Sunday, August 9, 2015

Rocky Mountain (#11 - Rated 9.0 out of 12)

I really had a hard time finding much information about this brand.  No real cool history on the webpage, not wiki page, no historic names to search.  From the website

“Rocky Mountain Root Beer was the idea that started it all.  We wanted to make the best-flavored, all natural root beer available. We set out to create a flavor that evokes memories of the old West.  Think warm vanilla and caramel notes that glide along a creamy cloud of delicious sassafras flavor.  We also add a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to give a grounded earthiness that ends with a spicy finish.  We hope you enjoy the end result of our quest to create the best root beer made.”

They also say ”We custom craft each of our flavors in small batches and package every bottle by hand.  The benefit of our efforts is realized in every sip you take. We thank you for the opportunity to present our soda for your drinking pleasure. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do…Cheers!

Now for the review.  NOTE: This was not a twist off top and even with an opener; it was not easy to open!  (Click here for rating criteria information)

Ingredients: Carbonated Colorado water, rocky mountain beet sugar, natural flavors, and potassium sorbate as a preservative

Nutrition information from the label (Per 12 oz):  

  • 135 Calories  (11.25 per oz)
  • 36g sugars (12%) of Daily Carbohydrates  (3 g per oz)

Aroma and Flavor

It carries a very strong aroma, a medicinal wintergreen and licorice.  I am not a huge licorice fan so I am not having high hopes.  Then I took a drink.  I could taste the vanilla but the first thing is the tingle, a little to much of a tingle, of wintergreen.  Carbonation is a middle low but the spices make up the difference.  It is really hard to place.  Well, it actually could be mistaken for some good mouthwash…

It scores a 1.5 out of 3 for aroma and flavor.   


The head is average.  This is becoming a commonplace for root beers I have tested.  It was less than a minute and the head was gone.  It was just light foam and not at all bubbly like some heads.

The score is 2 out of 3 for the head


The taste is spicy with licorice and wintergreen that is dominant, although you know there is a vanilla flavor as well.  The predominant zip is from the licorice and the wintergreen is almost overwhelming my tongue.   It is rather hearty!

The Score is a 2.0 out of 3 for zip.  

Post Consumption Impression

One thing I noted is the root beer lists the distinction of being made with “Colorado Water”.  Maybe I am getting some flavors from minerals in the water?  I also love the claim it’s “All Natural” then list potassium sorbate.  I had no clue that by neutralizing sorbic acid with Potassium Hydroxide industrially was natural? (Sarcasm intended!)  But then just like most “all natural foods”, they know most consumers will not know the difference. 

I have uncertainty of this brew.  The beet sugar flavor may be what I note is different, yet pleasing.  I can’t place the sugar with any other

 It scores a 2.2 out of 3 for post consumption impression.  

Would I recommend this?

This is a beverage that would be solid in a social situation.  The flavors are such; I would avoid it with a meal.  The mix may be a little odd.  I would consider this brew again and it scores 9 out of 12 mugs.

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