Saturday, June 13, 2015

Always Ask for Avery's - 1st Review (Rated 2 of 12)

The first thing I noticed was the ingredients are not listed anywhere on the outside of the bottle.  They write “Avery’s has been making old flavored gourmet soda for over 100 years using real cane sugar and the finest quality ingredients.”  I scoured the web to find the following ingredients: Carbonated Water, pure cane sugar, natural flavors, Citric Acid, caramel color and Sodium Benzoate.

Aroma and Flavor - 1 out of 3 mugs

The aroma/flavor I expect from a root beer is non-existent.  It reminds me of the aroma I get when entering a 100-year-old gas station restroom (recently cleaned) in the middle of Nebraska.  You know, not repulsive but you have a hard time determining the source.  I was not sure if I even wanted to venture on and try this beverage.  

Head - 0 out of 3 mugs

There was little or no head and the carbonation is low.  Rather flat with a head that disappears if you blink. 

Zip - 0 out of 3 mugs

There is no zip from this beverage at all.  Little sweetness, no vanilla noted and caramel flavor was slightly noticeable.  Since this is better than muddy water, a score of 0 out of 3 for zip.  

Post Consumption Impression - 1 out of 3 mugs

The best way to describe the soda is when I leave Barq's or A&W open over night and drink it in the morning, it is close to what I experience with the newly opened bottle of Always Ask for Avery's.  It does not leave a foul taste in my mouth, so a score of 1 for post consumption impression.

Would I recommend this at 2 out of 12 mugs?  

No, unless you like stale, day old Barq's or A&W.  Although, the most disappointing part was the blatantly misleading label.  Maybe they once made this with real cane sugar, but the second ingredient is a misspelled corn syrup.  I also wonder if this si a case of root beer going bad as others have rated this high?


Cosmo's - 5 of 10
Root Beer Respect - 6 of 10
Anthony's - 90 of 100

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