1.75 out of 3 mugs

The aroma is rather minimal.  It was nothing good or bad, yet the wintergreen was noted.  I am not a huge wintergreen fan, and that is evident in the first drink.  There is also a vanilla and creaminess that’s goes down well. I even taste a small amount of butterscotch.  Overall this is not overpowering yet no wow factor either.

Head –2.0 out of 3 mugs  

The head is medium but short lived.  When I poured the beverage I immediately though this may be a great root beer float head.      

Zip – 1.75 out of 3 mugs  

The flavor mix is a little too much for me.  It is an interesting blend of flavors.  Besides getting wintergreen, vanilla, and butterscotch, I get a since of Juicy Fruit gum as well.    The carbonation is low

Post Consumption Impression – 2.0 out of 3 mugs  

This was an odd experience.  I would take a drink and really like it.  Then I would take a drink and think I am finished.  The cycle continues.  Overall, I found more enjoyment than dislike.  It shows as I had rated 51 root beers to date, and this rates 26th.
Would I recommend this at 7.5 out of 12 mugs?

My girlfriend loved this while I was indifferent.  I would suggest you try it.  I find it hard to believe you would not find it at least average.