Saturday, June 13, 2015

Root Beer Review process

I have purchased 49 different root beers for the first round then found 45 more to end at 94 bottle of root beer in the closet!  Before I end, I hope to have over 100 reviews.  

But first, I will describe the criteria for my critique.  That is the best way to understand how I derived at my opinion.  Recall, my posts will be just that are just that, my opinion and I am sure, many will not agree.   

The following list will be updated with scores as the reviews are completed.  
I will rate each root beer using four variables: 
  1. Aroma and Flavor
  2. Head
  3. Zip
  4. Post Consumption Impression.  
Each variable will be awarded with a score of 0 to 3.  A “0” should be avoided, even if it is free.  A “3” is top of the line.  I will total the ratings and have a final number for the review. Therefore, 12 is a root beer made in heaven, based on my preferred taste and texture.


Aroma and Flavor: First, the aroma when you open the bottle is the first impression.  A great root beer has an aroma that enhances the anticipation of the first drink.  This is followed by taste or smoothness in my mouth.  The flavor is the most common reference to people enjoying a beverage, or even food.  I prefer a thick and rich, with little water like texture, for my root beer.  I understand that means the sugar count is high.

A Root Beer with a strong vanilla flavor is a favorite of mine.  I often can tell immediately those that are flavored with honey.  I even noted some use maple syrup. 

Head: While this is not a major factor for me, it is important to many.  I think this is the A/W mentality my generation grew up experiencing.  It was a psychological belief that big foam mean big taste.  I often wonder if some actualy put additives to create the head?
  In addition, the taste of all that delightful foam may add to this score.  In some cases, it’s tasteless. 

Zip:  I believe the zip from proper spices and carbonization is what makes a great root beer. I love a smooth, spice like zip at it passes through the taste buds.  The carbonation that provides a slight tongue tingle is a great balance.

Post consumption impression: The way the root beer intensifies my desire for another important. My post consumption experience should be a highlight, a lasting impression. 


