Sunday, March 6, 2016

Caiman Bros Root Beer (#32 - Rated 6.5 out of 12)

Hard to believe this soda originated from two kids, Sebastián and Alejandro Caamaño, aged 12 and 13, who wanted to try to make soda pop.  Their father, Christopher Caamaño, a chef , experienced home brewed carbonated water and decided to make his own.  Story goes the kids realized decided adding sugar and flavoring to their homemade carbonated water would provide soda.

In 2010, Caamaño Bros Soda was born. The father had a love for sarsaparilla and the brewing effort resulted in a root beer stand at a local nursery.  The word spread and soon they were in demand by the local farmer’s markets.  It has grown today to a large 100% a family operation.

Ingredients: water, cane sugar, organic and natural flavorings, caramel color, and organic Acadia gum, Citric Acid.

Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)

170 Calories
20 mg Sodium.
40g (15%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 1.75 out of 3 mugs

Upon opening the bottle, I had high expectations.  The aroma was light with a good balance of vanilla and sassafras.  The first drink was mixed, as there was a slight medicinal taste.  It was muck like I felt about Capone’s, but there was an aftertaste that was not to my liking.  It could be one of my best or one of the least favorites, depending on the mood.  On thing I noted, it was better directly from the bottle as opposed to over ice.  I could not tell if this was a root beer as it had a hint of cherry. It was not a cherry coke, but had that same slight Cherry taste.  The vanilla is faint with no caramel flavor, which I prefer.  The sarsaparilla is noted, but also slight.  This taste was interesting and overall enjoyable, for a soda.

Head – 1.25 out of 3 mugs  

Very foamy and dissipated in less than 20 seconds.  There was not even a rim on the edge of the glass.

Zip – 1.75 out of 3 mugs  

While there is a tantalizing mix of flavors, it was average overall for creating a memory.  Noting really stood out yet nothing bland about the spice mix either.

Post Consumption Impression – 1.75 out of 3 mugs  

I liked the brew.  Not sure I would seek it out on purpose but would not hesitate to purchase each 6 pack for consumption, with a good meal.

Would I recommend this at 6.5 out of 12 mugs?

This was average at best.  With the history I was hoping for a GREAT drink, but did not get one.  I would not shy away from this like several others I have tested, but there are others I would suggest first.

Saw-Whet Root Beer 4 out of 10