Saturday, October 29, 2016

Saranac 1888 Root Beer (#55 rated - 10.1 out of 12)

This brew is from the Matt Brewing Company.  It originates from German ancestry which migrated to the United States in 1880.  Francis Xavier Matt I worked for Charles Bier Bauer Brewing before reorganizing it into The West End Brewery.  During prohibition, like so many others, soft drinks became the way to keep the factory operational.

The information found boasts “Since 1888 we have honored our great-grandfather's commitment to tradition and quality.”  I guess that is right, as the sweater is High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Way to keep the tradition and quality in check (sarcasm intended).  They go on to say their family-owned brewery (New York state's oldest, in fact – located in Utica) has a long tradition of taking pride in what they create.

Ingredients: Filtered Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness), Natural & Artificial Flavors, Aspartame, Citric Acid, Gum Arabic and Modified Food Starch.

Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)

180 Calories
55 mg Sodium.
46 g (15%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 2.1 out of 3 mugs

Upon opening, there was a hint of root beer aroma yet the licorice was stronger.  At first drink, it was enjoyable, but not outstanding.  I could not sense any vanilla and the carbonation was like that of a highly commercial beer as opposed to a craft brew.  I noted the high sodium count, which is not needed.  Overall this was a solid drink that was docked 0.5 for HFCS use.

Head –3 out of 3 mugs  

Now this is a head!  One of the best being very foamy without dissipating quickly.  After a few minutes, it had not fully dissipated. 

Zip – 2.5 out of 3 mugs  

Solid carbonation with good use of flavors did give this some zip.  It was almost a little high on the much carbonation for me.

Post Consumption Impression – 2.5 out of 3 mugs  

Overall a very enjoyable beverage.  The HFCS and sodium content make it less desirable, although very satisfying!

Would I recommend this at 10.1 out of 12 mugs?

Do you like Henry Wizard’s? You would like this beverage.  The score was the same and the enjoyment factor the same.  If you prefer that commercialize Barq’s, A&W or Dad’s, add this to the list.


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