BRAND Overall Flavor Head Zip Post W/O Head
Columbia Soda Works Sarsaparilla 10.6 2.8 2.2 2.7 2.9 8.4
Wild Spur Sarasparilla 10.4 2.75 2.5 2.4 2.75 7.9
Lost Trail Sarasparilla 10.3 2.9 2.5 2 2.9 7.8
NORKA 10.25 2.75 2.5 2.5 2.5 7.75
Dublin Texas   10.2 2.8 2.4 2.5 2.5 7.8
Saranac 1888 10.1 2.1 3 2.5 2.5 7.1
Druthers Black Cow - HFCS docked 0.5 9.9 2.5 2 3 2.4 7.9
Point Premium- HFCS docked 0.5 9.7 2.3 2.5 2.4 2.5 7.2
Hosmer Mountain Sasparilla 9.5 2.6 2.5 2 2.4 7
Henry Weinhard's Draught Style- HFCS docked 0.5 9.25 2.2 2.75 2 2.3 6.5
Hippo Size 9.2 2.6 1.5 2.7 2.4 7.7
Brair's Premium 9 2.5 1.5 2.5 2.5 7.5
Dog N Suds - HFCS docked 0.5 9 2.2 2.5 1.9 2.4 6.5
Jack Black's Dead Red   9 2.5 2.25 2 2.25 6.75
Saint Arnold  8.9 2.3 2 2.2 2.4 6.9
Fitz's Premium 8.75 2.5 1.75 2.5 2 7
Homer Soda Maple Syrup 8.6 2.3 2 2 2.3 6.6
Rocket Fizz Gene Autry 8.5 2 2 2 2.5 6.5
Firemans Brew 8.4 2.2 1.8 2.1 2.3 6.6
Yacht Club 8.25 2.25 1.5 2.5 2 6.75
Baumeister - HFCS docked 0.5 8.25 1.75 2 2.25 2.25 6.25
Dead World Twilight Shuffler   8.25 2.25 1.5 2.25 2.25 6.75
Kutztown Sarsaparilla 8.1 2.2 1.5 2.2 2.2 6.6
Towne Club   8 2.2 1.4 2.1 2.3 6.6
Judge Wapner   8 2.25 2 1.75 2 6
American Classics Ginseng   8 2.25 1.5 2 2.25 6.5
Spring Grove - HFCS docked 0.5 8 2 2.5 2 1.5 5.5
Barons 7.9 2.4 1.5 1.75 2.25 6.4
Thomas Kemper Small Batch 7.8 2 2.8 1.5 1.5 5
Capone  (6 drink fast / 12 drink slow) 7.75 2 1.5 2 2.25 6.25
Penny Frosted   7.75 2.25 1 2.25 2.25 6.75
Rocky Mountain   7.7 1.5 2 2 2.2 5.7
Foxon Park Draft Style 7.5 2.25 1.5 1.75 2 6
Ramblin   7.5 1.8 2.5 1.5 1.7 5
Crater Lake 7.5 2.5 1.25 1.75 2 6.25
Blummers 7.5 1.75 2 1.75 2 5.5
Racinette (Johnnie Ryan) 7.5 2 1.5 2 2 6
Route 66   (Edited) 7 2 1 2 2 6
Dad's Old Fashioned   7 2 2 1 2 5
Filberts Old Time - HFCS docked 0.5 7 1.5 2.4 1.4 1.7 4.6
Three Stoges Wise Guy   7 1.5 2.75 1.5 1.25 4.25
Tyler the Kid 6.75 1.75 1.75 1.5 1.75 5
Naturally Crafted (US Foods) 6.75 1.75 1.75 1.5 1.75 5
Joe's   6.75 1.5 2.5 1.25 1.5 4.25
Red Arrow 6.5 1.5 1.5 1.75 1.75 5
Caamano Bros High Noon Sarsaparilla 6.5 1.75 1.25 1.75 1.75 5.25
Crim City Soda   6.5 1.5 2 1.5 1.5 4.5
Harmony Springs Sarsparilla 6.5 1.75 1.5 1.5 1.75 5
Fest Pecan   6.25 2 1.5 1.5 1.25 4.75
Red Ribbon Home Brewed 6.25 1.5 2 1.5 1.25 4.25
Masons 6.25 1.5 1.75 1.25 1.75 4.5
Dead World Slow Decay 6 1.25 1.5 2 1.25 4.5
Empire Bottling Works   6 1.75 0.75 1.75 1.75 5.25
Tree Fort 5.75 1.5 1.75 1.25 1.25 4
The Pop Shop 5.75 1.5 1.5 1.25 1.5 4.25
Gale's   5.75 1 1.5 1.75 1.5 4.25
Myers Avenue Red - HFCS docked 0.5 5.75 1.25 2.25 1.25 1 3.5
Bawls 5.5 1.25 2.25 1 1 3.25
Rugged Mountian   5.25 1.25 1 1.5 1.5 4.25
Mom's 5.25 1.5 0.5 1.5 1.75 4.75
Dorothy's Isle of Pines - HFCS docked 0.5 5 1.5 1 1 1.5 4
Stubborn Clasic 4.5 1.5 0.5 1.25 1.25 4
Dr. Browns 4.5 1 1 1.5 1 3.5
Boots Sarsparilla 4 1 1 1 1 3
Big Ben's   4 1.5 0.5 1 1 3.5
Golden Maple   3.8 1.3 0.5 1 1 3.3
Sky Valley Organic 3.25 1 1 0.5 0.75 2.25
Frostie Vanilla   3 1 0 1 1 3
Cool Mountain 2.75 0.75 0.5 1 0.5 2.25
Always Ask for Avery's - HFCS docked 0.5 2 1 0 0 1 2
Sassy Lil Lass 1.5 0 1 0.5 0 0.5
A&W 0 0 0 0 0 0
Abita 0 0 0 0 0 0
AJ Stephans 0 0 0 0 0 0
Americana Vintage 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anchor Ginger 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barrel Brothers Creamy Vanilla 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bedfords 0 0 0 0 0 0
Berghoff 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brownie Carmel Cream 0 0 0 0 0 0
Buckin – Jackson Hole 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bulldog   0 0 0 0 0 0
Bundaberg   0 0 0 0 0 0
Capt'n Eli's   0 0 0 0 0 0
Caruso's Legacy Robusto 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cicero Beverage Co Chicago Style 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cicero Beverage Co Salted Caramel 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dachshunds III 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dad Gum It 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dang 0 0 0 0 0 0
Death Valley 0 0 0 0 0 0
Earp's Sarsparilla 0 0 0 0 0 0
Faygo Original 0 0 0 0 0 0
Foxon Park Iron Brew 0 0 0 0 0 0
Freaky Dog 0 0 0 0 0 0
Frostie   0 0 0 0 0 0
Grays 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grown Up Soda (GUS) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hank's Genuine 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hosmer Mountain   0 0 0 0 0 0
Iron Horse 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0
Killebrew 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kutztown   0 0 0 0 0 0
Maine Root 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manhattan Special 0 0 0 0 0 0
Margo's Dark 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mill  Stream 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Brew 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Star Craft   0 0 0 0 0 0
O-SO 0 0 0 0 0 0
Old Red Eye 0 0 0 0 0 0
Olde Brooklyn 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oogave 0 0 0 0 0 0
Original Bull Dog 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ozark Mountain 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reading Draft 0 0 0 0 0 0
River City 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rocket Fizz   Float 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sioux City 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sparky's 0 0 0 0 0 0
Squamscot 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tommy Knockers 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tower 0 0 0 0 0 0
Triple XXX 0 0 0 0 0 0
Waialua 0 0 0 0 0 0
WBC 0 0 0 0 0 0
Root Jack Orange   0 0 0 0 0 0

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