Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ozark Mountain #82 - 9.3 of 12

Ozark Mountain Bottleworks, Inc. was started in 2009 by a mother and daughter combo of Debbie Walters and Tina King. Tina’s husband, Chris King, is also a joint owner in the company.

I again see Quillaia Extract in the ingredients.  What is Quillaia Extract?  After significant reading, it is a foaming agent!  An artificial ingredient to make foam in a drink.  I thought that was reserved for detergents?  Well the last three were low scores and I hope this is a turn for the better?


Carbonated Water, Sugar, natural flavors, caramel color, quillaia extract, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), potassium sorbate (preservative)

Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)

160 Calories
15 mg Sodium.
41 g (14 %) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 2.4 out of 3 mugs

The first aroma from the bottle was a sweet vanilla hinted and well balanced root beer. The first drink was very sweet yet solid! For being pure cane sugar, there was a slight syrup feel.   It has a slight aftertaste that I attribute to the Quillaia.  This dropped it slightly.  It was very creamy with noted vanilla and caramel with a hint of wintergreen.  I found a sarsaparilla tone which was pleasing.

Head – 2.25 out of 3 mugs  

The head was near perfect, although the foam was very dense.

Zip – 2.5 out of 3 mugs  

This is a well-balanced brew.  The mix of flavors make an interesting combination where no single flavor dominated the brew.

Post Consumption Impression – 2.4 out of 3 mugs  

This was smooth.  The only issue was the slight syrup sensation and a slight aftertaste.  This drops the score slightly.  These were not significant enough to even make a slight hesitation for purchasing the brew again.

Would I recommend this at 9.3 out of 12 mugs?

I would suggest giving this a try.  I enjoyed the brew significantly.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Rocket Fizz Root Beer Float- #81, 4.5 out of 12

Yet another Rocket Fizz concoction!  They seem to make more soda flavors than anyone in the world.  Not much to say that was not written earlier in the blog.


Carbonated Water, Sugar, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Sodium Benzoate as a Preservative, Gum Acadia, Natural and Artificial Flavors.
Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)

170 Calories
25 mg Sodium.
43 g Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 1 out of 3 mugs

The aroma was that of a commercial root beer float.  Nothing distinctive.  At first drink, I thought I was drinking an excessively creamy cream soda, yet there was an odd aftertaste.  The sugar level was excessive for me, rather syrupy.  I assume sugar lovers would thrive over the sugar content. 

Head – 1.25 out of 3 mugs  

The head is rather frothy and dissipated to about ¼ inch immediately then slowly dissipated in about a minute.

Zip – 1 out of 3 mugs  

This is a very basic beverage and I found nothing unique and memorable.  Oddity was the strong creamy flavor but was not a creamy beverage, if that makes sense?  It was not smooth at all, in fact a little harsh with an aftertaste that lingers.

Post Consumption Impression – 1.25 out of 3 mugs  

While some may love the brew, the beverage is simple and sweet, it is not my preference.  I really found little root beer flavor to enjoy.

Would I recommend this at 4.5 out of 12 mugs?

I would hesitate to suggest you buy a 6 pack, but maybe work a try.  If you like a heavily sweetened cream soda, this may be to your liking.