Did not find as much history as I thought would be available about the brew. The label says at age Ambrose Kristen voyaged from Germany to Galveston, Texas. His father perishing on the journey. He was a wheelwright who took care of his family, eventually purchasing Bellville Bottling Works.
Boots Beverages was created by Mark Kristen’s father, Boots Kristen, when Kristen Distributing was little more than a bottling company. They bottled things like Dr. Pepper, Nesbitt, 7Up, and Frosty Root Beer. Boots Beverages featured seasonal flavors, similar to craft beers today. People didn’t have much in those days. Getting a Dreamlike, or going to the Picture Show, were highlights of your day, that you talked about for weeks. In honor of his father and the sacrifices the entire family made to keep the family business afloat, Mark reintroduced the brand which features flavors that were popular during the 1940’s and 1950’s. A small way to remember the things that add the greatest flavor to our lives are often simple.
So it is time for the review. (Click here for information on the rating criteria and a table of all the root beer tested or to be tested.)
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Sugar, Natural Flavors, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Quillaja Extract, Sodium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness), Potassium Sorbate.
Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)
25 mg (1%) Sodium.
43 g (14%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine
Aroma and Flavor – 1.0 out of 3 mugs
The aroma was less than pleasing? It was almost a bitter medicinal aroma. I was not having a solid impression of the beverage. The first sip was uneventful. It was hard to place what this was trying to be for a flavor. There was not deep sarsaparilla flavor, very little bite. It was almost like a bitter and flat mix of Coke with a little grape Neha mixed in to the brew. Just hard to place. It earned 1.25, which is higher than my preference but the oddity earned a few points.
I have wondered if soda gets old, does it go bad. This just taste fermented?
Head –1.0 out of 3 mugs
The head is very light in build and color. While smooth, it was minimal froth. May be enhanced as a float?
Zip – 1.0 out of 3 mugs
There is nothing unique about this beverage. It is dry and has a slight aftertaste. I have had beverages with Quillaja in them before and thought they were dry as well. That could be what I taste?
Post Consumption Impression – 1.0 out of 3 mugs
This was an odd soda. One I would not venture to purchase for myself in the future.
Would I recommend this at 4.00 out of 12 mugs?
I am sure there are people who have acquired a taste for this beverage. I am not one of them. I love a smooth rooty soda with vanilla and caramel. This had not a single one of those desired qualities.